• Explore the diverse artistic and architectural heritage of Bari, Barletta, Ostuni and Otranto
• Visit the Basilica di San Nicola, the south’s first Norman church and a model for many later churches in Puglia
• Discover one of southern Italy’s most amazing 15th century narrative fresco cycles, covering every inch of the walls of the Romanesque church of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria
Andrew was a specialist in Byzantine and Russian icons at the Temple Gallery, London, before working as a curator at the V&A Museum.
Flight from London to Bari. Transfer to Cristal Palace Hotel, Andria, for three nights. Evening introductory lecture: Puglia – Ancient & Medieval.
Whole day excursion to Bari: Romanesque cathedral and Basilica di San Nicola. Afternoon: Pinacoteca Provinciale (distinguished collection of Old Master paintings, sculpture and 19th century art). Evening lecture: Puglia – The Baroque & Beyond.
Morning in Barletta: Romanesque/Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore and Pinacoteca De Nittis (housed in Palazzo della Marra). Afternoon in Trani: Cathedral of San Nicola and Museo della Macchina Per Scrivere. Free evening.
UNESCO World Heritage site of Alberobello, capital of trulli country. Continue to Ostuni (walking tour of old centre including 15th century cathedral). Transfer to Brindisi via 14th century Church of Santa Maria del Casale for three nights at Hotel Orientale.
Morning: Soleto for Church of Santo Stefano and Galatina for Church of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria (15th century frescoes). Continue to Otranto: cathedral (12th century floor mosaic) and Byzantine Church of St Peter. Free evening.
Lecce: walking tour including Castello di Carlo V, Piazza Sant’Oronzo, Roman theatre and amphitheatre, Church of Santa Chiara, Vittorio Emmanuele II, Piazza del Duomo and Cathedral, Church of Santa Irene, Basilica di Santa Croce and Palazzo dei Celestini (exteriors). Afternoon: visit to Santa Maria di Cerrate (13th century frescoes).
Transfer to Bari for flight to London.
21 Sep — 27 Sep 2021
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“Andrew Spira was the ideal Tour Director – extremely knowledgeable, patient and friendly”
ACE customer on a previous Art & Architecture of Puglia tour
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This tour has a full itinerary and will require a good level of fitness. There is a moderate amount of standing and walking involved, including uphill and over cobbled and uneven ground.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £180.
Cost of £1995 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, four dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £165.