Travel to the heart of Emilia-Romagna with art historian Andrew Spira. Home to the oldest university in the west and world famous for its cuisine, Bologna is one the most diverse cities in Italy. Graced with medieval towers and uniquely colonnaded streets, the city has been a leading centre of science and art for over a thousand years. Besides its artistic and architectural riches, the university’s ancient operating theatre and collection of botanical specimens reflect the scientific history of Bologna. The city is full of surprises, from the 17th-century meridian line extending across the floor of San Petronio to a magnificent collection of working historic musical instruments displayed in the church of San Colombano. Culinary specialities from Bolognese sauce to mortadella and parmesan add to the pleasure of visiting this elegant city.
View special offer below
View more climate information & imperial units
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Bologna with British Airways. Take a walking tour of the centre of Bologna. After an informal lecture, enjoy an evening welcome dinner to discover the rich regional cuisine. Stay 3 nights at Cappello Rosso hotel (or similar). (D)
Morning visit to Pinacoteca Nazionale, the National Art Gallery of Bologna, displaying works by Bolognese artists from the 14th century onwards. Continue to Palazzo Poggi, home to the University of Bologna and its eclectic museum collections, including botanical specimens from the 16th century and wax anatomical models from the 18th. Visit the Oratory of St Cecilia, with early 16th-century frescoes by Lorenzo Costa, before a typical aperitivo with snacks. (B)
Visit the four interconnected churches of Piazza Santa Stefano, one based on the design of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Continue to Santa Maria della Vita to see Niccolò dell’Arca’s sculpture of mourners at the Passion of Christ. The Basilica of San Dominico houses the remains of the founder of the Dominican order in a shrine by Nicola Pisano, with additions by the young Michelangelo. Nearby, the colonnaded Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio, contains the Teatro Anatomico, one of the earliest public operating theatres. The Museo di San Colombano houses a private collection of historic musical instruments in one of the oldest churches in the city. Short recital (subject to confirmation) before a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Lunchtime food tour to sample regional produce. Transfer to the airport for a flight to London. (B, L)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
A collection of expertaccompanied tours focusing on creativity in its many forms. No prior knowledge of the subject matter is required. All tours can be viewed at CoxandKings.co.uk
This tour is fully escorted throughout by a lecturer who has specialist knowledge of the destination and its culture, as well as an experienced local guide.
This tour is based in 4-star accommodation. Please visit this tour on our website to see details of the hotels included.
This tour involves some long walks and therefore requires a good level of fitness.
Please note that the exclusive and individual nature of private visits means that they are subject to confirmation nearer the time of departure. Also churches and other buildings often have fluid opening times. If any visits have to be re-arranged, please be assured that we will seek alternatives of equal interest.
He is graduated from the Courtauld Institute before working at the Temple Gallery, London, and as a curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum. He was a programme director at Christie’s Education for 14 years and has led numerous cultural tours all over Europe and beyond.
can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call 020 3411 2135 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
IBL2018: 3 Nights