Artstur Tours in 2017 - 2018:
|A Visit to Calabria Ionica:
The Hidden Jewel Of Italy
Dates: 3 - 9 October 2017
Destination: Calabria, Italy
Description: In the words of the Italian writer Guido Piovene in his ‘Viaggo in Italia’, Calabria is certainly the strangest of Italian regions. Among the vast extent of its mountains one almost thinks of not being in the South of Italy but in the Alps or Scandinavia. Starting from the delightful capital of the Region ‘Reggio Calabria’ home to the Bronzes of Riace in the Archeological Museum we travel from the Tyrrhenian mountainous peaks plunge down to the violet blue sea. This extensive coast includes places like Riace, where the bronzes miraculously appeared only 50 years ago, Monasterace, Stilo, Locri, Soverato, Squillace, Crotone and finally Capo Colonna. On this enchanted coast under its protective mountainous creeks we will visit their secrets from the archeological parks to the Byzantinian monasteries, Swabian Castles, Palaces and Churches and the fun-loving towns on the coast. Coming Soon Coming SoonComing Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon
|The Romance of Sicily - Art & Opera Tour
Dates: 10 - 14 October 2017
Destination: Art and Opera Tour in Palermo, Sicily
Description: This fascinating tour combines a world class opera, Adriana Lecouvreur, in Teatro Massimo with Angela Gheorghiu as Adriana, together with visits to Segesta, Arab Norman Palermo, Monreale and the Villa of the Princess of Lampedusa, where we will have a special lunch. This tour provides a glimpse of this beautiful island from Greek times to the transition from 19C to 20C, beautifully described by Tomasi di Lampedusa in his wonderful book and film “Il Gattopardo”.
|Venice & The Islands
Dates: 21 - 25 March 2018
Destination: Venice, Italy
Description: A unique five-day tour of Venice and its islands led by Adrian Mourby, historian and author of two new literary companions, Rooms of One’s Own (July 2017) and Rooms with a View (November 2017) published by Icon Press.
|La Boheme in La Fenice and Rigoletto in Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto
Dates: 23 - 25 March 2018
Destination: Venice, Italy
Description: This opera and art tour will be exhilarating, brief and sparkling with colour and the music and art of Venice. The republic that in the 15, 16 & 17 centuries, to retail their freedom stood up to the Pope in Rome and the more recent powers of Europe, like Spain and France. It was the time of Bellini, Giorgione, Titian but even more of Monteverdi and Vivaldi.Coming Soon Coming SoonComing Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon
|In the Footsteps of Caravaggio (1571 – 1610)
Dates: 8 – 14 May 2018
Destination: Malta & Sicily
Description: This Tour covers Caravaggio’s last years in Malta and Sicily, two of his most famous periods. He was at first feted and welcomed by the Knights of Malta in the island’s capital “Valletta” which will be European Capital of Culture in 2018.
Dates: 18 - 21 May 2018
Destination: Milan - Busseto, Italy
Description: Together with our Italian partner we are proud to offer this Art & Opera Tour as a homage to Verdi. The tour travels from Milan to Busseto and in addition to two of Verdi’s most famous operas there is an opportunity to enjoy three exceptional artistic visits
|Verdi’s Trilogy and Renaissance Studies
Dates: 20 - 23 September 2018
Destination: Florence, Italy
Description: Our visit to Florence provides the opportunity to unveil the art of the Renaissance in the city that invented this extraordinary explosion of Art and Culture.
Artstur arranges a variety of 4 or 5 day tours to Italy. These are small group tours and the objective of each tour is to appreciate the art and culture of the country in a way that allows the visitor to enjoy the history and current way of life in Italy. Italy’s beauty and Joie de vivre are captured in our tours and lift the spirits of all those in the group.
The guides are all English speaking art historians or archeologists who know and love the places visited. Their enthusiasm is quickly transmitted to those attending.
In addition to these longer tours, Artstur arranges full day and half day tours in London, Paris and Rome.
View our Short Tours.