Rome & Tuscany
Rome, Orvieto, Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra, and Florence
September 21–30, 2015
The Kimbell Art Museum is pleased to offer Sustaining and Circle Members an exclusive opportunity to soak up the artistic, culinary, and scenic pleasures of Rome and Tuscany. Our one-of-a-kind journey will permit Kimbell supporters to access hidden and private spaces of great beauty, while providing outstanding luxury accommodation, splendid meals, and expert commentary throughout. Along the way, we will make ties to many of the great Italian masterpieces in the Kimbell’s own collection.
We begin in the Eternal City of Rome, where our tour will feature the city’s magnificent contemporary jewels—Richard Meier’s Jubilee Church, Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI, and the beautiful Parco della Musica, created by Renzo Piano, the architect of the Kimbell’s new building. Then, spend five leisurely days exploring the picture-postcard landscapes of southern Tuscany, using the dreamlike medieval city of Siena as a base. Enjoy insider access while in Siena, with ancestral family palaces and villas opened exclusively for the Kimbell. Art treasures abound, including Duccio’s stunning Maestà altarpiece, which provided the Kimbell collection with one of its crown jewels. Excursions outside Siena include beautiful historic hill towns like Volterra and San Gimignano, elegant gardens, and an epicurean day amongst the vineyards, abbeys, and hidden treasures of Montalcino and Pienza. The tour comes to a memorable conclusion in Florence, cradle of the Italian Renaissance, where a full day is dedicated to discovering the gorgeous array of private villas that dot the hills outside the city, with their stunning gardens, art collections, and panoramic views.
Our custom-designed program is enhanced by meetings with local collectors and museum curators, as well as special access to stunning homes and sites off-limits to the general public. Special care is taken to offer a delectable variety of superb culinary experiences, with elegant meals focusing on diverse regional and seasonal specialties—autumn is a wonderful time to experience the bounty of Italy’s harvest! Opportunities will also be provided to shop in our destinations’ elegant boutiques and local markets.
Accommodations are in luxury hotels with superb service and amenities, including the Hotel Eden in Rome, with its sparkling service, grand guest rooms, and legendary rooftop terrace and restaurant; the Grand Hotel Continental in Siena, a five-star jewel carved out of a majestic Renaissance palace directly on the city’s elegant main shopping street; and the Four Seasons Florence, which immediately reset the city’s hotel standards when it opened in 2008 with its plush guest rooms, two-story spa, and enormous garden.
For those wishing to get an extra artistic taste of Italy, an optional full day of art touring featuring Caravaggio and Bernini will be offered before the tour begins in Rome. After the tour, you may choose to transfer to a central five-star Milan hotel for an extra night before flying out of Milan on October 1. Thus, your Italy travel experience can be anywhere from nine to eleven days in length.
Accompanying the group will be Claire Barry, the Kimbell’s director of conservation, and Robert McAn, head of membership and special events, as well as tour manager Jordan Cook and outstanding in-country cultural guides.
The tour price, per person based on double occupancy, is $7,995. Single supplements are available. International airfare between the United States and Italy is not included. A deposit of $1,500 is required to reserve a space on the tour.
CLICK HERE to download the complete travel packet, including the registration and deposit form, or call 817-288-3227 at your earliest convenience.