October, 2016
February, 2017

Michelangelo Buonarroti was born in 1475 just outside of Florence in the small town of Caprese. His family, distant relatives of the ruling Medici family, lived in genteel poverty and disapproved of their son’s penchant for “common” activities like sculpting and painting. Nonetheless, the young man clearly had talent and attracted the attentions of Lorenzo di’Medici.

Michelangelo began his career in Florence and felt drawn home all his life. Visit the early work of a young student at the Casa Buonarroti. See the last work of an aging sculptor at the Opera del Duomo. Stand before his David and marvel as his contemporaries did. And visit the Laurentian Library, a masterpiece of elegant design.

Florence is a city of grand art, beautiful architecture, and lovely people. Still home to generations of artisans, Florence offers great shopping as well. Antiques, leather goods, beautiful papers, and ceramics are among the prizes waiting to be purchased.

And the food? As the largest city in Tuscany, Florence boasts some of the finest dining in Italy. Enjoy Steak Florentine, pecorino cheese, crusty breads, fine wines, and incredible regional cuisine.

Michelangelo's Rome Sample Itinerary 

Subject to change.

Day F1: An Introduction and Michelangelo’s Origins
Your plane will be met by a driver who will take you to Hotel Benivieni, our accommodations for our stay.  Once every one has arrived and is settled in, we will gather walk through the city center and on to Casa Buonarroti, our first museum. 
We also might visit:
Casa Buonarroti, Santa Croce, The Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria

Day F2: Michelangelo and the Medici
Michelangelo came from genteel poverty.  At a very young age, however, Lorenzo de’ Medici, the most powerful man in Italy, became his patron.  Much of Michelangelo’s work was commissioned by the Medici Family.  Today we will visit several spectacular examples. Michelangelo succeeded where other artists had failed and produced his David: a powerful testament to his own skill as an artist as well as to Florence’s influence in the 16th century.
Walking Florence’s cobbled streets, we can visit:
Galleria dell’Accademia, the Medici Chapel and the Laurentian Library, and the Bargello Dinner together at a local restaurant.

Day F3: The Uffizi Museum
Today we will visit one of the world’s finest art museums.  With a collection this outstanding, the first visit can be intimidating, so we will hit the highlights with plenty of time to explore on your own if you are inspired.

Day F4: Travel First Class on the Eurostar from Florence to Rome.
The train will be met by a driver who will take us to our accommodations.  After everyone is settled in, we will take a walk through the Trastevere neighborhood and have dinner together at a local restaurant.
We also might visit:
Santa Maria in Trastevere, Villa Farnesina
Dinner together at a local restaurant.

Day 1: Begin Michelangelo's Rome Itinerary
At this point those people beginning their journey in Rome will arrive. You'll have some free time in Rome in the morning while they arrive at the hotel, and then we will all set out together for an afternoon excursion.

Click below for the Michelangelo's Rome Itinerary and details on the next part of your journey.

Typical Daily Schedule

8 am: breakfast at the hotel
9:15-9:45 am: morning briefing
9:30 am: depart for daily outing including churches and museums with a stop for lunch on your own along the way
2:30 pm: free time to explore, nap, or shop
7:30 pm: wine and cheese at the hotel before dining with new friends

€1200 per person/double-occupancy

€185 single supplement

Know that I look forward to traveling together again and will be jealous of those who get to enjoy your knowledge in the mean time.
— John Sall | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Michelangelo's magnificent David at the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence

What's included?

  • Accommodations: 3 nights in a charming inn in Florence; 1 additional night at our hotel in Rome before the rest of the group arrives

  • Transfer to hotel from airport with English-speaking guide

  • All Entrance fees and Reservations including:
    Casa Buonarroti
    Santa Croce
    Galleria dell'Accademia
    Uffizi Museum

  • First-class train tickets on the Eurostar from Florence to Rome

  • Transfer between hotel to the train station in Florence and in Rome

  • Meals:
    All breakfasts
    2 dinners