Laying Foundations in Florence: Robert F. Kennedy Centre Europe

Robert Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights


In support of the Robert Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights, Artviva is offering two special not-for-profit guided tours on Florence on 22nd November, 2012 as part of the Robert F. Kennedy Thanksgiving Weekend in Florence.

The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights is a non-profit organisation whose president is Kerry Kennedy, the 7th daughter of Robert F. Kennedy. The RFK Center was established in 1968 to support the fight for human rights internationally and to stimulate engagement and inspiration for the defence of human rights, the environment and the law. The projects of the RFK Center focus on the power of the individual to generate change, specifically through collaboration with other individuals and/or organisations.

The RFK Center has 3 locations, two in the United States of America (in Washington DC and New York) and one in Europe, being of course located in Florence, Italy.

Their Florentine office has been set up in Florence’s historical Le Murate building.

The history of Le Murate is perfectly adapt to the goals of the foundation, having been a convent for many centuries, a prison and now offering community housing, as well as some great bars and restaurants where locals gather in the stunning courtyard to enjoy their freedom (and a glass of wine!).

Our  first special Robert F. Kennedy Thanksgiving Weekend in Florence tours is the Thanksgiving Charity Special_Florence_City_and_Accademia_Tour.

Over three hours of a fantastically guided tour, experience the must-sees of Florence’s historical city centre. Then, visit the Accademia Gallery to view the heroic David, plus Michelangelo’s Slaves composition.

As a special inclusion in this Robert F. Kennedy Thanksgiving Weekend Florence tour, we will also include a stop at the oldest building in Florence, the Bargello.

Originally built in the mid-1200s, the Bargello has a long and dark history. Once a prison, executions took place in the Bargello courtyard until they were outlawed in 1786. There are also horrific stories of prisoner intimidation and torture.

Since 1856 however, this historical building has been reborn from a dark place of tyranny and corruption to be the Bargello National Museum which holds the world’s greatest collection of Italian gothic and Renaissance sculptures. Here are works by artists such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Della Robbia, Cellini, Vincenzo Gemito and more famous artists.

On this special Robert Kennedy Centre fundraising Florence walking tour, you will also see the Duomo, Santa Trinità and Orsanmichele, the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza Strozzi, the Vasari Corridor, the Bell Tower, the Baptistery, the Palazzo Vecchio and many other medieval towers and renaissance palaces along the way. The tour also includes pre-reserved entry into the Accademia museum. You’ll see Michelangelo’s amazing Slaves composition, figures that seem to be freeing themselves from their marble encasing.

And what better grand finale can there be than seeing Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece?

Michelangelo’s David is surely the ultimate symbol of freedom – the single man who opposed tyranny, who faced down a force much greater than he, and who emerged liberated, victorious.

Our second tour to raise money for the Robert Kennedy Centre is the Uffizi Gallery & Vasari Corridor Tour.

Enjoy truly understanding the masterpieces in this world famous museum, the Uffizi Gallery, and walk in the footsteps of the Grand Dukes.

Experience the greatest highlights of the world-famous Uffizi gallery and Vasari Corridor while you are entertained with Florence’s original and best Artviva guides, renowned for their ability to bring the past to life on this exclusive-entry small group skip-the-line tour. See the world’s most unique collection of portraits by famous master artists and hear the fascinating stories behind the masterpieces before experiencing a private-entry viewing of the Vasari Corridor on our exclusive-entry tour.

On the fascinating guided Uffizi Gallery tour, you will hear great stories about the artists that changed art forever. See the gallery’s most famous masterpieces. Hear about the mysterious and stunningly beautiful models in paintings like Botticelli’s famous “Birth of Venus”. Experience the flowering of Leonardo Da Vinci’s genius. Learn techniques that will change the way you look at art. Hear why these famous artworks and the gallery were created when you discover the highlights of the Uffizi Gallery with our fascinating and exclusive introduction to Renaissance art and famous artists.

The Uffizi Gallery then becomes our entry point into the Vasari Corridor. Enjoy spectacular views while passing through, over and above an ancient church, famous Ponte Vecchio bridge, and medieval towers.

The Vasari Corridor allowed the ruling families and other important figures to cross the city safely from their grand palace home to their magnificent seat of government, the Palazzo Vecchio. Closed to the public for many years, you can now explore one of Florence’s most significant pathways, as we reveal its important, sometimes humorous and always fascinating history on this small-group guided tour of one Florence’s most famous monuments.

The original and unique way to explore the ‘King’s Passage’, you’ll walk in the footsteps of the Grand Duke of Florence and Tuscany.

Almost one kilometre long, starting from inside the Uffizi Gallery, running atop the iconic Ponte Vecchio (‘The Old Bridge’) and finishing in the Pitti Palace, the corridor also hosts a collection of impressive portraits, as well as offering spectacular views over the Arno river.

Winding across the city, the Vasari Corridor passes over, through, and even around some of Florence’s most monumental sites as you entre from the Uffizi museum. Housing an important collection of valuable portraits of the Medici family and other well-known historical figures, and even permitted passers through to make a pit-stop inside the Santa Felicità church.

Our small-group Original_David_Tour to the Accademia museum and the small-group Original Florence Walk are available most of the year.  We also have a private guided tour of Florence’s historic city centre My Exclusive Original Florence Walk and David Tour. We are also one of the few agencies with access to the Vasari Corridor.

If you would like to have a private guide accompanying you, we have private tours that cater to your every desire. From Florence (and Tuscany) to RomeVenice to the Cinque Terre and beyond, we are at your beck and call.

To explore other areas of Italy, can check out our Artviva Walking Tours website to read more about the tours we have to offer in Florence, RomeVeniceCinque Terre, Umbria, Naples, Pompeii and more.

More information about the Robert F. Kennedy Thanksgiving Weekend in Florence is available online.

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