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.
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 Angelafor pricing and more information.