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Tourcaster - Italy - Florence - Basilica di Santa Croce Audio Tour show

Tourcaster - Italy - Florence - Basilica di Santa Croce Audio TourJoin Now to Follow

Great Discoveries audio tour provides today’s tourist with the best way to visit the Basilica of Santa Croce, perhaps the most beautiful Gothic church in all of Italy. Contrary to the heavy and dark reputation of Gothic architecture, the Santa Croce is actually light and airy, a unique blend of styles and thought. The sun filters through the many stained glass windows, playing multi-hued rays along one of the worlds greatest repositories of Renaissance art and sculpture. The effect inspires peace and spiritual tranquility and an incredible awe for human accomplishment takes root. Indeed, the city of Florence Italy, sensing the perfect peace granted by the Basilica, has buried many of her most famous sons and daughters here. Santa Croce contains more skeletons of Renaissance celebrities than any other church in Italy. Here you will find the monumental tombs and mortal remains of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Gioacchino Rossini, Ugo Foscolo, and many others. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the complete tour, visit www.tourcaster.com.

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Tourcaster - Italy - Florence - Duomo Audio Tour show

Tourcaster - Italy - Florence - Duomo Audio TourJoin Now to Follow

The Duomo is one of the largest buildings in all of Christendom, exceeded only by St. Peter’s in Rome, St. Paul’s in London, and the Duomo in Milan. A much smaller 7th century church, Santa Reparata once stood on this very spot, but by the 13th century Florence, one of the most prosperous and wealthiest cities in the entire civilized world, was one of the last medieval cities to plan a great cathedral. So in 1294, the Council elected to build a new cathedral and decreed: “It will be so magnificent in size and beauty as to surpass anything built by the Greeks and Romans. Considering that all the acts and works of a people who boast of an illustrious origin should bear the character of grandeur and wisdom, we order Arnolfo, director of the works of our commune, to make the model, or a design of the building, which shall replace the church of Santa Reparata. It shall display such magnificence that no industry, nor human power, shall surpass it”. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the complete tour, visit www.tourcaster.com.

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Tourcaster - Italy - Venice - Ca' d'Oro Palace Audio Tour show

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Great Discoveries Audio Tour of the Golden Palace provides today’s tourist with the most entertaining and informative way to visit this splendid 15th century, late Gothic edifice. It is one of the older palaces on the Grand Canal and one of the most striking examples of the uniqueness of Venetian architecture. The Ca d'Oro houses the Giorgio Franchetti Art Gallery, which contains an impressive collection of important Venetian paintings by artists who were active between the 15th and 16th centuries, including "Saint Sebastian" by Mantegna and "Venus at the Mirror" by Titian. The Gallery also contains sculptures, furniture, 16th century Flemish tapestries, an impressive collection of 12th through 16th century bronzes, some Greek and Roman archeological pieces, medals, and a small collection of old Venetian ceramics. This carefully researched tour guides you through this majestic palace, pointing out and describing the most important pieces, by the most prominent artists of their time. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the complete tour, visit www.tourcaster.com

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Tourcaster - Italy - Venice - Ca' Rezzonico Palace Audio Tour show

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Great Discoveries audio tour of Ca Rezzonico provides today’s tourist with the most entertaining and informative way to visit this majestic 17th century palace. It is one of the few palaces in Venice permitting public insight into what lies behind the ornamental facades of the exquisite buildings lining the Grand Canal. To have a palace on the Grand Canal was in itself prestigious, but to have such a splendid and unusually large one constructed by Giorgio Massari and decorated by Giambattista Tiepolo was certainly distinctive. Today it is one of the finest museums in Venice, housing a wonderful collection of 18th century Venetian art. Because objects designed for great palaces are displayed in a palace setting, the contents and the building harmonize in a way impossible to duplicate in a purposely-built museum. Our carefully researched tour identifies and locates the most relevant works of art to ensure that you do not miss the important pieces and that you clearly understand each items artistic and historic significance. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the complete tour, visit www.tourcaster.com.

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Tourcaster - Italy - Venice - Doge Palace show

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Step back in history as you listen to enchanting tales of the Doge Palace, the residence of the Venetian doges (rulers) for over 400 years. This uniquely Venetian building was also Venice’s public palace and the seat of its governments, legislative bodies and courts. It remains the richest symbol of the Venetian civilization and attests to the strength of its cultural, military, political, and economic history. Visitors will view the Great Council Hall, the Chamber of the Council of Ten, the magnificent courtyard, the Chamber of the Senate, the Golden Staircase, a torture chamber, prison cells, a remarkable armory, the Bridge of Sighs and other astonishing rooms. The great halls, dedicated to Venetian political life, are decorated with the canvases of Veronese, Titian, Tintoretto and many other masters of the Renaissance. Our carefully researched tour identifies and locates the most relevant treasures to ensure that you do not miss the important pieces and that you clearly understand each item and each rooms historic and artistic significance. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the complete tour, visit www.tourcaster.com

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Tourcaster - Italy - Torino Audio Tour show

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Put on your walking shoes and Download the Past through an informative and entertaining walking tour of Turin, Italy's first capital city. You'll discover the Majesty and Magic of Baroque Turin, with Amedeo Castellamonte, Chief Architect to the Dukes of Savoy and their Madame Royale, as your guide. As you explore the city's fabulous palaces and piazzas, long kept secrets of Italy's first royal family will be revealed along with Torino's historical past, its underground secrets and its place as a source of black and white magic, with many enticing tidbits along the way. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the complete tour, visit www.tourcaster.com.

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Tourcaster - Italy - Florence - Uffizi Gallery Audio Tour show

Tourcaster - Italy - Florence - Uffizi Gallery Audio TourJoin Now to Follow

Great Discoveries audio tour of the Uffizi provides today’s tourist with the most entertaining and enlightening way to visit one of the world’s truly magnificent art galleries. This incomparable museum is home to a collection of Medieval and Renaissance paintings, by some of the most hallowed names in Italian and European art. The exhibition area is composed of over 45 rooms that contain 1,700 paintings, 300 sculptures, 46 tapestries, and 14 pieces of furniture and ceramics. Here you will find paintings by the early masters like Cimabue and Giotto and magnificent Renaissance works by Uccello, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Lippi, Botticelli, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, and many others. Two of the world’s most famous paintings, Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” and “La Primavera” are displayed here. Our carefully researched tour guides you through the Uffizi’s many rooms, pointing out and describing the most significant artworks by the most prominent European artists of their time. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the complete tour, visit www.tourcaster.com.

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Tourcaster - Italy - Florence - Basilica di Santa Maria Novella Audio Tour show

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Great Discoveries audio tour of Santa Maria Novella provides today’s tourists with the most entertaining and informative way to visit Florence’s third most important church after the Duomo and Santa Croce. Construction started on the sumptuous new headquarters of the powerful Dominican Order in 1278 and was not completed until 1360, almost one hundred years later. Its name Novella (new) stems from the fact that it was built on the site of an earlier church Santa Maria delle Vigne. The basilica’s interior is truly magnificent, with arches in two colors leading gracefully toward the high altar. It is vast, lofty, illuminated by ample sunlight and more Gothic in feel than any other church in Florence. Treasures aplenty fill the interior, a groundbreaking painting by Masaccio, a crucifix by Giotto and three major fresco cycles. This carefully researched tour guides you through the Basilica, while our professional narrator points out and describes the most significant works of art and other historic treasures. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the complete tour, visit www.tourcaster.com.

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Tourcaster - Italy - Florence - Palazzo Vecchio Audio Tour show

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Although the Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace) today contains the offices of Florence’s Mayor and City Council, much of it is open to the public including the Hall of the 500, the little Study of Francesco I and two of its three spectacular apartments. The vast halls and state apartments are ornately decorated in the style of the late Renaissance. Major attractions inside Palazzo Vecchio include the Room of the Lilies, Eleanora di Toledo's apartments, the Courtyard of Honor with the Putto Fountain, and Michelangelo's statue the Victory. The Quarters of Pope Leo X are being used to house Florence’s City Council and as reception rooms for the mayor and are not open to the public. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the entire tour, visit www.tourcaster.com

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Tourcaster - Italy - Florence - Basilica di San Lorenzo Audio Tour show

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Great Discoveries audio tour of the Basilica di San Lorenzo provides today’s tourist with the most enjoyable and informative way to visit this resplendent 15th century church. This Italian Renaissance masterpiece was designed and built by Filippo Brunelleschi, the greatest of all the Florentine architects. Generations of Medici, Florence’s wealthiest and most powerful family, put some of the world’s greatest artists to work here, men like Michelangelo, Donatello and Filippo Lippi. This was their family church and for over three-hundred years generations of the great and not so great Medici were buried here in the richly decorated though somewhat opulent Medici Chapel. Our carefully researched tour guides you through the Basilica, the Medici Chapel, Michelangelo’s New Sacristy and his Laurentian Library. Along the way our professional narrator, accompanied by historically appropriate background music, points out and describes the most significant works of art and other historic treasures. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the complete tour, visit www.tourcaster.com.

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