Quick – what’s the most famous statue in the world? Many art experts would say Michelangelo’s marble masterpiece David. See what all the fuss is about today in Florence, when you’ll view this larger-than-life wonder with your very own eyes.
After disembarking the ship, you’ll travel cross-country to Florence. The birthplace of Italy’s national poet, Dante Alighieri, and of the Renaissance, Florence offers innumerable treasures of art and architecture. The city rose to international prominence in the 14th century under the rule of the Medici family, who played a significant part in European politics for the next 300 years. Besides being masterful politicians, the Medici were the greatest patrons of art in Europe, employing Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Titian, Fra Angelico and Giotto, to name only a few. These are the treasures awaiting you, along with Renaissance architecture, seductive vistas—and world-famous gelato.
You’ll stop for lunch in the Tuscan hills outside of Florence. Take a seat on the sun-dappled patio of a well-known restaurant and prepare to savor a traditional Tuscan meal; then, refreshed and well fed, you’ll be ready to begin your exploration of this Renaissance city.
Guided Accademia Gallery tour with visit to Michelangelo’s David