Florence is the capital of the breathtaking Italian region of Tuscany and the heart of the Renaissance; one of Europe’s great art cities. The architecture, sculptures and references to renowned artists will astound the visitor to this city of splendour. Florence is, at the same time a lively city with fantastic restaurants and cafes. No visit to Florence would be complete without admiring Michelangelo’s statue of David housed within the Accademia Gallery. The Pontevecchio Bridge, a famous landmark of Florence is a symbol of the city’s endurance over natural and man made disasters. The Uffizi Gallery is one of the world’s top art museums and houses some of the most important works by artists of the Renaissance period: Leonardo de Vinci, Giotto, Botticelli and Michelangelo. You will also find many fascinating Greek and Roman sculptures in the Uffizi. Named in honour of Santa Maria del Fiore is the magnificent Duomo (Cathedral): the grand immense dome designed by Brunelleschi is visible for miles. Our hotels reflect the era of the Renaissance and the sophistication of this mesmerising city
Price: from £899pp (flights into Florence) or £620pp (flights into Pisa & train)
Venice needs no introduction. It is simply the romance capital of the world built on water, with awe-inspiring views, and traffic-free streets thronged by people enjoying this remarkable world treasure. Drift along the canals by gondola and float back in time as you admire breath-taking Byzantine, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Venice is well known for its ancient works. The art from the period of the Serenissima is absolutely glorious. Nevertheless the city is also well-known for collecting important works from the XX° century.
The Peggy Guggenheim Museum is in fact the most important museum in Italy for European and American art from the first half of the XX° century. The private collections contain works by Picasso, Braque, Duchamp, Léger, Brancusi, Severini, Balla, Delaunay, Kupka, Picabia, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Klee, Magritte, Dalí and Pollock.
St Paul de Vence built on its rocky outcrop and surrounded by its ramparts, St Paul is certainly one of the most beautiful villages in Provence.
The beauty of the surrounding area, quality of life and exceptional light has inspired numerous famous artists, painters, writers and poets, some of whom took up residence in the village. You can find signatures from some of these famous artists at the Fondation Maeght which has a large collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and other graphic works from the XXth century.
Walk around the narrow and picturesque streets of the village, from the Porte Royale to the Porte Sud via the (pedestrianised) and you will discover magnificent stone facades from the XVIth and XVIIIth centuries. Lose yourself in the maze of charming streets, the floral exuberance of the gardens, the little shady squares, ancient fountains, gateways and porches, or wonderful windows and you’ll see why St Paul is a favourite subject for photographers.
From the ramparts, wonderful views over the surrounding hills, the Cote d’Azur and of course the sea.
Just a short drive from St Paul de Vence is the village of Haut de Cagnes, a medieval village where Renoir lived for many years. This is where you will find the Renoir museum. During the 19th century Haut de Cagnes was discovered by many artists, mainly during the modern art period starting with the Impressionism Period. Modigliani painted much of his work here too. Our package includes 3 nights at the stunning boutique hotel
Chagnard with magnificent views over the Med.
Prices from £450 pp