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Aquileia: City of Antiquity

11 Mar — 16 Mar 2019 | 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 1540. Transfer to Udine in the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region for five 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), followed by Roman forum, harbour wharves, necropolis, and the Palaeo-Christian Museum.

Day

3

Morning in Cividale: Duomo (originally an 8th century structure, rebuilt 15th century), Christian Museum, Lombard Temple (fine Byzantine frescoes and stucco decorations) and Archaeological Museum. Afternoon in Udine: Diocesan Museum (housed in the Patriarchal Palace) and Duomo.

Day

4

Morning lecture followed by visits in Grado: Basilica of Sant’Euphemia, Santa Maria delle Grazie and old town. Return to Udine via Palmanova (late 16th century defences). Late afternoon visits to Piazza Libertà (15th century town hall and clock tower) and 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 di san Giusto.

Day

6

Free time. Depart Venice 1705, arriving Gatwick 1810.

Tour Dates

11 Mar — 16 Mar 2019

Days

6

Cost

£1495

Tour Code

AQU1-19

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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 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 £100.

 
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