ARCH ON TOUR 61_TUSCANY: MEDICI VILLAS and WINE ARCHITECTURE

Florence - San Gimignano - Peccioli - Marina di Grossetto - Siena  
MARCH 29 - APRIL 03, 2022

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 3 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. And last but not least, authentic cuisine in ensured!

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

here to the ROUTE, TOUR PRICE and REGISTRATION

PROGRAM

as of 2022/11/28, subject to change

(some visits and restaurants are currently in request)

sunrise – sunset: ca. 07:00 – 19:35

 

Wednesday, 2023/03/29: arrival and Florence

individual check-in 

08:35 meeting at the boarding / Vienna airport

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

bus

Villa La Quiete (visit of the villa and garden in request)

lunch at Ristorante “Lo Strettoio

Villa Medicea La Petraia (visit of the villa and garden)

ca. 18:00 check-in “25 hours Hotel Florence, Piazza San Paolino", Florence

walk

Museo Novecento / Avatar Architettura, 2014 (museum visit)

Farmacia di Santa Maria Novella (short visit of the oldest pharmacy in Florence)

free evening

1st night at “25 hours Hotel, Piazza San Paolino”, Florence  

 

Thursday, 2023/03/30: Florence city center

breakfast at the hotel

walks

Giardino di Boboli

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

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

Museo Marino Marini / restauration of the former medieval church San Pancrazio by Lorenzo Papi and Bruno Sacchi, 1982-88 (exklusive opening for our group on a closing day of the museum)

individual lunch

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

or

Ospedale degli innocenti, Piazza della Santissima Annunziata  

free time

common dinner in Florence (restaurant in request)

2nd night at “25 hours Hotel, Piazza San Paolino”, Florence

 

Friday, 2023/03/31: 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 (visit of the villa and garden)

lunch at Ristorante "Da Delfina" (in request)

ca. 17:00 check-in Hotel “Leon Bianco”, San Gimignano

walk

Torre e casa campatelli (interior visit)

free evening

1night at “Leon Bianco”, San Gimignano

 

Saturday, 2023/04/01: Art in Peccioli, wine and coast

breakfast at the hotel, check out

bus

Peccioli: walking through the villages to various art interventions 

Palazzo senza tempo, Peccioli / Mario Cucinella Architects, 2021

Winery Le Mortelle, Ampio / Hydea S.p.A, 2010 (guided tour and wine tasting with local specialties)

Castiglione della Pescaia: walk to the castle, port and beach

check-in Country Resort Villa Preselle

1 night and dinner at the Country Resort Villa Preselle

 

Sunday, 2023/04/02: Grossetto to Siena

breakfast at the hotel, check out

bus

walk on the Medici walls in Grossetto

Tenuta Ammiraglia, Frescobaldi, Località La Capitana / Piero Sartogo e Nathalie Grenon, 2006 (guided tour and wine tasting with local specialties)

bus to Siena

check in Hotel “Il Chiostro del Carmine”, Siena

walk to Piazza del Campo

La Torre del Mangia (walk up on the tower)

free evening

1 night at “Il Chiostro del Carmine”, Siena

 

Monday, 2023/04/03: Siena, Antinori, departure from Florence

breakfast at the hotel, check out

optional: Museo Contrada di Valdimontone / Giovanni Michelucci, 1974; finalized by Bruno Sacchi, 1997 (museum visit)

bus

Banca del Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Colle di Val d’Elsa / Giovanni Michelucci, 1977–83

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

lunch at Restaurant „Rinuccio 1180“

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

16:45 Florence airport

18:25 – 19:45 flight Florence - Vienna FLR-VIE by OS536

 

ROUTE

2023/03/29 / flight Vienna – Florence VIE-FLR- 9:20 - 10:40 by OS531 / visits by bus outside of Florence / night at "25 hours Hotel Florence, Piazza San Paolino”, Florence

2023/03/30 / visits and walks in Florence / night at "25 hours Hotel Florenz, Piazza San Paolino”, Florence

2023/03/31 / visits by bus outside of Florence and to San Gimignano / night at Hotel “Leon Bianco”, San Gimignano

2023/04/01 / visits and bus tours via Peccioli and Castiglione della Pescaia to Scansano / night at the Country Resort Villa Preselle, Scansano

2023/04/02 / visits by bus, walk in Siena / night at “Il Chiostro del Carmine”,  Siena

2023/04/03 / visits by bus until Florence airport / flight Florence - Vienna FLR-VIE by OS536

 

TOUR PRICE per person in a double room: 2.725 EUR (incl. tax); single room supplement: 320 EUR

including: direct flights (economy class) with Austrian Airlines Vienna-Florence, Bologna-Vienna; 5 nights with breakfast in selected central hotels ("25 hours Hotel Florenz Piazza San Paolino", Florenz; 1x im Hotel “Leon Bianco”, San Gimignano; 1x im Country Resort "Villa Preselle", Scansano; 1x im Hotel “Il Chiostro del Carmine”, Siena), 4 common meals (partly including beverages: wine, water, café) plus 3 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, tour program and handouts by Arch DI Gabriele Schöberl and DI Marion Kuzmany

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

here to the REGISTRATION until 2022/12/19

 

maximum number of participants: 20

IMPORTANT: Good walking ability is required for this tour!

we recommend to bring only small luggage as we often change hotels and the hotels in San Gimignano und Siena are not situated directly next to the bus parking.

here to the TRAVEL and CANCELLATION CONDITIONS

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

 

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