Tour of Florence Italy


A Walking Tour Following the Route of Michelangelo's David


In 1504, Florence simmers with political intrigue and artistic ingenuity. The Medici family plots their return to prominence, but the city’s new leaders have other ideas. They have commissioned the young sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti to create a colossal David to stand as a symbol of the new Republic against the Medici’ Goliath.  


Medici sympathizers have hired a band of mercenaries to ensure that this rumored masterpiece will never survive atop it’s intended pedestal at the gates of the Palazzo Vecchio.


Follow the mercenary Alessio around Florence Cathedral and through the narrow streets and alleyways as he works to bring his clients’ destructive wishes to fruition in the Piazza della Signoria. 


Learn about Renaissance Florence, Michelangelo, and one of the world’s greatest works of art by Stepping Inside the Story of BARDEUM’s The Unveiling of Michelangelo’s David.


Laura is an art historian who has earned numerous awards for historical fiction, including accolades from Writer’s Digest, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, the Historical Novels Review, the Eric Hoffer Awards, and National Indie Excellence. 


She has written for National Geographic Traveler, USA TODAY, Italy Magazine, Departures, and other media.


The Gondola Maker 

Venetian gondola-maker Luca Vianello considers his whole life arranged. His father charted a course for his eldest son from the day he was born, and Luca is positioned to inherit one of the city’s most esteemed boatyards. But when Luca experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Soon he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride.

Awards: Publishers Weekly starred review; Benjamin Franklin Award; IPPY Award for Best Adult Fiction E-book; National Indie Excellence Award Finalist; Eric Hoffer Award Finalist; and Shortlisted for the da Vinci Eye Prize


The Painter's Apprentice: A Novel of 16th Century Venice 

Venice, 1510. Maria Bartolini wants nothing more than to carry on her father’s legacy as a master gilder. Instead, her father has sent her away from the only home she’s ever known to train as an apprentice to Master Trevisan, a renowned painter. When the painter’s servants uncover the real reason why Maria has been sent away, they threaten to reveal a secret that could tear down her family and the future of their trade. 

Awards: 2018 Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Award, Honorable Mention; Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Finalist; and Editor's Choice, Historical Novels Review


Laura is also the author of the following travel guides: 


Made In Italy; Made in Venice; Artisans of Venice; Made in Florence; Artisans of Venice; Made in Naples & the Amalfi Coast; Artisans of Naples & the Amalfi Coast; Made in France; and Made in the Southwest.