Umbria is the green heart of Italy and still much less discovered than its neighbour Tuscany. But it is rich in history, culture, wine, and truffles with some stunning landscapes. Famous artworks include the Filippo Lippi fresco in Spoleto cathedral; the Raphael/Perugino fresco in Perugia; Giotto (maybe) frescoes in St Francis's basilica;
the Baglione Chapel in the Church of St. Maria Maggiore entirely frescoed by Pinturicchio between the late summer of 1500 and the spring of 1501 and modern artists like Burri or the Futurist Gerardo Dottori.
We will visit at least: Perugia*, Assisi, Todi, Montefalco (producer of the famous wine), Spoleto and Spello and amid all the medieval and Renaissance art, we will have a tour of an agriturismo and, of course, a stop at Hotel Alphabet for some contemporary art!
The course will be limited to 8 people. Travel between sites will be by minibus rather than public transport but as always there will be some walking as these are mostly hilltop towns.
[*If the Galleria Nazionale has not finished its refurb we can add in a trip to Citta di Castello in its place]
The Art and Culture of Umbria
(Arrive on or by Thurs 16th June 2022 - note this is a rare evening flight if going direct to Stansted!)
Friday 17th June - Tuesday 21st June lunch time (4.5 days)
Travel between venues will be by minibus so kindly wait to book accomodation until advised so we can co-ordinate everyone.
Just note that taxis in Italy are expensive and public transport is great between the major cities but not the small towns; so unless you plan on hiring a car, you would be better served by staying somewhere with walkable access to restaurants etc. Ideally, Assisi or Perugia.
RyanAir fly direct to Perugia but only from London Stansted. Another option is to fly to Rome and then take a train from there (I can assist).