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  • In the Footsteps of Michelangelo

    Sisine Chapel, Rome

    Michelangelo's statue of Moses in the San Pietro Vincoli Basilica, Rome

    Michelangelo's David, Florence

    Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence

    The Inn at the Spanish Steps, Rome

    In the footsteps of Michelangelo

    Michelangelo Buonarroti, sculptor, painter, poet and architect, is often thought of as the archetypal Renaissance man and his work ranks amongst the most famous in existence. His influence on Western art has been profound. With this holiday you can follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and explore his work in both Florence and Rome, perhaps re-discovering famous pieces you have seen before but also witnessing for the first time new masterpieces in both cities.

    DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

    DAY ONE
    Arrive Florence

    Arrive by air either into Pisa or Florence. Private transfer from the airport to your hotel in the centre of Florence. We suggest the Hotel Helvetia and Bristol because of its history and location but other hotels in Florence can be booked.

    DAYS TWO TO THREE
    Visit Florence

    Throughout the city of Florence there are numerous associations with Michelangelo from the Piazza San Marco, opposite the former Medici garden, where he served his apprenticeship to the Casa Buonarroti, where drawings and works from his youth are displayed to the Piazzale Michelangelo, where a statue of Michelangelo was erected in 1875. However, the principle locations, buildings and items in Florence are the Accademia, housing David, Prisoners, Pieta di Palestrina and St Matthew. The Church of San Lorenzo houses the Medici tombs and Michelangelo’s allegorical statues of Dawn and Dusk, Night and Day. His Florentine Pieta or the Deposition of Christ, a work he started at the age of 72, is housed in the Opera dell Duomo. In the Bargello are a number of sculptures including Bacchus and Brutus, whilst in the Uffizi is his only Florence painting, the Doni Tondo. Spend the two full days here in Florence tracing the footsteps of this great artist. Michelangelo’s tomb, by Vasari, is actually in Santa Croce.

    DAY FOUR
    Florence to Rome

    Let us know what time you want to leave Florence, allowing for more time in that city or in Rome. We include a transfer to the station, first class rail travel from Florence to Rome (journey time about 2 hours) and then a private transfer from the station to your hotel in Rome. We suggest the Hotel Inghilterra because of its central location not far from the Spanish Steps, but we have other hotels we can offer you.

    DAYS FIVE AND SIX
    Visit Rome

    In Rome the most obvious place to visit is St Peter’s with the Dome, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the Pieta. Other works by Michelangelo in Rome include diverse items such as the Porta Pia in the Aurelian walls, the Palazzo Farnese, the statue of Moses in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in the church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, the Capitoline Hill and the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli built inside the frigidarium of the Baths of Diocletian. Truly a broad scope of work illustrating the genius of Michelangelo.

    DAY SEVEN
    Depart Rome

    Time for further exploration in Rome today before your flight home.

    We include:
    • British Airways flights London to Pisa or Florence, returning from Rome to London
    • Three nights at the Hotel Helvetia and Bristol, Florence in a classic double room
    • Three nights at the Hotel Inghilterra, Rome in a superior double room
    • Private car transfer Pisa or Florence airport to Florence hotel. and back to station
    • Private car transfer Rome station to Rome hotel and back to airport
    • First class rail travel from Florence to Rome

    Prices from about £1,540 per person

    In the Footsteps of Michelangelo Cultural Break Map
  • Cultural Breaks in Italy

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    Explore modern and historic Italy with one of our specially-designed cultural breaks in Italy.

    For the Love of the Automobile

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    Tour through Turin, Modena, and Milan as you visit the most prestigious car museums in Italy.

    In the Footsteps of Palladio

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    Visit the best of Palladio's work in the Veneto.

    In the Footsteps of the Medicis

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    Witness the masterpieces of the Medici family on this four-night cultural break in Italy.
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  • Italy

    Find out more about Italy

    Italy FAST FACTS

    Capital
    Rome
    Airport
    There is a very good scattering of international airports in Italy, with the main ones being Venice, Pisa, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Naples, Genoa, Turin and Bari; on Sicily, Catania is served by several airlines from the UK and on Sardinia you fly to Cagliari or Olbia.
    Currency
    Euro (£1 = Euro 1.30)
    Size
    Italy is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide
    Population
    60 million
    Average temperature
    Italy's temperature varies dramatically, from about 4 degrees in Turin in winter to 33 degrees in Sicily in summer, with snow year-round on the summits of the Pyrenees and Alps
    National holidays in Italy
    Some tourist attractions as well as banks etc may close on the following days:
    1 January
    6 January (Epiphany)
    Easter Monday
    25 April (Liberation Day)
    1 May (Labour Day)
    15 August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    1 November (All Saints)
    8 December (Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    Christmas Day
    Boxing Day
    There are a number of local feast days that can affect conditions locally. In addition to the above days, museums are often closed on Mondays in Italy.

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      Italian garden holidays and tours for individuals and small groups

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      Visit our selection of tailor-made family holidays to selected hotels and resorts around the world.

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      Tailor-made cookery holidays in Italy

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      Our selection of authentic experience and special interest holidays.

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      Luxury tours for individuals around the world

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