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