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The Gothic Art of Piedmont: Weekend Tour Itinerary 2017

Cultural tours in Piedmont
The Nine Worthies and the Nine Heroines, the stunning fresco cycle in the audience chamber in the Castle of La Manta. Photo: Chris Dobson.

Itinerary 2017

Day 1: Friday

Arrival
17.30-18.00:
Collection from from Turin Airport and transport to Sant’Albano Stura (journey time about 1 hour), or by arrangement from the railway station at Fossano.

Evening
Chris Dobson. Art Aperitivo Welcome, and Gothic Piedmont.
Followed by dinner.

Day 2: Saturday

Day trip
We visit the churches of Castelletto Stura, Bastia Mondovì and San Michele Mondovì to experience their wonderful Piemontese Gothic frescoes. There is a break for lunch at a local trattoria (not included).
Evening
Chris Dobson. Art Aperitivo: The Wandering Knight: The Courtly Art of La Manta
Followed by dinner.

Day 3: Sunday

Day trip
We round off the weekend in style: after breakfast we head off for a day trip into the Alpi Cozie, to visit the medieval town of Saluzzo, where we visit the Cathedral and the Casa Cavassa. There is free time to eat lunch (not included). After lunch we conclude the week with the spectacular frescoed Audience Chamber of Valerano di Saluzzo, in the Castle of La Manta.
Evening
Chris Dobson. Art Aperitivo From Rome to the Risorgimento: Piedmont Rediscovered
Followed by dinner.

Day 4: Monday

Morning
Time to relax, visit the natural park at Sant'Albano Stura, and perhaps sample some local food and wines.
Light lunch at Bar Ristorate Ellena
14.00
: Transport back to Turin airport. By arrangement you can be dropped off at Fossano Station on route or taken to Milan Malpensa Airport as an optional extra.

Book Oct. 6th - 9th 2017

All museum and monument entrance fees are included.
Evening presentations before dinner by Chris Dobson, on the art and history of Piedmomont: Art Aperitivo.
Half board accomodation:
Accommodation at a charming local Affitta Camere in Sant’Albano Stura, the Alberghetto (free Wi-Fi).
Breakfast and dinner, including drinks at meal times, and a glass of wine/cocktail during Chris’s evening presentations. Light lunch and drinks on final day.
Transport:
All transportation by private chauffeur-driver people carrier is included, with Turin Airport pick up/drop off (click link for flight timetables). This tour is timed to coincide with British Airways flights to and from London Gatwick, but Turin has a busy schedule from all over the world. If the BA flight is delayed our courier will wait. We can also arrange transfer from Milan Malpensa Airport as an optional extra (Malpensa has regular Easyjet services from London Luton and Gatwick airports), or from Genoa Airport, also as an optional extra. Genoa has perfectly-timed Ryanair flights from Stansted Airport and a direct rail link to Fossano.
NB: Flights are not included.
If you are not flying into Turin, you can either meet our courier in the arrivals hall of the airport (please let us know), or by arrangement we can also pick you up from the local railway stations at Fossano or Trinità Bene Vagienna. If arriving by car, the Alberghetto has secure off-road parking.

Prices:
Normal price per person, double occupancy: £595 (double or twin beds available)
Single supplement: add £90

Milan Malpensa Airport/Genoa Airport transfer supplement from £95 return (based on 8 people sharing). Please Contact Us for details.

NB: extra single beds can be added to some double rooms: Contact Us for details. Places for three people sharing a room are all classed as double occupany.

Cultural and Gastonomic Tours of Piedmont
The beautifully-painted figure of Joshua, detail from The Nine Worthies and the Nine Heroines. Photo: Chris Dobson.
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