8. THE CITIES OF DANTE - CODE: ISPCDNT
Itinerary n. 8– THE CITIES OF DANTE
Verona, Mantua, Bologna e Ravenna
06 days / 05 nights
1st Day – VERONA
Arrival to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
2nd Day – VERONA
Visit of Verona, the city where Dante lived for several years and where he wrote much of Paradise. We will see the Chapter Library, the Arena, the Church of S. Fermo, the Lion Gate, the House of Juliet (the Montagues and Capulets are cited in Purgatory), the Montague district, the Palace of Cangrande, the Torre dei Lamberti , the Piazza dei Signori, Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza Bra Molinari and San Zeno. Free lunch. Dinner and overnight.
3rd Day – VERONA / MANTUA
Visit of Mantua, the city where Virgil was born, the guide that Dante chose to undertake the exploration of the first two unearthly worlds. Visit to Piazza delle Erbe with the Palazzo della Ragione and the Palazzo del Podesta, Piazza Broletto, Piazza Sordello with the House of Rigoletto, the Castle of St. George with the famous ‘Camera degli Sposi’ with frescoes by Mantegna and the Ducal Palace. Free lunch. In the afternoon visit to Palazzo Te, the masterpiece of Giulio Romano. The visit includes the Courtyard of Honour, the Sala dei Cavalli, the rooms of Cupid and Psyche, the Winds, the Eagles, the grand room of the Plasters and the Chamber of the Giants, the largest and best known of Palazzo Te. Dinner and overnight.
4th Day – MANTUA / BOLOGNA
Departure to Bologna. Full day guided tour of the city with its 40 km of arcades, Piazza Maggiore, and the great unfinished Basilica of San Petronio, the City Palace and the apartment of the papal legates, the Palazzo del Podestà, one of Notaries and the sixteenth Fountain of Neptune, the work of Giambologna. Free lunch. The two famous pendants Towers, of Asinelli and Garisenda, the only remaining of the numerous medieval noble towers. St. Stephen's Basilica, a set of sacred buildings that make up the most well-known complex of the Seven Churches. Dinner and overnight.
5th Day – BOLOGNA / RAVENNA
Departure to Ravenna, the city where Dante, finding asylum at the court of Guido Novello da Polenta spent the last years of his life. Free lunch. Visit of Galla Placidia, the Basilica of San Vitale, Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, the Palace of the Da Polenta and the home of Francesca. Dinner and overnight.
6th Day – RAVENNA
In the morning visit to the Tomb of Dante, to Quadrarco of Braccioforte where in 1865 were found the remains of Dante and the Basilica of St. Francis where was held his funeral. End of services.
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