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The Medici's Mile in Florence, Discover the Medici Dynasty Secrets
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The Medici's Mile in Florence, Discover the Medici Dynasty Secrets

A great SEMI PRIVATE tour to let you know better the most powerful and important family that ruled Florence from the Renaissance, the Medici. Coming from Mugello valley north of Florence, they were the money-changer of the Pope in Rome and they had several banks in Europe as well. After they got the power of Florence in the first half of the XV century under Cosimo the Elder, they decided to build a great palazzo, Palazzo Medici, in via Larga (now via Cavour) and to transform the Church of San Lorenzo into their private family church.<br>With a professional guide you will then discover all the secrets about the so-called “Medici Mile”, in San Lorenzo lively neighbourhood.
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Tho S wrote a review Aug 2020
Koblenz, Germany2 contributions
...some money here for items I now enjoy having. The store offers a vast choice and they also take special orders and ship to wherever. Thank you Matteo, I am excited to see your final version of the ceramic induction smartphone charger :-)
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Responded 24 Aug 2020
Thank you for the wonderful words and for visiting us!!! And I can't wait to launch the charger, I am so happy you liked the prototype!! :) Thank you again and see you soon!
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travelinmama1524 wrote a review Feb 2020
Syracuse, New York17 contributions15 helpful votes
So thankful they do not siesta!! Matteo and his mom are so genuine, helpful, funny and creative people. We took a chance and stopped by in between our visit from Pisa to Florence, so glad we did, one of our favorite things in Italy. I can't wait for my own custom plate to arrive. Well worth the trip.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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notaprincess3 wrote a review Jan 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota4 contributions1 helpful vote
We didn't take the pottery class but I read about the store and wanted to see it. I messaged Matteo and he responded right away that they would be open (it was January so I wasn't sure about hours etc.). My children ages 10 and 12 were with me and I thought they would enjoy a tour but I didn't plan it very well and the factory was closing as we got there. Matteo offered a tour if we could wait around but it didn't work out for us - next time for sure! Matteo's mom set my kids up with clay and set them to work creating while I shopped - they loved it!! Such a nice gesture. Shes even going to glaze and fire their creations and include them with the pottery I ordered! A true artisan shop and experience, and I definitely recommend making this part of your Tuscany trip!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Mary Louise S wrote a review Dec 2019
Boston, Massachusetts132 contributions20 helpful votes
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A hands on lesson for me and my husband from the great ceramicist, Salvatore Mirenda, in the showroom of dazzling majolica produced by him and artisans in their factory just outside town. It was our third visit, but our first experience with clay and wheel. As Salvatore's hands guided our own to shape the spinning mound of clay, his welcoming family looked on: Matteo, Marketing Director and ebullient son; Betty, his charming wife and shop manager; and Marco, his second son, who joins Matteo in supervising production You'll find a modern, world-class ceramics museum only three streets from the shop, where some of Salvatore's work is represented, along with majolica spanning five centuries-Montelupo supplied all manner of majolica ware to the Medici dynasty in Florence. To Date, we've purchased a number of pieces from the Mirendas; two serving platters, a plate, decorated roof tile, trivet sized wall tiles, and this year, a bowl custom made to our order, now displayed in our modest Tuscan-themed kitchen. The pieces we don't carry home came to us quickly by mail in perfect condition.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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MarcoPro2050 wrote a review Dec 2019
Ambra, Italy422 contributions263 helpful votes
I phoned a few times to tell them that I would be arriving by car and inquire if in the aftermath of the Christmas week that the store would be open. Elisabetta, the owner, assured me that they would be open. And they were. Upon arrival, I am met by Elisabetta and her son Matteo whose eyes grew wider and their smiles peaked when I entered with my partner. They asked us the right questions, showed us the creations both live and on the computer that we would consider. They will custom any size, color, shape. It was a pleasure to work with them both. We ordered a 60 cm. round plate for over our fireplace. It will be created, fired, painted and glazed by expert craftspeople in the next few weeks. Wow! What great service! Would I visit and buy from them again? Yes and with no hesitations. Would I recommend them to others? Yes of course!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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