• Explore the diverse artistic and architectural heritage of Bari, Barletta, Ostuni and Otranto
• Visit the Basilica di San Nicola, the south’s first Norman church and a model for many later churches in Puglia
• Discover one of southern Italy’s most amazing 15th century narrative fresco cycles, covering every inch of the walls of the Romanesque Church of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria
Andrew was a specialist in Byzantine and Russian icons at the Temple Gallery, London, before working as a curator at the V&A Museum.
Depart London Gatwick 1225 on Easyjet, arriving Bari 1615. Transfer to Andria for three nights at Cristal Palace Hotel. Evening introductory lecture.
Whole day excursion to Bari: Romanesque cathedral and Basilica di San Nicola. Afternoon: Pinacoteca Provinciale (distinguished collection of Old Master paintings, sculpture and 19th century art). Evening lecture.
Morning in Barletta: Romanesque/Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore, Museo Civico and Pinacoteca De Nittis (housed in Palazzo della Marra). Afternoon in Trani: Museo della Macchina per Scrivere and Cathedral of San Nicola. Free evening.
UNESCO World Heritage site of Alberobello, capital of trulli country. Continue to Ostuni (walking tour of old centre). Transfer to Brindisi via 14th century Church of Santa Maria del Casale for three nights at Hotel Orientale.
Morning: Soleto for Church of Santo Stefano and Galatina for Church of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria (15th century frescoes). Continue to Otranto: cathedral (12th century floor mosaic) and Byzantine Church of St Peter.
Whole day excursion to Lecce: walking tour including Castello di Carlo V (exterior), Piazza Sant’Oronzo, Roman theatre and amphitheatre, Church of Santa Chiara, Vittorio Emmanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, cathedral, Church of Santa Irene, Basilica di Santa Croce and Palazzo dei Celestini (exterior). Afternoon: Santa Maria di Cerrate (13th century frescoes).
Transfer to Bari for 1205 departure on British Airways, arriving Gatwick 1405.
22 Sep — 28 Sep 2020
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This tour has a full itinerary and will require a good level of fitness. There is a moderate amount of standing and walking involved, including uphill and over cobbled and uneven ground.
Own flight reduction: £160
Cost of £1995 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, five dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £165.