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Itinerary for Oct 10 — Oct 19, 2014

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Day One: Friday, October 10 - In flight
Afternoon: Depart USA on overnight flight to Italy.

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Cellai is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence in an extremely characteristic and quiet area. It is surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of churches, buildings and monuments which are unique to this city. On entering this exclusive hotel in Florence, you will immediately sense its special atmosphere as being one of warmth and intimacy, relaxation and charm. An atmosphere that makes you feel like being at home, with each detail passionately chosen and each room deserving a visit, not to mention our personal attention offered to each guest. Its style recalls that of the ancient inns of times past where young, European aristocrats stayed while discovering the beauty and artistic mysteries on offer in Italy.

Contact info:
Via 27 Aprile 14, 52r
Florence, 50129 Italy
phone: + 011 39 055 489291
web: www.hotelcellai.it

Room amenities: The special, defined style of the 55 rooms is combined with high quality comforts, ensuring your stay is even more pleasurable: air conditioning, direct telephone, satellite color TV, minibar, private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Flooring in stone or terracotta, stone arches, antique furniture and priceless, artistic furnishing accessories characterize the many lounges available to guests wishing to read or relax in the company of others. Some of the most evocative rooms include the splendid Fireplace lounge, the Garibaldi lounge and the Terrace, a sort of "open lounge area" overlooking the Florence skyline. The breakfast room is a "winter garden" with a large skylight where guests are served a delicious, candlelight breakfast each morning, with classical music playing in the background.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL €165, SGL €120, B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers


Day Two: Saturday, October 11 - Arrival and check in at Hotel Cellai
Lunch: Light lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Orientation meeting / Presentation of the program. Welcome drink.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the local restaurant

Lodging: Hotel Cellai

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Cellai is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence in an extremely characteristic and quiet area. It is surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of churches, buildings and monuments which are unique to this city. On entering this exclusive hotel in Florence, you will immediately sense its special atmosphere as being one of warmth and intimacy, relaxation and charm. An atmosphere that makes you feel like being at home, with each detail passionately chosen and each room deserving a visit, not to mention our personal attention offered to each guest. Its style recalls that of the ancient inns of times past where young, European aristocrats stayed while discovering the beauty and artistic mysteries on offer in Italy.

Contact info:
Via 27 Aprile 14, 52r
Florence, 50129 Italy
phone: + 011 39 055 489291
web: www.hotelcellai.it

Room amenities: The special, defined style of the 55 rooms is combined with high quality comforts, ensuring your stay is even more pleasurable: air conditioning, direct telephone, satellite color TV, minibar, private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Flooring in stone or terracotta, stone arches, antique furniture and priceless, artistic furnishing accessories characterize the many lounges available to guests wishing to read or relax in the company of others. Some of the most evocative rooms include the splendid Fireplace lounge, the Garibaldi lounge and the Terrace, a sort of "open lounge area" overlooking the Florence skyline. The breakfast room is a "winter garden" with a large skylight where guests are served a delicious, candlelight breakfast each morning, with classical music playing in the background.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL €165, SGL €120, B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers


Day Three: Sunday, October 12 - Palazzo Vecchio: Excavations of a Roma Theater- L...
Palazzo Vecchio: Excavations of a Roma Theater- Loeser Donation- secret passages

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Walk to Piazza Signoria. Still used as the city hall of Florence, the famous Palazzo Vecchio built in 1299, became Duke Cosimo de’ Medici’s palace and was highly renovated by Giorgio Vasari in the 16th Hundreds. Following a specially set itinerary and thanks to a private admittance visitors are allowed to peep into rooms where the Granduke and his family lived, kept treasures, met spies and showed their power. Francesco I’s ‘Studiolo’, or study room, Eleonora and Bianca Cappello’s room overlooking the huge hall of the palace, Giorgio Vasari’s amazing construction of its wooden ceiling are only a few of the surprises one can experience inside the political heart of Florence.

Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant

Afternoon: Today the visitor will also visit the excavations of a Roman theater located in the basement of Palazzo Vecchio and admire a special collection donated to Florence from the American scholar Charles Loeser. This will give the opportunity to experience the essence of a Renaissance home within the walls of Palazzo Vecchio.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Hotel Cellai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Cellai is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence in an extremely characteristic and quiet area. It is surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of churches, buildings and monuments which are unique to this city. On entering this exclusive hotel in Florence, you will immediately sense its special atmosphere as being one of warmth and intimacy, relaxation and charm. An atmosphere that makes you feel like being at home, with each detail passionately chosen and each room deserving a visit, not to mention our personal attention offered to each guest. Its style recalls that of the ancient inns of times past where young, European aristocrats stayed while discovering the beauty and artistic mysteries on offer in Italy.

Contact info:
Via 27 Aprile 14, 52r
Florence, 50129 Italy
phone: + 011 39 055 489291
web: www.hotelcellai.it

Room amenities: The special, defined style of the 55 rooms is combined with high quality comforts, ensuring your stay is even more pleasurable: air conditioning, direct telephone, satellite color TV, minibar, private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Flooring in stone or terracotta, stone arches, antique furniture and priceless, artistic furnishing accessories characterize the many lounges available to guests wishing to read or relax in the company of others. Some of the most evocative rooms include the splendid Fireplace lounge, the Garibaldi lounge and the Terrace, a sort of "open lounge area" overlooking the Florence skyline. The breakfast room is a "winter garden" with a large skylight where guests are served a delicious, candlelight breakfast each morning, with classical music playing in the background.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL €165, SGL €120, B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers


Day Four: Monday, October 13 - Lecture , Santa Croce district, Santissima Annunz...
Lecture , Santa Croce district, Santissima Annunziata Church, Scuola del Cuoio

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Walk to Santa Croce District. On site lecture on "Florence and its historic handcraft tradition". Visit to the Chiesa of Santa Croce. This is the richest medieval church in Florence, which features frescoes by Giotto, a chapel by Brunelleschi and the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Machiavelli, Dante Alighieri. Visit to the "Scuola del Cuoio in the Monastery of Santa Croce". Scuola del Cuoio was created after World War II through the collaborative efforts of the Franciscan friars of the Monastery of Santa Croce and the Gori and Casini families, Florentine leather artisans since the 1930. Their mission was to give orphans of the war a means to learn a practical trade with which to earn a living. Santa Croce, with its strategic position along the banks of the Arno river, since the 13th century had been historically the district where the industries that required great quantities of water were concentrated.

Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant

Afternoon: The tanners of via delle Conce and via dei Conciatori, just a few steps from the garden entrance of the Monastery and Scuola del Cuoio, were an important part of the Santa Croce neighborhood with the dyers of Corso dei Tintori and even the soap makers of via dei Saponai. The tanned hides were used for centuries for the leather manufacturing of the city and at the Monastery itself to cover the great manuscripts. Post-war Scuola del Cuoio brought those traditions back to the Monastery. Free time

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Hotel Cellai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Cellai is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence in an extremely characteristic and quiet area. It is surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of churches, buildings and monuments which are unique to this city. On entering this exclusive hotel in Florence, you will immediately sense its special atmosphere as being one of warmth and intimacy, relaxation and charm. An atmosphere that makes you feel like being at home, with each detail passionately chosen and each room deserving a visit, not to mention our personal attention offered to each guest. Its style recalls that of the ancient inns of times past where young, European aristocrats stayed while discovering the beauty and artistic mysteries on offer in Italy.

Contact info:
Via 27 Aprile 14, 52r
Florence, 50129 Italy
phone: + 011 39 055 489291
web: www.hotelcellai.it

Room amenities: The special, defined style of the 55 rooms is combined with high quality comforts, ensuring your stay is even more pleasurable: air conditioning, direct telephone, satellite color TV, minibar, private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Flooring in stone or terracotta, stone arches, antique furniture and priceless, artistic furnishing accessories characterize the many lounges available to guests wishing to read or relax in the company of others. Some of the most evocative rooms include the splendid Fireplace lounge, the Garibaldi lounge and the Terrace, a sort of "open lounge area" overlooking the Florence skyline. The breakfast room is a "winter garden" with a large skylight where guests are served a delicious, candlelight breakfast each morning, with classical music playing in the background.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL €165, SGL €120, B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers


Day Five: Tuesday, October 14 - Uffizi Gallery / Corridorio Vasariano / Santa Fel...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Visit to the Uffizi Gallery

Lunch: Snack on your own at the Café’ of the Gallery

Afternoon: Visit to the "Corridoio Vasariano". The Vasari Corridor is a long, elevated passageway connecting the Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi with the Pitti Palace on the other side of the Arno. It was built in 1565 by Giorgio Vasari, architect of the Uffizi, painter and author of the 'Lives of the Artists'. It was designed as a private, secure and convenient way for Grand Duke Cosimo I de' Medici to commute between his new home at the Palazzo Pitti and his offices (Italian: uffizi). As you leave the Uffizi Gallery following in the footsteps of the Grand Dukes, you cross the Ponte Vecchio by passing above the goldsmith shops. Windows in the walkway offer spectacular views of the river and the Santa Trinita bridge in the distance. On the other side of the Arno, you pass a viewing balcony looking down into the Church of Santa Felicita and finally exit in the Boboli Gardens. In addition to providing unique views of the city, the Vasari Corridor serves as a gallery displaying many of the Uffizi's fine works including selections from it's celebrated collection of more than 1600 self-portraits by great painters. These remarkable paintings by Bernini, Velazquez, Delacroix, Rembrandt, Chagall and many others, reveal how these important artists saw themselves.

Dinner: Dinner at the local restaurant

Lodging: Hotel Cellai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Cellai is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence in an extremely characteristic and quiet area. It is surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of churches, buildings and monuments which are unique to this city. On entering this exclusive hotel in Florence, you will immediately sense its special atmosphere as being one of warmth and intimacy, relaxation and charm. An atmosphere that makes you feel like being at home, with each detail passionately chosen and each room deserving a visit, not to mention our personal attention offered to each guest. Its style recalls that of the ancient inns of times past where young, European aristocrats stayed while discovering the beauty and artistic mysteries on offer in Italy.

Contact info:
Via 27 Aprile 14, 52r
Florence, 50129 Italy
phone: + 011 39 055 489291
web: www.hotelcellai.it

Room amenities: The special, defined style of the 55 rooms is combined with high quality comforts, ensuring your stay is even more pleasurable: air conditioning, direct telephone, satellite color TV, minibar, private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Flooring in stone or terracotta, stone arches, antique furniture and priceless, artistic furnishing accessories characterize the many lounges available to guests wishing to read or relax in the company of others. Some of the most evocative rooms include the splendid Fireplace lounge, the Garibaldi lounge and the Terrace, a sort of "open lounge area" overlooking the Florence skyline. The breakfast room is a "winter garden" with a large skylight where guests are served a delicious, candlelight breakfast each morning, with classical music playing in the background.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL €165, SGL €120, B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers


Day Six: Wednesday, October 15 - Palazzo Gondi, cocktail / Palazzo Spinelli / Scuo...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Walk to Palazzo Gondi. On the way stop at Cenacolo di S. Apollonia. Marchese Gondi will take you on a private tour of his elegant renaissance palace near the Piazza della Signoria. The palazzo was designed for the Gondi family in 1490 by Giuliano da Sangallo, a favorite architect of Lorenzo de Medici. The exterior of the Palazzo displays the classic layered design with each successive story a smoother, more subtle reflection of the one below. The open, central courtyard features a lovely fountain and columns with delicate and varied Corinthian capitals. A monumental staircase with detailed carvings on the steps leads to the upper stories with personal treasures of the Gondi family. While you admire the richly sculpted stone fireplace, the gracious Marchese will share his family history illustrated by the portraits on the walls. A terrace garden on the top floor provides privileged rooftop views of the Duomo and the central city. After the tour of the Palazzo, you will be treated to a wine tasting featuring regional Tuscan wines from the Marchese’s own vineyards. Each wine will be specially paired with a light appetizer. You won’t leave hungry." Visit to the Palazzo.

Lunch: Cocktail at the Palazzo

Afternoon: Walk to Palazzo Spinelli to visit the “Scuola del Restauro” and learn the techniques and the recent applications in the conservation and restoration of works of art

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Hotel Cellai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Cellai is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence in an extremely characteristic and quiet area. It is surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of churches, buildings and monuments which are unique to this city. On entering this exclusive hotel in Florence, you will immediately sense its special atmosphere as being one of warmth and intimacy, relaxation and charm. An atmosphere that makes you feel like being at home, with each detail passionately chosen and each room deserving a visit, not to mention our personal attention offered to each guest. Its style recalls that of the ancient inns of times past where young, European aristocrats stayed while discovering the beauty and artistic mysteries on offer in Italy.

Contact info:
Via 27 Aprile 14, 52r
Florence, 50129 Italy
phone: + 011 39 055 489291
web: www.hotelcellai.it

Room amenities: The special, defined style of the 55 rooms is combined with high quality comforts, ensuring your stay is even more pleasurable: air conditioning, direct telephone, satellite color TV, minibar, private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Flooring in stone or terracotta, stone arches, antique furniture and priceless, artistic furnishing accessories characterize the many lounges available to guests wishing to read or relax in the company of others. Some of the most evocative rooms include the splendid Fireplace lounge, the Garibaldi lounge and the Terrace, a sort of "open lounge area" overlooking the Florence skyline. The breakfast room is a "winter garden" with a large skylight where guests are served a delicious, candlelight breakfast each morning, with classical music playing in the background.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL €165, SGL €120, B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers


Day Seven: Thursday, October 16 - Oltrarno, Villa Torrigiani, Brancacci Chapel, lec...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Transfer to Oltrarno district. Visit to VillaTorrigiani.Visit to Torrigiani Gardens. Hidden in the heart of Florence, the Torrigiani Gardens is the largest private garden inside any European city. Starting in the sixteenth century as a famed botanical garden, it was expanded in the 19th century into an English-style romantic park. The gracious Marchese Torrigiani will lead your walk through this enchanting landscape pointing out the characteristic features of the romantic garden, important sculptures and historical artifacts. After your visit to the gardens, you will continue your walk through the ancient but trendy Oltrarno (across the Arno) neighborhood. A visit to Piazza Santo Spirito and its basilica, the great Renaissance masterwork of Brunelleschi, provides a unique taste of one of the most charming areas in Florence.

Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant

Afternoon: Walk to the Santa Maria del Carmine Church and visit of Brancacci Chapel known for its frescoes by Masaccio and Masolino. Visit to Brancacci Chapel. The Brancacci chapel of the Santa Maria del Carmine Church has been called the birthplace of Renaissance painting and the Sistine Chapel of the early Renaissance. It's fresco cycle on the life of St. Peter alternates scenes by Masolino in a late Gothic style with fresh, ground-breaking work by the young Masaccio. The tactile, expressive figures and realistic perspective in Masaccio's frescoes excited other painters, so that his work became a model and a challenge to the great artists who followed. Later additions to the fresco cycle by Filippino Lippi included portraits of Masaccio, Masolino and other contemporary artists. Restoration in the late 1980s revealed hidden details, so that today you can see these marvelous works with great color and clarity. Your expert guide will provide valuable insight into the creative process, history and significance of these amazing Renaissance masterworks. On site lecture on Masaccio and Masolino

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Hotel Cellai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Cellai is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence in an extremely characteristic and quiet area. It is surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of churches, buildings and monuments which are unique to this city. On entering this exclusive hotel in Florence, you will immediately sense its special atmosphere as being one of warmth and intimacy, relaxation and charm. An atmosphere that makes you feel like being at home, with each detail passionately chosen and each room deserving a visit, not to mention our personal attention offered to each guest. Its style recalls that of the ancient inns of times past where young, European aristocrats stayed while discovering the beauty and artistic mysteries on offer in Italy.

Contact info:
Via 27 Aprile 14, 52r
Florence, 50129 Italy
phone: + 011 39 055 489291
web: www.hotelcellai.it

Room amenities: The special, defined style of the 55 rooms is combined with high quality comforts, ensuring your stay is even more pleasurable: air conditioning, direct telephone, satellite color TV, minibar, private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Flooring in stone or terracotta, stone arches, antique furniture and priceless, artistic furnishing accessories characterize the many lounges available to guests wishing to read or relax in the company of others. Some of the most evocative rooms include the splendid Fireplace lounge, the Garibaldi lounge and the Terrace, a sort of "open lounge area" overlooking the Florence skyline. The breakfast room is a "winter garden" with a large skylight where guests are served a delicious, candlelight breakfast each morning, with classical music playing in the background.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL €165, SGL €120, B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers


Day Eight: Friday, October 17 - Cappella Medici / Lecture / Free time / The histo...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Walk to Cappella Medici to enjoy the event that the town of Florence has organized on the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the death of Michelangelo. There will be an interactive multimedia project on the masterpieces of the artist in Florence. Through this multimedia route, visitors will also admire Michelangelo’s creations in charcoal discovered in 1975 in the “secret room” where the artist had hidden himself to escape the wrath of Alessandro dei Medici. A REALLY UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY NOT TO MISS. On site lecture : “ Michelangelo: his genius and his relationship with the town of Florence”

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: FREE TIME Historic aperitif at the hotel

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Hotel Cellai

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Cellai is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence in an extremely characteristic and quiet area. It is surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of churches, buildings and monuments which are unique to this city. On entering this exclusive hotel in Florence, you will immediately sense its special atmosphere as being one of warmth and intimacy, relaxation and charm. An atmosphere that makes you feel like being at home, with each detail passionately chosen and each room deserving a visit, not to mention our personal attention offered to each guest. Its style recalls that of the ancient inns of times past where young, European aristocrats stayed while discovering the beauty and artistic mysteries on offer in Italy.

Contact info:
Via 27 Aprile 14, 52r
Florence, 50129 Italy
phone: + 011 39 055 489291
web: www.hotelcellai.it

Room amenities: The special, defined style of the 55 rooms is combined with high quality comforts, ensuring your stay is even more pleasurable: air conditioning, direct telephone, satellite color TV, minibar, private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Flooring in stone or terracotta, stone arches, antique furniture and priceless, artistic furnishing accessories characterize the many lounges available to guests wishing to read or relax in the company of others. Some of the most evocative rooms include the splendid Fireplace lounge, the Garibaldi lounge and the Terrace, a sort of "open lounge area" overlooking the Florence skyline. The breakfast room is a "winter garden" with a large skylight where guests are served a delicious, candlelight breakfast each morning, with classical music playing in the background.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL €165, SGL €120, B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers


Day Nine: Saturday, October 18 - Palazzo Corsini / Lecture / Santa Maria Novella C...
Palazzo Corsini / Lecture / Santa Maria Novella Church / San Miniato / Lecture

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Walk to Palazzo Corsini with stops at Borgo Ognissanti to admire the Cenacolo del Ghirlandaio. On site lecture : “The artists who inspired Michelangelo” Transfer to Palazzo Corsini. Princess Corsini will open her private garden and palace and meet her guests as long acquainted friends. Visit to Palazzo Corsini al Prato. Located near the Prato gate on the western side of the historic area, the Palazzo was designed in 1590 by Bernardo Buontalenti, a student of Michelangelo and Vasari. Acquired by the Corsini family in 1620, it was completed and enhanced to include a classically-designed Italian garden that has been maintained largely unchanged to the present day. The Corsini are a noble Florentine family with deep historical roots in the city and a family tree that includes not only a pope but a saint as well. As lovely as the Palazzo is, the garden is the real jewel of the visit. Certainly a hidden treasure, the garden is divided by a central avenue lined with statues whose bases are gradually shortened to create the illusion of greater depth and distance. On either side of this broad walkway, boxwood hedges border geometrically shaped flower beds accented by lemon trees in terracotta basins. Princess Corsini leads you on a walk through her garden and points out the unique features of an Italian garden of this era. Since she personally oversees the maintenance of the garden, she is uniquely suited to share horticultural and historical details that enrich your appreciation of its features. You finish the tour with a visit to the Palazzo and a delightful assortment of refreshments.

Lunch: Cocktail at Palazzo

Afternoon: Walk to Santa Maria Novella with stop at the “Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella” The basilica is one of the most important churches in Gothic style in Tuscany. The exterior is the work of Fra Jacopo Talenti and Leon Battista Alberti. The interior contains extraordinary masterpieces, including the Trinity by Masaccio, frescoes by Ghirlandaio in the Tornabuoni Chapel and Giotto's Crucifix. Transfer to the Basilica of San Miniato On site lecture and visit of the Basilica. Gregorian songs performance at the Basilica

Dinner: Dinner at the local restaurant

Lodging: Hotel Cellai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Ten: Sunday, October 19 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Morning departures from Florence airport based on flight schedule time.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
8 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
12 Field trips

Ratings

4.7
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