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Italian Renaissance

  • Venice, Florence, Sienna, San Gimignano, Rome10 days
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Italy is the birthplace of the renaissance and it is on this tour that you will see Michelangelo’s David and Sistine Chapel Frescoes, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Primavera, da Vinci’s The Last Supper and the classic villas of Andrea Paladio. Art and life intermingle effortlessly here and, as you pass through beautiful cities such as Venice, Florence, Sienna and Rome, you will witness the beauty, style and flair that furnish every aspect of daily life in Italy. Take this tour and see the golden age of art and culture, celebrated beauty, innovation, and mathematical proportion.

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You will read the Renaissance in Dante, see it in Michel angelo, be engulfed by it when you walk into a Renaissance church. This tour highlights key Renaissance sites and masterpieces in Venice, Florence, Sienna and Rome, as well as some more remote and less frenetic destinations. Cultural delights

Hang out in the gracefully spacious Piazza San Marco in Venice before visiting the Basilica, with its shimmering mosaics

Visit the Duomo in Florence, admire Brunelleschi’s groundbreaking cupola, and climb to the top if you have the stamina

Queue with the masses to visit the Sistine Chapel and the rest of the massive Musei Vaticani

Places covered 10 Days
  • Day 1&2 Venice, Renaissance sightseeing
  • Day 3 Florence, Renaissance sightseeing
  • Day 4 Florence, - Accademia – Uffizi gallery
  • Day 5 Florence – Pisa – Lucca – San Gimignano
  • Day 6 Tuscany – Sienna – Assisi
  • Day 7-9 Rome, Renaissance sightseeing
  • Days Details
  • 1&2 Venice, Renaissance sightseeing Venice is a city full of pastel palaces and nicknamed ‘La Serenessima’ – the Most Serene. The city is built mostly on water and this is so much part of its special allure. Take a boat ride down the spectacular Grand Canal. Hang out in the gracefully spacious Pizza San Marco before visiting the Basilica, with its shimmering mosaics. And then bask in the Bellinis and other Venetian masterpieces at the marvellous Galleria dell’Accademia – see works by Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, Tiepollo, Bellini, Giorgione, and Carpaccio. Visit the gigantic palace, Ca’Rezzonico’, that was the last home of the English poet, Robert Browning, and also Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari – an immense gothic church of russet-colour brick. If time, visit Torcello, withits ancient mosaics, green spaces, and picnic opportunities – this atmospheric and almost deserted island is one of the most magical places in Venice.
  • 3 Florence, Renaissance sightseeing Florence is the heart of Renaissance Italy and was the centre of the cultural Renaissance revolution. Explore its legacy in the city’s gorgeous museums, churches, and palaces, and there’s some wonderful food and shopping and beautiful gardens too. The city’s palaces take on a certain magnificence when day breaks and when the sun sets – their muted colours glow in this light. See the magnificent Duomo, an incredible mix of Romanesque and gothic, with its wonderful dome that presides over the cathedral with a dignity and grace that few domes to this day can match. See the Palazzo Pitti – anenormous palace that is one of Florence’s largest architectural set pieces, and the Palazzo Vecchio – Florence’s forbidding, fortress-like city hall that was begun in 1299.
  • 4 Florence - Accademia – Uffizi gallery You could spend a whole morning at the Galleria Dell’ Accademia. See the sculptures by Michelangelo – the unfinished Salves, fighting their way out of their marble prisons, and the beautiful sculpture of David, you may need to reserve a ticket in advance, it is such a popular attraction. This statue is often considered to be the definitive sculptural embodiment of the High Renaissance perfection. And among the highlights at the Uffizi Gallery are Paolo Uccello’s Battle of San Romano, the Madonna and Child with Two Angels by Fra Filipppo Lippi, and the Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli. See also the Venus of Urbino by Titian, and the splendid Bacchus by Caravaggio.
  • 5 Florence – Pisa – Lucca – San Gimignano Spend a full day visiting two of the most important historical cities in Tuscany – Pisa and Lucca, and on to San Gimignano that is famous for its white wine, the world renowned Vernaccia, and its skyscrapers. On arrival at Pisa your must-see is the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with the Leaning Tower, and also the Baptistery, the Cemetery and the Cathedral. On to the enchanting Lucca, renowned for its art and Renaissance style, that is hidden within its original towering walls. Stroll through the enchanting historical centre and admire the Anfiteatro Square, the Guinigi Tower, St. Martin’s Cathedral and the thriving maze of little streets and alleys full of wonderful artisan shops, galleries and stores. Next stop is San Gimignano and its 1300 Museum where you can see miniature models of the ancient city being made, and also sample local wine and sweets. This museum showcases life in the city 700 years ago and you can learn about the different techniques in ceramic production.
  • 6 Tuscany – Sienna – Assisi Another trip in to Tuscany takes you to the charming city of Sienna. Travel through the gorgeous Chianti countryside, admiring the idyllic landscape of verdant green hills punctuated by cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves. And visit the old town of Sienna, Tuscany’s elegantly beautiful second city, and see the inside of the Basilica di San Domenico. This is a treasure chest of Renaissance dedicated to St. Catherine of Sienna. After marvelling at its artwork, continue on a walking tour of the old town until you reach the Cathedral. Learn about Sienna’s famous ‘contrades’ - neighbourhoods - on a visit to one of the city’s contrada museums, each contrades have their own flag and anthems. And finally, beautiful Assisi birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of Italy. Assisi’s main attraction is the 13thcentury Basilica di San Francesco that contains the sacred relics of Francis and beautiful frescoes of his life. Stroll through the town’s winding medieval streets and sacred shrines.
  • 7-9 Rome, Renaissance sightseeing It would take a lifetime to experience all of Rome’s Renaissance treasures. Rome is a city of Ancient Wonders, and topping most must-see lists are the Vatican and the remains of ancient Rome – especially the Colosseum, the Forum, the Palatine Hill, and the Pantheon. Queue with the masses to visit the Sistine Chapel and the rest of the massive Musei Vaticani. Take a‘Caravaggio Tour’ of churches with works by the temperamental master. And view stunning sculptures by Bernini, as well as works by Raphael, Coreggio, and Titian at the Villa Borghese, where a reservation is required for admission. This museum does a wonderful job of pairing Renaissance and baroque works with ancient ones so you can compare and contrast.
€ 2,200 per person (Prices are in Euros and exclude international flights)
Price Per Person in Twin Sharing Accomodation
(Prices are in Euros and exclude international flights)

All rates mentioned are an approximate price per person on a twin-sharing basis, and are based on a minimum of 4-6 adults travelling together. Rates are subject to change based on the number of passengers and the time of year. (Flights, visas, travel insurance, lunches & dinners, personal expenses not included. There may be some itinerary activities not included also – please ask).

Inclusions :

- Traditional ,Boutique or Heritage accommodation where possible or Quality accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) in centrally located 4*Hotels .

-Meals – breakfast in all destinations

- Internal Travel by rail - ferries - coach as applicable

-Guided sightseeing excursions as per the itinerary

-First arrival and last departure transfers

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