San Lorenzo Basilica in Florence, Italy

Leonardo da Vinci 500 Year Tribute Tour

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Italy, Vatican City

Places Visited

Milan, Florence, Vinci, Rome

Suggested Duration

9 Days

Bring the Renaissance alive and embrace the ingenuity of the world's best artists and innovators with a custom-tailored tour of Italy that celebrates the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death. Renaissance experts will guide you on your private tours of celebratory exhibitions while luxury accommodations will immerse you in the luster of Milan, Florence, Vinci, and Rome as you follow in the footsteps of the renowned master. Trace the origins of Leonardo's genius that characterizes his...

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Trip Highlights

  • View The Last Supper, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous works, during a private tour of Milan’s landmarks connected with the Renaissance Man
  • Explore art, history, architecture, science, and technology with Renaissance experts on private tours
  • Relish the fascinating images captured by the master artist in Saint Jerome in the Desert during its first display outside of the Vatican Museums
  • Wander through the sensational Renaissance artwork displayed in Florence’s world-renowned Uffizi Gallery to find several incredible works by Leonardo
  • Discover the treasures of the San Sepolcro Crypt, which inspired da Vinci to draw a map with the hidden chambers at the center of Milan
  • Engage with the mind of Leonardo da Vinci when visiting the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana to view the priceless drawings in the Codice Atlantico
  • Revel in the sensational flavors of a multi-course meal inspired by a wine made specifically for celebrating Leonardo da Vinci’s anniversary
  • Visit the small town in which Leonardo da Vinci was born and explore the intimate museum with over 60 replica machines of his creation
  • Step into the grandeur of the Scuderie del Quirinale papal palace and discover the unique display of designs and sketches that illustrate the visions of Leonardo da Vinci compared to his contemporaries

Detailed Description

The majesty of Italy is legendary as it is reflected in the diverse scenery, the breathtaking paintings, the ancient heritage, and through mouthwatering cuisine. Every facet of Italian culture will be highlighted and enjoyed during your 9-day tour of Italy with the genius of Leonardo da Vinci your primary focus. From the delicious flavors of a multi-course meal enjoyed in the lush countryside of Tuscany to taking in the magnificent paintings in the galleries of the Uffizi in Florence, you will be able to explore according to your interests on privately guided tours on this customized itinerary. You will be able to explore how the incredible history of Italy and da Vinci intertwined during the Renaissance while continuing to inspire the world today.

Your engaging Leonardo da Vinci-focused tour of Italy will begin with your arrival in Milan. You will have two days in the fascinating capital of Lombardy for an introduction to the life and inventions of da Vinci in Italy. Your guides will be Renaissance experts and will take you on fantastic tours that balance the inherent beauty of Milan’s culture with the treasures of da Vinci’s life. You will explore the Castel Sforzesco, step inside the science museum, and wander through the distinct San Sepolcro Crypt. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church and see the stunning The Last Supper before venturing deep into the mind of the inventor with exhibitions at the Palazzo Reale Milano and Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, the latter of which contains the remarkable Codice Atlantico.

You will then continue to Florence for four days where both medieval and Renaissance architecture have been preserved through the ages that will immediately charm you. Your private tours through the city will showcase how Leonardo da Vinci’s unique thought process broke the barriers of science, art, and architecture with innovation displayed in the Museo Galileo, Bargello, and Palazzo Strozzi exhibitions that are well worth your time. The Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, and Palazzo Vecchio offer incredible insight into the artistic aesthetic of da Vinci with displays of the Renaissance master’s works in connection with his mentor Verrocchio.

You will move next to spend time in the Tuscan countryside in the town of Vinci and visit the small museum that holds models of the inventor’s work. Continue on and visit his former home followed by a multi-course meal paired with local wines, including a wine produced to honor the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death.

You will then reach Rome for your final two nights in Italy where ancient, medieval, and Baroque architecture shape the city’s unparalleled ambiance. Your private tours will begin at the Leonardo da Vinci Science Exhibition in Scuderie del Quirinale, and you can focus on the innovator’s endless technological developments. You will also have a marvelous tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum to explore the intricate details of master artists from Michelangelo to Giotto, including the painting Saint Jerome in the Desert, which is on display for the first time outside of the Vatican.

Starting Price

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • 17 Admissions including access to the Castello Sforzesco, Science and Technology Museum, Uffizi Gallery, Vatican Museum, The Last Supper at Santa Maria della Grazie, and many more
  • 8 Private walking tours that give you authentic perspectives of Milan, Florence, and Rome
  • 1 Private driving tour that reveals the Tuscan countryside
  • 1 Private wine tasting at a Tuscan winery with multi-course lunch included
  • 8 Nights at premier accommodations with breakfast included
  • 4 Private transfers that will make transportation between airports, train stations, and hotels seamless
  • Second class train tickets from Milan to Florence and Florence to Rome, with the option to upgrade to first class
  • 24/7 Telephone assistance while travelers stay in Italy

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