Depart Heathrow 1105 on British Airways, arriving Pisa 1420. Transfer to Florence for seven nights at the Grand Hotel Cavour. Orientation walking tour including the Badia Fiorentina, Bargello, Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo della Signoria, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, Orsanmichele, Duomo and Baptistery. Evening lecture: Civic and Ecclesiastical Patronage in Siena.
Whole day excursion to Siena: Jacopo della Quercia’s Fonte Gaia, Palazzo Pubblico (Museo Civico and fresco cycles), Pinacoteca Nazionale (early Sienese painting and sculpture). Afternoon: Duomo (frescoes in the Piccolomini Library, Cathedral Baptistery and Museo dell’Opera del Duomo housing Duccio’s Maestà). Free evening.
Morning lecture: Florentine Painting from Cimabue to Raphael followed by church and museum of Santa Croce (frescoes by Giotto, works by Cimabue, Donatello and Brunelleschi). Afternoon: visit to the Uffizi (Sienese and Florentine paintings.
Morning: visit to Dominican church of Santa Maria Novella (Masaccio’s Trinity and frescoes by Ghirlandaio and Uccello) and the Duomo. Afternoon: Santa Maria del Carmine and Brancacci Chapel (frescoes of The Life of St Peter) followed by Santa Trinità (frescoes by Ghirlandaio). Free evening.
Morning lecture: Florentine Sculpture from Ghiberti to Michelangelo followed by visit to Orsanmichele and Bargello National Museum (Florentine sculpture). Afternoon: Galleria dell’Accademia (Michelangelo’s David and important collection of Tuscan paintings).
Morning: San Lorenzo (Medicis’ parish church, commissioned from Brunelleschi), Cappelle Medicee (Michelangelo’s New Sacristy containing Mannerist tombs). Afternoon: second visit to the Uffizi.
Morning: Palazzo Medici Riccardi (Medici family’s private chapel), Dominican church of San Marco (frescoes by Ghirlandaio and Fra Angelico) and Brunelleschi’s Ospedale degli Innocenti. Afternoon: Palazzo Pitti.
Depart Pisa 1235, arriving Heathrow 1400.