Around the corner for the Piazza dell' Duomo and a stone throw away from Mercato Centrale sits an italian secret all travelers and tourists should be flocking to. The Medici Dynasty Show, the only English speaking show in Florence, brings to life the last two heirs of the Medici family, Grand duke Giancastone and Anna Maria Luisa, to give us a glimpse into the conversation that paved the path of the art world by way of classic theatre meets multimedia. It has been dubbed "infotainment" because of the schooling on italian art history and true entertainment the production has so artfully crafted together.
Taking it all the way back to the grand Palazzo Pitti in 1700s Florence, Italy, guests of the show act as flies on the wall of Giancastone's bed chamber. There, arguably one of the biggest conversations in the history of art took place. Giancastone and his sister Anna Maria Luisa made the executive decision to keep major italian works of art (the statue of David, The Birth of Venus, just to name a few) where they belong in Florence and out of the hands of foreigners.
Weaving together critical moments of italian art and cultural history in a dynamic and conversational fashion, guests are sitting up close and personal with the two actors. The pair, who stay on stage the whole time, give a full history lesson in under an hour while keeping the pace of the show up and they never miss a beat.
For guests of other cultures who don't learn about the dire importance and impact the Medici had on Renaissance Italy, this is the smartest move to make upon arrival to Florence. Travelers visiting the Galleria degl'Uffizi, Accademia, or the Bargello will have a far more extensive knowledge of what to look for and the immense love and historic respect the italian culture has for the masterpieces that reside in Florence.
Besides the overall production (which has a near perfect rating on Trip Advisor), the staff and actors are some of the friendliest, most accommodating, and interesting people. Be sure to stick around for the after show to take pictures with the actors and meet Cristiano and Bepe, two of the many people who made this authentic Florentine experience possible. I had the pleasure of working for them and the show this summer. Besides setting the bar high for all future bosses and mentors, their passion for the show and the guests is truly something not to be missed.
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