michelangelo's secrets

                                                  artist's home     |     nati'l sculpture museum     |     accademia


Michelangelo Buonarroti was more than an Italian sculptor and painter, he was an architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Considered to be the greatest living artist during his lifetime, he was often called Il Divino (“the divine one”). This praise was equally matched by a creative temperament and an obsession for work that left Michelangelo indifferent at times to food and drink, and the pleasures of life.

The artists of his era described him as rough and uncouth, and that his domestic habits were incredibly squalid, and deprived posterity of any pupils despite his wealth and success. Today, Michelangelo is still described as one of the greatest artists of all time, with an output in every field of interest that was prodigious; given the sheer volume of surviving works surpassing his contemporaries like Leonard da Vinci.

On this tour, you will take an intense exploration into Michelangelo's life and the Renaissance culture, economics, politics, and players who allowed this genius to flourish. Through a series of unfinished works called “The Prisoners,” you can see the artist's actual chisel marks, and discover how his figures were “released” from the stone in a revival of Greek and Roman art. We visit the artist's home where his personal effects can still be viewed and gain a deeper understanding of his life, art, and legacy.

From heated creative conflicts with Popes to the homoerotic nature of his private poetry, we discover the controversy and compassion of a dynamic artist whose work still holds secrets and captivates the world.

private tour starting at €384 total, not per person

3.5 hour private walking tour     •     reservations required

walk in the footssteps of one of the greatest artists of all times





January 1

May 1

December 24, 25, 31

     • The Casa Buonarroti: The house Michelangelo

     • The  Bargello National Sculpture Museum

               Bust of Brutus


               David Apollo

     • The Galleria dell'Accademia

               The David

               The Prisioners

     • The streets of Florence that Michelangelo walked

     • Much, much more...

Your tickets for all museums will be pre-reserved in advance to skip the lines. The tickets are €6.50, €4.00 and €16.50 respectively.

On the tour there are masterpieces by other famous Renaissance artiststs who where important, and influenced Michelangelo.

major highlights

important details



Excellent English-speaking, authorized guide.

ClearSound headphones required for more than 7 guests. €1.50 per person

VAT Tax.


Hotel, apartment, or at an easy-to-find location in historic center. A map and photo of exact meeting point is sent with tour confirmation. Hotel or apartment meetings subject to time and location.


Casa Buonarroti: €6.50

Bargello Museum: €4.

Galleria dell'Accademia: €16.50

We will pre-reserve VIP tickets for you to skip the line.  Do not purchase tickets in advance.


Wednesdays to Sundays Only

Morning: 9:00am, or 9:30am

Afternoon: 2:00pm, or  2:30pm

Custom start times subject to guide availability.


90% level ground. Several stair cases up and down. Uneven cobblestones on tour route. Not safe for those with walking challenges, canes or unable to walk for 1-hour without resting.


Transportation to and from the tour is additional, and only needed if guests stay outside of historic Florence.


Ticktes fees are addityional and paid to the guide with cash.


Wear comfortable athletic shoes.

There are stops for clean restrooms, and food & beverage breaks if needed.


    countries     |     italy tours     |     florence tours     |      michelangelo's secrets


security and your privacy        •       non-solicitation policy        •       flexible terms and conditions        •       work with icon        •       © Icon Tours, Inc. 2017 All Rights Reserved       

HOME          TOURS          ABOUT US          FAQ          REVIEWS          SERVICES          CONTACT