Palaces, Islands, and Masterpieces of Northern Italy (Milan, Turin and The Borromean Islands)

9 – 13 September 2020
Dr. Marie-Anne Mancio
Price (based on 15 participants):
Places will be strictly limited
£2,470.00 per person sharing a twin/double room
£500.00 deposit is needed to confirm your place
£350.00 single room supplement


Boasting a world‐class collection of Italian art, the chic city of Milan is a must for lovers of the Gothic and Renaissance. With alpine views, its rival, Turin, is much more than an industrial centre. Elegant streets and a beautifully‐preserved historic centre, make it the perfect place to trace the legacy of the Savoia royal family. Farther afield, the Borromean islands on Lake Maggiore are the stunning setting for an elaborate palace and lush botanical gardens.

Goatherds on the Borromean Islands

Your lecturer

Dr Marie-Anne Mancio

Marie-Anne trained as an artist before gaining a D.Phil for her thesis Maps for Wayward Performers: feminist readings of contemporary live art practice in Britain. An accredited Arts Society lecturer, she was commissioned to write and present online courses for Tate and How To Read Paintings for Pearson Love to Learn. Since attaining an MPhil in Creative Writing, her art practice is primarily text based including a novel about four migrant women in antebellum America: Whorticulture. She is currently writing a thriller about Caravaggio..

Your Hotels

Rosa Grand Hotel, Milan (4*) 2 nights

Set in the heart of Milan, the Rosa Grand overlooks the historic Piazza Fontana, behind the city’s imposing Duomo. Enviably located, the exclusive fashion district and art collections of the Palazzo Reale are all within strolling distance. Nearby also stand the world‐famous La Scala opera house and the Galleria.

Grand Hotel Sitea (4*) 2 nights

Located in the heart of Risorgimento Turin, just off via Roma and Piazza San Carlo, and Piazza Castello, the Grand Hotel Sitea was built in the early 1900s and offers every modern luxury.

Palazzo Borromeo

The price includes:

  • Lecturing by Dr. Marie-Anne Mancio
  • Return scheduled flights British Airways between London Heathrow/ Milan and Turin/Gatwick
  • All airport taxes, security charges and local taxes
  • 2 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation at Rosa Grand Hotel (4*), Milan
  • 2 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation at Grand Hotel Sitea (4*), Turin
  • City Tax throughout
  • Local guides at specific sites on 9, 10, 11, 12 September
  • 5 lunches
  • 1 dinner
  • Boat transfer Stresa/Isola Bella
  • Boat transfer Isola Bella/Isola dei Pescatori
  • Boat transfer Isola dei Pescatori/Stresa
  • All local coach transfers in Italy as per itinerary
  • All entrance charges and fees to visits as per the itinerary
  • VOX audio guides

The price does not include:

  • Dinners (Days 2, 3, 4)
  • Teas or coffees during any mid morning / mid afternoon breaks
  • Refreshments
  • Any incidental and personal expenditure (laundry, telephone, etc)
  • Taxis or other transport not specified
  • Personal insurance

This tour is organised by Heritage Group Travel who are responsible for all the arrangements. Please refer to Heritage Group Travel Booking Terms and Conditions which can be sent upon request. The Company holds ATOL number 3707 and ABTOT licence number 5060 for your protection. This itinerary is subject to change should local conditions or unexpected restrictions occur. As the tour is arranged many months in advance visits may be subject to amendment.
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Book your place

Places are strictly limited to 15 so please book early. For further information:

Mary Bromley
020 7266 7815/20
E Mail:
The Course, 105 William Court, 6 Hall Road, London NW8 9PB

The Tour: Itinerary

The itinerary is subject to amendment

Day 1/ Wednesday 9 September 2020

London – Milan

British Airways from London Heathrow

Arrival in Milan Malpensa, met by local guide and transfer to local restaurant for lunch.

Pinacoteca di Brera

Explore this world‐class collection of paintings. Amongst its magnificent highlights are works by Bellini, Mantegna, Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese, the Futurists, Hayez, and Modigliani.

Francesco Hayez, The Kiss, 1859
Piero della Francesca, La Vergine con il Bambino e Santi Pinacoteca di Brera

Check in to Rosa Grand Hotel

Welcome Dinner in hotel restaurant

Day 2 / Thursday 10 September 2020


Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie for Leonardo’s iconic masterpiece, “The Last Supper”

Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie
The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci


With its 3,400 statues, 55 stained glass windows, beautiful altars, paintings, and rooftop view of the city, the legendary cathedral is the most important example of Gothic style in Northern Italy.

The Duomo
The Duomo

Lunch local restaurant

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

Established in April 1618, when Cardinal Federico Borromeo donated his collection of paintings, drawings and statues to the library he’d founded.

Jan Brueghel the Elder and Hans Rottenhammer, Winter Landscape with a Glory of Angels
Paul Bril, Landscape with a Marsh, c.1595

Pirelli Hangar Bicocca

A former industrial plant now one of Europe’s largest exhibition spaces for contemporary art and home to contemporary Romantic, Anselm Kiefer’s stunning site‐specific work, The Seven Heavenly Palaces, 2004‐2015.

Evening at leisure

Day 3 / Friday 11 September 2020

The Borromean Islands

Check out of the hotel and travel by private coach to Stresa

Arrive in Piazza Marconi for boat transfer to Isola Bella

Borromeo Palace

Described as a baroque chest of wonders floating on the water. Walk through its beautifully furnished halls and see paintings, precious furniture, marbles, neo‐classical stuccos, Flemish silk and gold thread tapestries, and incredible views of the lake. Also visit the palace’s gardens, arranged over a series of terraces, with exotic wonders such as a two‐hundred‐year‐old camphor tree.

Goatherds on the Borromean Islands
Palazzo Borromeo

Transfer by boat to Isola dei Pescatori

Lunch local restaurant

Transfer by boat to Stresa

Transfer by private coach to Turin

Check in to Check in to Grand Hotel Sitea

Evening at leisure

Day 4 / Saturday 12 September 2020


Palazzo Reale (including the Chapel of the Holy Shroud)

A historic palace of the House of Savoy which includes the Scala delle Forbici, a staircase by Filippo Juvarra; the Chapel of the Holy Shroud; and an impressive armory and gallery.

Photography by Giovanni Dall'Orto, Entrance to Palazzo Reale
Photography by Giovanni Dall'Orto, Entrance to Palazzo Reale
Photography by Giovanni Dall'Orto, Palazzo Reale
Photography by Giovanni Dall'Orto, Palazzo Reale

Palazzo Madama

A ducal residence since 1637 when the Regent Marie‐Christine of France wanted a grand court. It comprises a museum with antique stonework, Gothic and Renaissance sculpture and painting, baroque and rococo works and decorative arts.

Palazzo Madama
Vittorio Amedeo Cignaroli, Tobias and the Angel, late 18th C

Lunch local restaurant

Private Coach to Lingotto

Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli

Art by Tiepolo, Canaletto, Bellotto, Canova, Matisse, Renoir, and Picasso, and a view to the building’s famous roof-top Fiat test track.

Canaletto, Return of the Bucentoro to the Molo on Ascension Day, c. 1733-4
Edouard Manet, La Négresse, 1862

Evening at leisure

Day 5 / Sunday 13 September 2020


Check out of the hotel after breakfast

La Venaria Reale

Spend the morning exploring the Reggia’s collections, including its permanent Theatre of History and Magnificence, the history and art of the House of Savoy, including its seventeenth century Hall of Diana; the refined apartments of the nobility; masterpieces by Reni, Albani, Cignani, Van Dyck, Brueghel and other Flemish and Dutch masters, as well as its gardens.

Reggia e Giardini di Venaria Reale
Ritratto di Carlo Emanuele II

Lunch local restaurant

Transfer by private coach to Turin airport

Check in for British Airways to London Gatwick