Unfamiliar to many discerning travelers, the wealth of art and architecture, created by the dynasties in Mantua, Sabbioneta, Fontanellato and Parma, is outstanding. A must experience, far from traditional tourism.
Mantua, home of the extraordinary Palazzo Te and its stupendous frescoes by Giulio Romano, one of Raphael’s prize students. Parma, Italy’s Capital of Culture in 2020, with admirable architecture, decor and art, thanks to the patronage of Pope Paul III and later Marie-Louise, Napoleon’s widow.
We will see great Renaissance works by Mantegna and Giulio Romano, with magnificent frescoes and architectural gems, including the exquisite, small-scale city of Sabbioneta, an ideal fortified town.
Spectacular Verona is famed for its ancient past and rich heritage, ranging from its celebrated Arena, a 1st-century Roman amphitheater, now used for opera performances, to beautifully intact Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance edifices. Special invitations to magnificent private residences, welcomed by their eminent owners, await you!