Guided Tours “New”

The guided visits are free and reserved only to the participants to the congress. Due to the limited spaces all the guided tours (in Italian or English) can be organized for groups of 15 persons. For advance booking please contact the organizing secretariat (

Visit to the Etruscan Tomb of “Montagnola” with tholos (Quinto di Sesto Fiorentino)
conceived by Gennaro Tampone

Discovered in 1959 (Chiostri, Mannini), the Tomb of an Etruscan aristocratic family, called Tomba della Montagnola, is a false hypogeal construction covered by a tumulus. It has been built in the Orientalizing Period (VII c. B.C.). The dome, that covers the whole funerary chamber of the complex starting from the very floor, is a tholos (span and height of 5 m c.) shaped as a parabola, built with megaliths (rough slabs of stone of the local alberese formation) without mortar, using the technique of the corbelled domes that doesn’t need centres, i.e. with progressively projecting elements. The pillar of limestone voussoirs placed in the middle of the tholos has no structural function.  The complex, mainly the vestibule and the tholos, already during the late Etruscan period had been the object of a strengthening work (Tampone, 1997). It has been recently restored. Close to this funerary complex, the coeval one called Tomba della Mula, built exactly with the same technique, has a tholos of the outstanding span (the largest in Etruria) of almost 10 m. The typology of the funerary monumental complexes with tholos belongs to the tradition of Etruria proper, systematically started in Populonia in the X – IX c. and continued up to the VII (Tombs of Rasoio lunato, Pissidi cilindriche, Oreficerie, Carri etc.) also including other large funerary complexes as those of Vetulonia (Tomba del Diavolino, della Pietrera), Casalmarittimo, Casaglia, Carmignano (Tomba di Montefortini).  (G. T.)


Thursday 22nd of March – 5.30 pm

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Visit to Brunelleschi’s Dome*
conceived by Roberto Corazzi
*no lift present

Brunelleschi’s famous Dome is the largest masonry dome ever built: its maximum internal diameter is 45 m., and the external measures 54 m. Its magnitude prevented traditional building methods which employed a central support system and many theories about its construction technique have been formulated and debated.

During the guided tour participants will visit the famous Italian Renaissance architectural monument and, with the help of the experts, they will discover in detail the construction techniques Brunelleschi used.

TIME SCHEDULE (groups of max. 15 persons):

Monday March 19th, 2012:                  11.30 (IT-ENG)

Tuesday March 20th, 2012:                14.00 (IT)

Wednesday March 21st, 2012:           13.00 (IT/ENG)

Thursday March 22nd, 2012: 13.00 (IT)        or        14.00 (ENG)

Friday March 23rd, 2012:                    10.30 (ENG)     or        11.30 (IT)

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Visit to the Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Palazzo Medici Riccardi has a particularly fascinating history, rich in art and also in political, cultural and worldly events. The history of this palazzo, one of the finest and most famous in Florence, is an integral part of the history of the city, marking out all the important stages in its development. Built in the mid fifteenth century by Michelozzo on commission from the Medici, the building became the prototype of Renaissance civil architecture. The robust and austere pile of the mansion, originally designed as a sort of cube, was for at least a century the most direct and efficacious symbol of the political and cultural primacy of the Medici in Florence. After a period of neglect, in 1659 the Medici sold it to the Riccardi who extended the building northwards and partially renovated the interior. The modifications of Baroque flavour, particularly intensive in the last two decades of the century, were on the keynote of lavish show and sophisticated erudition. When fortune waned and the sun set on this splendour, in 1814 the Riccardi sold the palazzo to the State. Since 1874 it has belonged to the Provincial Authority, which since the beginning of the last century has adopted a policy aimed at the reclamation and valorization of the building itself and the works housed within.

TIME SCHEDULE (groups of max. 15 persons):

Wednesday March 21st, 2012:           12.00 (ENG)     or        13.00 (IT)        or        14.00 (ENG)

Friday March 23rd, 2012:                    11.00 (ENG)

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