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Florence Art Tour

Long favoured by the early Victorians on their Grand Tour of European cities, Florence hosts some of the finest Renaissance art in Europe including Michaelangelo’s famous statue of David which stands in the Galleria Accademia.

Here are more details of an example tour itinerary as a starting point, but at Kipling Tours, we can tailor-make any itinerary just for you.

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  • Day 1

    Fly to Pisa Tuscany Airport - Uffizi Museum

    Today you fly to Tuscany Pisa Airport where you are met on arrival and transfer to your hotel in Florence. After check in and time for lunch there will be a guided walking tour of the old city. You then have time to explore Florence on your own. Don't forget to cross the famous Ponte Vecchio, an original medieval bridge which still has small shops built across it. This iconic bridge and one of the enduring symbols of the city dates from the fourteenth century and is the only bridge in the city to have survived the Second World War.

    This afternoon you visit the Uffizi, the most famous gallery in Florence originally built for the Medici family as a private repository of art. Situated near the Arno River and the Ponte Vecchio, the building became a public gallery as long ago at 1765 and today houses an incredible collection of paintings including artists such as Bellini, Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.

  • Day 2

    Florence - Bargello, Orsanmichele & Duomo

    You begin this morning at the Bargello Museum which displays sculpture from pre-Renaissance to Renaissance allowing you to see the progression in styles. One of the highlights is the room which is dedicated to Donatello and Verrocchio. At the church and museum of Orsanmichele you can see the array of Gothic and Renaissance sculptures of saints, created over a 250-year time period.

    In the afternoon you visit the Duomo, the famous Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. After exploring its magnificent interior, the Museum and Baptistry, you can climb the 463 steps to the cupola. On the interior of the dome you can admire Giorgio Vasari's frescoes of the Last Judgment, and from the top you have a spectacular view across the red-tiled roof tops of Florence. You can also climb up to the top of the adjoining bell tower. Giotto’s Campanile is a splendid example of Florentine Gothic architecture from the 1300’s

    In the late afternoon you cross the Arno and visit the Piazzale Michelangelo which offers a wonderful panoramic view across the city. Above lies the Romanesque Abbey of San Miniato al Monte where you can attend the evening Gregorian Chant.

  • Day 3

    Florence - San Marco, Accademia & San Lorenzo

    This morning you visit the Museum and Church of San Marco which was a former Dominican convent built for the Medici Family. The museum offers the visitor an example of a perfectly preserved fifteenth century convent, and the simple monastic life for those who lived within its cloisters. The library is one of the finest preserved interiors of the Renaissance.

    The Accademia Museum is famous for the magnificent giant marble sculptures created by Michelangelo, and above all, the glorious David which stands in a position of prominence at the end of a long gallery. There are also works of art by several famous Italian artists including Botticelli, many of which were commissioned by the Medicis. The Hospital of the Innocents represents an important chapter in the history of the Florentine Renaissance. Built by the renowned architect Filippo Brunelleschi, the Hospital is a major symbol of Renaissance architecture and civilization.

    The Basilica of San Lorenzo, despite its uninspiring exterior, has a tremendous history. This was the church of the Medici family and Cosimo, the first member of the dynasty, is buried in the crypt. Also, here is the tomb of the renaissance sculptor Donatello and there is an interior façade by Michelangelo. One of the highlights is the Laurentian library which Michelangelo himself was commissioned to design by Pope Clement VII, himself a Medici. Adjacent and attached to the Basilica are the Medici Chapels which were built for the powerful Tuscan dynasty to be their mausoleum.

  • Day 4

    Santa Croce, Palazzo Pitti - Depart Home

    This morning you begin with a visit to the vast Franciscan basilica of Santa Croce, the favored burial place for leading Florentines and abundantly furnished with sculpted tombs, altar pieces and frescoes. In the cloister, the adjacent and elaborate Pazzi Chapel, commissioned by Andrea de’ Pazzi in 1429, is believed to be the work of the architect Brunelleschi.

    You then cross the Arno River via the Ponte Vecchio to the Palazzo Pitti, the last residence of the Medici Family and now a museum housing a large collection of art. The Palatine Gallery includes works by Raphael, Titian and Rubens. The palazzo lies adjacent to the beautiful formal Boboli Gardens whose origins date back to the sixteenth century.

    In the afternoon you travel from Florence to Pisa airport for the homeward flight.

Prices start from

£499 for a 4 day tour

Half board basis based on flights with Easyjet.  We include local guides, all admissions and local airport transfers in Florence

includes flights

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