Riviera di Levante: From Genoa to Pisa
12 Sep — 19 Sep 2019 | Tour Director: Christopher Wellington
• Travel along the Riviera di Levante tracing the artistic legacy of the Italian city-states from Genoa to Pisa
• Visit some of Italy’s most impressive architectural sites including Pisa’s Baptistery and Campo Santo
• Enjoy the picturesque towns and villages of the Italian coastline, including Portofino and Porto Venere on the Cinque Terre
historian, long-term resident of Piacenza and fluent Italian speaker
Depart London Heathrow 1025 on British Airways, arriving Milan 1325. Transfer to Santa Margherita Ligure for four nights at Hotel Continental. Evening introductory lecture.
Genoa: cathedral, old port, National Gallery of Palazzo Spinola, Palazzo San Giorgio, Santa Maria di Castello, Church of Gesù, Palazzo Ducale (exterior).
Morning: former abbey of La Cervara (beautiful Renaissance Italian-style gardens) followed by Portofino. By boat to San Fruttuoso (abbey founded in the 10th century – weather permitting). Evening lecture.
Excursions to Chiavari (12th century planned town founded by Genoese Republic) and the Basilica dei Fieschi (fine Romanesque-Gothic church erected by this important Genoese family). Afternoon: walking tour of Santa Margherita Ligure. Free evening.
By train to Monterosso al Mare with time to visit the town. Transfer by boat along the Cinque Terre to Porto Venere: Gothic Church of St Peter and Romanesque Church of St Lawrence (erected in 1098 by the Genoese) followed by some free time. Overnight stay at Hotel Paradiso.
Morning: fortress town of Sarzana (cathedral) and ruined Roman city of Luna (Archaeological Museum). Continue via Carrara and Fantiscritti (Museo Walter Danesi) to Pisa for two nights at Hotel Bologna.
Pisa: Campo Santo, baptistery and cathedral. Some free time.
Depart Pisa 1240, arriving Heathrow 1405.
12 Sep — 19 Sep 2019
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Cost of £2395 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, six dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £220.