Immerse yourself in the life and times of the world’s most famous artist, Michelangelo Buonarroti, on this week-long Specialty tour. Trace the artist’s breathtaking work in Florence, where he lived for much of his life, and in Rome where he worked under the patronage of the Papacy. Enjoy special exclusive access to sites and people, providing in-depth insight into Michelangelo as a Renaissance master of sculpture, painting, and architecture.

Starting at: $5,825 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Michelangelo's <i>David</i> in the Accademia in Florence  Michelangelo’s early <i>Pieta</i> in St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican  Florence and the Duomo at dusk  Michelangelo's iconic Sistine Chapel ceiling   The vast interior of St. Peter’s Basilica   View of St. Peter's Basilica  View of Rome from St. Peter’s Basilica, with Bernini’s colonnade  Piazza Navona, Rome

The Genius of Michelangelo

Artist, Architect, and Renaissance Master

9 days from $5,825

Immerse yourself in the life and times of the world’s most famous artist, Michelangelo Buonarroti, on this week-long Specialty tour. Trace the artist’s breathtaking work in Florence, where he lived for much of his life, and in Rome where he worked under the patronage of the Papacy. Enjoy special exclusive access to sites and people, providing in-depth insight into Michelangelo as a Renaissance master of sculpture, painting, and architecture.

or Call 855-330-1542

Accommodations

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Hotel Brunelleschi

Florence, Italy

The Hotel Brunelleschi is a first-class hotel situated in the heart of Renaissance Florence within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and historic sites. Housed in a reconstructed 6th-century Byzantine tower and medieval church, the hotel offers character and modern, comfortable amenities. 

Number of nights: 4

Hotel Ponte Sisto

Rome, Italy

Hotel Ponte Sisto is a lovely property located one block from the Tiber River and near the Palazzo Farnese and Campo dei Fiori. Guest rooms feature cherry wood furnishings and modern amenities.

Number of nights: 4

Activity Level

Activity Level 2: Moderate  

Expectations: Full-days of activity based in Florence or Rome. One excursion outside of Florence, with two hotel stays. In Florence and Rome, almost everything will be reached on foot - daily activity of up to six hours and walking up to four miles and standing around in museums. Travelers will spend much of their days on their feet, walking and standing during walking tours, museum visits, and indoor/outdoor sites and activities. Walking may entail uneven terrain, cobblestones, city hills, stairs (some without handrails), and absence of elevators; some longer walks to get to city centers or venues where coaches are prohibited. This tour features a train ride between Florence and Rome, which requires good balance to navigate and possibly climbing steep steps to board the train.   

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring  

Reading List

Highly Recommended

Italy in Mind: An Anthology
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
By: King, Ross
DK Eyewitness Florence and Tuscany (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
DK Eyewitness Rome: 2020 (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness

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Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook & Dictionary
By: Lonely Planet, Iagnocco, Pietro, Beltrami, Anna, Cicioni, Mirna, Coates, Karina, Walker, Susie
La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind
By: Severgnini, Beppe
Michelangelo: His Epic Life
By: Gayford, Martin
Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces
By: Unger, Miles J.
Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
By: King, Ross
Michelangelo, God's Architect: The Story of His Final Years and Greatest Masterpiece
By: Wallace, William E.
Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and his Times
By: Wallace, William E.
The Renaissance: A Short History (Modern Library Chronicles)
By: Johnson, Paul
The City of Florence
By: Lewis, R.W.B.
Medici Money: Banking, Metaphysics, and Art in Fifteenth-Century Florence (Enterprise)
By: Parks, Tim
La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language
By: Hales, Dianne
D. H. Lawrence and Italy: Sketches from Etruscan Places, Sea and Sardinia, Twilight in Italy (Penguin Classics)
By: Lawrence, D. H.
Italy: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Traveler's Literary Companions)
The Genius of Michelangelo
24x36 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (24x36 Laminated)
Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.