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Heart of the Italian Renaissance and Beyond

  • 09/01/2019 - 09/12/2019
  • 12 Days
  • Starting price $4,095

Tuscany’s iconic landscapes have been inspiring painters, writers, and architects for centuries. Experience the region known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance with a local expert and professional architect. Explore Lucca, Florence, and Siena through an architectural and historic lens. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa; the mannerist buildings and gardens of Villa Medici; and the famous Carrara marble quarries from which people have been extracting marble since the first century BC, including the marble Michelangelo transformed into his statue of David. Tour the Antinori nel Chianti Classico Winery in Siena, and marvel at the design of its innovative cellar.

Max guests - 30

Architectural highlights

  • Marvel at Piazza dei Miracoli, known as an important center of European medieval art.
  • Take in the famed Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • Enjoy the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site Villa La Magia.
  • Discover the Ponte Vecchio, the stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River.
  • Explore the Basilica of Santa Croce, the largest Franciscan church in the world, and the burial site of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Galileo.
  • Visit Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.

 

More highlights

  • See an ancient silk factory to learn about how the fabric is created and the restoration projects the factory employees undertake.
  • Awe at Giardino dei Tarocchi, a colorful sculpture garden based on the esoteric tarot, created by the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle.
  • Enjoy taking part in a cooking class making pici pasta, bruschetta, and tiramisu.

 

Also included

  • 10 nights in 4-star hotels
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 2 wine tastings, one cooking class, and 5 dinners
  • An experienced multilingual Tour Director, in addition to the Architectural Adventures Educational Expert
  • All guided visits and entrance fees throughout the program as outlined in the itinerary
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach for select excursions
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Service charges, taxes and gratuities for tour director, guides, bus drivers, porters and restaurant staff for included meals

 

What to expect

  • Appropriate for people in good health with overall good mobility
  • Traveler should be comfortable participating in a full day of sightseeing
  • Activities range from light to moderate intensity at an easy pace, but with lengthy walks, sometimes on uneven terrain, and climbing on stairs.

 

Price

  • $4,095 per person, based on double occupancy
  • $400 single supplement
  • A deposit of $500 per person, payable by Mastercard, Visa, direct debit checking account or check is required to reserve a space
  • Deposits are applied to payment of the total price and the final payment is due by June 1, 2019

 

Not included

Airfare and air departure taxes and fees if purchasing a land-only package; baggage fees and excess baggage fees; airport transfer fees (if airfare is not purchased through Go Ahead Tours); passport/visa fees; meals not specified in the itinerary; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified in the itinerary; gratuities other than specified; travel and trip cancellation insurance; pre or post-tour extensions; other items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary or as included.

Prices, itinerary, accommodations and experts subject to change.

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Itinerary

Overview

Begin your journey

Depart from your preferred airport and fly to Florence.
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Arrive in Florence

Arrive in Florence and transfer to the hotel in the Lucca region. Enjoy an educational lecture before gathering with fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Accommodations: Hotel Palazzo Dipinto
Meals: Dinner
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A day in Lucca

Tour the town of Lucca. Walk along a section of the almost three-mile Renaissance-era walls. Take in impressive views of the classic red-tiled rooftops and cypress trees below. Descend into the center of town to view the Palazzo Pfanner, Guinigi Tower, Basilica of San Frediano, and the Church of San Michele in Foro. Learn about the Roman-style architecture of the town walls and Lucca Cathedral. Travel to the provincial town of Colle Verde in the Tuscan hills. Visit an authentic agriturismo, or farm stay, to learn about the process by which olive oil is extracted and refined. Enjoy a tasting of wine and olive oil produced right on the farm.

Accommodations: Hotel Palazzo Dipinto
Meals: Breakfast, Wine Tasting, Lunch
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Preserved Pisa

Visit the Fantiscritti marble quarries to see where Carrara marble is excavated. Step inside a sculpture workshop in Pietrasanta. Travel to Pisa and take a tour of the Piazza dei Miracoli or Field of Miracles. Known as an important center of European medieval art and one of the premium architectural complexes in the world, see the famed Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Camposanto Monumentale, and step inside the Baptistery of St. John. Learn about the preservation efforts and unique architectural elements of the Baptistery of St. John and Leaning Tower.

Accommodations: Hotel Palazzo Dipinto
Meals: Breakfast
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Historic Villa La Magia

Explore the grounds of the beautiful Villa La Magia on the way to Florence. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the original fifteenth century residence underwent renovation work between 1600 and 1700. Additions to the property include a monumental stairway, frescoes, and decorations by renowned artists of the era such as Giovanni Bagnoli, Giovan Domenico Ferretti, and Tommaso Gherardini. Notice the Renaissance parterre garden, two lemon groves, chapel, and the Neoclassical style monumental gate. Experience life as one of the Medici family while touring the Villa Medicea, hosted by the current Malenchini owners. Once in Florence, enjoy taking part in a cooking class making pici pasta, bruschetta, and tiramisu.

Accommodations: Hotel Pierre
Meals: Breakfast, Cooking Class, Dinner
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Florence, the center of the Renaissance

Explore Florence, the city at the center of the Renaissance. Walk past Casa di Dante and Piazza della Repubblica to the medieval Ponte Vecchio, the stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River. Stroll along the Arno River and through the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery to Piazza della Signoria, center of Florentine life. Step inside the Basilica of Santa Croce, the largest Franciscan church in the world, and the burial site of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Galileo. Notice its sixteen chapels, many of them decorated with frescoes by Giotto and his pupils. Visit an ancient silk factory to learn about how the fabric is created and the restoration projects the factory employees undertake.

Accommodations: Hotel Pierre
Meals: Breakfast
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Il Grande Museo del Duomo

Get an insider’s look at Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, and the Baptistery of St. John, known for its Romanesque architecture and its iconic Gates of Paradise. Visit the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and step inside the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo, and learn about the interior architecture. See the remains of Santa Reparata cathedral, which lie underneath the Duomo. Travel outside of Florence to Fiesole, a historic Tuscan town perched on a hill. Sip an aperitif at a picturesque villa that overlooks the city.

Accommodations: Hotel Pierre
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Impruneta’s rustic winery

Stop in the town of Impruneta on the way to Siena. Visit a traditional pottery producer and learn about the history of terra cotta pottery before heading to the Antinori nel Chianti Classico winery. Tour the winery to learn about its unique, rustic architecture that’s influenced by the natural elements found in the region before sitting down for a wine tasting and lunch.

Accommodations: NH Siena
Meals: Breakfast, Wine Tasting, Lunch
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Discover Siena

Discover the essence of Siena on a guided sightseeing tour. Walk through the Campo, the fan-shaped square that’s the center of civic life. Stroll along the Old Town streets to see the medieval towers. Step inside the Palazzo Pubblico, an iconic example of Italian medieval architecture with Gothic influences, to see the The Allegory of Good and Bad Government frescoes by Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Once the tallest structure in Italy, the tower was designed to be taller than the tower in neighboring rival Florence. Learn about the Baroque architecture of Santa Maria della Scala, a former hospital that’s now a museum.

Accommodations: NH Siena
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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The walled towns of San Gimignano and Volterra

Take a day trip to explore San Gimignano and Volterra. In San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage site, enjoy breathtaking views of medieval towers, including the stone Torre Grossa. Notice that the town is surrounded by 13th-century walls, which contain the Duomo di San Gimignano, a 12th-century church with frescoes by Ghirlandaio. Visit another walled town, Volterra, to learn about the town’s historic architecture. Pass by the ancient Porta all’Arco, the most famous architectural monument from Etruscan Volterra; the Roman Theater, unearthed in the 1950s; Palazzo dei Priori, formerly the headquarters of the local magistracy, but now houses the city's main art gallery; and Volterra Cathedral, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

Accommodations: NH Siena
Meals: Breakfast
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Giardino dei Tarocchi

On the way to Rome, stop to walk through Giardino dei Tarocchi, a colorful sculpture garden based on the esoteric tarot, created by the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle. After, continue on to Rome and gather with the fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

Accommodations: Donna Camilla Savelli
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Depart Rome

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast
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