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Christmas in Florence

22 Dec — 28 Dec 2017 | Tour Director: Christopher Wellington

ACE Aquileia tour: Basilica of Aquileia

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Christopher Wellington , MA

historian, long-term resident of Piacenza and fluent Italian speaker

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 1050 on British Airways, arriving Pisa 1405. Transfer to Hotel Rivoli, Florence, for six nights. Orientation walk, followed by introductory lecture.

Day

2

Morning: Santa Maria Novella (including the museum with the Spanish chapel), Palazzo Davanzati (one of the oldest houses in Florence). Afternoon at the Uffizi Gallery (works ranging from Fra Angelico to Michelangelo).

Day

3

Christmas Eve Morning: Palazzo Vecchio and the Bargello. Afternoon: walking tour through the historic heart of Florence. Celebratory dinner at a local restaurant, followed by optional midnight mass at the Duomo.

Day

4

Christmas Day Free morning with option to attend local church services. Celebratory lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon walking tour through the Piazza della Signoria and up to the Piazzale Michelangelo (spectacular views over the city) and San Miniato al Monte (magnificent Romanesque church). Evening aperitif at the hotel.

Day

5

Morning: Santa Trinità (frescoes by Ghirlandaio), Santa Maria del Carmine (Brancacci chapel painted by Masaccio), church of Santo Spirito (designed by Brunelleschi). Afternoon at the Palatine Gallery situated in the Pitti Palace (works including Titian and Raphael).

Day

6

Morning: Or San Michele (sculptures by Ghiberti, Donatello and   Verrocchio), the Cathedral Baptistery and the National Museum of Bargello (Donatello’s bronze David). Afternoon: Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.

Day

7

Morning at the Museo di San Marco (frescoes by Fra Angelico). Depart Pisa 1510, arriving Heathrow 1635.

Tour Dates

22 Dec — 28 Dec 2017

Days

7

Cost

£1845

Tour Code

XFLO-17

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Cost of £1845 includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded superior room, breakfast, one lunch, one aperitif, five dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, double superior room for single use supplement £295.

 
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