Small-Group Fresco Painting Hands-on Activity
- A fresh, hands-on approach: Derived from the Italian word for fresh, the fresco is one of the most revered forms of Western art. Creating an image with water-based pigments while the plaster surface remained damp was considered the ultimate challenge for painters during the Renaissance.
- Making history: As you work, you'll learn about the centuries-long history of the fresco and see some of the most iconic Florentine examples. Your docent (Latin for teacher) takes you through the steps of preparing the plaster surface, creating and transferring a drawing, and applying the paint.
- Taking it home: Although this fascinating private experience is fun for all ages and requires no previous skill or knowledge, it does require care and attention. You'll get all the help you need, and leave with a terra cotta tile that you painted yourself, carefully wrapped until it's completely dry.
Please meet your guide at his studio at Via Santo Spirito #6 (blue). See your voucher for instructions.
Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be too challenging for you. This itinerary is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic
Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.
Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
Fresco Workshop Materials
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Travelers must be 13 years of age or older to participate in this tour.
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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