Day 1, May 23 – Travel

Depart from your city to Rome NOTE:  Daily schedule listings below indicate in parentheses which meals are covered by your tour purchase (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=dinner)

Sunday, Day 2 – Rome, Capalbio and Maremma

Arrive in Rome and transfer by bus to a first class resort hotel in Maremma, Tuscany, with a private beach and a crystal clear sea on a scenic gulf. This resort will be our home away from home for the next 4 nights. If you want to relax on the beach and take a long...

Monday, Day 3 – Lucca and Pisa

Full day tour 1 – This morning we will visit lovely Lucca, one of the few cities with its Medieval walls intact. The wide walls have been transformed into a charming pedestrian promenade ringing the old town. Each of the four principal sides is lined with a different...

Tuesday, Day 4 – Florence

This morning we will journey to Florence, the heart of the European Renaissance. Florence is an open-air exhibit of art and culture where beauty is a way of life. We will stroll across the romantic Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) to admire the Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace)...

Wednesday – Day 5 – Siena

Today we will see first hand why the enchanting scenery of the Tuscan countryside is so well-loved with its picturesque vistas bathed in golden light. We will visit Siena, Italy’s best preserved and most beautiful medieval town. Siena’s heart is the Piazza...

Thursday, Day 6 – Orvieto, Todi and Rome

This morning we will depart for Rome, the Eternal City. Along the way, we will stop in the hilltop towns of Orvieto & Todi. Orvieto has one of the loveliest cathedrals in Italy with a facade encrusted with brilliantly colored mosaics. Sit at a café table and watch...

Friday – Day 7 – Assisi and Spello

We will make a pilgrimage to the sacred town of Assisi where Saint Francis and Saint Clare were born and lived. Their purity, devotion, and cosmic awareness are still felt by visitors. In the St. Francis Basilica we will see Giotto’s frescos depicting the life of the...

Saturday, Day 8 – Rome

We will take a walking tour of Rome. The historical sites of the city are closed to traffic, thus the best way to explore Rome is to use the convenient subway system. We will visit the famous attractions: St. Peter’s Basilica, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain,...

Sunday, Day 9 – Florence

This morning we’ll take a high speed train to Florence. After an early lunch we’ll stroll through the fantastic statuary and mysterious grottos of the Boboli Gardens, a backdrop for Dan Brown’s novel Inferno. Then Professor Beaufort will highlight the artistic...

Monday, Day 10 – Florence

Today we’ll explore the medieval Baptistry with its incredible mandala-like mosaic ceiling illustrating the layers of creation from divine to angelic to human. In the Duomo Museum Professor Beaufort will engage us to discover stories encoded in art, including...

Tuesday, Day 11 – Florence

This morning we will focus on the art of Michelangelo. In the Accademia, we’ll experience his magnificent and heroic David, as well as the Captive Slaves, which reveal his method of working. Then in San Lorenzo we’ll explore his evocative sculptures of Dawn, Dusk,...

Wednesday, Day 12 – Florence

This morning we’ll visit the monastery of San Marco to delight in the pure and celestial art of Fra Angelico. We’ll explore monk’s cells with simple yet powerful images to aid in contemplation and meditation. We will also compare two large frescos of the Last Supper...

Thursday, Day 13 – Rome

Our grand hotel, a former Papal palace, is only a five-minute walk from the Vatican. Today we’ll explore the vast artistic riches of the Vatican Museums, with some of the world’s best ancient Roman sculpture. We will experience the astonishing magnificence of...