ARCH ON TOUR 58_TUSCANY: MEDICI VILLAS and WINE ARCHITECTURE

Florence - San Gimignano - Peccioli - Marina di Grossetto - Siena  
26 - 31 OCTOBER 2022

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Concept and expert accompaniment:

Marion Kuzmany / ARCH ON TOUR; Gabriele Schöberl / ATELIER HOCHSTRASSE;

as well as expert guiding by local architects and winemakers 

Tour operator: Mondial GmbH & Co. KG

Starting in Florence, the cheerful tour takes us first on the footsteps of the Medici to selected examples of the villas and gardens of the Italian noble family, whose building projects had major influence on the development of the "Tuscan villa" and the "Italian garden" in the 15th - 17th centuries . Walks in the old town of Florence provide insights into the history of the Medici and lead to other special places, such as Brunelleschis dome of the mighty cathedral and the interesting renovation work of the Museo Novecento.

The little journey continues via the picturesque, medieval town of San Gimignano to the somewhat less well-known but no less interesting Peccioli, where we explore medieval to contemporary architectural treasures in both places.

Closely intertwined with Tuscan history and the patronage of the Medici dynasty is the viticulture, where grape varieties (including Uva Francesca, today Cabernet-Sauvignon) and wine-growing areas (including Chianti) were founded. We also follow these tracks and explore five of the most outstanding wineries in the region, both from an architectural and oenological point of view. Contemplative trips through the hilly autumn landscape over a side trip to the Mediterranean coast lead to Siena, the city with probably the most ingenious town square in the world. At the end of the tour we enjoy the heart of the wineries - Antinori in the terroir of Chianti Classico.

We are looking forward to this versatile tour with interesting participants!

here to the ROUTE and TOUR PRICE

 

PROGRAM

as of Oct. 3rd, 2022, subject to change

sunrise – sunset in Siena

until Sat. 29th Oct.: 07:45 a.m. – 06:10 p.m.

from Sun, 30th Oct.: 06:45 a.m. – 05:10 p.m.

 

Wednesday, October 26th / arrival and Florence

individual check-in 

08:35 meeting at the boarding gate / Vienna Airport

09:20 - 10:40 flight Vienna - Florence VIE- FLR with OS531

airport transfer

Villa La Quiete (villa and garden visit)

Lunch at Ristorante “ La Bottega di Parigi

Villa Medicea La Petraia (villa and garden visit)

approx. 05:00 p.m. check in “ Hotel La Scaletta al Ponte Vecchio ”, Florence

welcome Prosecco on the roof terrace of the hotel

walk

Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella (short visit of the shop)

Museo Novecento / Avatar Architettura, 2014 (museum visit)

common dinner in the restaurant " Fishing Lab alle Murate" / Group 1 (11 persons)

free evening and individual dinner / Group 2 (11 persons)

1st night at “Hotel La Scaletta”, Florence   

 

Thursday, October 27th / Florence city center

breakfast at the hotel

walks

Palazzo Medici Riccardi / Michelozzo di Bartolomeo, 1444-1459 (first Medici villa and bank)

Medici Museum at the Palazzo di Sforza Almeni 

individual lunch

Medici Chapels (at the New Sacristy at San Lorenzo church) / Michelangelo, 1521

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore / short guided tour followed by climbing up on the interior of the dome by Brunelleschi

free time

common dinner in the restaurant " Fishing Lab alle Murate" / Group 2 (11 persons)

free evening and individual dinner / Group 1 (11 persons)

2nd night at “Hotel La Scaletta”, Florence 

 

Friday, October 28th / Villas around Florence, San Gimignano

breakfast at the hotel, check out

bus

Villa Medicea La Magia , Quarrata (visit of the villa and garden)

Villa Medicea di Poggio a Caiano (villa and garden visit)

lunch at the Hotel Tenuta di Artimino , Ristorante “Biagio Pignatta” 

ev. Villa Medicea la Ferdinanda 

approx. 17:30 check-in at Hotel “ Leon Bianco ”, San Gimignano

stroll

Torre e casa campatelli (interior visit)

then free evening

1 night at the hotel “Leon Bianco”, San Gimignano

 

Saturday, October 29th / Peccioli, wineries, Marina di Grossetto

breakfast at the hotel, check out

bus

Palazzo senza tempo , Peccioli / Mario Cucinella Architects, 2021

walk through Peccioli

Cantina Petra , Località San Lorenzo Alto, Suvereto / Mario Botta, 2003 (guided tour and wine tasting with local specialties)

Le Mortelle , Ampio / Hydea SpA, 2010 (guided tour and wine tasting)

approx. 17:00 check-in at the Hotel “ Terme Marine Leopoldo II ”, Marina di Grossetto

beach walk, spa

dinner at the hotel, restaurant "Sale Marino"

1 night at the Hotel "Terme Marine Leopoldo II", Marina di Grossetto

 

Sunday, October 30th / from Grossetto to Siena

breakfast at the hotel, check out

bus

walk on the Medici walls (12th century) in Grossetto

Tenuta Ammiraglia , Frescobaldi, Località La Capitana / Piero Sartogo e Nathalie Grenon, 2006 (guided tour and wine tasting followed by a lunch at the winery)

by bus to Siena

check in Hotel “ Il Chiostro del Carmine ”, Siena

city walk: Dali Museum, Biale Cerruti Art Gallery Sas, Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Chigi Zondadari’s corte, La Torre del Mangia, Loggia del Papa

free evening and individual dinner

1 night at “Il Chiostro del Carmine”,  Siena

 

Monday, October 31st / Siena, departure from Bologna

breakfast at the hotel

optional for early birds: Jogging route: Siena „Runseeing“ Tour

check out

bus

common lunch at Restaurant „Rinuccio 1180

Antinori nel Chianti Classico , Bargino / Archea Associati, Hydea S.p.A., 2012 (guided tour, wine tasting )

Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista , Chiesa dell'Autostrada del sole / Giovanni Michelucci, 1960-64

17:45 Bologna Airport

19:45 - 21:05 Flight Bologna - Vienna BLQ-VIE with OS550

ROUTE

2022/10/26 / Flight  Vienna – Florence 9:20 - 10:40 with OS531 / visits by bus outside of Florence / night at the hotel " La Scaletta al Ponte Vecchio ", Florence

2022/10/27 / visits and walks in Florence / night at the Hotel " La Scaletta al Ponte Vecchio ", Florence

2022/10/28 / visits by bus outside of Florence and to San Gimignano / night at the Hotel “ Leon Bianco ”, San Gimignano

2022/10/29 / visits and bus tours via Peccioli to Grossetto / night at the Hotel " Terme Marine Leopoldo II ", Marina di Grossetto

2022/10/30 / visits by bus, walk in Siena / night at “ Il Chiostro del Carmine ”,  Siena

2022/10/31 / visits by bus, transfer to Bologna airport / Flight Bologna – Vienna BLQ-VIE 19:45 - 21:05 with OS550

 

TOUR PRICE per person in a double room: 2.575 EUR (incl. tax), single room supplement: 360 EUR

 

including: direct flights (economy class) with Austrian Airlines Vienna-Florence, Bologna-Vienna; 5 nights with breakfast in selected central hotels (2x in the hotel "La Scaletta al Ponte Vecchio", Florence; 1x in the hotel "Leon Bianco", San Gimignano; 1x in the hotel "Terme Marine Leopoldo II", Marina di Grossetto; 1x in the hotel “Il Chiostro del Carmine”, Siena), 6 common meals (partly including beverages: wine, water, café), 4 wine tastings with local specialties or lunch with wine pairing ; all entrances and guided tours in villas, gardens, wineries, museums, etc.; coach and airport transfers, tips, expert guiding and tour program by Arch DI Gabriele Schöberl and Arch DI Marion Kuzmany

not included: individual meals, individual beverages, partly beverages an the restaurants, coffee breaks, individual program, taxi rides, etc.

 

 

maximum number of participants: 20

IMPORTANT: Good walking ability is required for this tour!

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Photos: Archive ARCH ON TOUR; Gabriele Schöberl / Atelier Hochstrasse

 

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