Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Goodbye to The Gypsy's Guide

After many years and a few thousand posts, it is time for a renaissance. So today's post is the last here on The Gypsy's Guide. You'll find me from now on at: www.piningforrome.com.

Join me there! And did I mention I have two upcoming trips to Italy? Come along! All the details are on Pining for Rome!

Thanks to all of my faithful readers! Ciao!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Travel to Italy with Angela Nickerson

Journey to Michelangelo’s Rome with author Angela K. Nickerson as your guide.

October 8-18, 2015 or February 11-21, 2016  

The proposed itinerary includes:
  • 8 nights at a charming hotel in Rome 
  • dinners in some of Rome’s best restaurants
  • daily excursions with Angela as your guide 
  • a private tour of the Sistine Chapel 
  • escorted visits to Rome’s highlights including the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and the Roman Forum as well as places beyond Rome including Hadrian’s Villa and Ostia Antica 

Optional Add-Ons:
Questions? Email Angela

Journey to Michelangelo's Rome: Venice Add-On

As you think about traveling on one of my Michelangelo's Rome trips, consider adding a few days in Venice, one of Italy's most fascinating cities. 

Renaissance Venice: Add-On [Proposed Itinerary; Subject to Change]
October 18-23, 2015 or February 21-26, 2016

Day 11: Travel First Class on the Eurostar from Rome to Venice
The train will be met by a water taxi which will take us to our accommodations. After everyone is settled in, we will take a walk through the neighborhood and have dinner together at a local restaurant.
Dinner together at a local restaurant.

Day 12: San Marco and the Doge’s Palace
We will begin with a guided tour of the Doge’s Palace, the former political seat of the Serene Republic, and an amazing introduction to the art, history, and culture of Venice. Afterwards, we will make our way to Palazzo Pisani-Moretta -- an architectural gem featuring Tiepolo ceilings, Murano glass chandeliers, and a view of the Grand Canal. In the evening we will enjoy a special after-hours tour of the grand Basilica di San Marco including parts of the Basilica that are normally closed to the public.

Day 13: Murano, Torcello, and Burano
We will travel by private boat around the Venetian Lagoon. Venetian glassblowers have been confined to Murano since 1291 as an effort to mitigate the risk of fire within the city. We will visit a glassblowing factory for a tour as well as one of the island’s most beautiful churches. We will stop for lunch on the island of Torcello where we will also visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta. We will then stop on the island of Burano, the center of Venice’s lace-making artisans.

Day 14: San Giorgio Maggiore
By boat we will cross the lagoon to visit San Giorgio Maggiore -- a Palladian masterpiece. We will also tour the adjacent Cini Foundation -- a former Benedictine monastery with cloisters -- also designed by Palladio. And we will ascend to the church’s campanile for one of Venice’s most stunning views.

Day 15: Free day to explore Venice 
Tonight we will gather together for a final celebration dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 16: Fly home from Venice 

Interested? Email Angela for pricing and more information. 

Journey to Michelangelo's Rome: Florence Add-On

Thinking about joining one of my groups in Rome this year? Consider starting your journey in Michelangelo's hometown, Florence, on the Florence: Add-On trip.

Michelangelo’s Florence: Add-On [Proposed Itinerary; Subject to Change]
October 4-8, 2015 or February 7-11, 2016

Day 1A: Fly from USA to Florence, Italy

Day 2A: 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 3A: 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 4A: 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 5A: Travel First Class on the Eurostar from Florence to Rome.
The train will be met by a driver who will take you 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 6A: The rest of the group arrives to join us for A Journey into Michelangelo's Rome

Interested? Email Angela for pricing and more information. 
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