Northern Italian Tour – September 26 to /October 8, 2019
Asolo, Vicenza, Lake Como, Turin, Milan
Great Palladian Villas
Day 1 - Thursday September 26: fly from US to Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) (Airfare not included)
Day 2 - Friday September 27 – L1-D1: arrive Venice Airport - go to Padua. (PADOVA)
Afternoon, depending how late you arrive at airport, we will have lunch and then visit:
Loggia and Odeo Cornaro:
Built in 1524, it is a work by the architect Giovanni Maria Falconetto for Alvise Cornaro for guests to enjoy theater performances and concerts. It is important because it was visited by a young Palladio who later got inspired by its design. Cornaro was a great arts’ sponsor.
“I am so agile that I can still ride and climb steep stairs and slopes effortlessly. I’m in a good mood and I’m not tired of life. I accompany myself with men of genius, who excel in knowledge and virtue. When I cannot enjoy their company, I devote myself to reading and writing. I sleep well, and my dreams are pleasant and relaxing. I believe that most of men, if they were not slaves of their senses, passions, greed and ignorance, could enjoy a long and happy life, in the name of moderation and prudence.” Discorso sulla vita sobria (Speech on the sober life) by Alvise Cornaro, aged 74.
visit the Scrovegni Chapel / Giotto’s Frescoes.
(The visit last 15mn, you enter via automatic access doors opening only once on entrance and exit, to allow stabilization of the interior micro-climate. You can take pictures without flash).
- The world's first university botanical garden was created in Padua in 1545, which makes the Botanical Garden of Padua the oldest surviving example of this type of cultural property. Botanical gardens have played a vital role throughout history in the communication and exchange not only of ideas and concepts but also of plants and knowledge. The Botanical Garden of Padua is the original of botanical gardens in Europe, and represents the birth of botanical science, of scientific exchanges, and understanding of the relationship between nature and culture. The University of Padua was created in 1222.
Dinner in Padua - Night in Padua
Day 3 - Saturday September 28 – B1-L2-D2: Leave at 9:00 to go to Villa Malcontenta designed by Palladio, about 40 mn away.
Lunch in Villa Pisani in Stra about 40 mn away. Visit the superb late-Baroque palace on River Brenta. Villa Pisani designed by Francesco Maria Preti in the mid-1750s. Was owned by Napoleon and Josephine and later remodeled for a meeting between Mussolini and Hitler.
Dinner in Vedelago - Night in Vedelago
Day 4 - Sunday September 29 – B2-L3-D3: 10:30: Visit Villa Emo by Palladio - Lunch at La Cucina del Palladio
14:30, visit Villa Barbaro by Palladio, 20 minutes away
After Barbaro, walk around pretty town of Asolo. Dinner in Asolo - night in Asolo
Day 5 - Monday September 30 – B3-L4-D4: Leave Asolo around 10:00 – drive to Bassano del Grappa to look at Palladio’s Bridge built on River Brenta in 1569.
Lunch in Bassano del Grappa. Leave at 14:00 drive to Marostica (10mn) for coffee and have a look at a special small town.
15:00 Drive go to Brion Cemetery designed by Carlo Scarpa
16:00 Drive to Vicenza and look at some of the monuments, although on Mondays, monuments and museums are closed. Dinner in Vicenza - night in Vicenza.
Day 6 - Tuesday October 1 – B4-L5: 9.30: visit Vicenza’s Teatro Olimpico - 10:45: visit Palazzo Chiericati, both designed by Palladio.
12:00: visit Chiesa di Santa Corona
12:30: lunch on Piazza dei Signori.
14:00: Visit Palladio Museum in Villa Barbara da Porto designed by Palladio. Very interesting museum with models.
Then walk around some of the streets to look at other magnificent town house designed by Palladio and other architects.
16:30: Gallerie d’Italia – Palazzo Leoni Montanari
Basilica Palladiana is open sometimes, and often has exhibitions, shows and large meetings. Whatever will be will be.
Dinner on your own - night in Vicenza
Day 7 - Wednesday October 2 – B5-L6-D5: At 10:00 visit famous Villa Rotonda
11:30 visit Villa Valmarana ai Nani, less than a mile away, own by same family as Rotonda. The two properties are separated by a small road.
Drive to Tremezzo on Lake Como. Arrive around 18:00 - Dinner in Tremezzo - night in Tremezzo
Day 8 - Thursday October 3 – B6-L7-D6: 9:30 Visit Villa Carlotta and its magnificent gardens then on a boat to view the villages and the stunning landscape of Lake Como before visiting Villa Balbainello on top of a promontory overhanging the lake. We will have lunch in a small local restaurant then we will be visiting Villa Melzi d’Eril at Bellagio, with one of the best English gardens of Northern Italy. At 4:30 there will be still a bit of time to go along a part of Lake Como to enjoy a stunning landscape, may be go for a drink at Villa d’Este. Dinner in Tremezzo - night in Tremezzo.
Day 9 - Friday October 4 – B7-L8-D7: 9:30: Drive to Torino about 3hr 30 minutes. Lunch in Turin
15:00 Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) impressive interiors, including the Scala delle Forbici, a staircase designed by the architect Filippo Juvarra in the early 1700s and its gallery of lavish murals by the Viennese painter Daniel Seiter in the late 1600s. Then across the square visit Real Chiesa di San Lorenzo remodeled by Guarini in 1666
Dinner in Turin - night in Torino.
Day 10 – Saturday October 5 – B8-L9: Capella della Santissima Sindone is the chapel where the Shroud of Turin is kept. A controversial piece of cloth, it can’t be seen, being held in a climate-controlled case in a chapel built just to hold it. The visitors see a replica as well as artifacts and documents related to its history. Church of the Carmine by Fiippo Juvarra.
Mole AntonelIiana is one of the most remarkable landmarks in Turin and measures at its highest point at 549 feet. Built in the late 19th century as a Jewish synagogue, the Mole Antonelliana has an amazing square dome. It is now home to the city's National Museum of Cinema. The panoramic lift in the center of the building, takes you in less than a minute to the observation deck, where you will enjoy the amazing views of the city and the Alps. Lunch in Turin
The Piazza Castello is very popular for its long political history. It is surrounded by the city's Royal Palace, Royal Armoury and State Archives, and Palazzo Madama. which houses one of the city's foremost art collections
Dinner on your own - night in Torino
Day 11 – Sunday October 6 – B9-L10-D8 :
Visit the Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi, designed by Filippo Juvarra one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Built as a royal hunting lodge in the early 18th century, it is 10 km southwest of Turin. It holds precious items of furniture, chinoiseries and masterpieces by cabinetmakers and craftsmen coming also from other Savoy Residences.
Drive to Milano (2hr 15mn) Arrive 14:00. Visit Villa Necchi Campiglio, an art deco house, designed in 1935 by Italian architect Piero Portaluppi,
Dinner in Milan - night in Milano
Day 12 – Monday October 7 – B10-L11-D9:
Look at the Pirelli Skyscraper by Gio Ponti, Generali Tower by Zaha Hadid, Vertical Forest, residential tower by Studio Boer, PwC Towerr by Daniel Libeskind and the new Milanese modern neighborhoods with more interesting buildings, many LEED recipients, like the Allianz Tower by Arata Isozaki or Palazzo Lombardia by Pei-Cobb, Solaria Residential Tower by Arquitectonica.
Have coffee in Galleria then on to visit the Cathedral (Duomo). Dinner in Milano - Night in Milano
Day 13 – Monday October 8 – B11: Leave Milano for Malpensa Airport about 30 minutes by train or one hour by car. You should be home in the late afternoon.
INCLUDED IN THE TOUR:
1 night in Vedelago – 1 night in Asolo – 2 night in Vicenza – 3 nights on Lake Como
3 night in Milan
4 Dinners – 10 lunches – 11 breakfasts
All entrances to whatever we visit
Books and map
Pick-up and drop-off at Airport or Train Station
9 seats mini-van
Accident & Medical Insurance
$4,550.00 per person in double occupancy
$ 550.00 Deposit per Participant
It would be a good idea to look at flights schedule now. Prices are better than they will be few months from now.
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