19715
Italy
Italy: Classic Tuscany and the Treasures of Florence
Explore medieval villages, discover Renaissance architecture, visit ancient marble quarries and savor renowned wine and cuisine as you learn the timeless story of Tuscany and Florence.
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Program No. 19715RJ
Length
13 days
Starts at
3,729
Flights start at
750

At a Glance

For centuries, the verdant landscapes and medieval villages of Tuscany remained frozen in time. Scarcely changed in appearance, today the entire region is a living cultural treasure. In the hills of northern Tuscany and the plain of Florence, discover the unparalleled artistic genius that blossomed into masterpieces of marble, canvas and architecture whose brilliance transcends time and place.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles a day on uneven terrain. Towns and city centers have wide traffic-free areas. Expect inclines on walks in Siena.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit the famed quarries of Carrara to learn why this marble is the material of choice for great sculptors and architects.
  • Explore the villa of Lorenzo de'Medici at Poggio a Caiano, and visit a winery in the Tuscan countryside to sample Tuscan wines.
  • View the great masterpieces in Florence: works by Donatello, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, Caravaggio, Cellini and Michelangelo’s iconic sculpture, “David.”
Featured Expert
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Rocky Ruggiero
Rocky Ruggiero is an art history professor specializing in early Renaissance architecture for American university study abroad programs in Florence. He has appeared in the History Channel series “Engineering an Empire" and in a PBS program focusing on the architecture of the Renaissance. Rocky shares his love of Florentine art as an advisory board member of Friends of Florence, a non-profit group that raises funds for the restoration of various works throughout the city.

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

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Elaine Ruffolo
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Donatella Grilli
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