Thursday, May 21st 2020 – 5:00 p.m. / 7:00 p.m.

Opening Ceremony at Convitto della Calza and guided tour of either the Santo Spirito Church or the Brancacci Chapel. Both tours include stops at local artisan workshops.
Please kindly select one of the two tours on the registration form, as tour capacity is 100 persons each and registration will be on a first come, first served basis. There will be 1 guide for each group of 25 persons, for a maximum of 4 groups per museum.

Friday, May 22nd 2020 – 9:30 a.m. / 12:30 p.m.

Meeting point: at 9:30 am in front of the Convitto della Calza. On Foot.

The Palazzo Pitti is a vast, mainly Renaissance palace situated on the south side of the River Arno, a short distance from the Ponte Vecchio. The core of the present palazzo dates from 1458 and was originally the town residence of Luca Pitti, an ambitious Florentine banker. Participants will enjoy a guided tour of the main gallery of the palace, the Palatine Gallery, containing a large ensemble of over 500 Renaissance paintings, which were once part of the Medici family’s private art collection.
The tour also includes the Tesoro dei Granduchi, situated on the ground floor and mezzanine of Palazzo Pitti, in what was once the summer quarters of the Grand Dukes. The museum displays treasures collected by the Medici and Hapsburg-Lorraine dynasties, including splendid ancient vases that belonged to Lorenzo the Magnificent, art objects from the Cabinet of Gemstones in the Uffizi, as well as ivory carvings, amber, paintings on glass, lace, cameos, fabrics and tapestries.

Saturday, May 23rd 2020 – 9:30 a.m. / 12:30 p.m.

Meeting point: at 9:30 am in front of the Convitto della Calza. On Foot.

The Garden that extends from the hill behind the Pitti Palace as far as Porta Romana, reached its current extension and appearance, becoming one of the largest and most elegant Italian style gardens, through several stages of enlargement and restructuring work carried out at different times.
The Medici family established the layout of the gardens, creating the Italian garden style that would become a model for many European courts. The vast green expanse with a formal layout is a real outdoor museum, populated by ancient and Renaissance statues. The Gardens are also adorned with grottos, the most important of which is the famous grotto realized by Bernardo Buontalenti, as well as large fountains, such as the Fountain of Neptune and the Fountain of the Ocean.