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GIOTTO TO PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA Artists' visions of heaven in the heart of Italy

12 June 2021

7 days from £3,145pp

Our tour is based in Perugia, the chief city of Umbria where Perugino was mostly active, a gorgeous location for exploring this timeless crucible of Renaissance art.
  • Frescoes of Piero della Francesca, Pinturicchio and Perugino
  • Assisi 
  • The Umbrian valley
  • Perugia, Arezzo, Sansepolcro, Orvieto and Spoleto
 
According to Giorgio Vasari, the seeds of the Renaissance were sown when Giotto di Bondone broke with the Byzantine tradition prevailing in 13th-century Italian art, developing a revolutionary naturalism in place of the hidebound severity of mediaeval artists. Giotto’s treatment of line and volume, the Vasarian story continues, led directly to Masaccio, Michelangelo and Raphael, and to Florence becoming the acknowledged centre of the artistic world. Vasari’s biased account has been steadily unpicked by art historians over the centuries, but Giotto’s radiant brilliance has never been in question. His medium was fresco, and he left examples of his genius all over central Italy, including a cycle narrating the life of St Francis on the walls of the monumental basilica in Assisi. Giotto’s successors were inspired to works of an equal stature, from Piero della Francesca’s breathtaking Legend of the True Cross in Arezzo to Pinturicchio’s jewellike Baglioni Chapel at Spello and the serenity of Perugino’s Collegio del Cambio in Perugia. Perhaps the finest of all is the overwhelming vision of the Last Judgement in Orvieto by Luca Signorelli, the last great artist to work primarily in fresco form. These artistic delights are matched by some of the most entrancing landscapes Italy can offer. Here are the cypress trees and olive groves and slate-red hill towns of the Italophile’s imagination. Our tour is based in Perugia, the chief city of Umbria where Perugino was mostly active, a gorgeous location for exploring this timeless crucible of Renaissance art.

Your Accommodation

Hotel Brufani, Perugia

★★★★★
Overview
Built in 1884, The Hotel Brufani Palace is located at the far end of Perugia’s fashionable Corso Vannucci. Set on a scenic terrace overlooking the Umbrian Valley, the hotel is in the heart of the city centre very conveniently located to the major monuments of the city.
It is furbished in a classical and elegant Italian style. It also boasts a rooftop terrace, a bar, restaurant and an underground heated pool, with the remains of the mediaeval walls visible under its glass bottom.
 
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Satellite TV