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Palazzo Ducale, Urbino – arguably Italy’s most beautiful Renaissance palace
Exquisite Oratorio di San Giovanni Baptista, Urbino
Full day in lovely Gubbio
Visit to seaside Pesaro, home to composer, Rossini
Clare Ford-Wille takes us to the Le Marche and Umbria regions of Italy and two Renaissance gems that just beg to be explored in depth, with superb ecclesiastical and ducal architecture, extensive art collections and a wonderfully “simpatico” ambience that one only gets in Italy. 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 NADFAS societies 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. Clare has led tours for us for several years now and her tours are packed full of historic and artistic appreciation, illuminated by her vast experience and enthusiasm for her subject.
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Departing: 28th May 2019 at 08:00
Returning: 31st May 2019 at 18:50
Day 1: Oratorio di San Bernardino.
Fly from London Heathrow to Bologna. On arrival, transfer to Urbino (approx. two hours) and visit the Oratorio di San Bernardino - a gorgeous church dating from the late 15th century, which contains several important works of art - before checking in to the hotel. Welcome reception, lecture ‘The Patronage of Federico di Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino’ and dinner with wine.
Day 2: Urbino - Palazzo Ducale and more.
Today is a full day in Urbino, a World Heritage site, concentrating this morning on the splendour of the Palazzo Ducale, arguably Italy’s most beautiful Renaissance palace, built in the 15th century for Duke Federico di Montefeltro, which contains superb decorations and works of art. Afternoon visits to the exquisite Oratorio di San Giovanni Baptista, with its superb 15th century frescoes and Accademia Raffaello, home to the city’s most famous son, Raphael in the late 15th century. Evening lecture, ‘Art and Architecture of Gubbio and Pesaro’ and dinner with wine.
Day 3: Full day Gubbio.
A full day visit into Umbria, to the lovely medieval city of Gubbio. The beauty of its twisting streets and terracotta-tiled houses are framed by the forest-clad Apennines. Sights to be explored include the 15th century Palazzo Ducale, 13th century Duomo and a wealth of glorious churches, but much of the town’s appeal is its picturesque streets and piazzas.
Day 4: Pesaro and home.
Morning departure for the lovely seaside town of Pesaro, home to the composer Rossini, whose medieval centre is well worth exploring. Sights here include the Civic Museum that contains works by Bellini and others as well as several interesting churches. Time for a seaside lunch before heading back to Bologna Airport for the return flight to London Heathrow.
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.
Albergo San Domenico Hotel, Urbino
An old Renaissance convent, the four-star Albergo San Domenico is located opposite the Ducal Palace in a very central location on the main square of the town. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, library, courtyard and wellness centre. Rooms all have private bathroom with shower or bath, TV, telephone, wi-fi, safe, air-conditioning and hairdryer.
Albergo San Domenico Hotel Website
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 Brances of The Art Society 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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Pre-departure information clear and unambiguous. Travel arrangements all went smoothly. Accommodation very good and could not have been better situated. Evening meals a bit rustic. Guide -lecturer was again excellent; knowledgeable and enthusiastic, but kept a clear focus on main area of interest. Tour manager excellent also; efficient and constantly supportive in coping with eventualities. I look forward to another tour with the same team next year.
Review by Workman who travelled 03-May-2018
The Lecturer Clare Ford-Wille was excellent as was our tour manager Tessa.
Review by Bogle who travelled 03-May-2018
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Review by Graham who travelled 03-May-2018
The trip was really good, and Claire and Tessa were excellent. The disappointment was with British Airways. We had the Gate furthest from everyone els, and then we had to go down steps, across the tarmac to a bus, and then up steps again to get into the plane. The same on the way back. Treated like 2nd Class citizens. Next time I'm going by rail!
Review by Turner who travelled 03-May-2018
As before, Clare and Tessa make a splendid team. All the timings were beautifully managed. Spacious rooms in the very central hotel a real plus.
Review by Robinson who travelled 03-May-2018
Review by who travelled 03-May-2018
My first organised trip and extremely well managed and organised. The tour manager and guide (Tessa and Clare) worked so well together. They were continually upbeat, knowledgeable and concerned for each and everyone of us. The pieces of art and architecture selected for us to view were very good and discerning. I really enjoyed myself and was pleased my sister had invited me to join her on this occasion.
Review by Rook who travelled 03-May-2018
Tessa Say was a splendid tour manager, pleasant, unobtrusive and totally efficient. Clare Ford Wille was a superb lecturer - well- informed, highly articulate and very good at pointing out aspects of pictures and buildings which we would otherwise have missed. It was a thoroughly satisfactory tour in every way.
Review by Thomas who travelled 03-May-2018
The only negative impression was given by the airline. I don't remember and was not interested in their explanation for such a poor selection of food on the return flight but never has a food trolley been awaited for so long and caused so much disappointment upon its arrival. British Airways seems to be a shadow of its former self.
Review by Mr Trevor Davis who travelled 04-May-2017
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