Travel to the heart of Emilia-Romagna
with experts Olivia Dobell or Andrew
Spira. Home to the oldest university in
the west and world famous for its cuisine,
Bologna is one the most diverse and
overlooked cities in Italy. Graced with an
inordinate number of medieval towers
and uniquely colonnaded streets, the city
has been a leading centre for science and
art for over a thousand years. This tour
also includes a day exploring Modena
and Parma, two of the most distinctive
towns in the region, and their unique
historical and cultural monuments.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Bologna with British Airways. Take
a walking tour of the centre of Bologna to see
the piazzas, monuments and churches of this
illustrious city. After an introductory lecture,
enjoy an evening welcome dinner to discover
the rich regional cuisine. Stay 3 nights at
Cappello Rosso hotel (or similar). (D)
Spend the morning in the Pinacoteca Nazionale,
the National Art Gallery of Bologna, which offers
a noteworthy collection of works by Bolognese
artists from the 14th century onwards. Afternoon
at leisure to explore Bologna independently or
relax under its picturesque porticoes. (B)
Travel through the scenic rolling countryside
of Emilia-Romagna to the university city of
Parma. Best known for its ham, the city also has
an attractive array of architecture, including a
baroque theatre and Romanesque cathedral. In
the afternoon, return to Bologna via Modena
to see the fine Romanesque cathedral and
picturesque piazzas. (B)
This morning, explore Palazzo Poggi, home to the University of Bologna and its eclectic
musuem collections. After a farewell lunch to
savour the fresh local produce, return to the
airport for a flight to London. (B, L)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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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
This tour involves some long walks
and therefore requires a good level of fitness.
Olivia Dobell studied
art history at Cambridge
University and has an MA
in 18th-century drawings
from the Courtauld Institute.
Currently based in Rome,
she specialises in Italian and
French art and leads tours and lectures in
both countries, as well as further afield.
Andrew Spira 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
The Cappello Rosso is a boutique hotel combining over 600 years of hospitality in the heart of Bologna, situated in the cultural and historical part of the city close to the Piazza Maggiore, the city's main square. The Osteria del Cappello restaurant is open for lunch and dinner serving local and classic Italian specialities whilst breakfast of a sweet and savoury buffet is served in the breakfast room.
Features: 32 rooms; restaurant; bar; ironing service.
Room amenities: Air conditioning; satellite television; minibar; tea and coffee facilities; hairdryer;...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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IBL2017: 3 Nights