After breakfast in our Renaissance palazzo hotel, our day will begin with a stroll through Florence’s backstreets. This morning we’ll uncover the individuals who persevered against great odds and helped change the trajectory of history. Our walk will introduce us to the lives of Giotto, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, Dante, Petrarch, Lorenzo de Medici, Matilda of Tuscany, Donatello, and many more. This morning we’ll see how the conversations, ideas, and competition between a few individuals gave rise to some of the greatest of art we still cherish today. As we walk through the city we’ll witness the architecture, art, and statues of these achievements as milestones of human aspiration and the dignity that calls us each by name.
Our morning activities will conclude with a climb to the top of Brunelleschi’s dome. This afternoon we’ll pair off into small groups for visits to the Uffizi Gallery, the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens, pursuing the leather markets of Florence, and continuing the search for Florence’s best gelato.
Walking: moderate, 2-6 miles