The February 2017 Program, Special Treasures of Tuscany IX: Following the Path of Dante’s Divine Comedy, will take place from Thursday, February 16th through Monday, February 20th, with departures on Tuesday, February 21st. The Program begins and ends in Florence and includes an overnight stay in Verona. To view the preliminary Itinerary, reservation form, and terms and conditions, please click on the PDF icon below.
Thursday, February 16th
2:00 PM – Welcome meeting at The Westin Excelsior, followed by lectures by Dr. Bill Cook and Dr. Ross King on Dante’s Divine Comedy.
3:30 PM – Visit the Baptistry of Florence and the Cathedral as we walk our way through the first portion of the Divine Comedy, Inferno.
7:30 PM – Dinner at a historic site in Florence.
Friday, February 17th
Morning departure to Siena and Montaperti, to the Palazzo Pubblico, Cathedral Museum, and other sites as we walk our way through the middle portion of the Divine Comedy, Purgatorio.
Luncheon in a private home in Siena.
Return to Florence in the late afternoon.
Cocktails and Dinner in Florence, at a site related to Dante.
Saturday, February 18th
Departure to Verona where we will visit sites that welcomed Dante while he lived in this lovely city in the Veneto region.
Wine tasting dinner.
Note: You should bring an overnight bag for our trip to Verona and Ravenna. You will be able to store your suitcases at The Westin Excelsior in Florence while we travel to Verona and Ravenna. The cost of the hotel in Verona is included in the Program cost.
Sunday, February 19th
Departure by bus from Verona to Ravenna. Lay a wreath at Dante’s tomb and visit the churches and mosaics of San Vitale, Sant’Apollinare in Classe, and other sites as we discuss Paradiso from the Divine Comedy.
Lunch in Ravenna.
Evening return to Florence with dinner before returning to The Westin Excelsior.
Monday, February 20th
Visit San Miniato al Monte and Santa Croce churches, and the Historical Dante Society.
Luncheon at the Cantinetta Antinori in the Palazzo Antinori.
Private visit to the Uffizi Gallery to view recently restored Friends of Florence projects and works related to the Divine Comedy.
Dinner in a private palace.
Tuesday, February 21st