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  • Battle Between Heraclius and Chosroes by Piero della Francesca 

  • Recognition of the True Cross by Piero della Francesca

  • Polyptych of the Misericordia by Piero della Francesca

  • Madonna del Parto by Piero della Francesca

  • The Resurrection by Piero della Francesca

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  • 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

“Thoroughly enjoyable and informative”

“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

The Piero della Francesca trail offers visitors to Italy glimpses of rural villages and medieval walled towns that have changed little since the 15th century. 

 

Our tour will follow in the footsteps of Piero as we see his work in situ in the region’s palaces, churches, chapels and museums. We will trace Piero’s development from his artistic beginnings at Sansepolcro, through the important commissions he carried out at Arezzo, to the final flowering of his art at the enlightened court of Urbino.

 

We will enjoy a whole day excursion to Urbino, where the beautiful Ducal Palace is graced with one of the most sublime courtyards in Renaissance Italy. The palazzo’s rich collection of paintings includes works by Uccello, Raphael and Titian as well as Piero’s iconic and enigmatic Flagellation of Christ.

 

In Arezzo’s 14th century Church of San Francesco we will view one of the most outstanding of all Renaissance fresco cycles: Piero’s Legend of the True Cross. The medieval walled town of Sansepolcro hosts the Madonna della Misericordia polyptych and The Resurrection, “the best painting in the world”, according to writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley.

 

The hamlet of Monterchi in the Tiber Valley is home to Piero’s Madonna del Parto, one of the earliest depictions of a pregnant Madonna. In the ancient hill town of Cortona, we will discover the enchanting art collection in the Museo Diocesano, which includes Fra Angelico’s Annunciation.

 

We will stay throughout at the four-star Hotel Tiferno, a converted palazzo situated in the heart of Città di Castello near Perugia.

 
This tour will be led by Lucrezia Walker, BA, MA, an author and art historian who has studied in Venice and Perugia, and has lived and worked in Rome. Lucrezia is a lecturer at the National Gallery, and has over 20 years’ experience leading cultural tours in major European cities. Lucrezia was previously Galleries Correspondent for The Tablet and Lay Canon (Visual Arts) at St Paul’s Cathedral, where she continues to serve on the Visual Arts Committee. Lucrezia looks forward to introducing another ACE group to the Piero della Francesca trail in 2024.

Days
8
Cost
£2795
Tour Code
PIER-24


Included: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, seven breakfasts, seven dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.


Not Included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £145.

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