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A fascinating staging – The Medici Dynasty Show

It is always a great pleasure to encounter an experience in Florence that is new, fresh, educational and intellectually interesting. Such is the case with “The Medici Dynasty Show”, now in its second year of performance at a historic ‘new’ venue.

It is, additionally, rare to encounter a performance which educates the audience about the final days of the Medici in a little over an hour. This is a performance that can easily precede an aperitivo and a late dinner.
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Don’t speak or understand Italian? No problem; the play is presented in English!
The heart of the story is the last meeting between the Medici ruler, Gian Gastone and his sister, Anna Maria Luisa. At the center of the action is a discussion about what needs to be done with the Medici estates, art, jewelry and other possessions of the family. The two are brother and sister and the last surviving members of the family traced back to Cosimo Pater Patriae.
Gian Gastone, ridden with disease, is confronted by a strong and vital sister who insists that a decision be made. I shall leave the rest of the story to your enjoyment.
Ticket Office The Medici Dynasty Show
Il Fuligno, the location for the performances, is located in the former Convent of Sant’Onofrio dell Monache di Foligno. Dating back to the 15th Century, the building was decorated by such local renaissance artists as Neri di Bicci.
Please note that the performance venue can accommodate only a maximum of ninety (90) seats per show.

ALL YEAR ROUND AT 7:00 PM – Duration 1 hour

The Medici Dynasty Show, at 7pm inside the Church of il Fuligno.

No performances on Monday and Friday. In August the show runs only on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

All shows are live and in English language.

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The Convent performance venue

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Arriving on the island of Torcello, after the crowds and noise of Venice, is a wonder. The small water bus from the island of Burano,  leaves visitors at a recently restored dock. As you walk along the one navigable canal on the island, you begin to feel the years fade to the time of Venice’s founding. For over one thousand years, Torcello was the seat of the Bishop of Venice and, in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, are the remains of the patron saint of the island, Heliodorus.

The peace and quiet of the island has been disturbed in recent years to allow for the restoration of the fondamente (the walkway along the canal) and to facilitate the restoration of several restaurants and cafes. The Locanda Cipriani, owned by the same family of Venice’s famed Hotel Cipriani,  is an oasis of calm and exceptional service – the island’s only full service hotel. If your desire is for retreat and relaxation in a hotel little known by tourists, this is your place.

Along the way, visitors pass the Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge) near the Osteria of the same name. This is a comfortable place for a cappuccino either before or after your visit to the cathedral.

Cathderal of Santa Maria Assunta Torcello

Final Judgement

What brings people to an island of only sixteen year round residents? The mosaics in the cathedral are among the most finely restored Byzantine art in the Mediterranean. The “Final Judgement” is breathtaking, and well worth the forty-five minute trip from the city of Venice. If you arrive early – before the cathedral opens at 10:00AM, you will experience a sense of history and mystery unlike most islands in the lagoon.

Early mornings are by far the best time to visit. Groups of pilgrims and tourists usually begin arriving around 10:30AM each day. If you are at the cathedral ticket office when it opens at 10:15AM, you will  enjoy your visit with little interruption from those crowds.

This is a treasure of a place and I highly recommend a visit while you are visiting bella Venezia.

IF YOU GO:

Purchase an IMOB card for unlimited travel on the vaporetto network at any ACTV ticket window. These cards are available in varying time segments, from twenty four hours to one month. See www.actv.it/en/imob/imob for details.

For route maps of the Venice Water Bus and land system, go to ACTV.

To reach Torcello from the Fondamente Nove vaporetto dock:

Depart Fondamente Nove on the Number 12 line at 9:10AM

Arrive Burano at 9:52AM

Change water buses to the Torcello line – to your right as you exit the Number 12 vaporetto

Arrive Torcello at 10:00AM (The boat trip from Burano to Torcello takes four minutes)

Boats run every forty minutes between Torcello and Burano, the only public service available between those two islands.

Return services to Venice are available throughout the day from Burano to either St. Mark’s Square, Murano and other major locations in the city.

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