If you only have 10 days to spend in Italy, this is the tour for you. Start in Florence to see Renaissance works by da Vinci and other artists in the Uffizi Gallery, then head to Pisa to climb the famous leaning tower. Continue to the Tuscan countryside to see the medieval city of Siena, and end in Lucca, where 11th-century churches and the perfect plate of handmade pasta await.
Skip the long lines and let a guide lead you through one of the top museums in the world, the Uffizi Galleries. Renowned for its impressive Renaissance art collection, you’ll view some of Italy’s most important masterpieces. The Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I de’Medici, commissioned the building in 1560 CE and used it as offices for the Florentine magistrates (Uffizi in ancient Italian meant “offices”). Today, these rooms sprawl over 64,000 square feet (6,000 sq m), showcasing works by famous and beloved artists.
As you walk through the different exhibits, your guide will divulge interesting facts and fascinating stories. Learn anecdotes about the artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli, as you admire their work. Your guide will reveal important symbolism and share background stories for a deeper understanding of the art and artists.
Unveil any mysteries behind these famous pieces, including the commissioning and subsequent creation of the art. You’ll view works such as The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, Portrait of Pope Leo X with Two Cardinals by Raphael, Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci and Andrea del Verrocchio, and Venus of Urbino by Titian.
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