• 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 1215 on Easyjet, arriving Bari 1605. Transfer to Cristal Palace Hotel, Andria for three nights. Introductory lecture and welcome.
Whole day excursion to Bari: Romanesque cathedral and Basilica di San Nicola. Afternoon: Pinacoteca Provinciale (distinguished collection of Old Master paintings and 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: Cathedral of San Nicola in Trani followed by Castel del Monte (early 13th century castle of Swabian Emperor Frederick II). Free evening.
UNESCO World Heritage site of Alberobello, capital of trulli country. Continue to Ostuni (walking tour of old centre and some free time), then transfer to Brindisi for three nights at Hotel Orientale.
Morning: 14th century Church of Santa Maria del Casale followed by 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, Piazza Santo Oronzo, Roman theatre & amphitheatre, Church of Santa Chiara, Vittorio Emmanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, Church of Santa Irene, Basilica di Santa Croce and Palazzo dei Celestini (exteriors). Afternoon: Santa Maria di Cerrate (13th century frescoes).
Depart Bari 1215, arriving Gatwick 1415.
8 Oct — 14 Oct 2019
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Cost of £1875 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, single room supplement £155.