• Discover the abundance of paintings and sites relating to the great artist Piero della Francesca situated along the eponymous trail stretching through Tuscany, Umbria and the Marches
• Trace the artist’s beginnings in his birthplace of Sansepolcro, and explore his mature work in Arezzo and Urbino, including the Legend of the True Cross and Flagellation of Christ
• Learn about other artists who have lived in the region, with visits to Raphael’s House in Urbino and the Burri Foundation in Città di Castello
Art historian and National Gallery lecturer.
Flight from London to Pisa. Transfer to Città di Castello for seven nights at Hotel Tiferno.
Morning excursion to Sansepolcro: Piero della Francesca’s house, Romanesque-Gothic Duomo and Civic Museum. Afternoon: hamlet of Monterchi and Museo della Madonna del Parto. Evening lecture.
Whole day excursion to Perugia: Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, Collegio del Cambio, Merchants’ Guild, Sala dei Notari and some free time.
Città di Castello: San Francesco, Duomo, Palazzo Communale, San Domenico, Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera, Burri Foundation (devoted to the 20th century artist Alberto Burri). Evening lecture.
Whole day excursion through Apennine Mountains to Urbino for Ducal Palace (inspiration for Castiglione’s Book of the Courtier): ducal apartments and Galleria Nazionale. Afternoon: Raphael’s House.
Whole day excursion to Cortona: guided walking tour and visit to Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca. Afternoon: Museo Diocesano and some free time.
Whole day excursion to Arezzo: walking tour including 14th century Town Hall and Piazza Grande, Vasari’s Palazzo delle Logge, San Francesco and San Donato. Evening lecture.
Flight from Pisa to London.
25 Oct — 1 Nov 2021
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“Thoroughly enjoyable and informative”
“A wonderful input from Lucrezia… who went out of her way to inform us fully”
ACE customers on a previous Piero della Francesca tour with Lucrezia Walker
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This tour requires a high level of fitness, as most days involve visits to hilltop towns, which are steep and have many cobbled roads. It is necessary for the coach to park in designated coach parks at the bottom of these towns, and although Perugia and Urbino have lifts/escalators to assist in reaching the top, once in these towns, participants will be required to navigate hilly and steep streets. Arezzo and Cortona must be accessed on foot and there are steep climbs.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £170.
Cost of £2195 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £130.