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The Science of the Renaissance Escorted Tour

6 nights starting from
£1825

  • Anatomical Theatre and Museum of Science & Art in Bologna’s Palazzo Poggi

  • Brilliant Renaissance science museums in Florence

  • Florence’s gorgeous Baptistry Zodiac floor

  • Four talks from Renaissance experts Andrew Spira and David Wootton

This wonderful tour explores the legacy of the Renaissance in the two pre-eminent cities of science at the time – Florence and Bologna - in the company of expert, Andrew Spira and with two talks from New Scientist contributor, David Wootton.  The tour will look at the wondrous collections, buildings and churches that demonstrate the burgeoning of knowledge of the period without which our more recent scientific history would have been very different.

The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that smaller sites can be visited and that you get a high level of attention. There is a lot of walking on this tour – the best way to explore both cities so please ensure comfortable footwear for hard city pavements.

This tour is NOT suitable for those with walking difficulties.

Please note it is also possible to do this tour as a 'land only' package without flights - please contact us for a price and more details.

Available Departures

From

03 - March - 2020 £ 1825.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

London Heathrow

Departing: 03rd March 2020 at 19:55

Returning: 09th March 2020 at 18:40

03 - November - 2020 £ 1825.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

London Heathrow

Departing: 03rd November 2020 at 19:55

Returning: 09th November 2020 at 18:40

ITINERARY

Day 1:  Fly to Bologna and transfer to city centre for check in to the hotel. 
Fly with British Airways from Heathrow to Bologna and transfer by coach to the city centre to check in to your hotel for a two -night stay.

Day 2:  Bologna. 
A full day to explore one of Italy’s most under-rated but beautiful cities, including the Cathedral Sant Petronio’s observatory; Palazzo Archiginnasio; Anatomical Theatre and the Museo di di Scienza e Arte at the Palazzo Poggi.. Welcome reception and lecture from Andrew Spira - Celestial Heights: the Poetics of Space in Renaissance Art and Astronomy'  and dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

Day 3:  Bologna to Florence. 
Coach transfer from Florence to Bologna for check in to hotel for four-night stay. Afternoon orientation tour of the city centre. Welcome reception and lecture from Andrew Spira - 'Vital Forces: Soul, Mind and Body in the Human and Animal Worlds' and dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

Day 4:  Florence. 
A full day includes La Specola Museum of Natural History (Zoology section and Anatomical collections); Tribune of Galileo; Museo degli Argenti (Silver Museum) at the Pitti Palace; and Brancacci Chapel, Santa Maria del Carmine (early perspective). Lecture from David Wootton and dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

Day 5:  Florence. 
In the company of New Scientist expert, David Wootton and Andrew Spira, another full day of exploration of this stunning city includes the Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica; Pazzi Chapel and monument to Galileo in Santa Croce; and Instituto e Museo Storia della Scienza (Galileo Science Museum).  Second lecture from David Wootton and dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

Day 6:  Florence
A last full day in Florence in the company of Andrew Spira including the Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo (Cathedral Museum ); Baptistry: Zodiac Floor solstice marble slab, the Duomo including the Gnomon of Paulo da Pozzo Toscanelli; the Ptolemaic Planetarium in the dome of the Old Sacristy, San Lorenzo and Egnazio Danti’s instruments on the facade of the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella

Day 7: Transfer to Bologna Airport (approx. 90 minutes) for return flight to Heathrow.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion

Please note the day of the lectures may vary due to lecturer availability.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.

Please note it is also possible to do this tour as a 'land only' package without flights - please contact us for a price and more details. 

INCLUDED

  • Return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Bologna
  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Hotel Internazionale, Bologna, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Four  nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Adriatico or Kraft  Hotel, Florence, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room 
  • One dinner at local restaurant in Bologna
  • One lecture from Andrew Spira at Bologna hotel 
  • Three lectures at the Florence hotel – one from Andrew Spira, two from David Wootton
  • Three dinners with wine at local restaurant in Florence
  • Airport transfers, all tours and entrance fees as detailed
  • Andrew Spira throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement 
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTELS

Hotel Internazionale, Bologna
Located close to the station and within easy walking distance of the main sights, the four-star Internazionale is housed in a traditional Bolognese palazzo building. Hotel facilities include a cocktail bar, breakfast room and free wi-fi. Rooms all have private bathroom facilities, TV, free wi-fi, minibar, safe and hairdryer.

Hotel Internazionale Website

Grand Hotel Adriatico, Florence (March departure date)
Located just a 10 minute walk from the Duomo and the Palazzo della Signoria, the Adriatico is a cosy and welcoming four-star, family run hotel with bar, restaurant and spacious rooms in warm colours.   

Grand Hotel Website

Kraft Hotel, Florence (November departure date)
10 minutes’  walk from the Duomo and the Palazzo della Signoria, the Kraft is a traditional four-star hotel with top floor restaurant, bar and terrace, outdoor pool (heated in winter) and comfortable bedrooms with all modern facilities.

Kraft Hotel Website

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YOUR EXPERT - Andrew Spira

Andrew graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art before completing a MA degree in Museum and Gallery Management at City University, London. He worked at the Temple Gallery, London (specialist in Byzantine and Russian icons), and as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum where he specialised in 18th century British Art and Design, and Metalwork. He also specialises in Russian art, publishing ‘The Avant-Garde Icon: Russian Avant-Garde Art and the Icon Painting Tradition’ in 2008 (Lund Humphries). For 20 years he has been taking tours to cultural sites in western Europe, Russia, Armenia and Georgia. He was Programme Director at Christie’s Education for 10 years before going part-time to focus on his current research project - on personal identity and the way it is reflected in the material culture of western Europe from the Middle Ages to the present day.

YOUR GUEST SPEAKER - David Wootton MA, PhD (Cantab), FRHistS

David Wootton is Anniversary Professor of History at the University of York.  He works on the intellectual and cultural history of the English speaking countries, Italy, and France, 1500-1800. He is currently writing a book on Voltaire.  His most recent book is Power, Pleasure, and Profit published by Harvard University Press. He has given the Carlyle and Besterman Lectures at Oxford, the Raleigh Lecture at the British Academy and the Benedict Lectures at Boston.

He was educated at Oxford and Cambridge, and has held positions in history and politics at four British and four Canadian universities, and visiting positions in the US, before his current base in York.


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Please note that all flight times are provisional and subject to change according to airline schedules.

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The tour was superb thank you Andrew Spira is an inspiration as a guide and I would hugely recommend him.

Review by Dooris who travelled 01-March-2018


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The issue of tipping the tour manager (who was really excellent ) was raised in your tour information and how ever much it said it was optional we felt it was totally inappropriate for this type of tour. We thought you should pay them the right amount for a professional.

Review by Eustace who travelled 01-March-2018


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My trip was very professionally organised and executed. I cannot commend our tour leader Andrew Spira highly enough. He is charming and immensely knowledgeable, sharing his enthusiasm with us with natural communication skills. He has a deft touch, able to listen, to get alongside each guest and manage the logistics of keeping the group together and on schedule. He is flexible, allowing individual guests to go off and do their own thing when desired and managing changes in the schedule that may be required. He makes it look so easy but I am sure it is not. I would certainly consider Travel Editions again. Anyone travelling with Andrew will be very lucky.

Review by Cole who travelled 01-March-2018


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As you gather, I really enjoyed this fantastic trip. I felt I learned a great deal and built on much travel experience. I thought group members were supportive of eachother and I appreciated the fact that we walked everywhere: the only way to see cities. To do that we needed hotels that were central: not an edge of city Travelodge! We couldn't have packed much more in but there were opportunities to do extras on our own, which some of us did. I appreciated not being treated like a load of school kids but expected to take responsibility for ourselves to keep up and in touch. Andrew couldn't have taken more trouble over making sure he spent a bit of time talking to us individually and his knowledge and enthusiasm was a great joy. It was good to meet and spend time with Jeremy from New Scientist as well. I have joined many group tours and thought this was a winner. Lesley

Review by Spence who travelled 02-November-2017


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The tour was excellent, but would have been improved if the tour leader and members were provided with the type of wireless assistance which allows the tour members to hear what the tour leader is saying at all times. This was sometimes difficult, owing to general traffic etc. noise levels or the natural requirement to speak quietly in churches etc.

Review by Jeffery who travelled 02-November-2017


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The 'Tour Manager' Andrew Spira was excellent ....

Review by Mr Andrew WIshart who travelled 09-March-2017