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Italian Court Cities

07 June 2021

7 days from £2,555pp

 This tour will explore the cultural flourishing of two of the most representative of Northern Italian court cities – the romantic Mantua, known by locals as La Bella Addormentata, the sleeping beauty, and the picturesque Urbino. 
  • Visit to the Camera degli Sposi in the Palazzo Ducale at Mantua
  • Biblioteca Malatestiana
  • Palazzo Ducale in Urbino
  • Privae visit to the Villa Imperiale in Pesaro
 

The rise of the Italian city-state during the Renaissance defines a period of paradoxical contrast. Although scourged by often tyrannical rule and frequent territorial warfare, the great ruling dynasties of the period, among them the Montefeltro, Malatesta, Sforza and Gonzaga families, enabled through their patronage a flowering of artistic, intellectual and architectural ambition that gave birth to some of the most splendid examples of art and architecture of the Renaissance period.  This tour will explore the cultural flourishing of two of the most representative of Northern Italian court cities – the romantic Mantua, known by locals as La Bella Addormentata, the sleeping beauty, and the picturesque Urbino. 

 

In its island-like position in the middle of three artificial lakes, Mantua was the setting for one of the most illustrious courts of the Renaissance Italy, ruled by the Gonzaga family from 1328.
In the Renaissance the Hill town Urbino, under the rule of Federico da Montefeltro, experienced a cultural flowering beyond compare. Federico’s Palazzo Ducale is widely regarded as the most beautiful of Italian Renaissance palaces. We will end the tour visiting Pesaro and the Villa Imperiale in the hills outside the city, an outstanding example of Mannerist architecture. This tour will bring to life these vibrant cities, and the fierce rivalries between their noble families which served to stimulate the urban expression of Renaissance ideals. 
 

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Hotel Casa Poli

★★★★

Hotel Casa Poli is a 4-star hotel located in the heart of Mantua in modern and minimalist style. The hotel includes a lounge bar and a continental breakfast with local delicacies.

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite Tv
 

Hotel San Domenico

★★★★

The spacious 4-star Hotel San Domenico is a converted 15th-century early Renaissance monastery, located in the centre of Urbino opposite the Ducal Palace, boasting a rooftop terrace and a monumental courtyard; rooms are furnished in traditional Italian style and some of them have a balcony.

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite Tv