The theater of The Medici Dynasty Show is located within the complex of Il Fuligno, in the thriving centre of Florence, just minutes from the train station of Santa Maria Novella, the Market of San Lorenzo, and the Medici Chapels.
The ancient pathway once walked by pilgrims now leads to The Medici Dynasty Show, a powerful piece of theatre located on this medieval road that still guides travelers into the beauty of Florence. Via Faenza is known mostly to locals, not appearing on popular lists of what to do in Florence, yet it is in the heart of the city.
The baroque church, restored and reconsecrated in 1601, is where the powerful historical drama of The Medici Dynasty unfolds.
Above the audience, two side altars host restored paintings: Rising Christ with Margherita Alacoque by Edoardo Gelli (1930), and The Madonna shows San Francesco her Baby by Nicodemo Ferrucci (1620). The masterpiece by Alessandro Allori, Cristo Crocifisso (1558), is usually above the high altar but is currently being restored.
The Il Fuligno complex is a spectacular hidden gem from the early fifteenth century that houses exquisite frescoes from the Renaissance.
It began as the Convent of Sant’Onofrio and was then home to the Nuns of Foligno. They were supported by Lorenzo de’ Medici, known to most as Lorenzo the Magnificent, who funded the creation of the Cenacolo [dining room]. Finally, it became a home for the wayward women of Florence, sent by their noble families to be reformed.
Due to strict rules governing entry, only Nuns and very few men could access this hidden world of Florence culture.
Thanks to noble Florentines such as the Bardi Family, the Medici family, and the Strozzi family, the building was richly decorated by famous artists including Bicci di Lorenzo. These artistic treasures were not widely known until the 1800s, when the large fresco of The Last Supper was discovered in the cenacolo.
Excitement overwhelmed and early historians attributed the painting to Raphael, but cooler heads and time prevailed and it was revealed to be the greatest work of painter Pietro Perugino, dated to 1493-96. Many visit Florence for this fresco alone.
Audiences can discover Florence from a new perspective, as the actors perform history within this extraordinary open museum.
Via Faenza, 48 (black) – Firenze
Show Time: 7pm