Day 1: Travel with our group leader; depart USA on a scheduled International Flight and cross international time zones.
Day 2: Arrive this morning in Rome. Travel to Florence, receive apartment keys and addresses take taxis to your furnished apartments to relax and unpack in your new home!
Day 3: AM. Rest, recuperation. PM-Orientation of Florence. Meet at the train station. Tour to the Central Market for food shopping then to our Studio in the historic center for an informative lecture.
Day 4: AM. Meet at Fuji Studio, then a tour of train station and information on how to travel using public transportation. Walking tour from train station to some of the the major sites we will be visiting in depth later such as the Duomo, also orentation at Post Office, banks and American Express. Rest of afternoon free or visit monthly flea market. PM- Evening Art History Lecture with guest Professor from Harvard University.
Day 5: AM. Our tour begins with a visit to the church of Santa Maria Novella, with frescoes by Ghirlandiao, Filippo Lippi, Paolo Uccello, Masaccio's Holy Trinity and a wooden Crucifix by Brunelleschi. We'll continue on to the Romanesque church of San Lorenzo with remodeling by Brunelleschi and pulpits by Donatello.We'll also see the old Sacristy and Biblioteca (library) with the Mannerist stairway by Michelangelo. PM at leisure or sketching/photo will be of Central Market area and the church of San Lorenzo.
Day 6: AM. Field trip to the Duomo, Florence's most famous landmark and Europs 3rd largest cathedral. An arduous but amazing climb through Brunelleschi's remarkable double dome leads us to the top with its aerial view of Florence and the Arno valley. We'll complete the morning with sketching/photo from the top of the Duomo. PM, we'll visit the Duomo Museum and see a sculptured pieta by Michelangelo, Donatello's and Della Robbia's Cantorie, Donatello's Mary Magdalen plus Pisano's original door panels for the "Gates of Paradise". Continuing to the Baptistery to see this ancient heart of Florence. PM sketching/photo or at leasure.
Day 7: AM. Field trip to the Gothic Church of San Marco. Experience the spiritually moving frescoes by Fra Angelico, paintings by Fra Bartolomeo, Ghirlandiao and others. Around the corner we'll visit the Accademia, home of Michelangelo's David and his unfinished Slaves. PM, sketching/photo around Santa Maria Novella with Alberti's ideal facade. Evening: Optional (Fee)Italian cooking class and dinner.
Day 8: AM. A morning walk to the National Museum (Bargello). This Medieval Palace now contains priceless sculptures with works by Michelangelo Cellini, Giambologna and others. It also contains a Museum of Minor Arts, with carved ivory, jewelry, tapestry, armor and ceramics. PM, hike up to the impregnable Fort Belvedere for an afternoon of sketching/photo the panorama of the Arno Valley and it's villa-studded hill tops.
Day 9: Our first day-long excursion will be by train to Pisa. We'll visit the "recycled" Romanesque Duomo, Baptistry and then see the amazing frescoes at the Cemetery. PM- Tour the Duomo Museum. Sketching/photo at piazza del Duomo in the "Field of Miracles" by the famous leaning tower of Pisa.
Day 10: Optional (Fee).
Air can be included for approximately $1500, if you do not fly with the group. We are happy to make all your flight arrangements for you. Just about everything is included in this price except for food
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