Giovanni, 1490: The Wool Worker

Giovanni, a labourer in Florence’s vast textile industry, has his own angle on the Renaissance city. As he walks you through a day in his life, he airs his views on everything from city politics and public sculpture to the taverns he plays dice in, and on everyone from Lorenzo the Magnificent to the apothecary on the streetcorner.

In Giovanni’s home turf, discover a local world of carnival brigades, religious fraternities, and streetcorner Madonnas. You can also take Giovanni’s ‘Politics and People’ walk in the city centre, where he works. Explore Florence’s markets and hidden alleyways, and get a wool worker’s perspective on Medici power at the city’s most famous sites.