Many thanks to all who took
part and kindly donated towards this event
12th to 15th Apr 2012
Having a coffee in the
Day one: Friday
We will begin our
tour of Florence by visiting the Academy Gallery which houses one of the
city’s great masterpieces: Michelangelo’s David. From there, we move on
to the city religious center were we will be able to view some of
Florence’s most impressive buildings including the Duomo – Santa
Maria del Fiore - with Brunelleschi’s famous dome, the baptistery
and Giotto’s bell tower.
Then we proceed to
the charming Signoria Square, were we will admire beautiful statues by
Cellini, Giambologna, Ammanati until we then reach the renowned Ponte
Vecchio. And lastly, we’ll go on to visit the church of
Santa Croce where we will be able to see works by Giotto and Donatello, as
well as the tombs of illustrious Florentine citizens such as
Michelangelo, Galileo and Macchiavelli.
Day two of our tour
will begin with a visit to the oldest art museum in the world: the
Uffizi Gallery, which houses artworks by Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo,
Raphael, Vasari, Titian and Caravaggio to name a few.
Then we will make our way to the
Santa Maria Novella where we will be able to admire beautiful
frescoes by Masaccio, Ghirlandaio, Filippo Lippi and Giotto as well as
its imposing façade by Alberti.
Day three: Sunday
On day three of our
tour we will start the day by visiting the oldest church In Florence -
San Lorenzo - which was consecrated by St Ambrose in 393, and then
rebuilt in 1060 in a Romanesque style. The present building was built by
the architect Brunelleschi in 1423. Inside this basilica we will
also view the renowned Medici Chapels which were constructed with the
aim to celebrate the power of the Medici as Grand Dukes of Tuscany; one
of the two - the Sagrestia Nuova “New Sacristy” - was designed
1 - Academy Gallery
2 - Santa Maria del Fiore’s Church (Duomo)
3 - Baptistery
4 - Giotto’s Bell
5 - Signoria Square
6 - Ponte Vecchio
7 - Santa Croce’s
8 - Uffizi Gallery
9 - Santa Maria
10 - San Lorenzo
1 - Return train ticket from
Zurich (2nd class). Prices are subject to booking period and
notice (estimated between 100/250 CHF) . Leaving Thu,12.04.2012 coming
back Sun, 15.04.2012
2 - Three nights hotel
accommodation (price TBA/ Subject to booking period and notice -
estimated between 250/350 CHF for the stay)
3 – Admission to sites + Tour: CHF 195 (per
1 - Meals and drinks
2 - Personal Expenses
3 - Optional Activity
To book a place, register your interest, or to
request more information about this tour please e-mail:
Tour requires a
minimum attendance of 6 people
note that in order to take advantage of the best available prices you
should book your place as earlier as possible, as fares such as hotels
and train transportation tend to become more expensive closer to the
Batik Style Painting
Saturday 25th Feb 2012
10 am to 6 pm
The name "Batik" - which
means what is drawn - derives from the Indonesian words "amba"
(to write) and "titik" (drop).
This technique of painting on
fabric was probably already known and practiced by the Egyptians and was
introduced in the Java Island (Indonesia) between 300 and
400 A.D. by Indian traders. In Europe, however, this painting style is
today still not much known or widespread. This workshop, thus, will
provide you with a unique opportunity to learn about this
fascinating art. You will be introduced to Batik by working on a
chosen design, reproduce it on a silk or cotton support, learn about
different waxing procedures, colouring and drying of the fabric,
removing of the wax and fixing of colour.
The workshop will run from 10
am to 6 pm and you will have the opportunity to create from one
to three painted pieces including a scarf, a cushion cover or
This course will be taught by
Ludovica who has lived in Malaysia for three years; it was in
fact there that she discovered and developed her passion for
workshop will also be an excellent opportunity for
spending some quality time together, meet new
people and have lots and lots of fun!!
this sounds interesting, join
us at the studio-gallery on the 25th of Feb for
a day of fun and creativity!!
Book now!! Places are
***Please give confirmation with at least 10 days notice***.
Price per person: Fr 150.00
(price includes art material and a light refreshment ).
Art Tours: Milan
4th Dec 2011
We will begin our tour of
Milan by visiting the beautiful and imposing Duomo
which is located in the heart of the town. The constructions of this
impressive cathedral began in 1386 and lasted over 400 years; today, it
has become the symbol of the city and is often described as one of the
greatest churches in the world.
Next we will walk through to
the glamorous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, where we will
have a chance to admire some of the most prestigious fashion shops in
Milan, see new trends, and if you wish, you can stop to have lunch or a
coffee in one of its many shops and cafeterias. Through the gallery we
will then reach the piazza housing the world renowned theatre
of La Scala – Milan’s opera house where many famous artists
including Maria Callas and Luciano Pavarotti performed, and also where the woks of composers such as Verdi and
Puccini first debuted.
Then we will walk through the
Brera District - a fashionable and historic part of the
city - until we reach the Castello Sforzesco, where we
will have an opportunity to visit parts of its art collections.
But the highlight of our tour
will be the chance to view Leonardo’s ‘Last Supper’ in the
refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie’s convent. This
masterpiece was painted in the 15th century and it has recently
been restored and brought back to its original state - it is in fact now
possible to admire all its beautiful details and colours. This fresco
has earned a place in the UNESCO world heritage list and its
popularity made even more widespread by Dan Brown’s bestselling novel:
The Da Vinci Code.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
La Scala Thatre
Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’
1- Return train ticket from
Zurich (2nd class)
(Train prices are subject to
booking period and notice. You will be leaving Zurich in the morning and
returning in the evening, however, if you wish to make your own travel
arrangements or spend the weekend in Italy, you can meet us in Milan,
outside the Duomo).
3- Visit to Duomo
4- Admission to La Scala’s
museum and theatre (theatre depending on availability)
5- Admission to the Castello
6- Admission to Leonardo Da
Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’
Meals and drinks
Optional activity costs
1- Tour + entrance to sites:
2- Train ticket: TBA
TBA: subject to Leonardo’s
‘Last Supper’ availability – this seems to be a very popular tourist
attraction and booking sometimes need to be made months in advance.
Register Your Interest:
To book a place,
register your interest, or to request more information about this tour,
Tour requires a minimum
attendance of 6 people.
This tour is scheduled for Dec
1- In order to enter some of
the religious sites, such as the Duomo or the ‘Last Supper’,
please make sure you wear appropriate clothing: no short skirts or
sleeveless tops allowed or you may be denied entry.
2- Please bring comfortable
4 - Visit to the ‘Last Supper’
is guarded and lasts no longer than 15 minutes – this time has been set
by the Italian Soprintendenza.
5- Visits to some of the sites
may be not allowed in case of special events (Scala Theatre / Duomo
) - I will however do my best to check the schedules before our visit.
6- Tour does not include a
visit to the top of the Duomo.