• Experience the artistic highlights of northern Italy from bases in historical Bologna and Parma, and enjoy a new excursion to the walled town of Sabbioneta
• View works of art by the Old Masters, including the superb collection of Bolognese paintings in the Pinacoteca Nazionale
• Explore fascinating churches and cathedrals, including Mantua’s sumptuous Palazzo Te
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 Heathrow 0950 on British Airways, arriving Bologna 1300. Transfer to Art Hotel Commercianti, Bologna for three nights. Orientation walking tour (Oratory of Santa Maria della Vita). Evening lecture: Medieval Devotion & the Origin of the Renaissance.
Morning: Pinacoteca Nazionale (Bolognese paintings). Afternoon: Palazzo Poggi, Oratory of Santa Cecilia (fresco cycle by Costa, Francia and Aspertini) and San Giacomo Maggiore.
Morning: cathedral and Archiginnasio (Anatomical Theatre). Afternoon: San Petronio and San Domenico. Evening lecture: Humanism & Courtly Culture followed by free evening.
Depart for Parma for three nights at Hotel Mercure Parma Stendhal. Visits in Parma: Palazzo della Pilotta (former palace of Farnese dynasty), Camera di San Paolo, San Giovanni Evangelista (Correggio’s Vision of St John frescoes), cathedral and baptistery. Evening lecture: Art, Theatre & Propaganda.
Whole day excursion to Mantua: Palazzo Te (Giulio Romano frescoes), Church of San Sebastiano and Civic Museum (Palazzo San Sebastiano), Mantegna’s House and Guilio Romano’s House (exteriors), Basilica di San Andrea, Palazzo Ducale (Mantegna and Pisanello), Camera Picta and Teatro Scientifico del Bibiena.
Whole day excursion to Sabbioneta: synagogue, Palazzo Ducale, Teatro all’Antica, Palazzo Giardino and Galleria degli Antichi. Return to Parma via former Valserena Abbey (Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione dell’Università di Parma).
Transfer to Bologna for 1205 departure, arriving Heathrow 1325.
25 Apr — 1 May 2020
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“Andrew Spira was very well informed, and able to pull together the things that we were looking at and demonstrate how artistic trends developed. I couldn’t have wished for better.”
- ACE traveller on previous Bologna, Mantua & Parma tour
A good overall level of fitness is required for this tour. Participants should expect to spend much of each day walking, and be aware that some of our visits will involve standing for periods of time.
Cost of £2145 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a deluxe twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, five dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £215, double room for single use supplement £355.
Own flight reduction: £175.