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Enjoying VIP tours of Florence’s galleries with our art historian
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Indulging in delicious Italian cuisine
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Admiring the medieval architecture in Tuscan hill towns
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Taking time to reflect and create in the OCADU studio
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Exploring the city’s winding streets and markets full of fine leather works

Art in Florence: Opening Doors with OCADU

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Tour leader Maggie Broda hosted a webinar on January 24 about this tour, speaking from her past experience. Click here to watch and listen (20 min)!
 
I am delighted to invite you to join me as we prepare to bask in Renaissance painting, sculpture, and architecture in Florence this May. Our small group of travelers will experience art in Florence, immersion style! Finding yourself bathed in the intensely inspiring art of the Renaissance will make your creative heart race, and when our classic art studio in Italy is unlocked to greet you each day there’s no telling what can happen.

OCADU Alumni Association will open the doors of their studio at the Florence Campus in Italy exclusively for our group. We are privileged to offer open-studio opportunities each morning for our travellers to enjoy art expression at leisure. The studio is the ideal setting for those wanting to practice their craft, or for those feeling inspired to connect with their inner artist on this trip. Our OCADU connections will continue to open doors for us as we explore the lesser –seen areas of famous galleries during our tours around the city that is home to some of the world’s greatest artistic treasures.

We will spend 7 nights in a classic Florentine hotel in the heart of the city. After a delicious breakfast each day, travellers may enjoy a short walk near the Arno River to OCADU’s Studio to draw, paint and create at leisure until lunch; perhaps peer critiques over espresso or a glass of Chianti! If you’d rather admire great works than create them yourself, you will be delighted to find great masterpieces simply by strolling the narrow streets and alleys around our hotel. The whole of the city’s historic centre is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

In the afternoons we will meet up with our art historian for private guided tours of Florence’s iconic galleries and museums. Highlights include: San Marc’s Friary with magnificent frescoes, Brunelleschi’s work, Medici family church, and Academia with Michelangelo’s David.

For dinner, indulge in delicious Florentine cuisine at our specially chosen local restaurants where conversations about the art of the day will flow freely along with the local wine.

Florence is unsurpassed in the history of Renaissance art and architecture but is also capital of the stunningly picturesque Tuscany region. We will enjoy a guided exploration by private coach to other art filled destinations like Siena.

Our Florence Campus has an easel waiting for you so don’t miss this art event of the year!
Let’s meet at the welcome dinner in Florence in May.

Ciao! – Maggie Broda
Alumni Expeditions Cultural Explorations

Italy | 9 days
Alumni Expeditions

Dates:
May 18-26, 2018
Cost:
Approx. C$2995
Group Size:
12 - 14 participants

Includes:
Accommodations based on double occupancy in listed hotel or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary (breakfast daily, three lunches, three dinners), studio sessions at the OCADU Florence Campus, full day excursion to Siena private coach, walks and museum visits in Florence with experienced English-speaking specialized art historian, all entrance fees to sites visited with the group, tour hosted by Maggie Broda. Taxes and gratuities an additional C$225. 

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive Florence
Day 2: Studio / Uffizi
Day 3: Fra Angelico / Brunelleschi
Day 4: Studio / Michelangelo
Day 5: Siena / San Gimignano
Day 6: Florence
Day 7: Studio / Pitti Palace
Day 8: Studio / Oltrarno
Day 9: Depart Florence
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Your Tour Leader

Maggie is a former member of the Ontario College of Art and Design University’s Board of Governors, and she also served as President of its Alumni Association. A contemporary artist and instructor, Maggie is represented in Toronto by the Elaine Fleck Gallery.

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Alumni Expeditions Cultural Explorations

Italy | 9 days
Alumni Expeditions

Dates:
May 18-26, 2018
Cost:
Approx. C$2995
Group Size:
12 - 14 participants

Includes:
Accommodations based on double occupancy in listed hotel or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary (breakfast daily, three lunches, three dinners), studio sessions at the OCADU Florence Campus, full day excursion to Siena private coach, walks and museum visits in Florence with experienced English-speaking specialized art historian, all entrance fees to sites visited with the group, tour hosted by Maggie Broda. Taxes and gratuities an additional C$225. 

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"Our Florence Campus has an easel waiting for you!"

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