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Meet the Duchess and paint a fresco

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On May - 27 - 2009

If you are a fan of medieval history, come to Florence. The Renaissance in Florence is one of the most intriguing cultural manifestations in Western history, in which religion, philosophy, and politics played an important part in the development of the arts. So, how do you get an 8-year-old interested in all this? Disney Cruise Line has developed a tour in conjunction with their Italian tour operator to take kids beyond just talking about history — they will actually experience it.

The cruise line is offering an exclusive “Disney Experience” at the 14th century palace — Palazzo Vecchio.
“This tour is something no other cruise line has ever done in Florence,” says Disney Cruise Line’s creative director David Duffy. The tour is actually part of a program aimed towards Italian students, but Disney was able to work with the museum to come up with an English-speaking version.

The tour will allow kids to enjoy works of art Michelangelo, wander through secret passageways, talk with actors portraying Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici or his Spanish wife Duchess Eleonora di Toledo, try on medieval clothing, and paint a fresco. Cool!

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