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Piazza del Duomo – for the magnificent Orvieto Cathedral

  • Piazza del Duomo – for the magnificent Orvieto Cathedral

    A climb up serpentine curves is rewarded with the startling expanse of the Piazza del Duomo. The Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral (Duomo) is best-seen when the late-afternoon sun glints off the mosaics of the astonishing façade. On display are an array of mosaics, carved alabaster and bronze statuary, bolstered by striped horizontals of basalt and travertine stone. The Duomo, considered one of the loveliest in Italy, was commissioned in 1290 but only completed four centuries later. Creating this masterwork required the dedication of legions of architects, sculptors, painters and mosaicists.

    Inside the cathedral, the black-and-white stripes highlight the curvilinear arches. To the right of the altar is the frescoed Cappella Nuova, whose decoration was begun by Fra Angelico in 1447 and completed by Luca Signorelli at the turn of the next century. Whereas Fra Angelico focused on the glory of God, Signorelli put the human perspective centre-stage. The chapel supposedly inspired Michelangelo and his painting of the Sistine Chapel. On the left-hand side of the altar is the Cappella del Corporale, painted by Ugolino and his assistants and depicting The Miracle of Bolsena. The apse is decorated with scenes from the Life of the Virgin, completed by Pinturicchio.

    Address: 23 Piazza del Duomo, 05018 Orvieto
    Web: www.opsm.it

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REAL PIZZA AND GELATO LESSON IN FLORENCE

The Pizza and Gelato lesson is a group lesson where you will learn how to make traditional Neapolitan pizza using a wood-fire oven, gelato, and sorbet. The Chef will guide you through three dishes: appetizer, main course, and dessert. After the lesson, you will enjoy the meal along with a Tuscany Wine in our wine cellar. 

 

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Palio Tour

To say you know a place means to know its traditions. In Siena, it's all about the Palio, the centuries-old traditions formed around a horse race that takes place twice a year, in Piazza del Campo. Taking part in this 1-hour tour, you will get a chance to discover the history and the tradition behind this important horse race. You will visit one of the 17 districts (Contrade) and the guide will show you the district's fountain, where children are baptized. After that you will have exclusive guided tour of the Contrada's museum, where the ‘Standards’, the banners given to the winning Contrada, and the traditional medieval costumes of the Contrada's members are exhibited.

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LEONARDO DA VINCI 'S HOMELAND - THE ORIGIN OF A GENIUS

Discover the genius of great Leonardo da Vinci through this 5-hour tour by an air-conditioned 8-seat van. You will leave from Florence and cross the countryside through Leonardo's birthplace (Anchiano) and Vinci having the opportunity to meet him (metaphorically) and get to know about his life as an artist. The tour will end with a wine tasting and a light lunch in a typical farmhouse.

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Slow Food - Organic Wine and Slow Food Tour in Chianti Classico Wine region

Slow Food - Organic Wine and Slow Food Tour in Chianti Classico Wine region (time to see San Gimignano)

By far the most famous of the Tuscan wines, Chianti is a red wine produced in the Chianti region and is made from the Sangiovese grape, giving it a note of summer fruit and spices. 

Your excursion will commence with a drive through the breathtaking Tuscan countryside straight to San Gimignano as you delve into the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Over the course of the tour, you will visit two first-class organic wineries that will give you a comprehensive look at the wine making process. Our experienced guides will be with you every step of the way, teaching you about the wines and the best ways to taste them. In addition to Chianti Classico the DOCG wines, you will be able to enjoy the IGT or “Super Tuscans.”


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