• Visit the city's remarkable basilica with its sequence of 4th century mosaics
• Journey across a beautiful lagoon to find the cobbled streets and courtyards of Grado, home to historical churches with 6th century mosaics
• Discover the Lombard Temple and medieval Duomo in Cividale, high above the Natisone River
BA, BD, FSAScot
specialist in archaeology and ancient history
Depart London Heathrow 1230 on British Airways, arriving Venice 1540.. Transfer to Udine in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region for five nights at the Astoria Hotel.
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), the Paleo-Christian Museum, Roman forum and Archaeological Museum.
Morning in Cividale: Duomo (originally an 8th century structure, rebuilt 15th century), Christian Museum, Hypogeum, Lombard Temple (fine Byzantine frescoes and stucco decorations) and Archaeological Museum. Afternoon in Udine: Diocesan Museum (housed in the Patriarchal Palace), Duomo and Baptistery.
Morning lecture followed by visits in Grado (Basilica of Sant’Eufemia, Santa Maria delle Grazie and old town) via Palmanova (late 16th century defences). Late afternoon visits to Piazza Libertà (15th century town hall and clock tower) and optional visit to Udine’s Civic Museums of History and Art (housed in the 16th century castle).
Whole day excursion to Trieste via Miramare: walking tour of seafront and downtown Trieste (important Austro-Hungarian architecture, Roman Theatre), St Justus Cathedral (superb Byzantine mosaics) and medieval Castello di San Giusto.
Transfer to Venice for 1715 departure, arriving London Heathrow 1830.
4 Oct — 9 Oct 2021
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"Excellent planning – I felt very well looked after throughout... I knew nothing about this area before going on this tour but would now recommend it without reservation"
ACE customer on 2019 Aquileia: City of Antiquity tour with Andrew Wilson
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This tour is not expected to be particularly strenuous, with visits reached either by coach or a short walk from the hotel. The full day in Aquileia involves some longer walks of up to 15 minutes, and the visit to the Civic Museums of History and Art in Udine involves a steep flight of steps. Participants should fulfil our usual fitness requirements and be prepared for some uneven terrain.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £140.
Cost of £1645 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 £110, double room for single use supplement £170.