For many people, Tuscany is the very essence of Italy—its gently rolling hills topped by ancient walled cities, the olive trees and vineyards producing some of the country’s finest wines, the powerful flavors of Tuscan culinary specialties made with the freshest locally grown ingredients, and the almost unimaginable magnificence of Renaissance art and architecture. Planned for the lushly glorious days of mid-September, 2019, this one-week trip, will offer special access to gardens, vineyards, houses, and collections; visits to Arezzo, Siena, and Florence with a leading art historian; and an immersion in the arts and culture of Italy that will remain fixed in memory.
- Private visits to La Foce, the fabled gardens of the writer Iris Origo; Villa di Geggiano, a Monumento Nazionale that has remained in the same family since the Renaissance; and Castello di Ama, a Chianti Classico wine estate with a world-class collection of contemporary art.
- Art tours, including of masterpieces by Piero della Francesca, led by Frank Dabell, an Oxford- and Courtauld Insitute-trained expert on the Italian Renaissance, with a particular interest in the 15th century artist. Dabell is a former Fellow at New York’s Metropolitan Museum.
- Tuscan food and wine— tastings at top-rated vineyards and meals at a carefully curated selection of restaurants known for their outstanding local specialties, from panzanella and riboletta to pici pasta and grilled meats.
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