Uncover the artistic riches of Florence
with experts Siân Walters or Gayna
Pelham. In the 15th century, Florence
was an immensely wealthy and powerful
city state, where the principal Florentine
families were able to commission great
architects and artists to adorn their city
with buildings, statues and paintings. As
a result, modern-day Florence is packed
with artistic riches. It is not uncommon
for many masterpieces, monuments and
private palaces to be missed on a first
visit to the city, simply because they are
located away from the main sights and
museums. This tour includes visits to a
number of hidden gems and palaces not
easily accessible to the public.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Pisa with British Airways and
transfer to the hotel. Afternoon walking
tour with a private visit of Palazzo Corsini.
Continue to the church of Santo Spirito,
where Michelangelo’s recently restored statue
of Christ’s crucifixion is now on display, and
the Church of Santa Trinita, with its array
of extremely rich artworks. After an evening
introductory lecture and welcome dinner, stay
at the Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio
(or similar) for 5 nights. (D)
Begin the morning’s walking tour by visiting
the Convent of San Marco to see Fra Angelico’s
simple and poignant frescoes. Stroll through
Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, one of the
most beautiful squares in Florence, to see the
celebrated Ospedale degli Innocenti,
designed by Brunelleschi. Continue to the
Accademia Gallery to see the most celebrated
sculpture in Florence, Michelangelo’s David.
In the afternoon, visit the newly renovated cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with
Brunelleschi’s world-famous dome, as well as the
baptistry and Giotto’s bell tower. (B)
Morning visit to Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the
first Renaissance palace erected in Florence
and home to the Medici family for 50 years,
to see the renowned frescoes in the chapel.
See the impressive church of San Lorenzo
with its unparalleled collection of sculptures
by Donatello, as well as the New Sacristy
by Michelangelo, his masterpiece unifying
sculpture with sophisticated architecture, full of
symbolism and built to immortalise the Medici.
Next, visit Michelangelo’s celebrated Laurentian
Library and the Medici chapels. In the afternoon
there is a visit to the vast Pitti Palace, which now
houses a large collection of some of the most
important paintings and sculptural works in
Italy, as well as porcelain and a costume gallery,
and the nearby Boboli Gardens. (B)
Begin today’s walking tour with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery, containing the world’s richest
collection of Renaissance paintings and
sculpture, including masterpieces by Leonardo,
Michelangelo, Botticelli, Titian, Caravaggio
and countless others. Finish with a private walk
through the celebrated Corridoio Vasariano,
which features many of the Medicis’ private
collection of self-portraits. Afternoon at leisure
for independent exploration. (B)
Morning visit to the Palazzo del Bargello, a
former prison that is now an art museum
housing a superb collection of sculptures by the
likes of Michelangelo, Donatello, Giambologna
and Cellini. Continue to the tiny church of
Santa Margherita dei Cerchi, known as ‘Dante’s
Church’, which was the place of worship for
several prominent Florentine families, including
the Portinari family of Dante’s beloved muse
Beatrice. The final visit of the morning is to the
Basilica of Santa Croce, the burial place of some
of the most illustrious Italians. In the afternoon,
continue to the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella,
followed by Santa Maria del Carmine church
to see frescoes by Masaccio and Masolino in
the Brancacci Chapel. This evening there is a
farewell dinner. (B, D)
Transfer to Pisa airport for a return flight to
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a lecturer who has specialist
knowledge of the destination and its culture, as
well as an experienced local guide
Based in 4-star
This tour involves some long walks
and therefore requires a good level of fitness.
Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio is contained within the walls of the 'Torre dei Rossi' (Rossi Tower), which dates back to 1200. From inside the tower one can see the Ponte Vecchio's stone buttresses jutting out over the Arno river. Seven floors make the tower one of Florence's taller buildings, and there is a splendid suite crowning the hotel on the top floor. On the sixth floor you can either relax in the café lounge, at the bar or on one of two spacious terraces, all while enjoying a magnificent view of Florence's skyline and major monuments.
Hotel features: 87 rooms, roof terrace, restaurant, bar, free wi-fi internet access.
Room amenities: Flat-screen satellite television, air conditioning, safe,...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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IFC2017: 5 Nights