The Splendours of Naples, Herculaneum & Caserta

22 – 26 March 2021
Dr. Marie-Anne Mancio
Price (based on 15 participants):
Places will be strictly limited
£2,310.00 per person sharing a twin/double room
£500.00 deposit is needed to confirm your place
£310.00 single room supplement


Naples may be Italy’s most vibrant city. A tangle of winding streets set against a sparkling bay, the wealth of art here attests to the city’s glorious past and links to the Bourbons. Aside from its numerous baroque churches, Naples is famous for key works by the fugitive Caravaggio and, later, Artemesia Gentileschi. From the ancient wealthy town of Herculaneum, destroyed by volcanic eruption, to the stunning Royal Palace at Caserta, we’ll explore a region characterised by drama.

Landscape with the Palace of Caserta and Vesuvius, Jacob Philipp Hackert
Landscape with the Palace of Caserta and Vesuvius, Jacob Philipp Hackert

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 Hotel

Grand Hotel Santa Lucia, Naples (4*) 4 nights

Grand Hotel Santa Lucia is a four star hotel built in 1900 by the well-known architect Giovan’ Battista Comencini. With its views over the majestic Castel dell'Ovo, Vesuvio Mount and the Gulf (including Capri and Ischia), this elegant hotel has all the usual amenities including a gym.

Landscape with Motifs of the English Garden in Caserta, Jacob Philipp Hackert, 1797
Landscape with Motifs of the English Garden in Caserta, Jacob Philipp Hackert, 1797

The price includes:

  • Lecturing by Dr. Marie-Anne Mancio
  • Return scheduled flights British Airways between London Gatwick and Naples
  • All airport taxes, security charges and local taxes
  • 4 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation at 4* Grand Hotel Santa Lucia, Naples
  • 1 dinner in hotel restaurant
  • 5 lunches in local restaurants
  • All local coach transport in Italy as per itinerary
  • All entrance charges and fees to visits as per the itinerary
  • City Tax throughout
  • Services of local licensed guides throughout
  • VOX guides throughout

The price does not include:

  • Dinners (Days 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • 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/ Monday 22 March 2021

British Airways from London Gatwick

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

Visit Certosa di San Martino in the sophisticated suburb of Vomero. This former fourteenth century Carthusian monastery is now a quirky museum with wonderful views and a gentle introduction to the city.

Luca Giordano, Triumph of Judith, c.1703, Certosa di San Martino
Certosa di San Martino from Sant'Elmo

Check in to Grand Hotel Santa Lucia

Welcome Dinner in hotel restaurant

Day 2 / Tuesday 23 March 2021

Transfer by coach to the centre of Naples for a walking tour to include the vibrant bustle of Piazza Dante and Spaccanapoli. Visit the Santa Chiara Cloisters with its unique ceramics; the church of San Gregorio Armeno with its frescoed cupola by Neapolitan Luca Giordano and the church of Gesù Nuovo built by the Jesuits and featuring Francesco Solimena’s masterful fresco ‘The Expulsion of Eliodoro from Jerusalem Temple’. The walk will end at the Duomo – a beautiful medieval cathedral that features the remains of an Early Christian basilica, many notable artworks, and the miraculous blood of San Gennaro.

Piazza Dante,  Naples
Santa Chiara, Cloister
Expulsion of Heliodorus from the Temple, Francesco Solimena

Lunch in local restaurant

Walk to nearby Nitsch Museum dedicated to the infamous Viennese actionist who had strong links with Naples and its traditions of suffering.

By coach to the elegant Museo Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano on via Toledo, which Stendhal called the "most populous and cheerful street in the world". See one of Caravaggio’s last works, ‘The Martyrdom of St Ursula’ and the naturalistic sculptures of Neapolitan Vincenzo Gemito.

Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano
Martyrdom of St Ursula, Caravaggio, 1610

Return to hotel by coach

Independent arrangements for dinner

Day 3 / Wednesday 24 March 2021

By coach to the Archaeological Museum to see the best ancient artefacts from villas and other buildings in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae.

Bronze statue from Villa dei Papiri, Herculaneum

Lunch in local restaurant

Continue by coach to the archaeological site of Herculaneum for a guided visit. Buried under around 25m of ash following the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE, wealthy Herculaneum was better preserved than Pompeii, allowing us to reconstruct daily life here.


Return to hotel by coach

Independent arrangements for dinner

Day 4 / Thursday 25 March 2021

By coach to Museo Capodimonte, former hunting lodge and royal residence of the Bourbon King Charles VII of Naples and Sicily. Built in 1738, it houses one of the country’s best art collections with masterpieces such as Titian’s ‘Danae’, Annibale Carracci’s ‘Mystical Marriage of St. Catherine’, Artemesia’s Gentileschi’s ‘Judith and the Head of Holofornes’, and Caravaggio’s ‘Flagellation’.

Madonna del Velo, Sebastiono del Piombo, Museo de Capodimonte, Naples
Charles VII of Naples and  V of Sicily (1716-1788)
Flagellation of Christ, Caravaggio 1607
Annibale Carracci, The Mystic Marriage of St Catherine

Lunch in local restaurant

Continue by coach to Cappella di San Severo enriched by Raimondo di Sangro seventh Prince of Sansevero’s complex iconographic scheme and a much‐admired eighteenth century sculpture, ‘The Veiled Christ’.

Liberation of St Peter, Battistello Caracciolo

Continue on foot to Pio Monte della Misericordia a beautiful octagonal church which belonged to a seventeenth century charitable order who commissioned Caravaggio’s great work, ‘The Seven Works of Mercy’ which is still in situ.

The Seven Acts of Mercy Michelangelo Merisida Caravaggio , 1607
The Seven Acts of Mercy Michelangelo Merisida Caravaggio , 1607  (detail)

Return to the hotel by coach

Independent arrangements for dinner

Day 5 / Friday 26 March 2021

Check out of hotel after breakfast

By coach to Chiesa di San Lorenzo Maggiore famed for its excavation of half of an original Roman market and also as the site where medieval writer Giovanni Boccaccio met his muse, Neapolitan noblewoman Maria d’Aquino, known as ‘Fiammetta’.

San Lorenzo Maggiore Campanile
Fiammetta, Eduard Veith, 1911

By coach to Caserta

Lunch in a local restaurant

Visit the C18th Palazzo di Caserta one of the world’s largest royal residences and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site described as "the swan song of the spectacular art of the Baroque”.

The tournament of Caserta and the parade of the ladies and cavalieri entering the Palazzo, Salvatore Fergola
Palace of Caserta, Salvatore Fergola

By coach to Naples airport

British Airways to London Gatwick