Corsini Princes

The Corsini family is historically important not only in the history of Florence, but of Italy generally.

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On 2017/06/08
Eddie Wong said:

Ishmael is Excellent

Ishmael led us on a fascinating food tour in and around the famed Mercado in Florence. After sampling tasty pizza dough poppers and lattes, we ventured into the indoor central market (mercado) and met several family owned businesses that sold olive oil, cheese, and other goodies. I'm not a huge foodie but enjoyed the food and learning about the process of aging olive oil and balsamic vinegar. We also had a full lunch at a local restaurant with delicious pasta and oxtail. I can't say enough superlatives about Ishmael. He is knowledgeable, personable and attentive. I would love to invite him over for dinner in San Francisco so that we can continue our conversations about food, music and art. There's so much more than food on a tour with Ishmael. Peace and blessing on to you. Ciao, Florence. We will return.

On 2017/06/04
Marita said:

Artviva guides set a high standard

I booked Artviva's Original Florence Walk for 5 people and the Uffizi and David tours for three people. Our Artviva guides lived up to their reputation for being extremely knowledgeable about the city and its many wonders and their ability to transmit it all in flawless English was amazing. We really could not have wished for more. It was also great to spread this tour package over three days -- more time to take in all the interesting stories that we were offered. Special thanks to Barbara and Brenda for sharing their passion.

On 2017/05/24
Kathy Harris said:

Florence walking tour

During a recent visit to Florence I was on a small group walking tour called "Sites and Statues" with tour guide Brenda. It was a delight spending the time with Brenda as she shared her stories and her knowledge of her beloved Florence. Thanks ArtViva for sharing Brenda with us!

On 2017/05/02
John Aldeborgh said:

Just A Fantastic Tour

We took the tour of the Uffizi Gallery on April 22nd with Loredana as our guide. Just an outstanding way to see the museum as you get the opportunity to merge the art with the history of Florence and the Medici family history. If you love art history and the renaissance then Florence and the Uffizi have to be on your bucket list. Loredana is an outstanding guide, she is very personable and a walking encyclopedia of knowledge on both the art in the gallery as well as history of Florence and the renaissance. A great way to spend an afternoon.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:

We were a group of 6 that had taken 4 tours in Florence and loved all of them. This tour in Rome was significantly different. This tour is not for the faint of heart. It is crowded and loud and tiring. I would never do it again even though our tour guide, Rosie, was great.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:

Elisabetta gave us the two hour tour at the Uffizi Gallery. She was an EXCELLENT tour guide. We had a group of 6 and she held all of our attention. I would highly recommend this tour and this tour guide.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:

We loved our tour to visit the David with Claas. It is only an hour long, and it is a MUST if visiting Florence. The only issue was that it was crowded and Claas did not hold his microphone up to his mouth, but pinned it on his shirt. There was a lot of background noise, walking to the tour, and inside the building. I would highly recommend he talk slower and hold his microphone to make the tour even better. I would highly recommend this.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:

Our family of 6 spent the day visiting Tuscany with Stefan. We had a glorious day. Stefan was knowledgeable and fun...we learned so much. I highly recommend this tour! Couldn't have been better!

On 2016/11/04
Tasha said:

BEST way to see Rome

My husband and I were on our honeymoon and booked the "Original Rome Walk" for a Monday afternoon on Halloween; it ended up being a private tour with our guide Sylvie and it was FANTASTIC! She was super knowledgeable and funny, and took the time to answer my husband's multiple questions. The tour itself was also great - I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Rome!

On 2016/11/02
Dawn Everidge said:

Tour of a lifetime

My friend and I took the Genius of Michelangelo Tour by Artviva and it was absolutely brilliant, the highlight of our time in Florence!! We cannot recommend it enough!! Our tour guide was fabulous, a riveting former art history professor, who brought The Renaissance to life for us as he guided us through Florence. His stories pulled us back to the Florence known to Michelangelo and his contemporaries. The crowds disappeared for us as we were transported through time and were guided to Michelangelo's well-known and lesser known works. Ultimately the masses literally parted for us, momentarily, as we realized the dream of a lifetime, seeing his masterpiece, The David. It was the tour of a lifetime that we never wanted to end!

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Hailing from Tuscany, predominantly from the town of Poggibonsi, the Corsini family first came to Florence in the late 1100s. Over the next two centuries, they worked their way into trade and politics, holding the uttermost political post of Gonfaloniere of Justice a good 47 times. With the rise of the Medici family in the 1400s, the Corsini family initially lost some tenure before regaining additional powers under their rule through the garnering of political, military and religious posts, and wealth particularly through trading and banking.

The Corsini family accumulated various feuds, eventually also earning them the corresponding Marquis of these and other areas throughout the 1600s. Aside from his title of Marquis of Tresana, Bartolomeo Corsini (1683-1752) became the first Prince of Sismano and Duke of Casigliano. He also held high-ranking military posts in Rome under the command of King Charles III of Naples.

During the 1700s, Corsini family members held important political posts, including Secretary of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany for Neri Corsini (1771-1845) and positions as ambassador and senator for Tommaso Corsini (1767-1856), whilst Andrea (1804-1868) was the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Grand Duchy and eventually appointed as a life senator and Mayor of Florence. Corsini family members continued to have political roles through to the late 1900s.

Several Corsini family members also entered the church, resulting in a dozen Corsini Priors, two Bishops of Florence and two of Fiesole – one of whom was declared Saint Andrew Corsini in 1629, the other - his brother Neri - a Blessed Soul. The first ever archbishop to be appointed in Florence (1411) was also a Corsini by the name of Amerigo (1411).

Lorenzo Corsini went on to become Pope Clemente XII (1730-1740). During his time, he had the Trevi Fountain constructed in Rome, as well as several other chapels, palaces, museums and the like.

Pope Clement XII was a great patron of the arts, along with several other Corsini family members. The Corsini family have set up and donated generously to several important museums.

In terms of properties, the Corsini family has left a wealth of palaces around Italy. Indeed it was once said that you could walk from Florence to Rome without stepping off Corsini land.

Today, Corsini family members maintain many properties, including two Corsini palaces in the centre of Florence (one along the Arno river, the Lungarno, the other by Porta il Prato), and in Rome (Palazzo Corsini alla Lungara, commissioned by Cardianal Neri Maria Corsini in 1736).

Corsini family properties in the Tuscan countryside. Some used to produce award-winning wines and host events we visit on our small-group Tuscany tours.

€ 75.00

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