In the heart of the Middle Ages from North to South
The Arena di Verona is the place to start the visit of the city. It starts from discover the medieval church of San Zeno to move to the Duomo and the Palazzo della Ragione. From Verona we go to Ravenna to visit the spectacular church of St. Apollinaris in Classe and Sant’Apollinare Nuovo. These churches, both date back to Christian period (V –VI century) , are quite unique and preserved mosaics of inestimable value. You leave the works of Byzantine taste for the Gothic as the Cathedral of Arezzo, the next stop, which preserves the precious fresco of Piero della Francesca’s Magdalene and the church of San Domenico with Cimabue’s Crucifix. The charming Arezzo gives way to Siena. In Siena there is the beautiful and characteristic Duomo, Palazzo Sansedoni, the Public Palace and the Abbey of San Galgano. From Tuscany you pass in Umbria, in Perugia, which is a series of palaces, fountains, doors and Medieval walls. Even Todi, Orvieto and Spoleto, stops of the journey, are examples of art and jewelry Romano-Gothic and villages in the period Municipal lived their heyday. The next destination of the route is Caserta with the splendid Cathedral and the medieval village and the church of Sant’Angelo in Formis. The tour continues in Naples, eclectic metropolis, which houses works of each historical period. Famous for their beauty there are the complex of Santa Clara, San Lorenzo, Sant’ Eligius and the Duomo. Do not miss Castel Sant ‘Elmo and San Domenico Maggiore. The journey ends in Naples or you can explore the city tour, go to the islands Capri, Ischia and Procida, the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento, stay at the spa or make excursions to Mount Vesuvius.
Basic program (15 days – 14 nights)
The day: Verona
II Day: Verona
III day: Verona – Ravenna – Arezzo
IV Day: Arezzo
V Day: Arezzo – Siena
VI Day: Siena
VII Day: Siena – Perugia
VIII day Perugia – Spoleto
Day IX: Spoleto – Todi
X Day: Todi – Orvieto
Eleventh day: Orvieto – Caserta
Twelfth day: Caserta
Thirteenth day: Caserta – Napoli
XIV Day: Naples
XV Day: Naples – end of the tour or ability to customize trip by going to the islands, in Amalfi, at the Spa or doing other excursions in the city.
The stages of Giotto, the innovator of 1300
Giotto di Bondone, the greatest artist of 1300, was the protagonist of a profound cultural renewal. Student of Cimabue, Giotto brought painting towards the modernity by adding in his paintings the perspective, extraordinary pictorial revolution of the Renaissance. Giotto worked in different cities. Assisi, the famous city of San Francesco, in the Upper Basilica belong to the great master “The stories of Isaac”, the “Doctors of the church”, the “Nativity of Greccio”, “Stories of Joseph the Jew”, “The New Testament” including the “Deposition” and “Stories of San Francesco”. Between 1304 and 1307, he realized the cycle “Stories of the life of Mary and Christ” in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, critics consider them the frescoes of artistic maturity. Now acclaimed painter, Giotto was called to Rimini. Several lost works, but in the Malatesta Temple the Crucifix of San Francesco is exposed. Everything done in Verona, Naples and Milan is in major museums around the world. Around 1320 Giotto worked in Florence, he made two chapels inside the church of Santa Croce. Chapel Peruzzi went all lost, the Bardi retains the “Assessment of the stigmata”, the “Apparition of the Holy Chapter of Arles” and “Coronation of the Virgin”. The famous crucifix in the church of Santa Maria Novella and the “Madonna Enthroned” in the church of San Giorgio alla Costa are now visible only few parts. In the Uffizi Gallery you can admire the majesty of All Saints. Florence is the final destination of this tour that retraces the steps of Giotto, one of the greatest painters of all time and revolutionary artistic personality, already celebrated by his contemporaries as Dante and Boccaccio and milestone for any later period.
Basic program (7 days – 6 nights)
The day: Assisi
II Day: Assisi – Rimini
III Day: Rimini – Padova
IV day: Padua
V day: Padua – Florence
VI Day: Florence
Seventh day: Florence – end of the tour, possibility of a spa or in a farmhouse in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Opportunity to participate in other excursions in the surrounding cities and in the summer to go to the coast for a beach holiday.
Churches and medieval monuments along the river Po
This journey to discover the most beautiful churches and monuments of medieval art in northern part of Milan and crosses the Po Valley to Ferrara, following for a long stretch the river Po. The knowledge of Milan, the first stop of the tour begins with the visit of the churches of St. Ambrose and the Saints Nazario and Celso, singular examples of Romanesque architecture in the capital of Fashion and Finance. In Milan, there will be the time to shop in the Triangle of fashion between a visit to the church of San Gottardo, the Loggia of Osii, the Duomo and the Castello Sforzesco. The next stop is Como, a beautiful town on the lake, which houses the church of Sant’Abbondio and San Fedele. In Pavia, next destination, you can visit the churches of San Michele, San Teodoro, San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro and the Visconti Castle. Piacenza instead keeps the Cathedral and the majestic Palazzo Pubblico, medieval example of civil construction. From Piacenza it’s easy to go to Cremona to admire the Baptistery. In the afternoon you get to Parma to start your tour of this city very interesting with the Duomo and the Baptistry. The next day you go to Modena, the city home to the oldest Italian Military Academy, to see the Cathedral built in 1099. From Modena you reach Ferrara, Estense city, with the beautiful Castle.
The tour ends in Ferrara or you can customize it with numerous trips to other cities, or, depending on the season, stay to the lakes, the sea or in the mountains.
Basic program (7 days – 6 nights)
The day: Milan
II day: Milan
III day: Milan – Como – Milan
IV Day: Milan – Pavia – Piacenza
V Day: Piacenza – Cremona – Parma
VI day: Parma – Modena – Ferrara
VII Day: Ferrara – end of the tour or ability to customize the trip making trips to other cities or reaching seaside, mountains and lakes.
A Crack in the Middle Ages between Veneto and Tuscany
The medieval artistic heritage from Venice to Florence is the proposal of this tour that also touches Pisa, Lucca and Pistoia. In Venice, the mythical city in the waters known throughout the world, the visit starts right from its symbolic monument, the Basilica of San Marco with beautiful mosaics and continues with Santa Fosca in Torcello, the Duomo of Murano, the Ducal Palace and the Ca ‘d’Oro. The next stop of the trip is that preserves Bologna San Petronio and the Asinelli tower. Then continue to Pisa. In front of the immensity of the architectural complex consisting of the Duomo, Baptistery and Campanile is still really speechless. After you reach Lucca and Pisa to admire the Cathedral of St. Martin and continue to Pistoia to see the Cathedral. In Florence, the last stop, waiting for the visitor are the Baptistery of San Giovanni, San Miniato al Monte, Palazzo Vecchio, Santa Maria del Fiore, the Campanile, Palazzo Orsanmichele, the Loggia della Signoria and Palazzo dei Priori. The tour ends in Florence, or you can make trips in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, the spa, the islands of Giglio and in neighboring villages.
Basic program (9 days – 8 nights)
The Day: Venice
II Day: Venice
III day Venice
IV Day: Venice – Bologna – Pisa
V Day: Pisa
VI Day: Pisa – Lucca – Pistoia – Florence
VII Day: Florence
VIII Day: Florence
IX day Florence – end of the tour or the possibility of extending the stay at the spa, in the beautiful countryside, the sea or in the neighboring villages.
From Rome to Sicily to discover cathedrals and medieval villages
Rome is the city from which this tour from the center down to the southern Italian port in Sicily. The visit of the Capital includes the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Santa Maria in Trastevere, San Giovanni a Porta Latina, the cloister of St. John Lateran and many others yet. Continue to Caserta to visit the church of Sant’Angelo in Formis and the beautiful medieval town of Caserta Vecchia which houses the Dome and a breathtaking view of the city with the Royal Palace, Naples and Vesuvius in the distance. From Caserta we reach Amalfi, a city, a former Marine Republic that preserves a beautiful Cathedral of the sea. From Campania you arrive in Puglia. First stop, the town of Trani offers visitors an interesting Duomo. We continue to Bari and we visit the church of St. Nicholas and the Duomo, and nearby, the cathedral of Ruvo and Troy. The route continues in Calabria with the church of San Marco in Rossano and the Catholic and San Giovanni in Stilo. The we leave Calabria to embark for Sicily. In Sicily we visite Cefalu which houses a cathedral of the twelfth century, Monreale with Duomo and Palermo with the Palatine Chapel, St. John of the Hermits and the churches of St. Mary’s and San Cataldo. The tour ends in Palermo but you can extend it with more visits in the Sicilian cities or make beach holidays to the islands.
Basic program (13 days – 12 nights)
The day: Rome
II Day: Rome
III Day: Rome
IV Day: Rome – Caserta
V Day: Caserta – Amalfi – Caserta
VI Day: Caserta – Trani – Bari
Seventh day: Bari
VIII Day: Bari – Rossano – Stilo
Day IX: Stilo – Reggio Calabria – Cefalu
X Day: Cefalu
XI Day: Cefalu – Palermo
Twelfth day: Palermo – Monreale – Palermo
Thirteenth day: Palermo – end of the tour, possibility to stay in the islands of Sicily for seaside holidays and to visit other cities.