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GRAND TOUR IN THE HEART OF ITALY

GRAND TOUR IN THE HEART OF ITALY

TOUR PROGRAMME

N.B. “L'ALTRA ITALIA” WILL BE HAPPY TO MAKE ANY TYPE OF CHANGE TO THIS TOUR THAT YOUR GROUP MAY WISH: PARTICULAR CATEGORY OF HOTEL, LONGER OR SHORTER TOUR, OTHER TYPES OF SIGHTS, ETC.

DAY 1

During the morning departure from Milan by luxury coach (LEAVING FROM MILAN IS JUST AN EXAMPLE: IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS TOUR, CONTACT US AND WE WILL GIVE YOU A QUOTATION FOR DEPARTURE FROM ANY OTHER CITY OR AIRPORT IN ITALY) for the ancient Etruscan city of Misa at Marzabotto (BO). Misa is the only existing Etruscan city to have preserved the foundations of the original town layout (all the other Etruscan sites such as Cerveteri, Tarquinia and Chiusi, etc. are necropolises, but have no trace of the dwelling area) with wide perpendicular avenues of which is the "cardo" (vertical road) reaches a width of 15 m. On the outskirts of the town there are also two necropolises (one can be visited) and the sacred area of the acropolis.
Next to the archaeological area is the “Pompeo Aria” National Etruscan Museum which displays hundreds of specimens (Etruscan bronzes, balsamariums, amphoras, arms etc.) in excellent state of preservation found during excavations.


The Etruscan city of Misa at Marzabotto: the necropolis and temple “D” of the acropolis from the 6th – 4th centuries B.C.


Admission and guided tour of the Misa archaeological area and adjacent National Etruscan Museum with qualified, registered guide.

Lunch with traditional local food, drinks included, in a restaurant at Marzabotto.

In the early afternoon, departure for the old town of Bologna.

Accompanied by a qualified, registered guide, you will visit the outside of the Garisenda Tower (also referred to by Dante in the Divine Comedy) and the Asinelli Tower (97.2 metres high). These are the famous “Two Leaning Towers”, both built in the 12th century, that are the landmark of the city. The visit will continue to the Neptune Fountain (also called the Giant’s fountain) sculpted by Giambologna, Piazza Maggiore (Bologna’s meeting place) and the scenic Santuary of the Madonna of S.Luca at 350 m.of altitude on Guardia Hill. This sanctuary is connected to the city by a portico built between 1674 and 1793 which, with a length of 3.79 Km., is the longest portico anywhere in the world.



Wonders of Bologna: the famous “Two Towers”, authentic 12th century skyscrapers (the Asinelli Tower is just short of 100 m. high) and the Sanctuary of the Madonna of S.Luca with the longest portico in the world (almost 4 Km long)


During the evening arrival at the hotel reserved in Bologna or the surrounding area. Dinner, drinks included, at the hotel restaurant and overnight stay.


DAY 2

In the morning departure by coach for Rimini.

Entrance to the Surgeon’s House archaeological area, a miniature Pompei that was brought back to light from the darkness of centuries in the heart of the old city and has been open to the public since December 2007. It is an extraordinarily important archaeological site, with findings from the Roman era to the Middle Ages.
It was here that an exceptional Roman surgical-pharmaceutical medical collection was found, the richest in the world passed down to us from ancient times, and now displayed in the nearby Museum. Guided tour of the Surgeon’s House and Museum with a qualified, registered guide.

One of the marvellous decorated floors of the Surgeon’s House and the Roman surgical instruments found at the site, now displayed in the adjoining museum.

Lunch with traditional local food, drinks included, in a restaurant at Rimini.


In the early afternoon, departure for Gradara (PU), one of the most spectacular and most visited towns in the Marches, dating from 1150. According to some hypotheses, Gradara was the setting for the tale of the tragic love between Paul and Francis, sung by Dante in the Divine Comedy. The lovely castle towers right in the centre of the town, enclosed by a first set of walls, which in turn is surrounded by a second set of walls that protect the whole of the old town, making Gradara an impregnable fortress, the residence of the powerful families who governed here: Malatesta, Sforza and Della Rovere. Admission and guided tour of Gradara Keep.


One of the marvellous decorated floors of the Surgeon’s House and the Roman surgical instruments found at the site, now displayed in the adjoining museum.

Lunch with traditional local food, drinks included, in a restaurant at Rimini.


In the early afternoon, departure for Gradara (PU), one of the most spectacular and most visited towns in the Marches, dating from 1150. According to some hypotheses, Gradara was the setting for the tale of the tragic love between Paul and Francis, sung by Dante in the Divine Comedy. The lovely castle towers right in the centre of the town, enclosed by a first set of walls, which in turn is surrounded by a second set of walls that protect the whole of the old town, making Gradara an impregnable fortress, the residence of the powerful families who governed here: Malatesta, Sforza and Della Rovere. Admission and guided tour of Gradara Keep.

 


The well-preserved Medieval town of Gradara


In the late afternoon departure from Gradara for the hotel reserved at Pesaro or nearby. Dinner, drinks included, at the hotel restaurant and overnight stay.

DAY 3


In the morning departure for the charming Medieval town of Montefabbri (under the municipality of Colbordolo (PU), one of the prestigious “Most beautiful towns in Italy”. During the unification of Italy, this town saw various episodes of banditry. The name of the bandit Terenzio Grossi, who was killed by the Carabinieri in 1862, is still remembered today. From the town – completely encircled by well-preserved Medieval walls – there is an unrivalled view over the surrounding hills.

 


The lovely Medieval town of Montefabbri, surrounded by Medieval walls in the picturesque landscape of the hills of the Marches

Guided tour of Montefabbri.

Continuation to Urbino. Lunch with traditional local food, drinks included, in a restaurant at Urbino.

In the afternoon guided visit of the famous Duke’s Palace at Urbino. This massive building from around the mid 1400s was built by the powerful Duke Frederick of Montefeltro. Inside you can see some of the most beautiful and important Italian Renaissance art collections. There are splendid paintings by artists such as Raphael, Piero della Francesca (including his famous Flagellation of Christ), Paolo Uccello,Titian and many others.


The imposing Duke’s Palace at Urbino, a UNESCO World Heritage Site


During the evening arrival at the hotel reserved at Urbino or nearby. Dinner, drinks included, at the hotel restaurant and overnight stay.


QUARTO GIORNO

In the morning departure by coach for the Medieval village of Mondavio (PU). This village is famous for its Roveresca Keep, one of the chief military monuments in the Marches. It was built on the orders of Giovanni della Rovere and dates from 1482-1492, but was not completed due to the subsequent death of both its patron and the architect who was building it. In later centuries the Keep in Mondavio was also used as a prison for the Papal State. At present it is in a perfect state of preservation: inside we can find various rooms, as well as the armery, the museum of historical re-enactment and a set of period war machines.
Admission and guided tour of the Keep of Mondavio and its museums.


The Roveresca Keep at Mondavio, with a close-up of the Medieval war machines used for assailing walls

We go on to the restaurant reserved near Corinaldo (AN). Lunch with traditional local food, drinks included.

In the afternoon guided tour of the Medieval town of Corinaldo, whose 14th century walls are acknowledged as being the best preserved, most impressive, best fortified and longest (912 m continuously ) in the Marches region and among the best preserved walls in the whole of central Italy. The walls themselves are an attraction for the city of Corinaldo and one of the historical/architectural beauties attracting most visitors in the Marches. But also the Town Hall, the church of Sant’Agostino and the charming lanes of the city are worth a visit.


Corinaldo: a view of the old town and aerial view of the Medieval town surrounded by perfectly preserved 14th century walls


In the evening return to the hotel reserved at Urbino or nearby. Dinner, drinks included, at the hotel restaurant and overnight stay.

DAY 5


In the morning departure for Sansepolcro (AR), where the famous Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca was born.
Entrance and guided tour of the Civic Museum which houses four of the most important works by Piero della Francesca: the Polyptych of Mercy (dated 1445, in which the Tuscan artist painted himself under the Virgin Mary’s black mantle), the Resurrection (dated 1463, with the four famous soldiers sleeping in front of the Holy Sepulchre), the frescos of S.Giuliano and of S.Ludovico.


Two of the chief artistic masterpieces in Italy and throughout the world by Piero della Francesca: the Resurrection (1463) and the Polyptych of Mercy (1445) which shows the artist under the Virgin Mary’s mantle

We continue with a guided tour of the old town, visiting the Palazzo Ducci del Rosso (from the outside) and the church of San Lorenzo that has an extraordinary “Deposition” by Rosso Fiorentino (1495-1540), one of the most important Tuscan Manierists.

Lunch with traditional local food, drinks included, in a restaurant at Sansepolcro.

In the afternoon we travel to Arezzo. This city is famous all over the world as being the setting for Robert Benigni’s Oscar-winning film “Life is beautiful”. You will vist the dramatic Piazza Grande – one of the most beautiful piazzas in Italy – the church of S.Francesco, famous especially for “The Legend of the True Cross”, a splendid cycle of frescos by Piero della Francesca found in one of the chapels.


The dramatic Piazza Grande at Arezzo

During the evening arrival at the hotel reserved at Arezzo or nearby. Dinner, drinks included, at the hotel restaurant and overnight stay.


DAY 6

In the morning departure for the Carthusian monastery del Galluzzo, a large Abbey on the outskirts of Florence.
Building was begun in 1342 by the wealth banker Niccolò Acciaioli and ended only in late 1400. The Palazzo degli Acciaiuoli, completed in 1500 and located inside the Abbey, is used as a small art gallery containing important works of art by renowned artists such as Andrea and Giovanni della Robbia, Pontormo and Donatello. Today the great hall of the Palazzo houses one of the main attractions of the monastery, the frescos (detached from the Large Cloister) that depict episodes from the Passion of Christ by Pontormo, created during the period when he stayed in the Abbey (1523 – 1525).

 


The outside of the Carthusian monastery del Galluzzo, amound the green Tuscan hills


The Large Cloister in the Carthusian monastery del Galluzzo

Lunch with traditional local food, drinks included, in a restaurant near Firenze.

In the afternoon departure by coach for Milan.

During the evening arrival at Milano. End of the tour.


THE PRICE INCLUDES:

  • A luxury coach with experienced driver for all trasport included in the programme.
  • 5 overnight stays at the hotels specified in the programme, half board (breakfast and dinner), drinks included.
  • 6 lunches with traditional local food at restaurants in the places specified in the programme (menu always consisting of a starter, a first course, a second course with vegetables, dessert, water and coffee).
  • Admission and guided tour of the archaeological area at Marzabotto and of the“Pompeo Aria”. National Etruscan Museum
  • Guided tour of Bologna as specified.
  • Admission and guided tour of the Surgeon’s House at Rimini and the adjoining Museum
  • Admission and guided tour of Gradara Keep.
  • Guided tour of Montefabbri.
  • Admission and guided tour of the Duke’s Palace at Urbino.
  • Admission and guided tour of Mondavio Keep.
  • Guided tour of the Medieval town of Corinaldo.
  • Admission and guided tour of the Sansepolcro Civic Museum and of the old town.
  • Admission and guided tour of the pictorial cycle of the “Legend of the Real Cross” and of the old town of Arezzo.
  • Entrance and guided tour of the Carthusain monastery del Galluzzo.
  • 24 hour a day direct telephone helpline to “L'altra Italia” staff throughout the package
  • Europ Assistance “Viaggi No Stop” medical/baggage insurance policy.


THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Everything else not expressly stated under "The price includes".

For a group consisting of at least 50 members the price per person is €..... WITH 1 PERSON FREE.

For a group consisting of at least 45 members the price per person is €..... WITH 1 PERSON FREE.

For a group consisting of at least 40 members the price per person is € WITH 1 PERSON FREE.


The supplement for a single room is € ….per person per night.

(NO PRICES ARE SHOWN AS THEY DEPEND ON THE CATEGORY OF HOTEL THE GROUP WISHES AND ON ANY CHANGES TO THE PACKAGE ABOVE THAT MAY BE REQUESTED)


If your group should consist of fewer than 40 or more than 50 members, contact us and we will provide you with a quotation accordingly.

N.B. Normally “L’altra Italia” includes only one person travelling free in order to keep the price per person as low as possible. If your group requires 2 or more people free, let us know and we will give you a new quotation.