The Art Treasures of Northern Italy

Date:
6 – 11 September 2019
Lecturer:
Dr. Marie-Anne Mancio
Price (based on 15 participants):
Places will be strictly limited
£2,380.00 per person sharing a twin/double room
£500.00 deposit is needed to confirm your place
Supplements:
£240.00 single room supplement

Introduction

Contrary to popular belief, the true cradle of the Renaissance were the Northern Italian cities we’ll visit on this tour. Mantua, once home to one of the greatest courts in Europe; Ferrara, former capital of the Este dynasty, ‘the first modern city in Europe’, and now a UNESCO World Heritage site; Verona with Roman ruins second only to Rome itself; Ravenna, once the capital of Byzantine Italy, home to incredible mosaics; and Padua, renowned for its legendary Scrovegni Chapel where Giotto brought light back into painting.

Villa La Rotonda
Villa La Rotonda

Your lecturer

Dr Marie-Anne Mancio

Marie-Anne trained as an artist before gaining a D.Phil for her thesis Maps for Wayward Performers: feminist readings of contemporary live art practice in Britain. An accredited Arts Society lecturer, she was commissioned to write and present online courses for Tate and How To Read Paintings for Pearson Love to Learn. Since attaining an MPhil in Creative Writing, her art practice is primarily text based including a novel about four migrant women in antebellum America: Whorticulture. She is currently writing a thriller about Caravaggio..

Your Hotels

Hotel Campo Marzio, Vicenza (4*) 3 nights

https://www.hotelcampomarzio.com/en/

Situated in the city centre, the hotel borders the Campo Marzo gardens. A stone’s throw from Piazza dei Signori and the Basilica Palladiana and within easy reach of Teatro Olimpico.

Hotel Ferrara, Ferrara (4*) 2 nights

https://www.hotelferrara.com

Finely furnished and well‐equipped with every comfort, with striking views of the Este Castle.

Hotel Campo Marzio, Vicenza
Hotel Campo Marzio, Vicenza
Hotel Ferrara, Ferrara
Hotel Ferrara, Ferrara
Ceiling of the Room of the Giants, Palazzo del Tè, Mantua
Ceiling of the Room of the Giants, Palazzo del Tè, Mantua

The price includes:

  • Lecturing by Dr. Marie-Anne Mancio
  • Return scheduled flights British Airways between London Heathrow and Venice Marco Polo/Bologna
  • All airport taxes, security charges and local taxes
  • 3 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation at Antico Hotel (4*), Vicenza
  • 2 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation at Hotel Ferrara, (4*) Ferrara
  • Services of a local licensed guides on 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 September
  • Services of tour escort 6 September
  • 2 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • All local coach transfers in Italy as per itinerary
  • All entrance charges and fees to visits as per the itinerary
  • VOX audio guides

The price does not include:

  • Lunches (Days 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Teas or coffees during any mid morning / mid afternoon breaks
  • Refreshments
  • Any incidental and personal expenditure (laundry, telephone, etc)
  • Taxis or other transport not specified
  • Personal insurance

This tour is organised by Heritage Group Travel who are responsible for all the arrangements. Please refer to Heritage Group Travel Booking Terms and Conditions which can be sent upon request. The Company holds ATOL number 3707 and ABTOT licence number 5060 for your protection. This itinerary is subject to change should local conditions or unexpected restrictions occur. As the tour is arranged many months in advance visits may be subject to amendment.
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Book your place

Places are strictly limited to 15 so please book early. For further information:

Contact:
Mary Bromley
Telephone:
020 7266 7815/20
E Mail:
info@thecoursestudies.co.uk
Write:
The Course, 105 William Court, 6 Hall Road, London NW8 9PB
Francesco del Cossa, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara
Francesco del Cossa, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara

The Tour: Itinerary

The itinerary is subject to amendment

Day 1/ Friday 6 September 2019

London – Padua – Vicenza

Depart on scheduled British Airways flight from London Heathrow Airport to Venice Marco Polo, met by tour escort Transfer by private coach to Padua.

Lunch

Scrovegni Chapel

We begin our tour with one of the most famous artistic achievements in the western world: Giotto’s series of frescoes, including Scenes from the Life of Joachim, Scenes from the Life of the Virgin and from the Life of Christ, and his The Final Judgement. We’ll follow with a walking tour of Padua.

Last Judgment, Giotto di Bondone 1306
Expulsion of the Money Changers from the Temple, Giotto di Bondone  1304-6
The Arrest of Christ (Kiss of Judas), Giotto di Bondone 1304-6

Transfer by private coach to Antico Hotel, Vicenza.

Dinner

Day 2 / Saturday 7 September 2019

Vicenza

Villa Capra “La Rotonda” & Villa Valmarana ai Nani "Villa of the Dwarves"

We will visit these two architecturally famous Palladian villas, the former inspired by Rome’s Pantheon and the latter with superb panoramic views and frescoed Tiepolo interiors.

Villa La Rotonda
Villa Valmarana ai Nani
Villa La Rotonda - Interior

Lunch

Transfer by private coach to Vicenza’s Palazzo Leoni Montari, a Baroque palazzo displaying Venetian paintings and Russian icons. We’ll walk to Palladio’s last work, Teatro Olimpico, a semi–circular indoor theatre; the thirteenth century church Santa Corona with Bellini’s Baptism of Christ; and Palladio Museum, in Palazzo Barbarano, one of his finest structures.

Palazzo Leoni Montanari
Palazzo Leoni Montanari
Church of Santa Corona
Palazzo Barbarano
Palazzo Barbarano

Dinner

Day 3 / Sunday 8 September 2019

Mantua

Transfer by private coach to Mantua

Palazzo del Te

We’ll explore this masterpiece of Raphael’s pupil, Giulio Romano, constructed as a pleasure palace for Federico II Gonzaga.

Palazzo del Te
Banquet of Amor and Psyche, Giulio Romano
Ceiling of the Room of the Giants, Palazzo del Tè

Lunch

Castello di San Giorgio

After lunch, we’ll visit this magnificent fortress and the rest of the Palazzo Ducale whose highlights include the Camera degli Sposi, with iconic frescoes by Mantegna, and the rooms of legendary patron Isabella d’Este.

Castello di San Giorgio
Castello di San Giorgio

Dinner

Day 4 / Monday 9 September 2019

Verona

Transfer by private coach to Verona

Duomo di Verona

We’ll begin our visit in this twelfth century cathedral with works by Veronese artists, going on to Sant’Anastasia famous for Pisanello’s fresco and see Casa di Giulietta.

Duomo di Verona
Church of Sant'Anastasia
Church of Sant'Anastasia

Lunch

This afternoon’s walking tour takes in the Arena, a first century Roman amphitheatre, Piazza delle Erbe, Palazzo Maffei, Piazza dei Signori where Dante lived during his exile, and other highlights.

We’ll end at Museo di Castelvecchio to see Vivarini, Mantegna, and the Bellinis.

Arena
Palazzo Maffei
Palazzo Domus Nova, Piazza dei Signori
Dante
Castelvecchio Museum
Castelvecchio Museum

Transfer by private coach to Hotel Ferrara, Ferrara.

Dinner

Day 5 / Tuesday 10 September 2019

Ravenna

Transfer by private coach to Ravenna

Basilica of San Vitale

We’ll see this octagonal basilica dating to 548 with its ornate mosaics and continue to the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, with the city’s earliest mosaics and the Domus of Stone Carpets from a Byzantine Palace.

Domus of Stone Carpets
Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
Mausoleum of Galla Placidia

Lunch

After lunch, we’ll continue walking through the historic centre to see other highlights including San Francesco, Dante’s Tomb, Sant’ Apollinare Nuovo, and, on the city’s outskirts, the basilica, Sant’Apollinare in Classe, dedicated to Ravenna’s patron saint.

St Apollinare in Classe
St Apollinare in Classe
Ravenna
Francesco del Cossa Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara

Transfer by private coach to Ferrara.

Dinner

Day 6 / Wednesday 11 September 2019

Ferrara‐Bologna‐London

Transfer by foot to centre of Ferrara.

Palazzo dei Diamanti

We’ll visit this stunning palace that takes its name from the diamond motifs on its façade and contains several art collections. We will continue to the Palazzo Schifanoia, (subject to completion of restoration work) summer residence of the Este family, built in 1385. Its most famous room is the ‘Room of the Months’, whose frescoes by Cosimo Tura and other Ferrarese artists inspired Ali Smith’s prize‐winning novel How To Be Both.

Palazzo dei Diamanti
Palazzo dei Diamanti

Lunch

Transfer by private coach to Bologna Airport for a British Airways flight to London Heathrow