• Discover the artists of Giorgio Vasari’s The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects on this art history tour of Florence
• Visits include 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
Depart Heathrow 1055 on British Airways, arriving Pisa 1410. Transfer to Florence for seven nights at Rivoli Boutique Hotel.
Florence on foot: Museo Nazionale del Bargello (Michelangelo, Donatello), Santa Croce (tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo, Cappella Bardi with frescoes by Giotto), Duomo (Brunelleschi’s epoch-making dome, Giotto’s campanile), Baptistery (Ghiberti’s famous bronze doors) and Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, housing Duccio’s Maestà.
Whole day excursion to Arezzo: Casa di Vasari (decorated by Vasari), Vasari’s abbey of Santissime Flora e Lucilla, church of San Francesco (Piero’s Legend of the True Cross), Museo Statale d’Arte Medievale e Moderna.
Whole day excursion to Prato: cathedral (Fra Filippo Lippi frescoes), Santa Maria delle Carceri (Giuliano da Sangallo) followed by Pisa: Cathedral (Pisano pulpits), baptistery and Camposanto, with The Triumph of Death frescoes.
Morning: Uffizi Gallery with tour of Vasari Corridor. Afternoon: guild church of Orsanmichele (sculptures by Ghiberti, Donatello and Verrocchio) and Santa Maria Novella.
San Lorenzo, Museo delle Cappelle Medicee, San Marco (Fra Angelico’s Annunciation), Brunelleschi’s Ospedale degli Innocenti and the Galleria dell’Accademia (Michelangelo’s David and The Prisoners).
Galleria Palatina in Pitti Palace with the option of a visit to Boboli Gardens Santa Maria del Carmine including Cappella Brancacci with Masaccio’s masterpieces and Santo Spirito.
Depart Florence for Pisa for return flight departing 1235, arriving Heathrow 1400.