In the footsteps of Botticelli, Fra Angelico,
Giotto, Masaccio, Michelangelo & more!
March 22-March 29, 2020
Trip Status: CLOSED
Tour Cost: $2750; $200 single supplement
Activity Level: Moderate

Due to the flooding in Venice, we will not be offering the add on trip previously advertised. For more information on Venice, you can click here.

Join our aptly named Florentine guide, art historian Silvia Botticelli Borromeo, on a beautiful journey of the Tuscan city made magnificent by the Medici family. We will get acquainted with the masters through guided insight and with hands-on activities, such as fresco and pietra dura workshops, a day of exploring Italy's finest markets and taking a cooking class, a night at the opera in Florence.


In Florence, we will be staying at La Hermitage



Silvia Botticelli
Instructor & Guide

We have found an excellent guide for this exciting trip, Silvia Botticelli. She has been working as a professional guide in Florence, her hometown, since 1998. She graduated from Florence University with a degree in Art History and, after a professional experience as a restorer of frescoes, she also worked as a teacher of Artistic Techniques and Conservation of Works of Art. She will be taking us along to discover the world-renowned history, local traditions, and masterpieces. 

In addition to sharing Florence with those who come to explore its beauty, Silvia also has taught at the International University of Art (UIA), has written two books, Lectures on Restoration, and The Fascination of Illusion. History and Techniques of Scagliola.

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

Years ago, it was suggested to Joan that she might offer an art program, and she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. Bringing together all of her life's passions, the development and administration of Artful Journeys is an exhilarating process for Joan.


Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was an efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.



Trip cost is $2750
  • Includes all accommodations, meals, transportation in Italy, event and museum entry fees, and teacher and admin fees

  • $200 Florence single supplement

  • Not included are alcohol, tips and gratuities, personal purchases and pampering

  • NOTE: A deposit of $500 is required upon registration to secure a place on this Journey

  • Airfare to Florence is not included to enable travelers to use their “travel points,” upgrade flight arrangements, or to extend their trip

  • Travel insurance is strongly encouraged. Please see the Travel Insurance Form


To register for this journey, please click below:

A detailed itinerary and policy page will be provided upon registration.

For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.

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