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Born in 1386, Donatello (real name: Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi) entered the workshop of Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378-1455), who was busy working on his first set of doors of the Baptistery. Two years later (in 1406), Donatello was awarded a commission to sculpt two prophets for the exterior of the cathedral.

He journeyed to Rome with Filippo Brunelleschi, and the two of them had fun studying ancient buildings and ruins, and digging up antiquities.

Though he mainly worked in Florence, he did receive commissions in Prato, Padua, and Venice. His most important patron was Cosimo de’Medici, the most powerful man in 15th century Florence. He died in 1466, and is buried alongside his most illustrious patron in the crypt at the basilica of San Lorenzo.

Where to see Donatello in Florence:

  • The Baptistery
  • Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (when it reopens in late 2015)
  • Basilicas of Santa Croce and San Lorenzo
  • Bargello
  • Palazzo Vecchio

The Original Florence Walk

Art & Galleries - Families & Kids - Cities & History -
€ 29.00

Join the fun – we offer the chance to experience the entertaining walking adventure featured on numerous TV documentaries. Highly recommended by just about every major travel guide, our exploration of the city’s streets is a great way to learn about its fascinating past. 

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My Exclusive Florence in One Glorious Day (or Two!)

Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Families & Kids - Eco-Friendly Tours - Special Discounted Packages - Cities & History - Architecture & Monuments -
from € 109.00

Experience the beauty and romance of Florence with your own personal guide when you book a place on this discounted package that explores the city’s intimate ancient stories. Join our local experts for six hours of the best sites and scenes, including the historical centre and the two world-renowned museums - the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery Museum.

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Masterpieces of the Vatican & St. Peter's

Art & Galleries - Museum Tickets & Reservations - Families & Kids - Eco-Friendly Tours -
€ 75.00

Our Vatican tours get you streamlined access to the museum and its world-famous collection of masterpieces. Book your place in one of our small groups led by some of the most knowledgeable and passionate local guides.
 

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Uffizi Gallery & Bargello Sculpture Museum

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from € 59.00

Enjoy the best of The Renaissance period’s masterpieces with a 2 hour guided exploration of the Uffizi Gallery, followed by a 1-hour visit to one the greatest Florentine treasures - the Bargello.

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Highlights of Florence

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from € 80.00

Enjoy an in-depth exploration of the city with your own personal guide. See the David by Michelangelo, explore the famous Uffizi Gallery, and enjoy a brief introduction to the historic center.

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Exclusive Bargello Tour Experience Florence

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from € 33.00

Enjoy experiencing the Bargello museum, an amazing medieval jail. See fabulous artworks by the renaissance’s greatest sculptors: Michelangelo, Donatello, Brunelleschi with one of ArtViva’s a great expert guides.

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