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South Tyrol - Art in the Italian Alps

4 October 2020

7 days from £2,425pp

Visit picturesque churches and magnificent castles, discovering their splendid art and mediaeval frescos on this remarkable tour of northern Italy. Spend time in exploring the beautiful sights of Bolzano, visit beguiling Brixen and view the Dolomites from Castello di Appiano.
  • Discover some of South Tyrol’s best preserved and most expansive medieval fresco decorations in churches and castles alike
  • Enjoy visits to remotely placed castles and their spectacular decorations made accessible by special private transport
  • Stay at the Grand Hotel Laurin, built in 1910 and set in a tranquil park full of roses and palm trees and offering splendid views into the Dolomites
  • Spend the day in Bolzano, discovering richly decorated churches and cloisters, followed by a visit to Castel Roncolo
South Tyrol, situated between snow-clad Alpine peaks and Mediterranean sun, is Italy’s northernmost region, bordering Switzerland to the north-west, Austria to the north-east, and the rest of Italy to the south. The natural landscape along the Adige and Isarco rivers is breathtakingly beautiful – their fertile plains covered by vineyards and orchards are flanked by sheltered valleys and sublime mountains. The cultural landscape offers a wealth of highlights, both in proud hill towns and in picturesque villages: the trade route across the Brenner Pass along the Valle Isarco to Verona has been the main link between central Europe and Italy for centuries. Extensive fresco cycles of chivalric tales decorate the walls of the province’s rugged castles, and murals of the Romanesque to Baroque periods depict stories of the exemplary lives of saints in no less imposing parish churches: for centuries they have been accompanying merchants en route to Venice, pilgrims on the road to Rome, and knights on their quest to conquer the Holy Land.

Your Accommodation

Parkhotel Laurin, Bolzano

★★★★
Overview
Nestled in Venice’s heart near to St. Mark’s Square and La Fenice Theatre, this four star hotel features a truly charming atmosphere thanks to its unique Venetian style. The hotel is partly situated in a 14th century palace.
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Radio
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Wi-Fi
  • Minibar (additional charges may apply)
  • Air conditioning