• Delve beneath the surface of one of the most important cities of the Renaissance, to explore both famous and less well-known churches, museums and galleries, and enjoy beautiful views of Florence from Fiesole and San Miniato
• Trace the development of the Renaissance, viewing major works of art by masters such as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Botticelli and Michelangelo
• Learn about the influence of the Medici family and other leading patrons on artistic production in Quattrocento Florence
Freelance art historian and museum professional who worked at the Fitzwilliam Museum
Depart London Heathrow 0815 on British Airways, arriving Pisa 1125. Transfer to Florence for seven nights at Grand Hotel Cavour. Afternoon orientation walking tour.
Morning lecture: The Road to the Renaissance followed by visit to Gothic Franciscan Church of Santa Croce and museum (Giotto’s early 14th century frescoes, Cimabue’s 13th century Crucifixion, Donatello’s 15th century Annunciation). Afternoon: Uffizi Gallery (13th to 15th century Florentine painting) and optional visit to Church of Santa Maria Maddalena (Perugino’s Crucifixion).
Morning lecture: New Concepts of Space & Form in Florentine Painting followed by visits to the Baptistery (doors created by Andrea Pisano and Ghiberti, 13th century mosaics) and Dominican Church of Santa Maria Novella (Masaccio’s early Renaissance masterpiece The Trinity, Ghirlandaio’s fresco cycles). Afternoon: Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (works by Andrea Pisano, Donatello and Michelangelo) and Duomo (frescoes by Uccello and Castagno). Free evening with option to attend sung Vespers at the Badia Fiorentina.
Morning lecture: Speaking Statues – Sculpture in 15th Century Florence followed by visits to Bargello National Museum (Donatello’s bronze David) and Orsanmichele (exterior with sculptures by Ghiberti, Donatello and Verrocchio commissioned by the Florentine guilds). Walk over the Ponte Vecchio to the Oltrarno area. Afternoon: Santa Maria del Carmine (Brancacci Chapel with Masaccio and Masolino’s frescoes of The Life of St Peter), Santo Spirito (Michelangelo’s early Crucifixion) and Santa Trinità (frescoes by Ghirlandaio).
Morning: Ospedale degli Innocenti (exterior), Church of Santissima Annunziata (Chiostrino dei Voti with frescoes by Andrea del Sarto and Pontormo), Dominican Church and Convent of San Marco (Ghirlandaio’s Last Supper and works by Fra Angelico) and Convent of Sant’Apollonia (Castagno’s Last Supper). Afternoon: Palazzo Medici Riccardi (Benozzo Gozzoli’s famous Magi frescoes) and San Lorenzo (Donatello’s late pulpits and the Old Sacristy).
Morning: Church of the Ognissanti (Ghirlandaio’s Last Supper) and San Salvi (Andrea del Sarto’s Last Supper) followed by Fiesole for Romanesque Duomo of St Romulus and Museum Bandini. Afternoon: San Miniato al Monte (wonderful views over the city). Free evening.
Morning: Cappelle Medicee (Michelangelo’s New Sacristy containing Mannerist tombs of the Dukes of Urbino and Nemours) and Galleria dell’Accademia (Michelangelo’s iconic marble David and important collection of Tuscan paintings). Afternoon: excursion to Medici villa outside Florence (subject to confirmation).
Transfer to Pisa for 1215 flight departure, arriving Heathrow 1345.
7 Nov — 14 Nov 2022
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"Tour Director Sarah Burles amazingly well-informed and enthusiastic throughout"
ACE customer on a 2021 tour with Sarah Burles
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
Participants should meet ACE's usual fitness criteria, as outlined in our Booking Terms & Conditions.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £140.
Cost of £2755 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, five dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £465.