The Renaissance in Florence

October 10 through 21, 2020

Politics & Prose invites you to join us for The Renaissance in Florence: From Medieval to Modern.

 

The transition in Western Europe from the medieval to the Renaissance world both contributed to and was shaped by new modes of expression in art, literature, philosophy, and spirituality. The city of Florence was the epicenter of this wave of transformative cultural energy. Through a first-hand observation of some of the most important of these intellectual and artistic creations in their original historical settings, this tour will seek to give participants a rich and lively understanding of one of the most fascinating episodes in human history - the Florentine Renaissance.

We will reside in a four star hotel conveniently located near the center of the old city. Ordinarily, we shall visit the city in the morning and most afternoons, although there will ample time free for individual explorations. Our goal is to give participants the opportunity to experience almost all of the city’s major artistic and historical sites in depth, and with expert guidance.

For those who wish to extend their stay and experience another historic element of Florentine culture, we off a three-night supplemental itinerary immediately following the conclusion of the main tour. This additional excursion includes a three night stay in a traditional four-star hotel in  the Chianti wine region, a tour of the production facility and cellars of two of Chianti’s best known and respected vintners, as well a private luxury wine tasting meal hosted by the Consorzio del Gallo Nero at its home in Radda in Chianti. From Chianti we will also make a day visit to Florence’s great medieval rival, Siena to visit its spectacular cathedral and the Palazzo Pubblico.

The tour leaders will be Francis J. Ambrosio, Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University and Director of the Georgetown MyDante Project, and Deborah Warin, Director, Renaissance Tours Company, LLC, former Director of Continuing Education and lecturer at Georgetown University, and author of Battista Sforza and the Court of Urbino. Together they have led more than 40 previous tours to Italy.

The price of the main Florence Tour is $3,250.00 per person, exclusive of airfare. This price includes eight nights’ hotel accommodations (double occupancy) with breakfast, all entrance fees and guided tours by the tour leaders as indicated in the itinerary and subject to the specified conditions; also included are the welcome reception on the first evening of the tour. No other meals are included.  Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully for full details. Airfare and ground transportation to and from the hotel in Florence are not included. Single occupancy rooms can be reserved, subject to availability at a supplementary cost of $650.

The price of the supplemental three night Chianti/Siena itinerary is $1,350 per person. This includes hotel accommodations (double occupancy) with breakfast, all transfers and admissions, visits to two major Chianti wineries and a wine tasting.  Also included is the private gourmet wine tasting meal. The supplementary itinerary concludes with a return transfer by bus to the Florence airport; no other meals or transportation are included. Single occupancy rooms can be reserved, subject to availability, at a supplementary cost of $240.

itinerary

Where Do We Stay?

 

Q.  Where do we stay?
Tour accommodations are in four star hotels personally selected by the directors. Every effort has been made to minimize the inconvenience of traveling and yet allow for the full experience of the life of these charming places. To that end we have carefully chosen both the most significant and unique towns with the most distinctive and charming accommodations. The itinerary has been arranged to provide a minimum of moves and without compromising the richness and the diversity of the experience.

We will be happy to provide you with additional information upon request.

Terms and Conditions:

The total cost of the primary tour is $3,250.  Prices include hotel accommodations (double occupancy) with breakfast, all entrance fees and guided tours as indicated in the itinerary and subject to the specified conditions; also included is the welcome reception on the first evening of the tour. the wine tasting in Chianti and the final group dinner. No other meals are included.  Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully for full details. Airfare and ground transportation are not included.


The total cost of the supplementary itinerary is $1,325.00. This price includes hotel accommodations (double occupancy) with breakfast, ground transportation by air conditioned coach during the itinerary, all entrance fees and guided tours as indicated in the itinerary and subject to the specified conditions; also included is the wine tasting in Chianti and the final group dinner. No other meals are included.  Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully for full details. Airfare and ground transportation other than listed in the itineraries are not included.

Enrollment is determined by date of receipt of a deposit of $1,000 per traveler, which shall be refundable according to the conditions of the stated cancellation policy. Payment in full is due by September 1, 2020.

Cancellation Policy

    * After receipt of the deposit, cancellation by the participant will be subject to a minimum $150 per person cancellation fee.

    * Cancellation after 90 days prior to the commencement of the tour will result in forfeiture of the full amount of the deposit ($1000.).

   * Cancellation after September 1 or “no show” at the commencement of the tour will result in forfeiture of the full cost of the trip per person.

All tours are offered on condition of sufficient enrollment. If the offer of a tour must be withdrawn at any time due to insufficient enrollment, all deposits and additional payments will be refunded and this will constitute full satisfaction of all claims by participants on the Renaissance Company. Therefore the purchase of trip cancellation insurance through a third party vendor is strongly recommended.

*** In view of the statutory or contractual limitations which may apply to personal injury or property damage losses, the purchase of accident and baggage insurance, as well as trip cancellation insurance, is strongly recommended.***

Responsibility

The Renaissance Company, LLC, and its representatives act only as agents in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, sightseeing, restaurants or any other services in connection with the itinerary, and they will exercise reasonable care in making such arrangements. However, they do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident or delay to person and property due to any act of default of any hotel, carrier, restaurant, company or person rendering any of the services included in the tour. The tickets, coupons, tariffs, rules or contracts currently in use by any carrier, hotel, restaurant or other rendering service shall constitute the sole contract between such contractor and the tour member. Baggage and personal effects are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times. Further, the Renaissance Company and its representative agents accept no responsibility for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labor disputes, machinery breakdown, quarantine, government restraints, weather or any other cause beyond their personal control. The right is reserved to cancel or change itineraries or substitute services without notice, and to decline to accept any tour member at any time, when such action is determined to be in the best interests of the health, safety or general welfare of the tour group or individual. No carrier shall be responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board its own conveyance.

Finally, the Renaissance Company bears no responsibility whatsoever for any travel arrangements made by individual travelers that do not form part of the published itinerary. Extensions of stay, hotel accommodations beyond those indicated in the program, early arrivals or departures, hotel charges not included in the basic room rate including but not limited to telephone, beverages and meals, and hotel services, and all other arrangements undertaken at the initiative of individual participants are the sole responsibility of the individual. No change can be made in group plans or schedules to accommodate such arrangements.