• Discover the 17th and 18th century art treasures of Naples
• Learn about the city’s rich heritage, which features important specimens from Roman antiquity to the middle of the 18th century
• Visit the perfectly preserved monastic complex of Certosa di San Martino overlooking the city and the Bay of Naples, housing an impressive assembly of works by popular 17th century artistic personalities
Depart Gatwick 1430 on British Airways, arriving Naples 1810. Continue to the Grand Hotel Oriente for six nights. Short introductory talk.
Visits to Reggia (Royal Palace with collections of sculpture and paintings), Castel Nuovo (Museo Civico) and religious houses with outstanding schemes of tomb monuments and paintings: Gesù Nuovo, Santa Chiara, San Domenico Maggiore and Sant’Angelo a Nilo
Visits in the ancient quarters of Naples: Cathedral (Museo del Tesoro di San Gennaro), Pio Monte della Misericordia, Girolamini, San Paolo Maggiore, San Lorenzo Maggiore (royal tomb), San Gregorio Armeno, Museo Cappella Sansevero (18th century sculpture and frescoes). Further visits to the Church of Monteoliveto and Santa Brigida (pictorial cycles by Giordano).
Morning: Museo Archeologico Nazionale (Roman wall paintings from the Vesuvian sites). Afternoon: by funicular to the Chiaia district: Santa Teresa a Chiaia and Chiesa dell’Ascensione a Chiaia, followed by churches of the Pizzofalcone quarter: Santa Maria degli Angeli and Santa Maria Egiziaca. Optional visit to the Castel dell’Ovo.
Morning: former royal palace of Portici, Villa Campolieto, Villa Favorita. Afternoon: Villa Vannucchi and the archaeological excavations at Herculaneum.
Caserta (Europe’s last great Baroque palace scheme), San Leucio, Palazzo Belvedere.
By coach to Posillipo for panoramic view of the Bay of Naples (weather permitting). Continue to Certosa di San Martino (Neapolitan School). Afternoon: Museo di Capodimonte (Neapolitan School and highlights from the Farnese collection). Depart Naples 1900, arriving Gatwick 2050.