Treasures of Parma and Modena

3 nights starting from

  • Magnificent Torrechiara Castello

  • Art and architectural treasures of Parma

  • Modena with its churches, gallery and historic library

  • Fontanellato’s 15th century castle

  • Two lectures from accomplished art historian, Clare Ford-Wille

Emilia Romagna is one of Italy’s richest provinces in terms of artistic and architectural heritage, yet few British visitors venture to two of its most beautiful cities, Parma and Modena, whose produce - Parma ham, Parmesan cheese (Parma) and balsamic vinegar and Ferraris (Modena)- are revered around the world. This delightful tour, in the company of accomplished and popular art historian, Clare Ford-Wille, will show you some of these two glorious cities’ remarkable art and architecture. The chance to enjoy some of the local delicacies adds to the appeal.

Available Departures


21 - September - 2022 £ 1225.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

London Heathrow

Departing: 21st September 2022 at 07:40

Returning: 24th September 2022 at 19:25


Day 1: Castello Torrechiara 
Fly from London Heathrow to Bologna. On arrival, transfer to Torrechiara and visit the magnificent Castello at Torrechiara, virtually unchanged since the 15th century. Continue onto Parma and check-in to the hotel. Evening welcome drink, lecture from Clare and dinner with wine at the hotel.

Day 2: Parma
A full day exploring some of Parma’s many treasures on foot, starting with the 17th century Teatro Farnese, built entirely of wood, the sumptuous Madonna della Steccata with its frescoes, Galleria Nazionale art museum dating from 1752 and the Camera di San Paolo, one of the city’s most remarkable sights with its delightful frescoed refectory dating from 1514. The afternoon yields two art-laden churches in the form of San Giovanni Evangelista and finally, the city’s piece-de-resistance, the magnificent Duomo and Baptistry. Evening lecture and dinner with wine at the hotel.

Day 3: Modena
Today we head south east to Modena, famed as the home of Ferraris and Luciano Pavarotti, but a glorious city in its own right. We start with its superlative Duomo, one of the region’s greatest Romanesque buildings, before heading to the historic Biblioteca Estense to see the gorgeous 15th century Borso bible. Free time for lunch (don’t miss the bustling food market) before visiting the excellent Estense art gallery.

Day 4: Fontanellato, Fidenza and home
A final day of visits takes us to see the elaborate Romanesque Duomo at Fidenza and finally to the village of Fontanellato and its 15th century castle, richly adorned with frescoes. Time for a farewell lunch, (not included) before heading to Bologna Airport and your flight home to London Heathrow.

Please note: Many visits are undertaken on foot so there is a considerable amount of walking involved.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.


  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Bologna
  • Three nights’ bed and breakfast at the four-star Starhotel du Parc, Parma, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Two dinners with wine at the hotel
  • Two lectures at the hotel
  • Transfers, tours and entrance fees
  • Clare Ford-Wille and tour manager throughout


  • Double for sole use supplement 
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities


Starhotel du Parc, Parma

Elegant four-star hotel with Art Nouveau interiors, located in the centre of Parma next to the Parco Ducale, a pleasant 15 minute walk through the park and across the river to the historic centre. Facilities include stylish wood-panelled “Canova” restaurant, bar and very comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities.

Hotel Website

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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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