The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci

8 days / 7 nights




Day 1

Arrival / Florence, Italy

Arrival in Florence. Take an orientation walk through the center of Florence. Stop and visit the Palazzo Vecchio to explore the apartments and inner chambers, which highlight Renaissance art, and learn about the legend of Leonardo’s fresco, The Battle of Anghiari.

Dinner & Overnight at the hotel
 

Day 2

After breakfast take an in-depth tour of the Uffizi Galleries.
Your focus will be 16th-century masterpieces with particular attention to works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Enjoy a privileged look at the famous Leicester Codex, one of Leonardo's important scientific journals, on loan to the Uffizi during the anniversary.

This afternoon by special access, visit Orsanmichele to see sculptures that inspired and influenced Leonardo da Vinci.

Dinner and Overnight
 

Day 3

Florence / Vinci

Depart for an excursion to the Tuscan hamlet of Anchiano near Vinci, where Leonardo was born. After visiting the birthplace museum, see the house where he was born and the church where he was baptized.

After a quintessentially Tuscan lunch in a local restaurant, visit of Vinci where everything speaks of the Genius and see a museum collection of technical and scientific models based on his drawings.

At the end of the guided tour return to Florence.

Dinner and overnight
 

Day 4

Florence

In the morning Visit the Bargello, the National Sculpture Museum of Florence which holds masterpieces by Leonardo’s precursors and contemporaries, including Donatello, Verrocchio, and Michelangelo.
Free afternoon

Dinner and Overnight in Florence
 

Day 5

Milan

View the beautiful countryside as you take the two-hour train journey from Florence to Milan. Upon arrival, transfer to the Renaissance church and convent, Santa Maria delle Grazie, a World Heritage Site.

Then behold Leonardo’s masterpiece, The Last Supper.
This fresco received a complete restoration, which took 20 years and was completed in 1999. While following in the footsteps of Leonardo this afternoon, you will visit the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia. Found in a 16th-century monastery, this is one of the most important museums of science and technology in the world. Its collections, featuring cars, aircraft, ships, scooters, trains, reconstructions of ancient workshops for metalworking, and clock-making right through to electronics, textiles, and astronomy, explore the relationship between men and machines starting from the ingenious inventions of Leonardo.

This evening, dine in a local restaurant. Overnight in Milan
 

Day 6

Milan

Begin today with a guided visit to the Castello Sforzesco, where Leonardo lived and worked.
View his famous frescoed wall and ceiling in the Sala delle Asse as well as works by Leonardo’s contemporaries including Michelangelo’s last Pieta. Continue to the unique Church of Santa Maria presso San Satiro to see the influence Leonardo had on Bramante. Finish the morning at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, an art gallery which boasts works by Botticelli, Titian, and Caravaggio, and is home to Leonardo’s The Musician.
After lunch, visit the to admire the fine collection of Renaissance masterpieces.

Dinner & Overnight
 

Day 7

Pavia / Milan

This morning drive out to the sublime Certosa of Pavia, built by Leonardo’s patrons, the Sforzas.

Enjoy a last lunch in the countryside. Unwind late this afternoon at the newly restored La Vigna di Leonardo, a gift from Ludovico il Moro to Leonardo. This vineyard became a sanctuary to the artist as he was finishing The Last Supper.

Overnight in Milan
 

Day 8 - Departure

Milan- Airport

After breakfast, transfer to the Milan Airport for your flight home.

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