“Leonardo’s World: Intellect, Imagination and Creativity,” visited Florence, Milano and Paris

Programs in Italy

October 20, 2018

 -  October 26, 2018

Friends of Florence planned a special travel program to celebrate Leonardo da Vinci’s genius following on the August 2017 Aspen Conference.
The itinerary followed Leonardo from Florence to Milano and to Paris as we learned about the development of Leonardo’s artistic focus and his lifetime of discovery and analysis.

The fascinating program, accompanied by expert historians Ross King, PhD, Gary Radke, PhD, and Bill Cook, PhD, launched in Florence on October 20th, 2018, and concluded in Paris on October 26th.


Saturday, October 20th

Overview lecture in the early afternoon in the Sis.to private room of the Westin Excelsior Hotel followed by visits to sites related to Leonardo da Vinci.

Dinner in the private Palazzo Gondi, hosted by Marchesi Gondi

Sunday, October 21st

Visit to the Bargello Museum to view works by Verrocchio, Leonardo’s maestro, and other artists and sites.

Visit Palazzo Vecchio to explore Leonardo’s lost “Battle of Anghiari.”

Afternoon visit to Vinci to view the various inventions and other works in the  Leonardo Museum

Dinner in Palazzo Antinori hosted by Marchese Piero Antinori, Board member of Friends of Florence

Monday, October 22nd

Private visits of the Uffizi Drawing Collection to view several sublime drawings by Leonardo and to the Uffizi Gallery to view works by Leonardo and other artists

Later afternoon, transfer to Milano by high-speed train

Check in to the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milano (the cost for this hotel will be included in the overall program cost).

Private visit to Leonardo’s Cenacolo with the Last Supper

Dinner in Milano

Tuesday, October 23rd

Visit to the Biblioteca Ambrosiana with private viewings

Visit to the Castello Sforzesco and the restoration of Leonardo’s Sala dell’Asse

Lecture session at the Hotel with Gary Radke and Ross King

Dinner in a special site

Wednesday, October 24th

Morning: transfer to Paris and check into the Hotel Le Meurice in Paris  (the cost for this hotel will be included in the overall program cost)

Visits to various sites related to Leonardo and his work

Museum of Medieval Art

Dinner at a Parisian landmark

Thursday, October 25th

Morning itinerary in Paris with luncheon during the day

Later afternoon private visit to the Louvre and other sites

Final Celebratory dinner in Paris

Friday, October 26th


For further information please contact the Friends of Florence office in Washington DC at 202-333-3705, or email INFO@FRIENDSOFFLORENCE.ORG.

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