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08 January 2016

A very Happy New Year to all of our travellers! We hope that you enjoyed a wonderful festive season, and are looking forward to plenty of cultural exploration in 2016. If you are already itching for your next getaway, join us to explore some of our favourite treasures of Italian art, architecture and archaeology. Due to popular demand we are delighted to announce new dates for our Ravenna and Aquileia tours with Andrew Wilson, whilst Christopher Wellington uncovers the architecture of Umbria and Liguria, and Peter Higginson surveys the wonderful villas and gardens of Lazio.

A very Happy New Year to all of our travellers! We hope that you enjoyed a wonderful festive season, and are looking forward to plenty of cultural exploration in 2016. If you are already itching for your next getaway, join us to explore some of our favourite treasures of Italian art, architecture and archaeology. Due to popular demand we are delighted to announce new dates for our Ravenna and Aquileia tours with Andrew Wilson, whilst Christopher Wellington uncovers the architecture of Umbria and Liguria, and Peter Higginson surveys the wonderful villas and gardens of Lazio.

RIVIERA DI LEVANTE: FROM GENOA TO PISA

April 18–25, 2016; £2015

Journey along the enchanting Ligurian coastline tracing the history of Italy’s maritime republics as we travel between two of the most famous: Genoa and Pisa. Labyrinthine mediaeval streets shelter richly decorated churches and palaces, picturesque towns cling to the hillside, and splendid art and architecture abounds. Read more>>

 

VILLAS & GARDENS IN LAZIO

May 7–13, 2016; £2175

Explore the wealth of countryside villas and gardens found in the Roman campagna on this art history tour with Dr Peter Higginson. As we step over the thresholds of these public and private retreats we gain an insight into their roles as centres for leisure, reflection, philosophic debate and even political strategy since the age of antiquity, through the Renaissance and Baroque, and up to the present day. Read more>>

 

AQUILEIA: CITY OF ANTIQUITY

June 6–10, 2016; £995

Survey the ancient city of Aquileia, once described by Emperor Justinian as “the greatest of all towns in the West”, on this archaeology tour with Andrew Wilson. This little known but important Roman city perched on the Adriatic coastline was the ninth biggest city in the Roman Empire during the 1st century AD and holds a captivating collection of Roman and early mediaeval archaeology, history and art. Read more>>

 

HILL TOWNS OF UMBRIA

June 13–20, 2016; £1795

Discover the rich artistic and architectural heritage that lies amid the hill towns of Umbria – Perugia, Gubbio, Assisi, Todi and Orvieto – with Italian historian Christopher Wellington. The abundance of art and architecture that remains from the mediaeval and Renaissance periods illustrates a fascinating link between artistic patronage and piety but also political power struggles between city governments and magnate families. Read more>>

 

ROMAN & BYZANTINE RAVENNA

June 13–17, 2016; £995

Visit the final capital of the Western Roman Empire on this introductory archaeology tour with Andrew Wilson. Ravenna served as the seat of Theodoric, King of the Ostrogoths, before the Byzantines transformed the city into one of Europe’s foremost centres of art and culture and today the tranquil town reveals a stunning collection of early Christian monuments and mosaics. Read more>>

 
 
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