• Discover the abundance of paintings and sites relating to the great artist Piero della Francesca situated along the eponymous trail throughout Tuscany, Umbria and the Marches.
• Trace the artist’s beginnings in his birthplace of Sansepolcro, home to his Madonna della Misericordia polyptych, through to his mature work in Arezzo and Urbino including Legend of the True Cross and Flagellation of Christ.
• Explore Piero’s mature work in Arezzo and Urbino including Legend of the True Cross and Flagellation of Christ
Depart London Heathrow 1100 on British Airways, arriving Pisa 1415. Transfer to Città di Castello for seven nights at Hotel Tiferno. Evening lecture: Piero della Francesca.
Sansepolcro: Civic Museum (Piero’s Madonna della Misericordia polyptych, Resurrection of Christ fresco), Romanesque-Gothic Duomo (9th century volto santo and early polyptych by Niccolò di Segna). Afternoon: hamlet of Monterchi (Madonna del Parto fresco).
Whole-day excursion to Perugia: centro storico, Palazzo dei Priori (Piero’s Madonna and Child with Saints), Collegio del Cambio (decorated by Perugino and Raphael), Merchants’ Guild, San Severo (Raphael), Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria (Umbrian school, Piero’s St Anthony polyptych). Free evening.
Arezzo: Church of San Francesco (Legend of the True Cross fresco cycle), Cathedral of San Donato (Mary Magdalene fresco), 14th century town hall, Vasari’s Palazzo delle Logge, Piazza Grande. Evening lecture: Perugino and the Young Raphael.
Città di Castello: Gothic Church of San Domenico, Palazzo Comunale, duomo (fine Romanesque campanile), Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera (including Pinacoteca with work by Ghiberti, Signorelli, Raphael). Afternoon free. Evening lecture: Federico da Montefeltro and Court at Urbino.
Whole-day excursion through spectacular Apennine Mountains to Urbino: Ducal Palace (inspiration for Castiglione’s The Book of the Courtier): ducal apartments, Galleria Nazionale (Piero’s Flagellation of Chris and Senigallia Madonna). Afternoon at leisure in Urbino followed by San Bernardino (site of Montefeltro family mausoleum). Free evening.
Cortona: Museo Diocesano (major works by Signorelli, Sassetta, Fra Angelico), Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca, Santa Maria del Calcinaio, Church of San Domenico (Coronation of the Virgin).
Depart Pisa 1510 on British Airways, arriving London Heathrow 1635.