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Are you looking for a ten-day, four star hotel based, exploration of the art and history of Tuscany? Would you enjoy a small group of like-minded travelers who share a passion for the intriguing history of the world’s art center?

Room of Pope Leo X Poggio a Caiano

Poggio a Caiano: Medici Villa Ballroom (Room of Leo X) Frescoes by Alori, Pontormo, Franciabigio and others (15th, 16th and 17th Centuries)

Do you have a passion, a curiosity or an interest in learning more about the Florentine Renaissance, its famous artists, writers, sculptors and musicians?

JOIN US on our annual exploration of what once was the creative center of western European culture.

Our special, annual, exploration includes:

  • Round trip airfare from Charlotte, NC to Florence/Return (credit applied for those travelers who join us from other cities)
  • Transfer from Asheville, NC to Charlotte Airport outbound and return
  • Four Star Hotel in Florence city center
  • Overall group size limited to twenty-four guests
  • Private guides most days with group size is limited to no more than ten guests per group, all equipped with Whisper Phones for hearing our guides in the clearest way possible
  • Two separate full day excursions with private guides to Siena and Lucca
  • A vast and incredible array of excursions which can be added to your time on the tour
  • Open afternoons for explorations on your own, with support and guidance from your 24/7 tour leader, Mark Gordon Smith of Private Italy Tours LTD (www.private-italy.com)
  • All museum entrance tickets included
  • All ground transportation in Italy is included
  • Breakfast, daily, included
  • Two dinners – Welcome and Farewell at wonderful restaurants in the city center
  • Bound itinerary books for you to refer to in the course of your tour and to keep as a memory of your time in Italy

Tariff is $4150.00 per person, inclusive

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A unique experience is being offered by the Uffizi Gallery and Florence Museums this summer. If you are, or will be, in Florence through the end of September, GO!

Every Tuesday evening through the 27th of September 2016, the Uffizi gallery will open its doors to the public at no charge (you must have a ticket-see below). A wide array of performances will be given, all performed to enrich your encounter with the greatest art treasures of the Renaissance.

See “Details” below for ticket information.

Uffizi Corridor

From the music and Gregorian chant of the 14th Century to more contemporary artists and performers, these evenings will offer a greater depth to the beauty of the museum’s already rich diversity of art.

As but one example, on July 5 2016 the program provides an evocative music concert with medieval chant. The Ensemble San Felice, composed of five musicians and two singers and conducted by Maestro Federico Bardazzi, will present a selection of music written by the composer and musician of the fourteenth century, Francesco Landini.

To gain a better sense of the profound quality of the work the Ensemble San Felice provides, please take a few minutes to listen to La Musica Della Commmedia, Te Deum Laudamus performed by the ensemble. Click on the photo below to watch the video.

Byzantine Crixtus

Many other talented musicians and performers are on the the schedule for this year. The link provided will be updated in late July with the programs scheduled through the end of the 2016 season.


Until September 27, 2016, every Tuesday the Uffizi Gallery will remain open from 19:00 (7:00PM) to 22:00 (10:00PM). Admission to the museum is free of charge and you can book your visit through the website, www.uffizi.it, or by calling the museum booking number of the Florence Museums +


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Within the tightly controlled world of patronage during the post-Renaissance, women were largely ignored. Ignored, that is, until the arrival of an immensely talented artist.

Born in Rome to Orazio and Prudentia Monotone Gentileschi, Artemisia (b. 1593) grew in the shadow of her father’s fame as a painter. She would, during her lifetime, bring enormous changes to the world of art.

Judith Slaying Holofernes - Artemisia Gentileschi

Judith Slaying Holofernes – Artemisia Gentileschi

She studied with her father’s assistant and tutor, Agostino Tassi. In the midst of exposure to established artists like Michelangelo, she became embroiled in a rape case against her tutor. Vilified for her role in the trial, she was quickly married off to a Florentine painter, Pietro Stiatessi.  Her rise to fame, in the midst of the jealousies and political intrigues which plagued the art world of the Medici, is a story memorably told by Diane Vreeland in her historical fiction novel, The Passion of Artemisia.

The effect of the the untrue, lurid, details of the trial were forcefully expressed in her work, Judith Slaying Holofernes (1612-1613). The power in Judith’s hands as she beheads King Nebuchadnezzar is palpable. Within the canvas lie the expression of her emotions. I believe it is her tutor who is being slayed by an unjustly slandered Artemisia.

It was in 1616 that she was elected, as the first woman, to the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Florence, the Academy of Art. Grand Duke Cosimo II de Medici was her patron and his support must certainly have encouraged such well deserved recognition. Her career flourished under patronages granted across Europe. She eventually settled in Naples where she died in 1653.

Judith Slaying Holofernes hangs in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. As I stood before the canvas this morning, it occurred to me that the work could easily be an analogy of present day Italian life: Judith (Italy’s political leaders) cut themselves off from the much detested Euro and EU (Nebuchadnezzar) as her servant (Italian’s support) encourages the action. Though I doubt such will ever happen, my recent interpretation underscores the universality and timelessness of Artemisia’s work.

Uffizi Gallery Courtyard

Uffizi Gallery Courtyard

When you visit the Uffizi Gallery, please take time to pay homage to a ground breaking artist, one whose talents overcame the deeply prejudiced and male-dominated world of post-Renaissance art.

Artemisia shares space with Caravaggio in Room #5.

Some important notes about visiting the Uffizi follow.


Open Tuesday to Sunday 8:15 AM to 6:50 PM
Closed all Mondays, New Year’s Day, May 1st and Christmas Day. Full price ticket, without reservation fees or additional exhibits is € 6.50.

RESERVE your tickets in advance of your arrival. (The museum is CLOSED on Mondays). The tickets must be booked and paid for on line. UFFIZI TICKETS.

Tickets are issued for specific entrance times throughout the day. If you miss your entrance time by more than fifteen minutes, you may be denied entrance. Should you miss your entrance time, the only other option is to stand in the public entrance line. This may mean a wait of up to two hours.

There are two entrance doors to the Uffizi. If you have a voucher / receipt for pre reserved tickets, present that voucher at the ticket windows inside Door 3. This door is in the west wing of the museum, across the courtyard from the main entrance at Door 1. With tickets in hand, go back across the courtyard directly to Door 2 (near the public entrance at Door 1). This is where those with pre-reserved tickets may enter.

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