Our itineraries are rich but not rushed. Savor each experience free from the logistical worries of travel, while enjoying comfortable, well-appointed inns, palazzi, castelli, villas, cloisters, and charming hotels – with enough time to discover each place on your own after the guided visits each day. Our tours are planned to minimize multiple hotel moves. On each tour we stay in a few carefully chosen accommodations to allow for a breadth of experience of each region without a lot of unnecessary packing and repacking.
In addition to our announced tours below, The Renaissance Company offers a wide range of programs custom designed for specific groups, educational institutions, businesses, and diverse organizations seeking itineraries and theme oriented travel. We are happy to speak with you about an offering tailored to the interests of your group.
The Renaissance in Florence: From Medieval to Modern
October 10 – 18, 2019 (optional Chianti extension, Oct. 18 – 21)
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Welcoming reception at the hotel beginning at 6:30 pm., followed by an introduction to the program.
This morning we begin with a walking tour of Dante’s Florence, following the circuit of the walls of the medieval town.
In the afternoon we visit the magnificent Uffizi Gallery tracing the development of Medieval and Renaissance art.
Today is dedicated to visiting the churches of the two great medieval Orders that played crucial formative roles in the development of the Florentine Renaissance, the Franciscans and Dominicans. First, in the morning we visit Santa Maria Novella, founded by the Dominicans and the site of Masaccio’s revolutionary fresco, The Holy Trinity. Then, in the afternoon we cross the town to visit the Franciscans’ Santa Croce, with its magnificent frescoes by Giotto and the tomb of Michelangelo.
In the morning, we visit the Convento San Marco to see its beautiful frescoes by Fra Angelico. From there, we walk to the Palazzo Medici to see the fabulously restored frescoes there in the private chapel by Benozzo Gozzoli.
The afternoon is free to allow you some time to get acquainted (or reacquainted) with the magnificent city of Florence on your own.
The day with a tour of the spectacular Palazzo Pitti and the Galaria Palatina, including famous works by Raphael, Titian, and Lippi to name but a few.
In the afternoon, we visit the small but enormously important Brancacci Chapel with its frescoes by Masaccio – a fresco cycle that revolutionized western art with Masaccio’s use of the new principles of perspective and chiaroscuro as well as his unique ability to imbue his figures with human emotion.
In the morning we visit the National Sculpture Museum in the Bargello, where the work of Donatello, including his David, and the della Robbias is featured in an exceptionally evocative setting. From the Bargello, we go on to visit the Museum of the Opera del Duomo, where we shall find, among many riches, Donatello’s sublime Mary Magdalene and Michelangelo’s Florentine Pieta.
The afternoon is free in Florence.
This morning, we visit the Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall and seat of government of Florence for more than 800 years. In the afternoon, we take a short excursion to one of the most scenic spots from which to view the city, the Church of San Miniato, the oldest and, many would say, the most striking of the city’s great Churches.
This morning we visit the most well-known sites associated with Michelangelo in the city of Florence: the Galleria dell’ Accademia to see the David and the Bound Slaves; the Church of San Lorenzo and the Medici Chapel with its extraordinarily powerful tomb sculptures, and the Laurentian library. The remainder of the day is free for a last leisurely afternoon and eveing enjoying the dignified charm of Florence
Supplemental Itinerary, Chianti and Siena, October 18- 21, 2020
Departing our hotel in Florence we our excursion through the Chianti wine district heading for the heart of the “Chianti Classico” territory where we spend three nights. On the first day we immerse ourselves in the rich traditions of Chianti production, including the origins of the DOCG designation which controls the use of appellation “Chianti Classico,” and a tour of the fattoria (production facility) and cantina (cellars) of one of Chianti’s most renowned producers.
From our hotel we make a short trip to Siena, the famed home of the Palio horse-race, and visit the uniquely impressive twin icons of Sienese identity, its stunning Cathedral, together with its museum housing Duccio’s masterpiece, the Maesta`, and Palazzo Publico with its tower dominating the Campo (main city piazza) and its artistic treasury of works by Simone Martini and Piero and Ambrogio Lorenzetti.
After free time in Siena, we then return to our hotel for an evening at leisure.
Our morning is spent in the charming town of Castellina in Chianti including a visit to a second major producer. The afternoon is at leisure after our return to our hotel in anticipation of our culminating event, a gourmet Tuscan Feast with a pairing of exceptional wines that showcase the region at it very best. The meal will be preceded by a private tour of the converted Franciscan convent that is now the home of the Consorzio del Gallo Nero, the “league of the Black Rooster,” the official governing body charged with the responsibility of safeguarding and promoting the reputation of one of Italy’s most highly esteemed cultural products – Chianti Classico
We leave our hotel in Chianti by bus traveling to the Florence Airport to accommodate those with flights from there and then to central Florence near the train station for those who need to make rail connections. The tour concludes upon our return to Florence.
Cost of the Tour and Program Notes
The total cost of the primary tour is $3,250. Prices include hotel accommodations (double occupancy) with breakfast, all entrance fees and guided tours as indicated in the itinerary and subject to the specified conditions; also included is the welcome reception on the first evening of the tour. the wine tasting in Chianti and the final group dinner. No other meals are included. Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully for full details. Airfare and ground transportation are not included.
* After receipt of the deposit, cancellation by the participant will be subject to a minimum $150 per person cancellation fee.
* Cancellation after 90 days prior to the commencement of the tour will result in forfeiture of the full amount of the deposit ($1000.).
* Cancellation after September 1 or “no show” at the commencement of the tour will result in forfeiture of the full cost of the trip per person.
All tours are offered on condition of sufficient enrollment. If the offer of a tour must be withdrawn at any time due to insufficient enrollment, all deposits and additional payments will be refunded and this will constitute full satisfaction of all claims by participants on the Renaissance Company. Therefore the purchase of trip cancellation insurance through a third party vendor is strongly recommended.
*** In view of the statutory or contractual limitations which may apply to personal injury or property damage losses, the purchase of accident and baggage insurance, is strongly recommended, as well as trip cancellation insurance, is strongly recommended.***
The Renaissance Company, LLC, and its representatives act only as agents in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, sightseeing, restaurants or any other services in connection with the itinerary, and they will exercise reasonable care in making such arrangements. However, they do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident or delay to person and property due to any act of default of any hotel, carrier, restaurant, company or person rendering any of the services included in the tour. The tickets, coupons, tariffs, rules or contracts currently in use by any carrier, hotel, restaurant or other rendering service shall constitute the sole contract between such contractor and the tour member. Baggage and personal effects are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times. Further, the Renaissance Company and its representative agents accept no responsibility for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labor disputes, machinery breakdown, quarantine, government restraints, weather or any other cause beyond their personal control. The right is reserved to cancel or change itineraries or substitute services without notice, and to decline to accept any tour member at any time, when such action is determined to be in the best interests of the health, safety or general welfare of the tour group or individual. No carrier shall be responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board its own conveyance.
Finally, the Renaissance Company bears no responsibility whatsoever for any travel arrangements made by individual travelers that do not form part of the published itinerary. Extensions of stay, hotel accommodations beyond those indicated in the program, early arrivals or departures, hotel charges not included in the basic room rate including but not limited to telephone, beverages and meals, and hotel services, and all other arrangements undertaken at the initiative of individual participants are the sole responsibility of the individual. No change can be made in group plans or schedules to accommodate such arrangements.