The whole day will be dedicated to Florence - one of the most beautiful Italian city, a real museum in open-air. For admirers of Russian classical literature, this city is also notable for the fact that F.M. Dostoevsky was finishing his novel "The Idiot" in one of the houses of Florence. The tour includes a pedestrian tour of the historic part of Florence, as well as visiting the two most important art galleries - the Uffizi Gallery and the Academy Gallery.
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the oldest museums in Europe. It was created in the era of the heyday of the Florentine Renaissance at the behest of Archduke Casimo I de Medici. The collection of the museum was constantly replenished and today it hosts thousands of paintings from medieval to modern, antique sculptures, miniatures, tapestries. Among the picturesque works in the halls of the gallery you can see the famous works by Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Botticelli and other great masters.
The Academy of Fine Arts in Florence is the first academy of painting in Europe, founded in 1561. Opening the Academy's Art Gallery allowed the students to see and study the best works of old masters. In the halls of the gallery you can find the best examples of Florence painting of the XV-XVI centuries, as well as the world-famous sculptures by Michelangelo - "David" and "Prisoners".
Also, you will have a separate excursion to Arezzo - a town, where two famous man were born - Petrarch and Guido D'Arezzo - the author of the musical notation. In Arezzo you can see a lot of priceless buildings, each of them is a unique example of medieval culture. For instance, the Basilica of San Francesco, which houses the famous series of frescoes "Discovery and Proof of the True Cross " by Piero della Francesco.
Piero della Francesco (c. 1415 – October 12, 1492) is certainly one of the most important Italian painters of the XV century. His art was ample, monumental and rational, and represents one of the highest artistic ideals of the early Renaissance. The absolute mathematical rigour of his creations emphasises the abstract and iconic traits of his paintings and adds a powerful religious feeling to his masterpieces.
A unique part of our program is a trip to Montepulciano, a town of extraordinary beauty, located in the province of Siena on a 600 meters high hill between the valleys of Val d'Orcia
and Val di Chiana. From the oldest part of the city - fortress la Fortezza, dating from the 8th-9th centuries, you can enjoy a fantastic view, which can remind you of a Biblical describing of Paradise.
In the IV-III centuries, BC Montepulciano was the capital city of Etruria and the residence of the Etruria's kings. Many houses and wine cellars still store necropolises of Etruscan priests. People grow in this area the Sangiovese grape - the basis of the famous wine "Nobile di Montepulciano" since Etruscan time.
The modern architectural appearance of the town is formed mainly by the buildings of the late 16th century, which have the influence of Mannerism. This town with its narrow streets changed just a little over the past 500 years. His extraordinary spiritual atmosphere and astonishing landscapes around the town invariably attract the attention of great film directors from all over the world. For instance, the final scenes of "Haven" by Tom Tykwer were filmed in this area.