Italy in the Footsteps of Galileo Tour
Galileo, the 'Father of Science', was a 17th Century Italian astronomer, physicist and mathematician, celebrated for his work on the telescope, sunspots and the moons of Jupiter. His belief that the sun is the centre of the universe resulted in denunciation by the Catholic Church, interrogation by the Roman Inquisition and ultimately house arrest.
Tour highlights include:
- The ancient city of Rome and the ancient catacombs of San Sebastiano, underground tunnels in which the first Christians were buried. A guided tour of the ruins to include the Roman Forum, the centre of ancient Rome, Palatine Hill and Colosseum.
- The Vatican City where he faced the Inquisition and was sentenced to life imprisonment, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Pope's official private chapel and the Basilica of St. Peter.
- Florence, home of the powerful Medici family and famous for its art and history. The Uffizi Gallery, home to one of the world's greatest collections of Renaissance art including work by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Titian and the Church of Santa Croce where Galileo, Michelangelo and Machiavelli are all buried.
- Pisa, where he was born and spent his formative years. The iconic Leaning Tower and the Campo dei Miracoli (the Field of Miracles).
- Venice, an important city during the Renaissance, to see the Basilica di San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, residence of the Doge and seat of the city's governing council and a glass blowing factory.
- Assisi, birthplace and home of St Francis.
- Optional trip to see the ruins of Pompeii.
Photographs: Main image: Basilica of St Peter ©Fototeca ENIT; The Vatican; Rialto Bridge, Venice ©Fototeca ENIT.