Florence/Fiesole Oct. 2019

October 6 – 15, 2019

Three spaces available

$2400 single room, $2200 double

View of Florence from the Oltrarno


Day one, Sunday Oct.6

Arrivals I’ll meet you at the airport

Settling in at Via Velluti #2

Rest and /or walk (Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens nearby)

2:00     The Brancacci Chapel – is a small chapel inside San Carmine with frescoes by  Masolino and Masaccio (1428)  and later Filippo Lippi. The difference between Masolino and his pupil Masaccio’s work illustrate the new developments marking the early  Renaissance .

Expulsion from Eden by Masaccio

6:30pm – Early dinner at Angelino’s and Gelato at Gelateria de Passera

Day 2  Monday, Oct.7Jet Lag Day

Sleep late

11:00  Museo Marino Marini


Horse by Marino Marini

Lunch at  Bondi


5:00  Stroll with Fabrizio Gori through Santo Spirito (Brunneleschi) and Santa Felicita (Pontormo’s Deposition)

Fabrizio at Santo Spirito

6:30 Dinner at Osteria Toscanella and Gelato at Gelateria de Passera

Day 3  Tuesday, Oct. 8   Downtown

10:00  Museo dell’Opera (Museum with all the original artwork from the Baptistery and the Duomo)

gates of paradise
Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise

12:00  Baptistery , the heart and soul of Florence. (I recently acquired a book by Guglielmo Amerighi  called the City of Florence and the first four chapters , which are short with gorgeous plates, are a superb entre into my favorite things there. Maybe in a library? The book is from 1962 and might be hard to find.)


Florence Baptistery
Florence Baptistery

1:00 Mercato Centrale, Lunch at Nerboni’s

Free time

7:00 Dinner at Sant’Antonio

Day 4  Wednesday, Oct. 9

9:30   Palazzo Davanzati, one of the few remaining examples of a wealthy family’s medieval town house, beautifully restored with glorious painted interior walls.

Palazzo Davazati, A medieval townhouse museum
Palazzo Davazati

Lunch/snack Giubbe Rosse

1:00  Museo Novecento – Florence’s Contemporary art Museum


7:30 Dinner at Il Tranvai

Day 5   Thursday, Oct 10 

10:00        Uffizi  – (Florence equivalent of  the Met in NYC)

Uccello at the Uffizi
Paolo Uccello’s Battle of San Romano

1:00  Castelvecchio (Lunch with my friend Manuela Brofferrio at her house in Pian di Giuliari)

Manuela's Garden
Pranzo in Manuela’s Garden

3:30  Optional walk through hills to the 12th century Romanesque church San Miniato al Monte. Some may want to go by car, if the hour long walk seems too much. We pass through Arcetri, where Galileo lived and worked in his last years. The views are a pleasure. San Miniato is full of mosaic symbolism, both Christian and pagan, with a huge Astrological chart embedded in the floor.

San Miniato al Monte

6:30 Gregorian chant service at San Miniato

8:00 Dinner at La Gusta

Day 6    Friday, Oct. 11

10:00  The Bargello – Florence’s finest renaissance and post renaissance sculpture Museum

12:30 Lunch at Brac


4:00 Giardino Torregiano –a huge,mysterious and very private garden that I frequently passed when I lived in Florence. I fantasized about what lay on the other side of those high walls. Then, last year I discovered that one could indeed see the garden, if you emailed the courtly and very approachable Signore Vieri Torrigiani-Malaspini and found a mutually convenient time to visit. And one can stay for tea.

Giardino Torrigiani


8:00 Dinner I Raddi

Day 7 Saturday, Oct. 12 

Free Morning or perhaps Galileo Museum


Lunch at La Divina Pizza –This Pizza lives up to its name. Highest quality local ingredients lovingly described and served.

La Divina Pizza

Casa Buonarroti – an intimate museum in a house that Michelangelo bought for his nephew. There is a lovely collection of small sculpture studies and a room with his drawings. It is also the home of the upwardly mobile Buonarroti family with their own baroque taste in interior design and art.

7:30 Dinner   Osteria Toscanella

Osteria Toscanella with Fabrizio Gori, artist, philosopher and restauranteur

Day 8  Sunday, October 13  Fiesole

After breakfast we travel to the Etruscan hilltop village of Fiesole to our B & B just above the village.

Once settled we can walk into Fiesole where we have several choices:

Etruscan/Roman Ruins in Fiesole
  • See the world famous Etruscan/Roman ruins and Museum
  • Walk up to San Francesco Monastery for the spectacular        view
  • Explore the village
  • Stop at Alcedo, my favorite pasticceria
  • Hike to the Queen Cypress, a 350 year old cypress tree in an idyllic setting in the hills
350 year old Queen Cypress in Fiesole
350 year old Queen Cypress in Fiesole

Dinner at one of our apartments.

Alcedo, pasticceria fabulosa

Day 9   Monday, October 14   Two Monasteries

Drive to  Madonna al Sasso, where three young shepherdesses encountered the Madonna and caused a small church to be built

Il Santuario di Madonna al Sasse
Santuario di Madonna del Sasso

Picnic lunch at Montesenario, a hermitage founded in 1233 high in the Mugello Mountains. There is a wonderful ancient pilgrimage trail from the parking area through a dense balsam pine forest serenaded by the many birds who live there.

View from Montesenario


7:00  Dinner at Vinandro

Day 10  Departures

Return by taxi to Florence airport for those who are leaving Italy for home., or to your lodging in Florence if you are staying on.

Tour price includes:

  • Airport pick up
  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • All transportation
  • Local guides
  • Entrance fees and reservations

You just show up.

Interested? For more info contact me at marshawinsryg@me.com

$500 deposit saves you a space. Checks can be sent to:

POB 3000 PMB 3051
West Tisbury, MA 02575

For more info call Marsha Winsryg 
508 560 2620 or 508 693 4059

Best of all, these tours support the work of the African Artists Community Development Project in Zambia. Please check out our projects for children with disabilities and women’s economic empowerment at other tabs on this website. Thank you!

Painting with Mama Bakhita school children
Painting with Gavin at the Mama Bakhita Cheshire Home in Livingstone, Zambia.