4 nights starting from
Stay in the heart of lovely Bressanone with a distinctly Alpine flavour
Experience a wonderful Austrian/Italian culture
Explore the region’s beautiful capital, Bolzano including 5,300 year old Otzi the Iceman
A glorious backdrop of the Italian Dolomites
Two lectures from renowned art historian, Clare Ford-Wille
This lovely new tour, in the company of popular, knowledgeable and entertaining art historian, Clare Ford-Wille, takes us to the scenically beautiful South Tyrol region of Northern Italy, known in Italian as Alto Adige and German as Sudtirol, the region was annexed by Italy at the end of the First World War, but retains a strong Germanic influence, with the majority of its population (62%) counting German as its first language. Towns usually have a German and Italian name, but its dual personality gives the region a distinctive charm. As well as natural splendour, the region is rich in art and architecture, as well as being home to beautiful towns and cities, notably Bolzano, the capital, and Bressanone.
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Departing: 20th June 2022 at 08:00
Returning: 24th June 2022 at 19:55
Day 1: Fly to Verona, visit Rovereto, Gries and transfer to Bressanone
Fly from London Gatwick to Verona. On arrival transfer by coach from Verona to Rovereto, where free time will be allowed for lunch (not included) and a visit to the atmospheric old town. An ancient fortress town, it stands on the edge of the Alps at the frontier between the bishopric of Trento, which was an independent state until 1797 and the republic of Venice. Sights here include its castle, which now contains the Italian War Museum, the Maria Dolens bell, one of the largest swinging bells in the world, Rosmini Fountain in the main square and Museum of Modern and Contemprary Art. This afternoon we head to Bressanone, our base for four nights, with an en-route visit to the church at Gries, whose Old Parish Church (Vecchia Chiesa Parrocchiale) contains an important altarpiece by Michael Pacher dating back to 1471 and a 13th century Romanesque crucifix. Evening welcome drink, talk by Clare and dinner at the hotel.
Day 2: Brixen / Bressanone – Hofburg, Cathedral and Augustinian Monastery
This morning we explore on foot our base town of Brixen (or its Italian name Bressanone). From the middle of the 13th century, the town’s impressive Hofburg served as the Bishops’ residence. It now houses the Diocesan Museum, which contains important ecclesiastical artworks, the Nativity Scene Museum and the Diocesan Archives, and is also home to the richly decorated Court Church and the Chamber of the Court Council. This afternoon we continue with the town’s beautiful Cathedral and cloister, dating from the 13th century but rebuilt in the 18th in Baroque style. Its ceiling has a beautiful fresco by Paul Troger, portraying the Adoration of the Lamb. Finally, we head by coach to the 900-year-old Abbazia di Novacella (Augustinian Monastery), still a working order, renowned for its collegiate church, library hall, garden and vineyards. This evening we have a second talk from Clare and dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: Full day Bolzano (Bozen)
Today we head to the capital of the South Tyrol region, Bolzano (Bozen), which offers a cultural mix of Italian and Germanic influences, a delicious local cuisine and beautiful architecture, all amidst a backdrop of stupendous natural scenery. Here, we will soak up the atmosphere of this lovely city in and around its main square, Piazza Walther, but also visit several important buildings, starting with the Duomo (Assumption of Our Lady Cathedral), before visiting the Chiesa de San Francesco (Franciscan Monastery) and Chiesa dei Domenicani. Free time for lunch (not included) will allow you time to investigate the local cuisine, a tasty and distinctive mix of mountain, Italian and Austrian influences. Our final visit will be to the South Tyrol Archaeological Museum, famed as the home of Otzi the Iceman, whose remains were frozen in time for 5,000 years until his discovery in 1998. Return to Bressanone where the evening is free to enjoy dinner in one of the city’s many restaurants.
Day 4: Full day Vipiteno (Sterzing)
A wonderful combination today of glorious churches amidst the backdrop of the stunning mountainous scenery of the Dolomites. Our itinerary this morning will include the Church of Our Lady of the Marsh (Nostra Signora delle Palude/Unsere Liebe Frau im Moos), the Church of St Elizabeth & Museum in the Palazzo of the Teutonic Knights (Chiesa di Santa Elisabette nel Palazzo dell’Ordine, & Museo Multscher/St Elisabethkirche im Deutschhaus, Multschermuseum). A visit to the lovely town centre will show you the exteriors of Zwolferturm and the Town Hall, as well as allowing time for a relaxing lunch (not included). This afternoon’s agenda includes the Church of the Holy Ghost – (Chiesa Santo Spirito)/Spitalkirche zum Heiligen Geist and picture postcard 12th century Reifenstein Castle (Castel Tasso/Burg Reifenstein). Evening free.
Day 5: Trento and flight to London Heathrow
Our final day takes us to the Italian city of Trento, before our tour of one of Italy’s least known but most rewarding regions is complete. Here you will find an ancient and attractive old town and some important architectural and artistic sights. We will enjoy a stroll through the old town to visit the Duomo and the superb frescos outside the Palazzi via Belenzani, before time for a farewell lunch (not included). Finally, we visit the superb Castel del Buonconsiglio, home to a renowned late medieval fresco cycle. From here, we transfer to Verona Airport for the return flight to London Gatwick.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.
Hotel Gruener Baum, Bressanone
The four-star Gruner Baum Hotel is located in the very heart of Bressanone, six minutes’ walk from Hofburgplatz and has been operated by the same family for seven generations. Facilities here include bar, restaurant, wellness centre with sauna, steam room, pool and jacuzzi and very comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities.
Your Lecturer - Clare Ford-Wille
Clare has lectured in most areas of art history for over thirty-five years. She still teaches at the University of London, where she obtained her degree at Birkbeck, but also lectures regularly for Morley College, the City Literary Institue, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Branches of The Arts Scoiety throughout Britain, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Every year since 1978 Clare has led art study tours to places of artistic importance throughout Europe and the USA, including Amsterdam, Padova and Vicenza.
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