Florence and Yoga Tour -October 2015

Countryside above Florence

Feast Your Senses in Florence

“When you travel to Florence with Marsha, you are going with someone who is at ease with the language and the labyrinthine streets, and whose connections there are like her family and so you are warmly welcomed into their lives. Her high card is the fabulous Fabrizio Gori, whose unusual insights on art, architecture, history and culture in Florence are belied by his gentle, wry tone. Did I mention his restaurant is one of the best in the city? You are in for a feast of the senses.

Ruth Kerchmeier, artist ,West Tisbury, MA

Join me in Florence and share my favorite churches, museums, gardens and restaurants. This very personal experience will give you a taste of the hidden treasures in a city where the creative force of the Western Renaissance saturates every aspect. Tours are limited to seven people making them very flexible.

Start the day with Anusara Yoga, a type of yoga that can be suited to all levels and taught with humor and expertise by Jane Norton. We will use the salon of a 14th century palazzo on via Toscanella. It is, of course, optional, as is everything we do. Spend the morning walking through the renaissance splendors of Florence, checking out the local farmer’s markets and my favorite, lesser known museums and gardens as well as more famous places that the group chooses.

Visit the ancient Etruscan town of Fiesole in the lovely hills high above Florence.

Each day will feature yoga, breakfast, a museum or church, a fabulous meal, lunch or dinner, 3 – 4 hours of free time and a guided ramble with one of my Florentine friends who know and love their city and its beauty.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrivals (I will meet you at the airport)
Settle in at apartment
Optional stroll in neighborhood
4:00 Gathering at large apartment on Via Toscanella for tea and a short overview of Florence’s long history and Q and A with Giovana Bossi, historian and guide.

6:30 Early dinner at Osteria Toscanella

Day 2 – City Center

8:00 – 9:00  Yoga at Salon

9:00  Breakfast at Toscanella Apartment

9:45   Walk to Palazzo Davanzati

Palazzo Davanzati is one of the few remaining examples of a wealthy family’s medieval town house, beautifully restored with glorious painted interior walls. 

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11:30 Cappuccino at Robiglio’s

12:00 Florence Baptistery

The Baptistery is the heart and soul of Florence and the oldest building, begun in the 5th century on top of a Roman temple. Brunelleschi’s Dome may dwarf the little black and white baptistery but cannot compare with its powerful and strange geometry. The Duomo is an architectural confection on the outside and rather underwhelming within. 

1 – 4 Free time/rest- first day, you’ll need it!

4 – 6  Walk lead by Fabrizio Gori to San Sebastian, Santa Felicite, Piazza Della Signoria

7 Dinner at Buca dell’Orafo

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Day 3 – In the Hills

Lunch at Castelvecchio/Walk  via Arcetri to San Miniato for Evensong

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Manuella’s garden at Castelvecchio

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 Arcetri- Galileo’s home

Day 4 – Market Day

San Ambroggio market, Farmacia Santa Maria Novella(400 years old), Mercato Centrale

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Nerboni’s at Mercato Centrale

Day 5 – San Marco Museum, Etruscan Hilltop Village of Fiesole & the Queen Cypress

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Fresco by Fra Angelio, at San Marco

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Via della Quercia, Fiesole

The Queen Cypress of Fiesole

Hike to the queen Cypress, a three hundred year old cypress 

Day 6 – Intimate Art

The Horne Museum and I Tatti

Day 7 – Strolling through the Boboli Gardens

I Tatti Settignano, Italy Bernard Berenson

Day 8 – Departures

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