• Admire some of the greatest art treasures of the Renaissance, from sculptures by Ghiberti and Donatello to Fra Angelico’s frescoes at the Museo di San Marco
• Experience a Christmas Eve walking tour through the historic heart of the city with the option of joining mass at the Duomo
• Marvel at iconic works by Michelangelo, Filippo Lippi and Botticelli at the Uffizi Gallery
Christopher Wellington, MA
historian, long-term resident of Piacenza and fluent Italian speaker
Depart Heathrow 1050 on British Airways, arriving Pisa 1405. Transfer to Hotel Rivoli, Florence, for six nights. Orientation walk, followed by introductory lecture.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
Morning at the Museo di San Marco (frescoes by Fra Angelico). Depart Pisa 1510, arriving Heathrow 1635.
22 Dec — 28 Dec 2017
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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.
travel insurance, double superior room for single use supplement £295.