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Apulia at Easter

11 Apr — 18 Apr 2017 | Tour Director: Christopher Wellington

ACE Aquileia tour: Basilica of Aquileia

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Christopher Wellington , MA

historian, long-term resident of Piacenza and fluent Italian speaker

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Gatwick 1217 on Easyjet, arriving Bari 1605. Transfer to Barletta for seven nights at Albergo Nicotel Barletta. Introductory talk.

Day

2

Morning visit to Monte Sant’ Angelo (UNESCO-listed sanctuary dedicated to St Michael), returning via Castel del Monte (Frederick II’s spectacular octagonal castle, also a World Heritage site).

Day

3

Canosa di Puglia (cathedral with mausoleum of Bohemond I), Canne della Battaglia (excavated ruins and overview of the battlefield of Cannae, where Hannibal inflicted his crushing defeat on the army of the Roman Republic), Trani (Cathedral, Diocesan Museum with collections of carving and sculpture and exterior of the imposing harbour-side castle).

Day

4

Good Friday Morning in Barletta (Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore, Colossus of Barletta, Basilica of Santo Sepolcro, Pinacoteca Giuseppe De Nittis), followed by Bisceglie (procession of the Mysteries).

Day

5

Holy Saturday Morning in Molfetta (visit cathedral and see procession of the Pietà), followed by afternoon in the ‘white city’ of Ostuni.

Day

6

Easter Sunday Ruvo di Puglia (procession of Cristo Risorto and explosion of the ‘Quarantana’). Afternoon in Bitonto (Romanesque Cathedral, with 11th century griffin mosaic).

Day

7

Easter Monday Bari (Cathedral of San Sabino, Basilica of San Nicola, Swabian Castle exterior).

Day

8

Depart Bari 1640, arriving Gatwick 1830.

Tour Dates

11 Apr — 18 Apr 2017

Days

8

Cost

£1865

Tour Code

APLE-17

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Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

 

Not included:

travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £175.

 
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