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The Hidden Treasures of Florence

See a side of Florence rarely shown to outsiders as you enjoy inside access to the Museo del Duomo, explore palaces and aristocratic mansions and attend lectures at private galleries.
Rating (5)
Program No. 18647RJ
Length
10 days
Starts at
3,299
Flights start at
900
Italy

The Hidden Treasures of Florence

See a side of Florence rarely shown to outsiders as you enjoy inside access to the Museo del Duomo, explore palaces and aristocratic mansions and attend lectures at private galleries.
Length
10 days
Starts at
3,299
Flights start at
900
Length
10 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
3,299
Flights start at
900
Program No. 18647RJ

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Feb 13 - Feb 22, 2023
Starting at
3,299
Mar 20 - Mar 29, 2023
Starting at
3,299
Apr 17 - Apr 26, 2023
Starting at
3,799
May 8 - May 17, 2023
Starting at
3,799
Sep 4 - Sep 13, 2023
Starting at
3,799
Sep 18 - Sep 27, 2023
Starting at
3,799
Oct 2 - Oct 11, 2023
Starting at
3,799
Oct 16 - Oct 25, 2023
Starting at
3,799
Oct 23 - Nov 1, 2023
Starting at
3,799
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Feb 13 - Feb 22, 2023
Starting at
4,129
Mar 20 - Mar 29, 2023
Starting at
4,129
Apr 17 - Apr 26, 2023
Starting at
4,919
May 8 - May 17, 2023
Starting at
4,919
Sep 4 - Sep 13, 2023
Starting at
4,919
Sep 18 - Sep 27, 2023
Starting at
4,919
Oct 2 - Oct 11, 2023
Starting at
4,919
Oct 16 - Oct 25, 2023
Starting at
4,919
Oct 23 - Nov 1, 2023
Starting at
4,919

At a Glance

This is a special opportunity to experience Florence at its absolute best — beyond the throngs of tourists in quiet neighborhoods where artisans and patricians live side by side amid colorful window boxes, cobblestone streets and churches with many hidden stories waiting to be told. View works by Michelangelo, Donatello and the great Renaissance masters.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 3 miles over the course of a day, uneven terrain; standing up to one hour at a time during on-site lectures.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn from top historians about lesser-known works of art in galleries and private collections not open to the public.
  • Visit the Scuola del Restauro and discover what it takes to preserve and repair invaluable masterpieces.
  • Enjoy Roman, Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic architecture over cocktails and aperitifs.
Featured Expert
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Mario Carniani
A native of Fiesole, Italy, Mario Carniani graduated with honors from the University of Florence with a focus on foreign languages and literature. After pursuing studies on Elizabethan drama in England, he moved on to teach Italian at the British Institute of Florence and English in Italian State schools. He has conducted courses on Italian literature and history for numerous international institutes based in Florence, including Georgetown University and Dartmouth University.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Mario Carniani View biography
A native of Fiesole, Italy, Mario Carniani graduated with honors from the University of Florence with a focus on foreign languages and literature. After pursuing studies on Elizabethan drama in England, he moved on to teach Italian at the British Institute of Florence and English in Italian State schools. He has conducted courses on Italian literature and history for numerous international institutes based in Florence, including Georgetown University and Dartmouth University.
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Giovanni Guidetti View biography
Giovanni Guidetti is an expert in the travel with decades of experience. He specializes in Renaissance and Baroque Florentine Art as an art historian with a Masters in Art History from the University of Florence. Giovanni loves to share the beauty of the Tuscan landscape as a professional leader in Florence, Fiesole and Prato. He currently is the Scientific Director at the Museum of Sacred Art of San Donnino. Giovanni has also led lectures and presentations on Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical artists and monuments.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Palazzi of Florence: their history and art
by Leonardo Ginori
The House of Medici: its rise and fall
by Christopher Hibbert
Magnifico: The brilliant life and violent times of Lorenzo de Medici
by Miles J. Unger
Renaissance Florence
by Gene Brucker
The Companion Guide to Florence
by Eve Borsook
Daily life in Florence in the time of the Medici
by Jean Lucas-Dubreton
Palaces of Florence
by Francesco Guerrieri
Florence: The biography of a City
by Christopher Hibbert
Santa Maria del Carmine and the Brancacci Chapel
by Mario Carniani





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