Italy from Old Masters to Contemporary

When it comes to artistic heritage, Rome and Florence are certainly best known for ancient marble sculptures and masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo, Bernini, Caravaggio and Raphael. However, over the past decades these two italian cities have witnessed the proliferation of a thriving contemporary art scene and play host to a number of galleries and exhibition spaces focused on the art of today.

Join the Seattle Art Museum for this exclusive Italian trip to discover the innovative and vibrant art scene in Rome and Florence over the first week of October 2023. During these days we will be visiting private collections, artist studios and we will be received by directors and curators of the major galleries and museums in the two cities. Five full days of immersive art experiences and special visits, topped with culinary adventures to appreciate the best of Italian cuisine.

This trip will be led by SAM's Illsely Ball Nordstrom Director and CEO, Amada Cruz, and the Jane Lang Davis Chief Conservator, Nick Dorman, who will bring to life this amazing art. This trip will be accompanied by Artful Experience Directors, Milena Berman and Elisa Torcutti, who have an extensive knowledge of these cities. Please click on the itinerary below for more detailed programming information.

Our SAM patron experience is priced at $9,995 per person in a double room sharing and $11,270 for a single traveler which includes a $1000 per person contribution to SAM as well as all transportation, lodging, events, and specific meals during your trip. Two single travelers are welcome to share a room. This trip is limited to 22 guests and your booking is requested as soon as possible, but no later than April 14th. Reservations will be processed on a first come, first served basis. A minimum of 14 guests is required to operate this trip. 

No refund will be provided for cancellations within sixty days of the trip's start date. If the client has another patron to fill a spot a substitution will be allowed. After the trip has commenced, no refunds are available, even if client does not partake in all of the trip's activities or leaves the trip early. We highly recommend trip insurance which is offered when booking. If you have any questions about this program please email or call Tobias Welo at Artful at and 781-707-8477.

  • Special curator-guided tours and remarks by Directors of major museums and cultural institutions in Rome and Florence.
  • Visits to artist studios, private collections and art galleries in both cities
  •  Meals and visits joined by experts and art world insiders throughout the trip
  • Accommodation in 5 and 4-star luxury hotels, gastronomic experiences, and drinks receptions

Image: Hilary Pecis

Image: Roberto Casamonti Collection Florence

  • Special guided tours at MAXXI museum in Rome and Palazzo Strozzi in Florence.
  • Visit at least 3 private collections. Possibilities include the collections of Giovanni Floridi and Clara Datti in Rome and Roberto Casamonti's in Florence (private collections are subject to change according to collectors availability).
  • Artist studio visits. Possibilities include the studio of Alberto di Fabio and artists residence Pastificio Cerere.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights at the 5-star Hotel Bernini Bristol in Rome and 3 nights at the 4-star Grand Hotel Minerva in Florence.
  • Thoughtfully selected meals including fine dining restaurants, authentic local cuisine, and a lunch or dinner in a private residence.
Image: Grand Hotel Minerva Florence

  • Six nights accommodation:
  • Full Buffet Breakfast daily.
  • Five lunches including selected wine, mineral water, soft drinks, coffee or tea.
  • Four dinners including selected wine, mineral water, soft drinks, coffee or tea.
  • All entrance fees, visits and events as outlined in the program.
  • Transportation as outlined in the program in luxury coach or minivan.
  • High Speed train from Rome to Florence in first class.
  • All taxes and gratuities, including baggage porter services.
  • Engage with Artful's digital app streamlining the trip itinerary showcasing information about each venue, and providing recommendations for pre-trip preparation, including articles on highlighted art programming.


  • Flights to Italy and airport transfers are NOT provided with our programming.
  • Extra room nights before and after the official trip dates.
  • Hotel extras (minibar, bar, laundry, telephone and internet fees...).

Image: Giovanni Floridi Collection Rome, Photo Courtesy of  FAI

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