5. MUGELLO: LAND OF MEDICI AND GIOTTO BY DANTE TRAIN - CODE: ISMGLL
Itinerary n. 5 – MUGELLO: LAND OF MEDICI and GIOTTO by DANTE TRAIN
Borgo S. Lorenzo, Vicchio, Florence, S. Piero a Sieve, Scarperia, Marradi, Brisighella,
4 days / 3 nights
1st Day - BORGO SAN LORENZO / VICCHIO
Visit of the old town starting from the two doors: Fiorentina and Clock, remnant of the ancient walls. Then the church of San Lorenzo which dates back to 941, the biggest Romanesque buildings of the Florentine countryside. Inside a wealth of works of art. Between these a Madonna attributed to Giotto. Visit to Villa Pecori Giraldi hosting the Chini Ceramic Museum. Free lunch. Afternoon transfer to Vicchio. Not everyone knows that Giotto and Beato Angelico were born in the hills of this village. Visit to the Museum of Sacred Art and popular religiosity dedicated to Beato Angelico and continue to Giotto's House Museum in Vespignano village. Dinner and overnight.
2nd Day - FLORENCE
Full day excursion to the city of Florence, a guided tour "on the footsteps of the Medici": Palazzo Medici Riccardi that offers the visitor the chance to retrace over four centuries of art history, architecture and collections in Florence, San Lorenzo district and the Basilica of San Lorenzo, the church of the Medici. Free lunch. In the afternoon visit of Palazzo Vecchio, symbol of Florentine power for more than seven centuries, Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Pitti built by the Pitti family on Filippo Brunelleschi project, then sold to the Medici who turned it into the residence for the family. The building overlooks the famous Boboli Gardens, the prototype of the "Italian garden" created by the Medici. Dinner and overnight
3° giorno - SAN PIERO A SIEVE / SCARPERIA
Visit the old town of San Piero and walk towards the Fortress of San Martino built by Cosimo I in 1569, with the contribution of Bernardo Buontalenti. Visitable only from outside as it is a private property. Visit the convent of Bosco ai Frati founded before the year 1000 and rebuilt by Cosimo de 'Medici on 1420. Inside the convent many precious gifts left by the Medici including a wooden crucifix attributed to Donatello. Free lunch. Afternoon transfer to Scarperia, the "shoe" at the foot of the Apennines. Visit the old town and the Palazzo dei Vicari. The Palace, as well as hosting a valuable historical archive and the antique clock of the bell tower, work of Filippo Brunelleschi, is home to the Museum of Cutting Tools, production of which Scarperia boasts centuries of high production. Dinner and overnight.
4th Day - MARRADI / BRISIGHELLA
Departure by “Dante train” from Borgo San Lorenzo to Marradi, whose urban structure is unusual for a mountain village. Noble families such as the Torriani of Milan or the Fabroni of Pistoia, exiled here, would not give up the prestige and comfort. Palazzo Torriani, which dates back to the 16th century, it is a clear testimony. Every Sunday of the month of October there is the famous "Chestnut Festival". Free lunch. In the afternoon, always by train, travel to Brisighella, medieval village nestled at the foot of three chalk pinnacles on which stand the imposing Manfredi Fortress, built in 1310 and completed in the sixteenth century, the Clock Tower and Monticino Sanctuary, of ancient Marian tradition dating back to the eighteenth century. The old town is dominated by the ancient Via del Borgo, elevated road and blanket, unique in the world, known as the Via degli Asini, for the shelter that offered to the animals of the carters who lived there. End of services.
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