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4th JUNE
25th JUNE
4th june 2022 – 11th june 2022
8 Days Art Tour
From Praxiteles to Caravaggio

Your tour guide: Dr. Flaminia Franco
Cost Pounds UK £ 3.400,00
25th june 2022 – 2th july 2022
8 Days Art Tour
From Praxiteles to Caravaggio

Your tour guide: Dr. Flaminia Franco
Cost Pounds UK £ 3.400,00
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8 Days Art Tour from Praxiteles to Caravaggio

We are pleased to present you our art tour “From Praxiteles to Caravaggio”. Our team has carefully thought up this tour to take you, accompanied by one of our art historians, to the most beautiful places and museums to admire a vast selection of all kinds of art in Rome, Naples, Assisi, Monterchi, Sansepolcro, and in Florence.  

During this fabulous art tour, we will take you to and explain Greek and Roman art sculptures mosaics and frescos, Proto-Renaissance art, and various expressions of Renaissance art up to Mannerism and Baroque art. We will bring you not only to see the famous frescoes, paintings and sculptures which have been gathered in famous big museums but also to locations away from the big cities in central Italy where interesting and famous art can by admired.    

There will also be field day where we will instruct you, aided by a local expert, to make your own small fresco with natural colours as it was done by the Roman anonymous “pictors” or by Giotto, Michelangelo, and other artists. Afterwards, you can take your fresco work with you.         

We will also take care of the eno-gastronomic aspect during your stay as we will lunch and dine in carefully selected restaurants and trattorias. Our company has a 10-year experience as online dining guide for high level restaurants in Rome and Italy. Depending on the season we will make sure to let you taste typical Italian or local delicacies.

8 Days Art Tour from Praxiteles to Caravaggio

Day 1- Rome

Upon your arrival at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport or at the Termini train station, our staff will be waiting for you to bring you to the hotel. After checking in, we will welcome you to Rome and explain to you some ins and outs about the hotel, the area of Rome where the hotel is located and some other things regarding logistics and safety in Rome and in Italy. It will also be a moment to meet our guides and the other persons on this tour. Further, we will explain to you how your week with us will evolve.  After this short welcome we are off to see byzantine mosaics and have an aperitif in front of the Pantheon. Dinner is planned in a nearby restaurant that has a very interesting wine cellar with ruins that date back to the time of Marcus Agrippa.

Day 2 – The via Appia, the catacombs and making frescos

After a good rest and a good breakfast, transport will be ready outside the hotel to take us to the old Appian Road where our tour of today starts. Our first stop will be at a small private Roman catacomb with interesting frescos to continue with a visit to the Catacombs of Saint Sebastian where we can admire Roman Pagan art, early Christian art, and surprisingly also baroque art. After these visits we will have lunch on the old Appian Road and sometime to relax. After relaxation, we will move to a place where our Roman Pictor will be ready for you to give hands on lessons in making Roman Frescoes. Each one of you can select a subject to paint from available examples and will be assisted to prepare and finish your personal fresco that you can take with you afterwards. In the late afternoon, we will take you back to the hotel for relaxations. Dinner will be in the vicinity of the Hotel. 

Day 3 – Capella Sansevero, the bay of Naples & The National Archaeological Museum of Naples

After breakfast we will travel by minivan or minibus to Naples. Once we arrive in Naples, we will head for the centre to visit the Capella Sansevero with its amazing sculptures where we can admire il Cristo Velato by Giuseppe Sanmartino and Il Disinganno by Francesco Queirolo and other sculptures. From there we will go to the Galleria Umberto I to have a short walk towards piazza del Plebiscito to arrive at the seaside restaurant where we will have lunch. After lunch we will make an extensive visit to the Archaeological Museum of Naples or as, it was formerly called, the Real Museo Borbonico since it was Carlo VII, the Bourbon King of Naples who in 1748 took an interest in Pompeii and had excavations started which initially produced the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum and many artefacts. At the museum we will see Roman and Greek art and other interesting finds from Pompei and if you wish, you can also visit the secret cabinet (Gabinetto Segreto) which holds the collection of erotic art in Pompeii and Herculaneum. After the museum we will return to Rome, dinner will be close to our hotel.       

Day 4 – the Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel, Villa Borghese and San Luigi dei Francesi 

In the morning we will visit the Vatican Museum with its amazing omnipresent art on ceilings, walls and displayed masterpieces. We will view the archaeological collection to admire Greek & Roman art and the sections with paintings and frescos from Giotto, Raffaello, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and many others. After the museum we will visit the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peters Basilica. After Saint Peters we will leave the Vatican to have lunch near Piazza Navona. After lunch we will visit Villa Borghese to see more art from Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Agnolo Bronzino, Antonio Canova, Caravaggio, Raffaello, Perugino, Lorenzo Lotto, Antonello da Messina, Cranach, Annibale Carracci, Pieter Paul Rubens, Bellini and Tiziano. After a break and an aperitif, we will pay a short visit to the church of San Luigi dei Francesi to admire three masterpieces by Caravaggio; from there it is a very short walk to enter and appreciate the Pantheon with the tomb of Raffaello. Afterwards, our transport will take us to the hotel for some relaxation; dinner at the hotel.                

Day 5 – Towards the Italian countryside to see Cimabue, Giotto & Piero della Francesca  

Today we will check out of our hotel and travel north towards Umbria and Tuscany. Our first target is the town of Assisi where around the year 1200 Saint Francis founded his order and where he started the construction of his church, now the Basilica of Saint Francis. In the Basilica we will see works of Proto-Renaissance painters like Cimabue, Giotto and others. After our tour in the Basilica, we will visit the beautiful town of Assisi and have lunch. From Assisi we will travel to a small hamlet in Tuscany to make a meaningful stopover in our trip to Sansepolcro to admire one of the most enigmatic frescos of the renaissance: La Madonna del Parto by Piero Della Francesca. It is located in a small museum in Monterchi, birthplace of the mother of the artist. Once in Sansepolcro, there will be time to rest and relax. Dinner in a restaurant nearby our hotel. 

Day 6 – Sansepolcro, Arezzo and Florence 

Today’s visits will be in the sign of Piero della Francesca, first in Sansepolcro where Piero was born and later in the day in Arezzo to admire more works by him in the Basilica di San Francesco. There will be some time to see the city before commencing the visit at 10.00 hrs of the Museo Civico di Sansepolcro that houses frescos and paintings by Piero della Francesca. From Sansepolcro we will travel to Arezzo to have lunch at the main square of the town and subsequently visit the church of Santa Maria della Pieve and the Basilica di San Francesco where we will see the famous fresco La legenda della Vera Croce. After visiting we will resume our journey towards Florence. After checking in at the hotel there will be time to explore the city or to rest and relax. Dinner in the centre of Florence.   

Day 7 – Florence 

Today we will explore Florence on foot starting with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery which was commissioned in 1560 by Cosimo I de’ Medici, first Grand Duke of Tuscany to house the administrative and legal offices of Florence. His predecessor Francesco I de’ Medici 1574 to 1587, was responsible for creating the first art collection on the second floor of the building. The Gallery is famous for its outstanding collections of ancient sculptures and paintings (from the Middle Ages to the Modern period). The collections of paintings from the 14th-century and Renaissance period include some absolute masterpieces: Giotto, Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo, Raffaello, Michelangelo and Caravaggio, in addition to many precious works by European painters (mainly German, Dutch and Flemish). Moreover, the Gallery boasts an invaluable collection of ancient statues and busts from the Medici family, which adorns the corridors and consists of ancient Roman copies of lost Greek sculptures.

After the Uffizi Gallery we will have lunch followed by a visit to the basilica of Santa Maria Novella followed by a visit to the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore both interesting architectural works of art with interesting artworks by various artists. After these visits we will return to the hotel to rest or you can use this time before dinner to explore Florence on your own. Farewell dinner close to the hotel.  

Day 8 – Florence – Siena-  Rome 

After breakfast, we will leave the hotel to return to Rome. On the way to Siena we will stop at the interesting town of Monteriggioni for a quick visit. From there we travel on to see Siena and have lunch. After lunch we will continue our trip back to Rome. Once there, we can leave you at any place you desire, airport, train station or, if you have decided to stay longer, at your new hotel.                  

8 Days Art Tour from Praxiteles to Caravaggio

This tour Includes:

  • Airport or train station transfers on first and last day of tour
  • Comfortable minivan or minibus travel
  • 4star hotel in the centre of Rome, Sansepolcro and Florence
  • Each day/excursion in presence off our art historian who will explain the art works, the sites and assist you with any other questions
  • An afternoon with a hands-on course of fresco making
  • A wonderful cultural experience
  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners in selected restaurants
  • All entrance fees and tips

 

8 Days Art Tour from Praxiteles to Caravaggio

Frequent asked Questions

  1. What’s included in the price?
  2. Where will we stay?
  3. Where will we have dinner and lunch?
  4. Safety?
  5. Travel Insurance?
  6. How many people will there be in the group?
  7. Do the guides speak English?
  8. How many guides will accompany us?
  9. How will we travel from one place to another?
  10. How long will the minibus drives be?
  11. What sort of menus are available in the restaurants?
  12. Will there be a lot of walking during the various visits?
  13. Is there internet access in our hotel?
  14. Do we have time to shop?
  15. What do I need to bring?
  16. What about Visas? Do I need to have a Visa?
  17. Your arrival in Italy
  18. The end of your stay with us and departure
  19. What if I need to cancel my tour?
  20. Are there any kinds of incentives, special or customized hikes or tours?
  1. What’s included in the price?
  • Airport transfers on first and last day of tour
  • Accommodation in a historic 4* hotel in the centre of Rome
  • surrounded by the atmosphere of the dolce vita of Via Veneto.
  • Minibus travel throughout the tour
  • All entrance fees and tips
  • All excursions with expert guides
  • Tour includes all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  1. Where will we stay?

Your accommodation is in a historic 4* hotel that is named after Queen Margaret of Savoy who, in the early 1900s, chose it for her Roman sojourns. The hotel is located in the centre of Rome surrounded by the atmosphere of the dolce vita of Via Veneto. When booking a double room you should clearly request either a double bed or twin beds, otherwise we’ll assume that either is acceptable.

Note: Depending on availability we reserve the right to change the hotel for another similar hotel without further notice.

  1. Where will we have dinner and lunch?

Our company has a 10-year experience as online dining guide for high level restaurants in Rome and Italy. From this experience we have selected excellent restaurants we will visit to have lunch or dinner during our tour. Please inform us of any special dietary requirements at least 30 days in advance of your trip.

  1. Safety?

Your safety is our biggest concern. Our tours have been carefully selected to be pleasant and never dangerous. All our guides have been trained to live by the “Safety First” rule while guiding. On each hike there will be at least one guide who has had First-Aid training.

  1. Is Travel Insurance included?

Insurance is not included. Adequate business travel insurance is a condition of your contract with us. You must be satisfied that your business travel or other appropriate insurance fully covers all your requirements including pre-existing medical conditions, cancellation charges, medical expenses and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. If you choose to travel without adequate insurance cover, we will not be liable for any losses howsoever arising, in respect of which insurance cover would otherwise have been available.

  1. How many and what kind of people will go with us on tour?

Apart from our guides, there will be up to a maximum of 12 other participants on each tour.

On our tours you will meet people from various parts of the world and therefore with different backgrounds, most will be in the 40-75 age range. The persons that book our tours are curious and probably well-read who want to explore history, archaeology, and the delicious food of Italy.

  1. Do the guides speak English?

Our guides are all English-speaking professionals with years of experience in guiding groups to and through the areas where we will be going, and they all love to share their knowledge and experience with you.

  1. How many guides will accompany us?

It depends, there will always be one English speaking guide that accompanies you, but when we go out for walks in the countryside there will be two guides with the group.

  1. How will we travel from one place to another?

We use air-conditioned luxury passenger vans or minibuses to get around. They are comfortable and there is room for your bags or backpacks.

  1. How long will the vans drives be?

The transfers in the vans will be around 10 to 15 minuts inside Rome, outside Rome the transfers could take from 20 minutes to an hour. If the itinerary includes Pompeii the transfer could take as long as 3 hours, but we might take the high speed train as an alternative in this case.

A typical Italian lunch or dinner consists of a first course il primo (pasta, rice or similar), a second course il secondo (meat or fish) served together with a side dish il contorno (vegetable or salad), fruit, dessert, and coffee. During our tours at lunch and dinner there will be a choice of two “primi’s”, two “secondi”, dessert, coffee and selected white and red wines and mineral water. Note: please let us know at the time of booking if you are allergic to some foods or if you have special dietary requirements.

  1. Will there be a lot of walking during the various visits?

Walking during the visits is inevitable, to see the main sites at Pompeii we will have to walk 5 km and at Hadrian’s Villa 4 km, During the day with the hike also around 4 Km. So that is 2,5 to 3 miles on the longest walks.

  1. Is there internet access in our hotel?

In all the hotels we have selected there is a Wi Fi network

  1. Do we have time to shop?

The shops in Italy are open until 19.30 / 20.00 hrs., most of the time we will be back at our hotel in Rome by 18.00 hrs. to give you time to relax or to shop. If we are travelling by van, we can drop you off at shopping areas or commercial centres when they are not to far from our route.

  1. What do I need to bring?

We recommend you to bring a good pair of walking shoes, a small bag or backpack and a cap or hat for the sun and a rain jacket just in case. If you join us on a trip in spring or autumn pack raingear and a fleece to keep you warm. We advise people who wear spectacles to bring a spare pair just in case.

  1. What about Visas? Do I need to have a Visa?

Please click here, this link will open a page of the Italian Ministry of Foreign affairs where you can check if you require a visa.

  1. Your arrival in Italy

If you arrive in the morning of the starting day we will collect you from either of the Rome airports, Leonardo da Vinci Int. Airport at Fiumicino or Ciampino Airport.  If you come by train, we’ll meet you at Rome’s central railway station (Termini). In the case you are already in Rome, you will be given clear directions to reach the hotel.

  1. The end of your stay with us and departure

On the day of departure from Rome there will be time for breakfast. Transportation will be provided, and we’ll take you wherever you need to go airport, train station, or any other location in Rome.

  1. What if I need to cancel my tour?

This is explained in our booking conditions.

  1. Incentives, special or customized hikes or tours

Italian Adventures can organise hikes or tours for private groups or companies of eight people or more.  Please send an email to sales@italian-adventures.com or call us at 0039-392-0360775

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