Corsini Princes

The Corsini family is historically important not only in the history of Florence, but of Italy generally.

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On 2016/11/04
Tasha said:

BEST way to see Rome

My husband and I were on our honeymoon and booked the "Original Rome Walk" for a Monday afternoon on Halloween; it ended up being a private tour with our guide Sylvie and it was FANTASTIC! She was super knowledgeable and funny, and took the time to answer my husband's multiple questions. The tour itself was also great - I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Rome!

On 2016/11/02
Dawn Everidge said:

Tour of a lifetime

My friend and I took the Genius of Michelangelo Tour by Artviva and it was absolutely brilliant, the highlight of our time in Florence!! We cannot recommend it enough!! Our tour guide was fabulous, a riveting former art history professor, who brought The Renaissance to life for us as he guided us through Florence. His stories pulled us back to the Florence known to Michelangelo and his contemporaries. The crowds disappeared for us as we were transported through time and were guided to Michelangelo's well-known and lesser known works. Ultimately the masses literally parted for us, momentarily, as we realized the dream of a lifetime, seeing his masterpiece, The David. It was the tour of a lifetime that we never wanted to end!

On 2016/08/06
Bruce Auster said:

We cannot imagine any other way to visit the Uffizi than with a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Angelo was both -- funny and smart. He told stories: about the art and the artists and the Medicis and we came away understanding key concepts. We learned a lot and smiled the entire way. Thank you for a wonderful tour.

On 2016/06/16
The Caiarelli Family said:


Our June9,2016- Original Florence Walking Tour with guide Barbara,was wonderful. Barbara was very informative about sights and history of Florence.We really enjoyed her and the beautiful sights. We would recommend your tours to anyone visiting Florence area.Thanks again,The Caiarelli's

On 2016/06/01
Amber Weekes said:

Everything I wanted and so much more!

I am forever grateful to the staff at Art Viva! My whole life, I had always wanted to see the Statue of David, and I made my request, and it was granted! I wanted to be there at a time that was not crowded so that I could take unobstructed photographs and drink in the Statue as long as I could. Elisabeta was amazing and incredibly informed about the Statue and Florence. She shared with me wonderful places in Florence that I never would have considered. I had my time with the Statue, and I will be forever grateful to her and to Celeste who manages Art Viva. I was so impressed with having my own tour guide that I booked a small group tour for the following day through Art Viva and went to the Uffizi. Lovely as well. I will recommend this company over and over again. I owe a debt of gratitude. I felt so well taken care of and had my dream come true. I was so moved at being able to see the Statue of David completely unobstructed that I cried for hours afterward. Thank you and cheers!

On 2016/05/31
Angelica Blanks said:

Best way to see such an amazing city

What a wonderful way to experience the best of Florence. Ismael and Elisabetta were charming, funny, and knowledgeable guides. Thank you for allowing us to fall in love with Florence, it's truly a gem.

On 2016/05/22
Maggie said:

We had an amazing time touring Florence and understood so much more due to the great guide we had with Artviva (Brenda). Being a local, she was passionate and knowledgeable about the history and culture of Florence. Definitely a 5/5!

On 2016/05/10
The Moores said:

Our tour guide was excellent. He provided a great many historical details about the monuments and building and the way of life in past centuries. He made the city past come alive in a very meaningful way. We could imagine Galileo or Michelangelo walking the same streets. Our 3 hours were over too soon. The guide was from Augtralia, but truly could relate Florence history in a fun way.

On 2016/01/15
Ann Martelli said:

My family's ArtViva tours on Dec. 22, 2015 were everything we paid for. Brenda walked us around the city center pointing out the architecture, symbols, statues and great places to eat/hang out. Her in depth description of Michelangelo's David was so interesting, even my teens/young adults listened and remembered. Fantastic! In the afternoon, Hilde was our guide through the Uffizie Galleries. She gave an art history lesson that was forever memorable. Again, the teen/20's kids were listening. We got so much out these private tours. Well worth it!

On 2015/11/24
Hope said:

Great tour, great guide

The tour was excellent. Our guide, Adrianne, was very knowledgeable and able to answer our many questions. She also went above and beyond her duty by helping keep our three-year-old entertained during the lunch so that we could enjoy ourselves without worry.

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Hailing from Tuscany, predominantly from the town of Poggibonsi, the Corsini family first came to Florence in the late 1100s. Over the next two centuries, they worked their way into trade and politics, holding the uttermost political post of Gonfaloniere of Justice a good 47 times. With the rise of the Medici family in the 1400s, the Corsini family initially lost some tenure before regaining additional powers under their rule through the garnering of political, military and religious posts, and wealth particularly through trading and banking.

The Corsini family accumulated various feuds, eventually also earning them the corresponding Marquis of these and other areas throughout the 1600s. Aside from his title of Marquis of Tresana, Bartolomeo Corsini (1683-1752) became the first Prince of Sismano and Duke of Casigliano. He also held high-ranking military posts in Rome under the command of King Charles III of Naples.

During the 1700s, Corsini family members held important political posts, including Secretary of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany for Neri Corsini (1771-1845) and positions as ambassador and senator for Tommaso Corsini (1767-1856), whilst Andrea (1804-1868) was the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Grand Duchy and eventually appointed as a life senator and Mayor of Florence. Corsini family members continued to have political roles through to the late 1900s.

Several Corsini family members also entered the church, resulting in a dozen Corsini Priors, two Bishops of Florence and two of Fiesole – one of whom was declared Saint Andrew Corsini in 1629, the other - his brother Neri - a Blessed Soul. The first ever archbishop to be appointed in Florence (1411) was also a Corsini by the name of Amerigo (1411).

Lorenzo Corsini went on to become Pope Clemente XII (1730-1740). During his time, he had the Trevi Fountain constructed in Rome, as well as several other chapels, palaces, museums and the like.

Pope Clement XII was a great patron of the arts, along with several other Corsini family members. The Corsini family have set up and donated generously to several important museums.

In terms of properties, the Corsini family has left a wealth of palaces around Italy. Indeed it was once said that you could walk from Florence to Rome without stepping off Corsini land.

Today, Corsini family members maintain many properties, including two Corsini palaces in the centre of Florence (one along the Arno river, the Lungarno, the other by Porta il Prato), and in Rome (Palazzo Corsini alla Lungara, commissioned by Cardianal Neri Maria Corsini in 1736).

Corsini family properties in the Tuscan countryside. Some used to produce award-winning wines and host events we visit on our small-group Tuscany tours.

€ 75.00

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The Original Rome Walk

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Artists, Authors and Aristocrats with ArtViva

Let us organise a captivating evening for you in Florence with our wine tasting and speaker event. Join distinguished patron presenters such as Prince Duccio Corsini, Count Niccolò Capponi and Count Sebastiano Capponi for inspirational entertainment.
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'Adopt a Vine' with Prince Corsini

Become a personal “stakeholder” in the vintage of a prestigious wine when you book this unique insider’s tour led by an Italian prince. Acquire your own piece of Tuscany to treasure as you tour the most magnificent vineyards in the region.