Renaissance Florence on Five Florins a Day


Under the patronage of Lorenzo de’ Medici, the Magnificent, no city on earth can match its culture, learning, art and naked ambition


ISBN: 9780500251621 Category:

Charles FitzRoy


This fact-packed guide provides all the practical advice you need for a journey back in time to the golden age of Florence. Witty and informative, Renaissance Florence on Five Florins a Day will appeal to travellers, museum-goers and anyone who wonders what it would really have been like to visit this model of Renaissance culture.

Take in the sights and sounds, marvel at Brunelleschi’s sublime cathedral dome, wonder at the sculptures and paintings that have made this the art capital of its day, and lose yourself in the thrilling (and often riotous) local feasts and festivals. Learn the secrets of Florence’s legendary wealth, and discover what happens behind the closed doors of those grand palazzi.

Along the way, you will delve into the lives of the rich and famous – with plenty of anecdotes and first-hand quotes from the period – the Medici and the other important families in Florence, the up-and-coming artists Michelangelo and Leonardo, and the humanist philosophers battling the Church.

Here, too, is the darker side of life in the city, from its taverns and brothels to the grisly punishments meted out to wrongdoers and the rabble-rousing of Savonarola.

Also included is invaluable advice if you’re planning to travel around Tuscany, whether to explore the beautiful countryside outside Florence or the stunning cities of Pisa, Siena, Arezzo and Cortona – including how to recognize and avoid bandits, mercenaries and condottieri.

Additional information

Weight 440 g
Dimensions 14.3 x 20.6 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 March 2010
Number of pages 144
Format Hardback
Dimensions 14.3 x 20.6 cm
Weight 440 g


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Charles FitzRoy is the author of Italy: A Grand Tour for the Modern Traveller and Italy Revealed, as well as a contributor to The Great Cities in History. He leads tours for Fine Art Travel, a London-based company that organizes cultural tours throughout Europe, including Italy.