Alchemy …… esotericism …… necromancy, words that evoke magic, the supernatural.
Florence is dotted with esoteric symbols, codes that come from many eras, especially from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, signs that tell stories of important people or commoners who relied on white or black magic to help their personal destiny and the destiny of Florence!
Here we explain the symbols of the facades of Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella, necromancy in Piazza Santa Croce, the palindrome of the Baptistery of Florence.
We will also understand the story of the legendary crusader knight Pazzino dei Pazzi and the three flint shards from the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, which on Easter day light up the Brindellone for the traditional Explosion of the Cart in Florence.
We will try to reconstruct the arsenic poisoning of Pico della Mirandola in 1494, an intellectual from the circle of Lorenzo the Magnificent, who had kabbalistic inclinations.
We will also talk about the magnetism of Friar Girolamo Savonarola, the intransigent Dominican hanged and burned at the stake in 1498 in Piazza della Signoria.
And again hangings, crimes, gallows in the Bargello, Templars and Cathars in Florence in the church of San Jacopo!
Malformed children rejected by their families and buried alive because they were attributed to the intervention of the evil one!
Last but not least, we will confront an esoteric symbol and try to count the uncountable bees that adorn the statue of Ferdinand I in Piazza Santissima Annunziata. It will bring luck… at least try!
Available days: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Bookable Starting Time: 5:30 pm
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes hours
English, Francais, Italiano, Deutsch, Espanol
Adult rate: € 29,00
Child rate: 6-17 years € 12,00
Meeting Point: Cathedral of Florence, main door