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We meet at Gatwick Airport for our direct scheduled Easyjet flight to Bologna. On arrival in Bologna we are met by our guide who will accompany us on all transfers and included excursions and continue by executive coach to the centrally located 4* Touring Hotel in Bologna for a five night stay. A welcome set three course dinner without drinks is served at a restaurant near our hotel this evening.
This morning we enjoy a guided walking tour of the buildings and porticoed streets of Bologna, home to medieval palaces and the oldest university in Europe. We then enjoy a guided tour of one of Northern Italy’s finest galleries, the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Bologna, housing works of the great Northern Italian artists including Giotto, Raphael and Perugino. This afternoon we visit the Anatomical Theatre, designed in an amphitheatre form in 1637 for the anatomy lessons by Bologna's artist Antonio Paolucci and decorated with statues of celebrated doctors such as Hippocrates and Bartoletti.
Our full day in Mantova begins with a guided tour of the Palazzo Ducale, once one of Europe’s largest palaces and now housing a wonderful art collection including the frescoes in the ‘Camera degli Sposi’ by Mantegna. This afternoon we visit the magnificent Palazzo Te and Giulio Romano’s ‘Room of Giants’.
Our guided tour of Ravenna this morning is a wonderful introduction to the city that was once the capital of Rome’s Western Empire and one of the great seats of Byzantine art in Europe, and takes in the magnificent Neonian Baptistery, and the mosaics of St Vitale and Mausoleo di Galla Placidia. En route back to Bologna this afternoon we visit the beautifully decorated Basilica of Sant’ Apollinare at Classe, dating back to the early 6th century.
A guided introductory tour of Padova, one of Italy's oldest university towns, takes in the Basilica di Sant’Antonio and Donatello’s magnificent reliefs on the miracles of St Anthony, the Café Pedrocchi, a famous intellectual meeting place dating from 1831, the Piazza delle Erbe and the Jewish Quarter. We then have a guided tour at the Cappella degli Scrovegni to see Giotto’s beautiful frescoes depicting the life of Christ which became a powerful influence on the development of European art.
A guided tour of Ferrara this morning introduces us to one of the region’s greatest walled towns and one of Italy’s hidden gems, with many attractive streets and medieval houses, a 12th century cathedral and the palaces of the d’Este dynasty. We then return to Bologna Airport for our direct scheduled Easyjet flight back to Gatwick.
NB: Please note we reserve the right to alter the above itinerary if required for operational reasons. Given the historic nature of the places visited, a certain degree of walking will be involved, and this holiday may not be suitable for those with mobility problems. Flight details may be subject to change. Price based on twin share. Minimum numbers required. Normal booking conditions apply. This holiday and the flights are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Tailored Travel's ATOL number is 5605.
4* centrally located Bologna hotel
Welcome dinner included
All excursion travel & guided tours included
Two entrance fees included
Direct scheduled flights from Gatwick to Bologna
Professional guide in Italy
Executive coach in Italy
Audio headsets included on Days 2 to 5
Bologna – guided city tour, guided tour at the Pinacoteca Nazionale & Anatomical Theatre
Mantova – guided tour of Palazzo Ducale (entrance fee included) & Palazzo Te
Ravenna – guided city tour, Neonian Baptistery, Mosaics of St Vitale & Mausoleo di Galla Placidia
Basilica of Sant’ Apollinare at Classe
Padua – guided introductory tour, guided tour at Cappella degli Scrovegni (entrance fee included)
Ferrara – guided city tour
We stay five nights at the 4* Hotel Touring in central Bologna (www.hoteltouring.it). Located close to Piazza S. Domenico, facilities at this hotel include a breakfast room and a lounge. All rooms are ensuite and feature television, telephone, hairdryer and a mini-bar. A welcome set three course dinner without drinks is included at a restaurant close to our hotel on the first evening, and the remaining four nights of our tour are on a bed and breakfast basis.
Single room supplement £129
Entrance fees to places visited as part of this itinerary (except the two visits indicated above)
Local accommodation tax to be paid directly to the hotel (approximately €4 per person per night)
All excursion travel & guided tours included