Detailed program follows:

Day 1º: Tue- Arrival in Florence transfer from the airport or station and check-in at Villa Villoresi- At 7pm: Cocktails by the pool:  the owner of the villa will presents the program and the personalities involved – Dinner.

Fiesole: The Roman Amphitheatre
Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens

Day -Wed - Full day excursion to Fiesole, the Cathedral, the Roman Amphitheatre and Florence at your feet! Then to the outstanding garden of a private Villa – To Florence, passing by the gorgeous Church of S.Miniato and panoramic streets untill the centre - Light lunch in a typical “Osteria” then to Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. Special Event: the director of the Silver Museum of Pitti Palace, will show you the ancient silversmiths, other collections and recent acquisitions of modern jewellery, speaking about “ Jewellery from M. Luisa de ’ Medici, to the great artists of today A walk crossing the Ponte Vecchio to go to the Cathedral, Baptistery and its golden doors and Giotto’s Bell Tower. - Back to the villa for dinner.

Benozzo Gozzoli: King’s Chapel of Palazzo Medici-Riccardi
Uffizi- Botticelli’s Spring

Day 3º: Thu- Dedicated to painting and perfumes: Beato Angelico at San Marco, the delightful Magi’s Chapel, frescoed by B.Gozzoli at Medici Riccardi Palace, the family home of Lorenzo. Light lunch in town. The Uffizi Gallery: a world famous medieval and Renaissance painting’s collection: Giotto, S.Martini, Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo, Raffaello, Michelangelo and  Caravaggio. 
But also: Dürer, Rembrandt, Rubens. Special Event: at the Academy of the Art of Perfumes, in a private Florentine palace to be seduced by the power of perfume and discover certain scents. Presentation of the Art of Perfumery and a drink with a spectacular view of the city. 

Possibility of shopping in the palace.
Dinner free.10 p.m. transfer back.

Impruneta
Siena: the square of the Palio

Day 4º: Fri- Dedicated to the Splendour of the Tuscan Countryside and to Siena- A Special Visit in Impruneta “ The terracotta tradition from Brunelleschi to the present day: an artisan while he is working at “cotto” vases and decorations”. Travel through the Chianti area, where you will visit the rare oil and wine cellars of a private farm and villa, a light lunch in the farm with local cheeses and specialties, tasting their olive oil and wines. Then to Siena:  the superb square of the Palio, the fountain by J.Della Quercia, the cathedral and the Opera del Duomo, to see the “ Maesta’” by Duccio. Back to the villa for dinner.

Michelangelo’s David
Donatello’s David

Day 5º Sat- Dedicated to Sculpture: Michelangelo at the Medici Chapels and at the Academy. Sant.ma Annunziata Square: the hospital of the Innocents, built by Brunelleschi in 1420, first institution of this kind in Europe, to receive new-born babies and children, that mothers refused or could not bring up. Works by L.Robbia, Botticelli and Ghirlandaio. An aperitif in a surprising oasis in the heart of Florence, a drink in a garden with ancient trees, full of flowers, redesigned in the late XIX, behind the facade of a  rare private palace A light lunch. Then to see the Museum of the Opera del Duomo: the sculptures by Arnolfo di Cambio, Andrea and Nino Pisano, Luca della Robbia and Donatello. A Special Visit: The owner of a gorgeous palace invites you for a cup of tea and will show you the treasures hidden behind the understated facade of her palace-home. A show room and possibility of shopping in the palace. Afternoon and dinner free. 10 p.m. transfer to the villa

Lucca: the city centre
Pisa: The Miracle’s Square

Day 6° Sun - Full day dedicated to Lucca and Pisa: A special Visit to Camigliano to discover a private Villa and its rare garden. Than the city of Lucca, of roman origin, with beautiful cathedrals, palaces and the famous walls- later the sister of Napoleon, Elisa Bonaparte was the princess of Lucca. Light lunch. After, if owners are available, to Massaciuccoli lake for a visit to the home-studio of Giacomo Puccini, where many of his operas were composed. To end with to Pisa, the Miracle square, a declared  heritage of humanity – the marble Romanic cathedral built between the 1063 and 1118, the pulpit of G. Pisano and the leaning tower. Back for dinner.

Museum of sciences
R.Capucci Foundation

Day 7° Mon: Dedicated to Sciences, Fashion and Music: Galileo at The Museum of Science. Special Event: In a gorgeous Villa with a garden and a fantastic view on city to see the new Roberto Capucci High Fashion Foundation in Florence, some of his gorgeous creations, many drawings, pictures and audiovisuals, pure enjoyment! Lunch and afternoon free.  5 p.m. transfer back to the Villa. 7 p.m. Live Concert for lute:” The music of Leonardo and Michelangelo’s times and its relationship with the social life in the Renaissance” Evening Gala dinner with guests.

Day 8° Tue.  : Departure from the villa and transfer to Florence airport or station.

For costs, further details and information, please contact your Travel Agent or contact us at the following e.mail address: info@villavilloresi.it


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SPECIAL CULTURAL PROGRAMS

PS A1/7 “ THE SPLENDOR OF FLORENCE BEYOND THE FAÇADE ”
THE ART OF LIVING IN FLORENCE AND TUSCANY FROM RENAISSANCE TO PRESENT TIMES

A view of Florence
An open gate

Following the request of Academies, Museums, Cultural Institutes, Clubs and Associations, with the cooperation of Travel Agents in different parts of the world and of our experts, Special Cultural Programs are organized at the Villa, for small prearranged groups, for 10 to 24 people, staying at the villa for 7 nights, with a common interest in a specific argument, This will be treated throughout Conferences, Concerts, Special Visits to private and public collections as well as excursions into the magnificent Tuscan countryside.  

A unique fascinating and exclusive opportunity for guests willing to go beyond the façade, and who wish to enjoy and learn about the Renaissance and how it continues to exist in our culture today: you meet exceptional personalities and artists, have a privileged access to private palaces and villas – enjoying the owners hospitality, visiting secret gardens and artists’ studios.

A 7 Nights Programme in Florence, Italy,  Tuesday to Tuesday, for people curious to see the treasures hidden beyond the facades of private palaces and villas, an open gate to Florence and Tuscany !!! Tours among Florentine private and public collections, the magnificent Tuscan countryside, Perfume, Jewellery, Music, Wines and Cuisine!

Dante meets Beatrice long the Arno River

The 7 nights Programme includes: 7 nights bed and breakfast in a standard double room at Villa Villoresi.  A Welcome cocktail: the lady owner of the Villa will present the program and the personalities involved – 5 Dinners a la carte at the Villa –5 lunches during the excursions and in town. - 6 Special Visits and Events, guided by museum directors, specialists and private owners - 1 Live Concert and 1 Gala dinner with special guests. Guide upon arrival and departure, plus 6 full days. Bus transportation: 2 transfers upon arrival and departure from Florence airport or station, 2 Full days in Florence and around- 3 transfers to the city, 1 back at night- 3 Full day excursions to Impruneta, Chianti and Siena- 1  to Camugliano, Lucca, Massaciuccoli and Pisa. All Museum, palace and collection entrance fees.


A look at the Villa!

Villa Villoresi is the Villa-Hotel where you will live! A fortress from the XII century, transformed into a summer residence, enlarged and enriched with works of art and frescoes of great value. A Hotel from the sixties, the Villa is a National Monument and boasts the longest terrace in Tuscany overlooking an Italian garden full of lemon trees, roses and wild orange-trees, where a very pleasant swimming pool has been added. Five miles from the centre of Florence, the villa has preserved the character and charm of old times, the original frescos and antique furnishings intact. It’s a place where you can feel at home and enjoy the elegant, relaxing atmosphere