HALF AND FULL DAY VISITS IN CONNECTION WITH DSN2004

The visits listed below must be reserved directly by interested persons by filling in the relative form and sending it to Tourist Agency Newtours by fax: +39-0553361350 within May 21st , 2004. Your participation will be received directly by the Tourist Agency Newtours S.p.A., which will be in charge for the tours’ organisation.

Each visit requires a minimum number of participants; if that number is not reached the visit is cancelled or may be rescheduled or merged with other visits, always with consensus of participants. Newtours will inform participants about the status of the excursion and tour within May 28th, 2004.

All listed prices are inclusive of VAT and participation of an English speaking guide.

Fees will be charged only if the visit is made.

HALF DAY VISITS

June 28th , 2004 - 4 to 6 p.m.

OPERA DEL DUOMO

Contains fine Florentine sculptures of the 14th and 15th, including many originals from the Baptistery, the Duomo and Giotto’s Campanile. Not to be missed are Michelangelo’s unfinished Pietà and the chancels by Donatello and Luca della Robbia. Special opening of the workshop where we will have the chance to see a master stone-cutter at work.

Minimum number of participants: 20 Fee: Euro 25,00 per participant

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June 29th , 2004 - 9 to 12 a.m.

SANTA MARIA NOVELLA AND ITS PHARMACY

The Dominican friars settled in this area on the 13th century and built here the pure gothic style church of Florence. Giotto, Masaccio, Ghirlandaio, Filippino Lippi and many other artists embellished it and its cloisters with spectacular works of arts. The monks distilled herbs and flowers and made essences which became world wide famous over the centuries. This tradition is still alive thanks to the owners who, nowadays, keep working in the ancient rooms decorated with paintings, statues, and precious furniture. A special present will be offered by the Pharmacy to all the participants.

Entrances to S. Maria Novella, the Museum, the cloisters and Pharmacia are included.

Minimum number of participants: 20 Fee: Euro 22,00 per participant

June 29th , 2004 - 9 to 12 a.m.

BARGELLO MUSEUM

Is one of the main museums in the world for its collections of sculptures and works of art, especially of the Renaissance and of mediaeval French ivories. The visit to the unique collection of masterpieces by Donatello, Verrocchio, Michelangelo, Giambologna and other masters, will greatly increase your appreciation of the Florentine sculpture school.

Entrance to the National Museum of Bargello is included in the price.

Minimum number of participants: 20 Fee: Euro 18,00 per participant

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June 29th , 2004 - 4 to 6 p.m.

PITTI PALACE

The Pitti Palace, once residence of the Medici family, of the Austrian Grand Dukes of Lorraine and of the Kings of Italy, is the archetype of the European royal palaces. Lavishly decorated and fully furnished, it remains one of the most extraordinary residences in the world. The visit includes the Palatine Gallery, with masterpieces by Raphael, Titian, Rubens and others, and the Royal Apartments.

Entrance to the Pitti Palace is included in the price.

Minimum number of participants: 20 Fee: Euro 24,00 per participant

June 29th , 2004 - 4 to 6 p.m.

PALAZZO VECCHIO:

One of the most magnificent mediaeval palaces in Italy. Residence of the Medici from 1540 to 1565 is now the city hall of Florence. Inside we find the great Hall of the Cinquecento by Antonio da Sangallo whit his magnificent marble statues.

Visit to "Percorsi Segreti" (places within the Palazzo Vecchio Museum that until today were inaccessible), and the Studiolo of Francesco I de’ Medici.

Minimum number of participants: 20 Fee: Euro 28,00 per participant

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June 30th , 2004 - 9 to 12 a.m.

FLORENTINE HILLS

Driving up the "Avenue of the Hills" you arrive in Piazzale Michelangelo, which provides an unforgettable view of the city. Visit the San Miniato Church, with its green and white marble facade, considered to be one of the most important examples of purely Florentine Romanesque architecture, surrounded by the typical Tuscan countryside. On the hills over-looking Florence to the north, the small historical town of Fiesole, of Etruscan origin, with its famous amphitheater, provides a marvelous and truly exhilarating panorama of Florence, the Arno river valley and the much loved Tuscan hills. Tour will be by bus.

Minimum number of participants: 20 Fee: Euro 30,00 per participant

June 30th , 2004 - 9 to 12 a.m.

SAN MARCO AND S. APOLLONIA

The Cenacle of Sant’Apollonia was the refectory of the ancient convent of the Benedictine Nuns of Sant’Apollonia, decorated with important frescoes by Andrea del Castagno. The square of San Marco is overlooked by the Church, which harks back to the 14th. Redesigned by Michelozzo, it has been repeatedly remodelled, and given a Baroque facade.

Entrance to San Marco is included in the price.

Minimum number of participants: 20 Fee: Euro 18,00 per participant

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July 1st , 2004 - 9 to 12 a.m.

S.S. ANNUNZIATA AND OPIFICIO

Visit to Santissima Annunziata Square, the only Renaissance square in Florence where the Hospital of the Innocents is located. Visit to the baroque Church of Santissima Annunziata and its cloister. Visit to the "Opificio delle Pietre Dure" exhibiting a magnificent selection of ancient Florentine Mosaics, semi-precious stones, as well as tools and machines once used to make them together with several statues and paintings by famous artists.

Minimum number of participants: 20 Fee: Euro 15,00 per participant

July 1st , 2004 - 9 to 12 a.m.

MASACCIO AND OLTRARNO AREA

He was one of the most important painters of the 15th century and the founder of Renaissance painting. He took up the inheritance of Giotto, developing it according to the new techniques and methods of perspective, thus giving the human figure a completely new, freer and more concrete position in the world. His first important work was the Trinity in Santa Maria Novella.

Entrance to the Brancacci Chapel where is best works are preserved.

Minimum number of participants: 20 Fee: Euro 18,00 per participant

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July 1st , 2004 - 4 to 6 p.m.

UFFIZI GALLERY

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the greatest museums in the world. It was founded in 1581 by Francesco I de’ Medici, who collected numerous art-works in the building designed by Vasari. Today the Uffizi contains masterpieces by Italian and foreign artists from 13th to 18th century such as Cimabue, Giotto, Masaccio, Beato Angelico, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Piero Della Francesca, Raffaello, Caravaggio, along with Rubens Rembrandt, Durer, Goya and many others.

Entrance to Uffizi Gallery is included in the price.

Minimum number of participants: 20 Fee: Euro 24,00 per participant

July 1st , 2004 - 4 to 6 p.m.

ACADEMY GALLERY

The visit to the Academy Gallery, which houses Michelangelo’s famous statue of David, his unfinished statues called the "Captives" as well as one of his four Pietas and St. Matthew, is an absolute "must" for all Michelangelo fans.

Entrance to the Academy Gallery is included in the price.

Minimum number of participants: 20 Fee: Euro 24,00 per participant

 

 

FULL DAY VISITS

July 2nd , 2004 - from 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

THE MEDICI VILLAS:

Visit to the garden and the interior of Villa Petraia, which was the King’s residence last century. Continue to Villa la Ferdinanda, also known as the Villa of the hundred chimneys. In the afternoon visit Villa di Poggio a Caiano which was built for Lorenzo il Magnifico and where many important episodes of the Medici Family have taken place. Lunch in a typical restaurant.

Entrances to the Villas and lunch are included in the price.

Minumum number of participants: 30 Fee: Euro 70,00 per participant

 

July 2nd , 2004 - from 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CARRARA QUARRIES AND VERSILIA

In the Apuan Alps the spectacular marble quarries offer an evocative sight. Here this precious white stone has been excavated since Roman times. Visits will include both the "open" and "inside the mountain" quarries including those used by Michelangelo during the 16th Century. After the quarries, you will visit some of the artisans in Versilia.

Minumum number of participants: 30 Fee: Euro 70,00 per participant