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Medici Villas: Florence and Fortune with Alessandra Becucci


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In this conversation, we will focus on the lives and histories of the Medici family through their grandeur homes and villas. Over a period of about three centuries, while settling their fortunes in Florence, the Medici continued maintaining strong connections north of Florence, where they originated from, and built out and restructured rural residences and villas all over Tuscany.

Set in the magnificent Tuscan countryside, the Medici Villas and Garden are expressions of their mastery of the territory and fine examples of how they shaped architecturally their rise to power. Together, we'll discuss these villas which were recognized as Unesco World Heritage sites in 2013. We'll learn about how the villas testify to the family's political and economic ambitions, represented in the new aesthetic relation with the landscape as in the innovative decorative solutions, carried out by illustrious Renaissance artists and engineers.

Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, this interactive seminar will explore a collection of Medici villas. Led by art historian and native Florentine, Alessandra Becucci.

Born and raised in Florence, Alessandra has a degree in art history from the University of Florence with a specialization in seventeenth-century painting. She obtained an MRes from the European University Institute in Florence, where she defended her Ph.D. in history, focusing on the patronage of the Tuscan nobility in Europe during the seventeenth century. She has been teaching art history and Italian for several years in various schools and institutions in Florence.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
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It doesn't get any better than this.

There are two things about this seminar; First Alessandra is a wonderful speaker. She has such an immense knowledge about Florence, art history, Italy and the Medici that I am envious every time I hear her speak. I believe she was born and grew up in Florence - so you can imagine. She is passionate about these subjects and it shows in the enthusiasm she packs in to her seminars. Secondly, I am fascinated by the Medici family. They were of course, such a foundational part of what made the Renaissance, the Renaissance. So for me, this lecture was heaven.

J
J.S.

Wonderful . I’ve been in a trip to Florence and it’s outskirts to see villas of the Medici ! So informative and enjoyable

K
K.F.D.
Charming and Informative Lecture

Fascinating story about Some of Major properties of the Medici. Alessandra Becucci is very knowledgeable and does a wonderful job of filtering information to make it manageable for a 90 minute talk. Fabulous visuals and good maps.

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Great lecture

Wonderful overview of several Medici villas.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
78%
(7)
11%
(1)
0%
(0)
11%
(1)
0%
(0)
S
S.
It doesn't get any better than this.

There are two things about this seminar; First Alessandra is a wonderful speaker. She has such an immense knowledge about Florence, art history, Italy and the Medici that I am envious every time I hear her speak. I believe she was born and grew up in Florence - so you can imagine. She is passionate about these subjects and it shows in the enthusiasm she packs in to her seminars. Secondly, I am fascinated by the Medici family. They were of course, such a foundational part of what made the Renaissance, the Renaissance. So for me, this lecture was heaven.

J
J.S.

Wonderful . I’ve been in a trip to Florence and it’s outskirts to see villas of the Medici ! So informative and enjoyable

K
K.F.D.
Charming and Informative Lecture

Fascinating story about Some of Major properties of the Medici. Alessandra Becucci is very knowledgeable and does a wonderful job of filtering information to make it manageable for a 90 minute talk. Fabulous visuals and good maps.

A
A.
Great lecture

Wonderful overview of several Medici villas.

A
A.

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