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Events in Italy, Inc. Presents:
The Art of Florence and Tuscany 

(Florence, Siena, Arezzo, and Sansepolcro)



Arrival in Florence on Thursday, March 21st;

departure on Thursday, March 28th, 2024


  • Private visit of Uffizi Gallery*

  • Private visit to the Cathedral terraces and in-depth exploration of the recently renovated Cathedral Museum

  • Expert instruction from local art historians and guest lecturers

  • Uniquely designed itinerary concentrating on artisans of the Oltrarno.

  • Wine-tasting and dinner at panoramic Tuscany vineyard 

  • Day trips to the Tuscan hill towns of Siena and Arezzo

  • Exclusive visit and dinner in private Florentine palazzo hosted by noble family

  • Accommodations for 7 nights in luxury 4-star Hotel Brunelleschi in the heart of Florence:

  • Daily breakfast at hotel, 4 dinners, 3 lunches, 2 receptions, and 1 tasting 

  • All group transportation

  • Airport transfers 

  • All entrances and donations 

  • Local experts and private guides

Program Fee
Price: $5,950.00 (based on double occupancy)
$7,450.00 (based o
n single occupancy)



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*contingent upon approval of the management of the Uffizi



March 21

Florence Arrival and Orientation

Arrival in Florence.

Transfer to Hotel Brunelleschi, your luxurious 4-star accommodation in the heart of Florence. Later this afternoon, explore the historic center of Florence on a walking tour that follows the streets that Michelangelo and his contemporaries knew intimately. Learn about the city’s ancient Roman origins and see what the city’s back alleys and smaller squares reveal about Florence’s growth in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. 

After this pleasant stroll through the past, return for a welcome reception and dinner in the hotel, which is built into the ruins of an ancient church complex and features one of the city’s oldest medieval towers.  
(reception, dinner)


Image by Igor Ferreira


March 23rd

Michelangelo and the Medici 

 9:00 am Meet in the lobby of the hotel Brunelleschi. As one of the most powerful families in Florence, the Medici were responsible for commissioning some of the greatest works of the Renaissance. Under astute Medici leadership, Florence enjoyed a period of peace and prosperity. Benozzo Gozzoli’s painted his famous procession of the Magi, celebrating both the birth of Christ and the greatness of the Medici.  


 Next, we will visit to the church of San Lorenzo, where generations of Medici put some of the greatest artists to work, men like Brunelleschi, Donatello, and Michelangelo. The very richness of the church reflects the newly acquired fortune of the family and each generation left their mark here. 


We will finish the morning at the Accademia Gallery to study the masterpieces by Michelangelo including the iconic David as well as his unfinished Prisoners destined for the tomb of Pope Julius II.


Free afternoon


3:30 pm Travel by private coach to the hills outside of Florence for wine tasting and dinner.

(breakfast, wine tasting, and dinner)



March 25th

Private Visit to the

Uffizi Galleries

8:30 am Meet in the lobby of the hotel. And walk to the Uffizi Galleries. The Uffizi occupies the top floor of a U-shaped building on the front side of the Arno River, designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1559 to hold the administrative offices of Medici Grand Duke Cosimo I. Here the Medici installed their art collections. We will view some of the most magnificent works of art in the world and follow in the footsteps of princes as you pass through the Uffizi. Expect to admire masterpieces by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and more – culminating in three works by Caravaggio.Art and Artisans of the Oltrarno 

6:30 pm  Enjoy a festive group dinner.

(breakfast, dinner)



March 27th

In the Footsteps of

Piero della Francesca (Arezzo/Monterchi/


8:00 am Meet in the lobby of the hotel. We dedicate the day to the great Piero della Francesca acknowledged today as one of the foundational artists of the Renaissance. Our adventure will take us through the rolling hills of Tuscany to visit Piero’s Legend of the True Cross in Arezzo, Piero’s Madonna del Parto in Monterchi, and Piero’s sublime Resurrection in Sansepolcro. An experience no true Renaissance art lover should miss.  

Enjoy a festive group lunch in Sansepolcro followed by a visit to the Museo Civico to see Piero’s masterpiece.

(breakfast, lunch)

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Program Coordinator

Kellin Nelson

Kellin Nelson first came to Florence in 2002 as an undergraduate with New York University where she fell in love with Italy, its culture, and its art. In 2007, thanks to a fellowship from Syracuse University, she returned and completed her Masters in Renaissance Art History. After working for several museums in the Los Angeles area, in 2012 she moved back to Florence with her husband, fellow Syracuse graduate Professor Sean Nelson. 



March 22nd

The Cathedral Complex and Orsanmichele

8:45 am


Gather in the hotel conference room and join art historian Elaine Ruffolo for an illustrated presentation on the history of Florence. Next, take an unforgettable visit to the Cathedral complex of Florence and Orsanmichele. 
Begin at the recently expanded and completely reorganized Museum of the Cathedral to admire Lorenzo Ghiberti’s original Gates of Paradise, Donatello’s Mary Magladene, and Michelangelo’s poignant Pietà. 

3:30 pm This afternoon we will visit the 11th century Baptistery, one of the oldest buildings in the city and still used for religious functions. Next, by special permission, climb the terraces of the Duomo and enjoy a privileged perspective of the Cathedral with unforgettable views of Florence.


6:00 pm  Enjoy an exclusive private visit and reception in the historical, private Renaissance palace. The nobles lovingly maintain their private Renaissance home, of which they are justly proud and extremely well-informed. The visit will be followed by a group dinner overlooking Florence. 

(breakfast, reception, dinner)

Image by Antonio Ristallo


March 24th

Siena: A Gothic Dream 

8:30 am This morning we will head by private coach into Tuscany and visit Siena, which is like a gothic dream. Walk through the medieval town, visit the unforgettable Cathedral of Siena, the Palazzo Pubblico, and a private visit to a contrada.

1:00 pm Enjoy a group lunch followed by free time to explore more of Siena.

On the way back into Florence, pause at the Piazzale Michelangelo for an unforgettable view of the city. 

(breakfast, lunch)



March 26th

Art and Artisans

of the Oltrarno &
Private Visit to a

Renaissance palace

9:30 am This fascinating tour will wind through the backstreets of the Oltrarno (south side of the Arno River), traditional home of many artisans still working in Florence. While strolling through the most characteristic quarter of the city, you will visit a variety of workshops to view artisans at work as well as the church of Santo Spirito designed by Filippo Brunelleschi and Santa Felicita which contains a masterpiece by Pontormo. 


1:00 pm Enjoy a group lunch and then a free afternoon for individual pursuits.

(breakfast, lunch)

Image by Giuseppe Mondì


May 9th


Group departure from hotel to airport.





Elaine Ruffolo -

Renaissance Art Historian

Elaine Ruffolo has been teaching art history in Florence, Italy since 1989 and is a popular instructor for students and adults alike. Her special interests include the history of art and patronage Renaissance Florence. Elaine firmly supports that the best way to understand a work of art is by exploring the context in which it was made.  What makes art history interesting and relevant today is study of the political situation, economic conditions, patronage, and the artist's personality which is reflected in the work of art.

The Art of Tuscany
(Florence, Siena, Arezzo and  Sansepolcro)

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Program fee:

$5,950 (based on double occupancy)
$7,450 (based on single occupancy)


Please sign up with your primary email address as that will be how we stay in touch regarding program details. 


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