The Art & History of Udine, Trieste & North East Italy

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Guided tour of Udine

Scheduled flight to Italy from your preferred airport – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to Udine, ruled by the Venetians for 400 years, where a guided tour includes the Duomo with paintings and frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo – check in at the 4* Astoria Hotel in the historic city centre of Udine – dinner in the hotel.

Day 2 – Guided tour of Treviso & Museo Civico

Guided tour of Treviso takes in Chiesa di San Francesco, with works by Thomas da Modena, and the 12th century Duomo with Titian’s ‘Annunciation’ and the ‘Adoration of the Magi’ fresco by Titian’s arch rival, Il Pordenone – the Museo Civico houses a fine collection of paintings by Giovanni Bellini, Donatelli and other Renaissance artists.

Day 3 – Guided tour of Trieste & Museo Revoltella

Guided tour of Trieste, once the fourth largest city in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, takes in views of the Duomo and Castello di San Giusto, a hilltop castle built by the city’s Venetian governors from 1386 – visit the Museo Revoltella, a 19th century palazzo owned by Baron Pasquale Revoltella who helped fund the building of the Suez Canal and whose art collection now forms the basis of a modern art collection.

Day 4 –Aquileia, the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta & Grado

Aquileia is a World Heritage Site encircled by the ruins of palatial Roman villas, baths, temples and market buildings and it was here that Emperor Augustus received Herod the Great, King of Judea in 10 BC – a guided tour of the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta in Aquileia explores much of the original structure including its brilliant 4th century mosaic floor – at Grado, a historic seaside town that at one time was more important than Venice, we visit the Basilica di Sant’Eufemia containing 6th century frescoes in the apse.

Day 5 – Church of Sant’Antonio Abate & Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli

The Church of Sant’Antonio Abate in San Daniele del Friuli houses a beautiful Renaissance cycle of frescoes by Martino da Udine, known as ‘Pellegrino da San Daniele’ – the town is famous for ham production and your tour manager will offer an optional traditional ham tasting lunch – a guided tour explores the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in Spilimbergo, an internationally renowned mosaic school founded in 1922.

Day 6 – Cividale, Tempietto Longobardo & Gallerie del Tiepolo

A guided tour of the UNESCO listed town of Cividale, founded by Julius Caesar in 50 BC, takes in the small 8th century Lombard chapel of Tempietto Longobardo – Venetian artist Giambattista Tiepolo came to Udine early in his career and left an extensive legacy in the town which are now housed in the Gallerie del Tiepolo – optional dinner at a carefully selected agriturismo restaurant.

Day 7 – Home

Transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight back home.

Tour Features

4* Udine hotel

Welcome dinner

A full programme of included excursions & guided tours

Professional tour manager

Scheduled flights to Italy

Executive coach in Italy

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Guided tour of Udine

Guided tour of Treviso

Museo Civico

Guided tour of Trieste

Museo Revoltella


Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta - guided tour


Church of Sant’Antonio Abate

Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli - guided tour

Cividale - guided tour

Tempietto Longobardo

Gallerie del Tiepolo


Six nights at the 4* Astoria Hotel in the historic city centre of Udine. Facilities include a restaurant and bar and all rooms are en suite. A welcome dinner is included in the hotel and the remaining six nights are on bed and breakfast basis.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:

  • Pordenone - the historic pedestrianised Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is lined with covered portici, smart shops and busy cafes
  • Castello di Miramare - a white castle set in lush green gardens beside the Adriatic Sea, built by the Habsburg Archduke Maximilian as his summer retreat a few years before he was assassinated in Mexico

Call us on
020 7064 4970
to tailor this tour
for your group

Tailor make your group tour

Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at a 3* hotel
  • on half board basis throughout
  • with fewer or different excursions
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
  • include UK airport coach transfers
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

Call us on
020 7064 4970
to tailor make the perfect tour
for your group