• Experience the artistic highlights of northern Italy from a base in historical Bologna
• View works of art by the Old Masters, including the superb collection of Bolognese paintings in the Pinacoteca Nazionale
• Explore the churches and cathedrals of four beautiful cities, including Mantua’s sumptuous Palazzo Te and Ferrara’s Palazzo dei Diamanti
Andrew Spira, MA
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 0800 on British Airways, arriving Bologna 1110. Transfer to Art Hotel Commercianti for six nights. Orientation walking tour followed by evening lecture: Medieval Devotion and 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 (Renaissance portico).
Morning: Cathedral, Archiginnasio (Anatomical Theatre) and Oratory of Santa Maria della Vita. Afternoon: San Petronio and San Domenico. Evening lecture: Humanism and Courtly Culture followed by free evening.
Whole day excursion to Mantua: Palazzo Te (Giulio Romano frescoes), Basilica di Sant’Andrea, Palazzo Ducale (Mantegna and Pisanello) and Camera Picta.
Whole day excursion to Parma: Cathedral and Baptistery, Palazzo della Pilotta (former palace of Farnese dynasty), Camera di San Paolo, San Giovanni Evangelista (Correggio’s Vision of St John frescoes). Evening lecture: Art, Theatre & Propaganda.
Whole day excursion to Ferrara: Castello Estense or Palazzo Schifanoia (subject to restoration works), Romanesque cathedral (and museum) and Palazzo dei Diamanti (Mantegna, Ferrarese school).
Depart Bologna 1205, arriving Heathrow 1325.
8 Apr — 14 Apr 2019
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Cost of £1995 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a deluxe twin or double bedded room, breakfast, five dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £90, double room for single use supplement £360.