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Aquileia: City of Antiquity

3 Sep — 8 Sep 2018 | Tour Director: Andrew Wilson

ACE Aquileia tour: Basilica of Aquileia

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Andrew Wilson, BA, BD, FSASCOT

specialist in archaeology and ancient history

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Gatwick 1235 on British Airways, arriving Venice 1535. Transfer to Udine in the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region for four nights at the Astoria Hotel.

Day

2

Morning lecture. Whole day excursion exploring the ancient city of Aquileia including the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta (mosaics depicting scenes of the prophet Jonah, gospels, apostles and portraits of patrons, 11th and 12th century Byzantine frescoes) and Archaeological Museum (one of the most important museums of ancient Roman artefacts in the world), followed by Roman forum, harbour wharves, necropolis, and the Palaeo-Christian Museum.

Day

3

Morning in Cividale: the Duomo (originally an 8th century structure, rebuilt 15th century), Archaeological Museum and Lombard Temple (fine Byzantine frescoes and stucco decorations). Afternoon in Udine: Piazza Libertà (15th century town hall and clock tower), Duomo (14th century frescoes, museum of religious decorative arts), Diocesan Museum (housed in the Patriarchal Palace).

Day

4

Morning in Grado: Basilica of Sant’Euphemia, Santa Maria delle Grazie and old town. Return to Udine via Palmanova (late 16th century defences and Civic Historical Museum). Late afternoon visit to Udine’s Civic Museums of History and Art (housed in the 16th century castle).

Day

5

Whole day excursion in Trieste: walking tour of seafront and downtown Trieste (important Austro-Hungarian architecture, Roman Theatre), St Justus Cathedral (superb Byzantine mosaics) and medieval Castel san Guisto.

Day

6

Depart Venice 1630, arriving Gatwick 1740.

Tour Dates

3 Sep — 8 Sep 2018

Days

6

Cost

£1450

Tour Code

AQU2-18

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Testimonial

For those who have travelled on my Roman & Byzantine Ravenna tour this is a fascinating extension discovering further Christian motifs and mosaics of the North East Italian frontier, while our explorations also act as a captivating introduction to Roman and early mediaeval archaeology, history and art. ACE Tour Director Andrew Wilson.

Cost of £1450 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, single room supplement £90.

 
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