Florence Master Class: for the lovers of great art and history
This tour is geared to people who wish to have four full days of tours and artisanal experiences to really understand and immerse themselves in the arts and history of Florence.
How can it appeal to all levels?
Because for the first timers it is an unbelievable full immersion to all things Florentine in terms of food, art, culture and history.¬†The four days will¬†provide an incredible insight into the philosophy, politics and historical factors which produced some of the most famous art in the world.
For the already addicted, it will simply take your existing knowledge to a deeper understanding. The daily tours with Freya and Sara, art historians and acclaimed experienced licensed guides of Florence, will really go beyond the usual superficial information readily available in standard tours and guidebooks.
The strength of the Master Class is the communication skill and expertise of Freya & Sara. Their talent lies in their¬†skill for conveying the layers¬†of the medieval and renaissance periods in a concise, descriptive, informative yet incredibly digestable manner.
The restaurants for the lunches are Freya & Sara‚Äôs favourite haunts and the menus have been chosen to give a an excellent gastronomic experience and perfectly complement each other.
Monday September 17th:
9am: cathedral complex (duomo, baptistery, museum of the cathedral) + Palazzo Davanzati
1pm: Lunch together
2.30pm: artisanal experience visiting local workshops to see first hand age old techniques
Finish at 5.30pm
Tuesday September 18th:
9:00am– Renaissance architecture: San Marco monastery + Palazzo Medici-Riccardi + San Lorenzo church with old sacristy + climb the dome of cathedral
1.30pm– Lunch together
3pm ‚Äď Visit to¬†the Brancacci chapel.¬†Afterwards¬†we step into the shoes of the multi-talented craftsman from the medieval and renaissance period and we each make a fresco with a professional fresco artist and teacher at his workshop.We each make a fresco from start to finish and then take it home with us afterwards. The afternoon is 2.5hours in length.
Finish at 5.30pm
Wednesday September 19th:
9am– Renaissance sculpture: Bargello + Orsanmichele church
12.30pm- Lunch together
2pm– Michelangelo: Accademia gallery + Medici chapels
Finish at 4.30pm
Thursday October 20th:
8:30am– The Medici Grand ducal period (1500s & 1600s): Uffizi gallery + Palazzo Vecchio
12.30am– Lunch¬† together
2pm- Pitti Palace Grand ducal apartments (winter & summer)
Finish at 5pm
The cost per person is 800euro for the four days.
Minimum 4 people to run & maximum 12 people per group.
What is included?
Tours with Freya & Sara
All admissions to sites visited on the tours
Visits & activities at¬†the workshops
Four lunches + coffee breaks
Headsets for the group when greater than 7pax to hear the guide better
What is not included?
Accomodation during the four days
Meals outside of the tours
The four-day Florence Master Class: for the lovers of great art and history¬†has been designed by Freya Middleton and Sara Papini.¬† Together they will be present for all tours and meals.
Who we are:
Sara is born and bred in Florence and is proud as punch about it! After a degree in art history from the university of Florence she set off to fine tune her English in London. There, she worked in the field of her two great passions: the British museum for the art and history and at a Virgin active club teaching swimming and aqua aerobics.
When not making waves and setting records for butterfly at the non-professional European competitions, Sara can be found in Florence hunting out the local artisans, the best budino di riso at any of the caffes or studying for a new and exciting itinerary.
Freya is born and bred in Sydney and whilst she feels Australian and her Aussie twang doesn’t seem to be going anywhere too soon, Florence is her home and Italy is her office and she is tickled pink about it!
Initially drawn to art history because of her love of a good story and symbolism, she never managed to leave Italy after arriving for the first time on a post graduate research ¬†scholarship in 2000 because Italy fuels her curiosity and excitement.
Why Freya’s Italian Experience was created:
Freya and Sara have been working together for the past¬†eight years and they decided to launch Freya‚Äôs Italian Experience as they both recognised in each other a shared boundless enthusiasm, energy, joie de vivre, work ethic, love of people and limitless thirst for exciting projects and love of all things Italian.
They constantly search to go beyond the obvious and love to truly understand the numerous layers of meaning in Italian culture, history and art. Communicating and sharing their knowledge through creating a dialogue between the present and past through the local people of today and the art of yesterday is their vocation.