Cosimo I de’Medici, Cosimo the First, Duke of Florence from 1537, and, after 1570, First Grand Duke of Tuscany, gave the Medici name another two-hundred years of dynastic life that lasted another five generations or until the death of the last Medici Grand Duke, Gian Gastone, in 1737.
The single most visible Medici presence in Florence today, Cosimo created a modern state of Tuscany, supplying it with a new centralized administration (housed in its offices or Uffizi), a navy protecting maritime trade through the soon-to-be duty-free port of Livorno, and creating a remarkable propaganda machine by means of his promotion of literature and the Tuscan language through literary academies, and the promotion of Tuscan fine arts through the Academy of Disegno entrusted to his right-hand man for painting and architecture, Giorgio Vasari.
Not to be confused with Cosimo de’Medici ‘Cosimo the Elder’
A great walking tour covering the historical centre of Florence, focusing on the area north of the river to the west of the Santa Croce area.
Find out how Florence came to be one of the most important art centres of all time. See fabulous masterpieces. Hear about astounding events that shocked the Florentines.
From the outrageous lifestyles of the well-known and well-to-do to the sordid skeletons in Florence's closet, discover the outragous occurances that rocked the Renaissance on Florence's most unique private tour.