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Visit to a Restoration Laboratory in Arezzo

Fine techniques are carried on in the hearth of the old town centre

Restoration is a long and delicate process that usually happens behind closed walls.

In Arezzo, you get the chance to witness firsthand how a team of professionals is taking care of a 14th-century altarpiece by Pietro Lorenzetti, master of the Sienese secular art school. Originally placed in the Pieve di Santa Maria (the 12th-century Romanesque church where it will return), the altarpiece is known as Arezzo polyptych or Tarlati polyptych (Tarlati being the surname of the bishop that commissioned the work) and consists of a number of wooden panels with marvelous gold background. 

If you wish to be for one day an art expert, join a gold leaf workshop! The process of gold appliance is an ancient technique coming from the Middle Age and pursued in the Renaissance. Surrounded by a magical atmosphere of passionate people working actively on teaching and preserving arts, create your own frame with this technique, choosing the effects and the materials you prefer. Your own entirely handmade art piece will be perfect to treasure memories of your holidays in Tuscany!

Please note: 
The restoration of Tarlati polyptych has been going on since 2015 and it’s still looking for funding. By visiting the laboratory you are making possible to bring it back to its original splendor. Your name will be included in the list of donors, in a volume in the archive of the Parish, as a permanent record.

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A non-refundable deposit of 10% of the total amount is required at the TIME OF BOOKING to secure your reservation. The balance is then due 72 hours BEFORE experience beginning.

Bookings made LATER THAN 72 hours BEFORE tour beginning must be paid by lump-sum settlement.

 

Cancellations:

Any cancellation by you must be notified by email to info@acrosstuscany.com .

We will acknowledge your cancellation by email.

Cancellations received UP to 72 hours BEFORE experience beginning: 10% CHARGE (deposit).

Cancellations received LATER THAN 72 hours BEFORE experience beginning, late arrivals and no shows: NO REFUND.

This is applicable to any participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after experience beginning.

 

Rain policy:

This experience runs rain or shine.