Itinerary

Day 10, Wed 25 September

A scenic drive by private bus brings us to San Gimignano, a fortified hilltop town notable for its many medieval era towers. Here we will visit the cathedral’s Cappella di Santa Fina and Baptistery, decorated with frescoes by Ghirlandaio and ...

Day 11, Thurs 26 September

This morning with an historian as our guide we will be led on a walking tour focussed on Volterra’s Etruscan, Roman and Medieval past. This will also include one of Phyllis’s favourite Mannerist altarpieces, located in the Pinacoteca, Rosso ...

Day 12, Fri 27 September

In the morning we will drive to Lucca, a town encircled by perfectly preserved Renaissance era walls. Our local guide will lead us on a walk through the centro storico, historic centre, introducing us to some of Lucca’s unique features: the ...

Day 13, Sat 28 September

In the morning we will drive to the small town of Pistoia to see the beautifully restored façade of the Ospedale del Ceppo (hospital) with its 16th century polychrome terracotta frieze and roundels, the Romanesque cathedral, and the pulpit in the ...

Day 14, Sun 29 September

The Alpi Apuane mountain range looms on Lucca’s horizon. Michelangelo and numerous other artisans and architects travelled here to select the region’s prized Carrara marble to work with. Today we will go to the source of that same precious ...

Day 15, Mon 30 September

After a little more time to enjoy Lucca, we will drive to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance and the last stage of our tour. Here we will begin with a visit to the majestic cathedral, home to Brunelleschi’s dome, then onto one of the ...

Day 16, Tues 1 October

The Uffizi Gallery is home to the world’s greatest collection of Italian Renaissance art. Priceless works by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Raphael, Caravaggio and others adorn the walls and halls of this vast museum. We will spend ...

Day 17, Wed 2 October

Today’s tour begins in the harmonious surrounds of San Marco convent, a perfectly preserved 15th century monastery paid for by the Medici. Here we will see frescoes and panels by Fra Angelico and Ghirlandaio and a Renaissance library that housed ...

Day 18, Thurs 3 October

The Palazzo Medici Riccardi is a short walk from our hotel. Here we will visit the Medici family’s private chapel to see frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli, a pupil of Fra Angelico, works that have been called ‘one of the supreme achievements of ...