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Florence - Cradle of the Renaissance

Florence 5 nights Prices on request

The dawning of the Renaissance began in Florence and soon spread to other city states in the north of Italy, each ruled by an immensely wealthy family which was able to sponsor artists, musicians and architects to display their power and influence. The Medici in Florence led the way, funding the works of Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Donatello and Leonardo da Vinci. Others followed but none would ever surpass the legacy of the Medici. The Kirker Tour Lecturer will introduce you to the works of a litany of great artists and help you to put them and their achievements into context.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Five nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners at local restaurants
  • All entrances fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of a Kirker Tour Lecturer

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Fly to Pisa

    We fly from London to Pisa and transfer to one of our favourite 4 star hotels, the Santa Maria Novella in the heart of the city, where we stay for five nights. On most days we will end our tour in the late afternoon, which will allow for some free time to explore independently.
  • Day 2 - Uffizi

    Our first visit will be to the Uffizi Gallery where we see paintings by every great Florentine artist as well as works by international artists. During the afternoon we visit Santa Maria Novella and the Dominican church with works by Ghirlandaio and Masaccio.
  • Day 3 - Bargello

    Today is the turn of the Bargello where the great sculptures of Florence are displayed – Michelangelo, Donatello and many more are represented here. In the afternoon we visit the church used by the great Medici family, San Lorenzo, designed by Brunelleschi. We see the Medici family tombs and Michelangelo’s largest sculptural work.
  • Day 4 - Accademia

    We visit the Accademia this morning where we see Michelangelo’s David and the frescoes by Fra Angelico in the Friary of San Marco. Later we devote time to the eclectic cathedral, topped by the very symbol of the Renaissance, Brunelleschi’s massive dome.
  • Day 5 - Santa Croce

    We go to the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce this morning, its rich and ornate sculptures, altarpieces and frescoes indicating that this was the chosen burial place of the rich and famous. At the Palazzo Vecchio we see interiors designed by Vasari where works by Michelangelo, Donatello and Ghirlandaio are on display. Our tour will end with a visit to the Brancacci Chapel with its frescoes by Masaccio and to Santo Spirito, the last great building of Brunelleschi.
  • Day 6 - Flight back

    We will drive to Pisa airport for the flight back to London.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:

Depart London Heathrow 11.00 arrive Pisa 14.15

Depart Pisa 15.10 arrive London Hethrow 16.35

 

Departure Dates and Prices

Included Hotels

Hotel

Santa Maria Novella
Superior
Florence, Italy, Europe

After an extensive renovation, this fine hotel is, we think, the city’s best 4 star.

Caroline Howard

Caroline Howard

Tour leader

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Dr Nicholas Shrimpton

Dr Nicholas Shrimpton

Tour Leader

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