Like Tuscany, Umbria is a region of Italy famed for its beautiful towns perched on the tops of hills and ridges. Many were city-states in the early middle ages before coming under Papal control, and they preserve remarkable historic centres, unspoilt by traffic, and, in Umbria, in many cases not much visited by tourists.
The north-eastern tip of Italy — the autonomous region of Friuli Venezia Giulia — though not much visited by tourists, is home to several remarkably interesting cities. Udine, our centre for the study week is set against a thrilling backdrop of mountains. As the port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Trieste was a busy hub of maritime business and a multi-cultural melting pot.
This will be the eighth Learn Italy study week in out-of-season Florence. We will be offering a mixture of group visits during the day and informal introductory lectures in the evening. The five full days will include some of the major museums in Florence, with one day devoted to the superb (but less well-known) High Renaissance frescoes in and around the city.
This will be the ninth Learn Italy study week in out-of-season Florence. We will be offering the same mixture of group visits during the day and informal introductory lectures in the evening. There will be time to see Florence’s most celebrated treasures, in galleries like the Uffizi and Bargello, as well as less well-known masterpieces in churches and palaces.
Pompeii, the Roman city submerged under volcanic ash in 79 AD, was discovered by accident in 1748. Since then it has occupied the imagination and curiosity of anyone with an interest in the classical past. The city of Herculaneum, lost in the same volcanic blast, was only discovered in 1981. On this study tour we will visit both these sites.