Some Suggested Itineraries from trips we have organized
Arts in the Other Tuscany
This tour highlights the richness of Tuscany's art. From food, to shopping, to historic and contemporary art. Visit small towns, culturally rich and wonderful to explore.
Florence : 3 nights in Florence with visits to major historic sights, museums, churches and shopping with local guide.
Pistoia, well preserved medieval town unlike any you have seen. A world class contemporary art garden.
Lucca and Pisa : world famous towns - see more than from a tour bus.
Tuscan coast : Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi. Italy’s famous beach resorts.
Both Lucca and Forte dei Marmi have renown markets…
Pietrasanta : chic and full of artist studios and foundries - we visit these plus Michelangelo's quarry where he selected his marble!
Renaissance Women and their Place
Join us and meet the women of the Renaissance, see their clothing, homes and
learn of their education too. How was their daily life?
Florence - four nights, includes the Medici women, Lucretia Tornaboni, mother and Clarice Orsini the wife of Lorenzo il Magnifico, and meet the beautiful and wily Caterina Sforza, whose grandson became the first Medici Grand Duke, Cosimo I. His Spanish wife, Eleanora di Toledo, left a mark on the city that is easy to see today if you know where to look. Also, visit the great museums and churches, and Medici villa’s out side the city where the family worked and played. Then we travel to...
Mantua three nights – a jewel of a city, known for its food and the fat and sassy Isabella d’Este, art collector, city manager and intellectual - We will visit Palazzo Ducale and Palazzo Te – built in two eras by the same family.
A trip to Ferrara in reveals the real story of Lucretia Borgia.
Venice three nights - enjoy the lurid stories of the courtesans, whose company was sought by kings and princes of Renaissance Europe. Local guides will enhance our understanding of Venice in history and today. Then a day trip to the island of Murano by boat to learn about the making of glass and its contribution to Venetian history and the economy today. We won't pass up San Marco, Doges palace and other famous Venetian places either!
Hiking in the Footsteps of St. Francis
Organized especially for Italy&More by Italian Footprints, our partners in Florence. Leisurely walks start in the morning, with additional walking options in the afternoon. Walks are timed to accommodate lunch, photo ops and breaks. Meander through wooded trails, walk down dirt roads, and follow ancient cart paths. (And don’t worry, van support is provided.)history and nature wine and olive oil tastings,museum and church visits,artisan shopping and eating.
Cortona : first 3 nights will be in a newly restored countryside farmhouse located on the outskirts of Cortona.
Assisi : second 3 nights will be in the heart of Assisi, in deluxe rooms with breathtaking views.
OR create your own itinerary with our help - for yourself, your family or your professional organization or interests.
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