Florence and the occult: alchemical symbols that have their roots in the centuries of this city's history.
Both the great personalities and the people belonging to the common people have always relied on the occult, when the logic of the facts seemed to lack the evidence of reason.
Here, alongside the strict religiosity prevailing in the Middle Ages, in the Renaissance and even during the counter-reformation of the seventeenth century, there is a need to invoke esotericism and often necromancy as well.
In the religious field there are symbols of the facades of Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella, but also the palindrome of the Baptistery of Florence.
We will go to dig into the fabulous story of Pazzino dei Pazzi, an eleventh-century crusader knight and of the three splinters of flint coming from the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, splinters that on Easter day are used to set fire to the Brindellone during the Explosion of the Cart in Florence. .
We will reconstruct the death from arsenic of Pico della Mirandola in 1494, a profound intellectual of the circle of Lorenzo the Magnificent, and that of Agnolo Poliziano, poet of the Medici court, who was poisoned in the same year as Pico della Mirandola. The two intellectuals rest together in the church of San Marco in Florence.
We will not forget the birth of the Neoplatonic Academy at the time of Lorenzo the Magnificent by Marsilio Ficino and the great flourishing of the Studio Fiorentino, a university of the occult ante litteram.
We will try to explain the complex personality of Girolamo Savonarola, a Dominican friar who died by hanging and then was burned at the stake in 1498 in Piazza della Signoria.
And more executions, crimes, gallows in the Bargello, Templars and Cathars in Florence in the church of San Jacopo!
We will talk about children "mismatched in limbs" who were rejected by their families and buried alive because it was believed that they were children of the devil!
At the end we will try to count the bees located behind the statue of Ferdinand I in Piazza Santissima Annunziata. They are considered non-accounting bees, so whoever succeeds will be blessed with luck!
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Duration: 3 hours
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Meeting Point: Manfredo Fanti's Statue, Piazza San Marco, Florence
The rate includes: Entrance to the private museum of Masonic symbology