Florence | The City & its Artists
A title as illustrious as the ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’ is not given lightly, and the city of Florence is more than deserving of such acclaim. During our tour of the city, we examine the lives of the many artists that have left a lasting impression on the cultural landscape, viewing the exquisite works of Boticelli, Michelangelo, and more across the city’s main fine museums. An obvious highlight of our tour is a private audience with a true icon of the Renaissance, Michelangelo’s David. He couldn’t have imagined the wonder future generations would feel, gazing upon his marble creation, when he said:
“The best artist has that thought alone which is contained within the marble shell; the sculptor’s hand can only break the spell to free the figures slumbering in the stone.”
Join us to feast on world-class art and unmatched scenery.
We fly from London to Pisa. Our tour begins with a short guided walk around Florence. We learn more about the city during an introductory lecture at our hotel, before dinner tonight.
Our day begins with a walk through the heart of Florence and a visit to the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, home to a fine collection of Renaissance art and architecture. After lunch we enjoy a hands-on introduction to the Renaissance during a private art workshop. We end the day in a very special way at the Galleria dell’Accademia, where we attend a private viewing of Michelangelo’s iconic David.
We take a walk across the river to the Brancacci Chapel — known as the Sistine Chapel of the Renaissance — this morning. The fresco cycle found within, depicting the story of St Peter, is among the most famous and influential of the Renaissance period. On our return we visit the Church of San Lorenzo.. We take a special out-of-hours tour of the Museo dell’Opificio this afternoon. The extraordinary museum is home to a wealth of semi-precious stone inlays. Our day ends in a very civilised way — with a private concert held by the Firenze Classica musicians, before dinner.
This morning we visit the Uffizi Gallery. The museum is one of the most famous in the world, thanks to the sheer number of unique artworks and masterpieces conserved within its walls.. Your final afternoon is free to explore the city further, or to pick up souvenirs.
On our final morning, we receive a private tour of the splendid frescoes and private art collection at the Palazzo Corsini, set in the heart of the city. We return to the airport for our flights home.
- Guide Lecturer - Oren Margolis
- Professional Tour Manager
- Return Flights - London to Pisa
- All Meals Included - dinner with wine
- Hotel - 4 nights in central Florence
- Local Travel - air conditioned coach
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
4 nights in central Florence