• Discover the artists of Giorgio Vasari’s The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects on this art history tour of Florence
• Visit Vasari’s birthplace of Arezzo, where he spent the first sixteen years of his life
• Marvel at the paintings of Masaccio and Botticelli and sculptures by Donatello, Ghiberti and Michelangelo
lecturer in art history and architecture
Depart London Heathrow on British Airways 0820, arriving Pisa 1130. Transfer via Prato (Cathedral with Fra Filippo Lippi frescoes, Santa Maria delle Carceri) to Florence for five nights at Grand Hotel Cavour.
Morning: Santa Croce (tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo) and Museo Nazionale del Bargello (Michelangelo, Donatello). Afternoon: Duomo (Brunelleschi’s dome and Giotto’s campanile), Baptistery (Ghiberti’s famous bronze doors) and Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (housing Duccio’s Maestà).
Whole day excursion to Arezzo: Vasari’s Abbey of Santissime Fiora e Lucilla, Museo Statale d’Arte Medievale e Moderna, Casa Vasari (decorated by Vasari), Church of San Francesco (Piero’s Legend of the True Cross), Duomo. Free evening in Florence.
Morning: Museo delle Cappelle Medicee, San Lorenzo (including sacristies), Laurentian Library, Museo di San Marco (Fra Angelico’s Annunciation). Afternoon: Brunelleschi’s Ospedale degli Innocenti, SS Annunziata, Galleria dell’Accademia (Michelangelo’s David and The Prisoners).
Morning: SS Trinita, Palazzo Rucellai (exterior only), guild church of Orsanmichele (sculptures by Ghiberti, Donatello and Verrocchio) and Santa Maria Novella. Afternoon: Santa Maria del Carmine (including Cappella Brancacci with Masaccio’s masterpieces), Santo Spirito.
Morning: Uffizi Gallery and Casa Vasari. Afternoon: Galleria Palatina in the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. Transfer to Pisa for two nights at Grand Hotel Duomo.
Visits in Pisa: Cathedral (Pisano pulpit), Baptistery and Camposanto (The Triumph of Death frescoes and antique sarcophagi), Vasari’s Piazza dei Cavalieri. Afternoon excursion to San Piero a Grado followed by some free time in Pisa.
Some free time. Depart Pisa 1220, arriving Heathrow 1345.
3 Mar — 10 Mar 2020
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Many of the visits in Florence will be made on foot, so a good level of fitness is required for this tour.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of:
Cost of £2345 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, six dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £375.