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We meet at our designated pick up points and transfer by coach to Gatwick Airport for our direct scheduled Easyjet flight to 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* Hotel Touring in Bologna for a five night stay. A welcome set three course dinner without drinks is included at a restaurant close to our hotel this evening, and the remaining four nights are on a bed and breakfast basis.
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 Museum. The collection includes numerous models of organs and limbs that were used as medical teaching aids until the 19th century.
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. The afternoon is at leisure in Mantova, and you may choose to join our optional excursion to 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 6th century church of Sant’ Apollinare Nuovo 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.
This morning we enjoy a guided introductory tour at Padua, one of Italy's oldest university towns and the setting for Shakespeare's ‘Taming of the Shrew’. We then have a guided tour at the Cappella degli Scrovegni, home to Giotto’s famous frescoes.
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 to Gatwick, and onwards coach travel back to our original pick up points.
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.
Central Bologna hotel
Welcome dinner included
A full programme of included excursions & guided tours
Entrance fees included
Return UK airport coach transfers included
Direct scheduled flights from Gatwick to Bologna
Professional guide in Italy
Executive coach throughout
Audio headsets included on Days 2 to 5
Bologna – guided city tour, guided tour at the Pinacoteca Nazionale & Anatomical Museum
Mantova – guided tour of Palazzo Ducale
Ravenna – guided city tour, Mosaics of St Vitale & Mausoleo di Galla Placidia
Basilica of Sant’ Apollinare at Classe
Padua – guided introductory tour, guided tour at Cappella degli Scrovegni
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 are on a bed and breakfast basis.
Single room supplement £99
Local accommodation tax to be paid directly to the hotel (approximately €3 per person per night)
Optional visit to Palazzo Te
Optional visit to Palazzo Te at Mantova