Sculptures by Canova and neoclassical buildings from Milan to Naples

During the nineteenth century Milan suffered a substantial urban transformation. Executor of this change was the neoclassical architect Giuseppe Piermarini, a pupil of the great Luigi Vanvitelli, who built in Milan Palazzo Greppi, Palazzo Ducale, Palazzo Belgioioso, the church of San Carlo al Corso and the Teatro alla Scala. We admire the Arena del Foro Bonaparte, Palazzo Serbelloni and the Arco Sempione. Piermarini was very active in Lombardy and in Monza he built the spectacular Villa Reale, next destination of the trip. During his stay in Milan there is time to do shopping in the Triangle of fashion and to visit the Expo. We leave Milan to go to Rome. In the Capital there are a lot of neoclassic examples: Piazza del Popolo, the Propylaea of Villa Borghese, the Altar of the Fatherland of the second half of the 800, San Pantaleo, Villa Torlonia and other buildings visitors can see by walking. In Rome the sculptor Antonio Canova worked, he was the finest exponent of Neoclassicism. The statue of Paolina Borghese in the Borghese Gallery and the Funeral Stele of Volpato in the church of the Holy Apostles. The Monuments Stuart and Clement XIII instead are located in San Pietro. In the Basilica you can also admire the work of the other great sculptor protagonist of Neoclassicism, Bertel Thorvaldsen, dedicated to Pius VII. You leave the capital to go to Caserta.The Royal Palace of Luigi Vanvitelli, Unesco and the largest royal palace in the world, waits the tourists. In Caserta the Bourbons wanted to transfer the capital of the Kingdom, so they built one of the most beautiful royal residences. Then you reach Naples to admire the Teatro San Carlo, where you can watch the many shows, the church of San Francesco di Paola, Villa Pignatelli and the Palace of Floridiana. The tour ends in the city itself or you can reach the islands, the Amalfi coast or make other trips.

Basic program (13 days – 12 nights)
The day: Milan
II day: Milan
III day: Milan – Monza – Milano
IV Day: Milan – Rome
V Day: Rome
VI Day: Rome
VII Day: Rome
VIII Day: Rome – Caserta
Day IX: Caserta
X Day: Caserta – Napoli
XI Day: Naples
XII Day: Naples
XIII Day: Naples – end of the tour, possibility to continue for Ischia, Capri, Procida, the Amalfi coast or participate in numerous other initiatives.

Travel in the eighteenth century from Trieste to the Sferisterio of Macerata

In 1800 Trieste , Central European city, experienced a period of great cultural fervor that had remarkable results also in architecture. To be visited : the Palazzo Carciotti, Teatro Verdi and the scenic church of St. Anthony which stands at the end of the Grand Canal, offering a spectacular view of the city. From Trieste we reach Venice. In Venice, Canova operas are: ” Orpheus and Eurydice” and “Daedalus and Icarus” at the Correr Museum and then other neoclassical monuments like the Fenice Theatre and the churches of San Simeon Piccolo, the Magdalene and Saint Nicholas of Tolentino. From Laguna we go to Possagno in the province of Treviso, hometown of the famous sculptor Antonio Canova, the undisputed star of Neoclassicism, to admire in Gypsotheque bust of Napoleon First Consul and the Temple Canoviano. Padua is the next stop of the tour. Very interesting Caffè Pedrocchi and Pedrocchino. Finally, you get to Macerata, a beautiful city, to see the Sferisterio, a large theater seat of “Sferisterio Opera Festival” where you can watch numerous opera performances. The tour ends in Macerata but can be extended with several naturalistic, religious and gastronomic trips.

Basic program (10 days – 9 nights)
The Day: Trieste
II Day: Trieste
III Day: Trieste – Venice
IV Day: Venice
V day: Venice – Possagno – Venice
VI day: Venice – Padua
Seventh day: Padua
VIII Day: Padova – Macerata
Day IX: Macerata
X Day: Macerata – end of the tour or ability to customize with numerous excursions.

Neoclassicism ‘bold’: the Mole Antonelliana

In its final phase Neoclassicism came to bold solutions as in the Mole Antonelliana in Turin. The high building has a clear neo-Gothic appearance typical of the second half of the nineteenth century, while the church is the most classic of the Great Mother of God. The tour continues to Genoa to visit the Staglieno Cemetery, imposing and impressive in its porches, which are buried celebrities such as Giuseppe Mazzini, Bixio Ninny and Fabrizio de André. From Genoa we reach Livorno to see the Cistern, huge tank that recalls the Roman baths. Leaving Tuscany, the next step is Subiaco in the province of Rome, to visit the church of St. Scholastica built by Giacomo Quarenghi, architect of great very active in St. Petersburg. From Subiaco we turn to Rome. In Rome the visitor could see sculptures by Canova, the highest representative of Neoclassicism and churches, palaces and fountains. We can customize the trip with optional excursions to the Pontine Islands and the Castelli Romani easily accessible from the capital.

Basic program (11 days – 10 nights)
The day: Turin
II Day: Turin
III day: Torino – Genoa
IV Day: Genoa
V day: Genoa – Livorno
VI Day: Livorno
VII Day: Livorno – Subiaco
VIII Day: Subiaco – Rome
IX Day: Rome
X Day: Rome
XI Day: Rome – end of the tour or chance to do many excursions

The Royal Palace and the neoclassical churches of the South

In Naples, an ancient city and capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, we start this tour that runs through southern Italy to Sicily. In the city itself, artistic witness of every historical era, they could not miss examples of neoclassical architecture such as the Teatro San Carlo, Villa Pignatelli, the Palace of Floridiana and the church of San Francesco di Paola inserted in the grand Piazza Plebiscito. From Naples, Caserta is reached later, the city where the Bourbons wanted to transfer the capital and in which they built a majestic palace that has broken many records, including that of being the world’s largest royal residence. The Royal Palace, which is an Unesco heritage, was built by architect Luigi Vanvitelli in the second half of the eighteenth century. The Royal Palace externally anticipates motifs typical of Neoclassicism and the huge park is a wonderful example of classic Italian and English garden of 1800. The final goal of the trip is Palermo, which can be reached by boat from Naples or we can drive up to Villa San Giovanni (RC) where we embark for Sicily. In the Sicilian capital there are wonderful neoclassical examples: the Botanical Gardens, the Palace Isnello, the Chinese Palace and the Teatro Massimo, the latter in the second half of the nineteenth century. The tour ends in Palermo but there is the possibility of visiting other Sicilian cities or to spend time bathing.

Basic program (9 days – 8 nights)
The Day: Naples
II Day: Naples
III Day: Naples – Caserta
IV Day: Caserta
V Day: Caserta – Naples – Villa San Giovanni (RC)
VI Day: Villa San Giovanni (RC) – Palermo
Seventh day: Palermo
VIII Day: Palermo
IX day: Palermo – end of the tour or chance to visit other cities or go to the sea.