The Florentine Renaissance Tour
A Gourmet Feast for Art Lovers


If you've ever been touched by the beauty of Renaissance painting and sculpture—and wished you could really immerse yourself in it, The Florentine Renaissance Tour is a 9-day trip that has been designed just for you. The first half of the tour will be based in Florence at the elegant Hotel Pierre, and the second half at the Villa Marsili in Cortona, one of our longtime favorites.

Hotel Pierre

The Hotel Pierre offers us a state-of-the-art conference room that will allow us to view images and discuss them–with an espresso/wine bar within arm’s reach! Our relaxed workshop format will blend onsite visits with conversation, before and after, about what you’re seeing and what it means to you. Be prepared for an immersive, hands-on experience: we’ll be doing exercises to help you deepen your encounters with the art, and you’ll have ample opportunities to share your insights and experiences.

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If you’ve been on The Best of Tuscany Tour with us, this return visit to Florence will give you a chance to explore some of the amazing places that you didn’t get to see on that trip: the Brancacci Chapel, the San Marco Monastery, Orsanmichele, Santa Maria Novella, the Florence Baptistery...

Fra Angelico Cortona Annunciation

For the second portion of our tour we’ll be based in Cortona at the Villa Marsili. From Cortona we’ll make excursions to the nearby towns of Arezzo, Monterchi and Sansepolcro: landmark stops along the famous “Piero della Francesca Trail.” Piero was one of the most technically skilled of the early Renaissance artists and certainly one of the most philosophically profound. You may need to fasten your seatbelts as we explore Piero’s work and try to see the world through the eyes of his paintings.

Madonna del Parto Brera Altarpiece

In addition to feeding our souls, we’ll be sure to include fabulous daily meals accompanied by great Tuscan wines. With any luck we’ll be able to talk Alba into making her wild-boar lasagna when we have lunch with her and Claudio at the Poggio Molina winery!

Alba Champagne Anyone

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Those of you who are tempted to join us are strongly encouraged to pick up a copy of Sam’s latest book, The Renaissance of Imagination. If you enjoy the book, you will love this tour. If a little art is okay, but looking at paintings every day is too much, this is probably not the right trip for you. You will have a much better time on our adventures in Provence, Amalfi and other venues which offer a more varied range of activities.

The Renaissance of Imagination

The paperback version with color photos is available on Amazon for $16.95 at this link.

The Kindle version with color photos is available on Amazon for $9.95 at this link.

(Amazon also offers a b&w paperback version and an alternate digital version. The two links provided immediately above will take you directly to the recommended versions.)

Tour Specifics:

Cost: The land cost of the tour is $3,450 USD per person, based on double occupancy. Cash discount cost is $3,325 per person for payment by check or wire transfer.

You may make your registration deposit using PayPal and/or your credit card and still be eligible for the cash discount cost if your final balance is paid by check or wire transfer. Single rooms are available for a supplementary charge of $495. Airfare is not included.

Accommodations: 8 nights lodging in elegant, 4-Star historic hotel properties; (4 nights in Florence at the Hotel Pierre, and 4 nights in Cortona at the Villa Marsili. All rooms have en-suite baths.

Meals: All breakfasts, one full-course meal daily (either lunch or dinner), additional meals as scheduled. All meals–after breakfast!–include regional wines. We carefully choose the restaurants based on ambiance and quality of cuisine. We are able to accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets as well as various food preferences (such as no seafood, or no red meat).

Transfers: All ground transportation during the tour subsequent to your arrival at the hotel in Florence up to, but not including, departure from our hotel in Cortona.

Admissions: Entrance fees for all planned visits to monuments, galleries and museums are included.

Workshops and Presentations: We include slideshows and presentations that provide essential background information to enhance your visits.

Small, Intimate Group: We will be limiting the number of participants to a maximum of 16.

Arrival and Departure: The tour begins at the Hotel Pierre in Florence. A taxi from the Florence airport to the hotel costs approx. €25 euro and takes about 20 minutes. Or, we can arrange for you to be met by a private driver at additional cost. On the final morning of the tour, we offer a group shuttle from Cortona (a 90-minute ride) for everyone to either Florence Airport or the Florence train station at a cost of €40 per person. Pick-ups or drop-offs at other locations or times can be arranged for an additional fee.

Early Arrival/ Late Stay Options: Depending on hotel availability you may be able to arrive early or extend your stay. We'll be happy to help you make these arrangements. For trip extensions of 2 nights or less, we provide planning assistance on a complimentary basis. For extensions of 3-5 nights, there is a nominal fee of $150 to assist with trip planning including booking hotels, guides, drivers, etc.

Luggage Handling: We will provide luggage handling services all throughout the tour, commencing with your departure from the Hotel Pierreup to and including your departure from Villa Marsili. Please be sure to have a luggage tag with your name printed clearly on each piece of luggage.

Experienced Tour Leaders: Sam Hilt will be the primary host and presenter for this tour. Sam will be joined by Pam Mercer along with several of our favorite art-loving Tuscan guides!

Tour Exclusions: Airfare; airport-to-hotel transfer upon arrival; hotel city tax (usually €2-5 per person, per night; payable onsite)


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Please feel free to contact us via email or call us at (800) 634-3460 with any questions you may have about the tour or about traveling to Tuscany.

*Note: This itinerary is subject to change without notice based on availability of tour leaders and guides, opening hours of restaurants, hotels and venues.

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