2018 - 2019
|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.
|RAVENNA UNDER THE STARS
Dates: 15 – 18 June 2018
Destination: Ravenna, Italy
Description: Ravenna is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. It was the capital of the Roman Empire of the West from 402AD until the collapse of the Empire in 476AD
It served as the capital of the Roman Empire of the west (Byzantine) until the invasion of the Lombards in 751AD, when it became the seat of the kingdom of the Lombards. During the Ravenna Festival the city bursts into light with the stars above and the Byzantine cathedrals and churches hosting a series of concerts. Their glorious mosaics are illuminated and create a magical light ranging from gold through the colours of the rainbow and provide an unforgettable background to the music.
|DOMINGO IN LA TRAVIATA AT LA SCALA
Dates: 16 – 18 March 2019
Destination: Milan, Italy
Description: Plácido Domingo Performing in La Traviata at La Scala. The most popular and most performed opera in the world, Verdi’s La Traviata: Liliana Cavani’s sumptuous production, a stellar cast and two of the greatest conductors of all time.
|A VISIT TO CALABRIA IONICA: THE HIDDEN JEWEL OF ITALY
Dates: 8 - 14 May 2019
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 mountain one almost thinks of not being in the South of Italy but in the Alps or Scandinavia. Our tour concentrates on the Ionian coast where mountain peaks plunge to the violet blue sea. High in the hills are a wealth of Byzantine and Medieval towns, churches, castles and convents, while the coast is rich with the ruins of Greek settlements.
|CASTLES, VINEYARDS AND ANCIENT SITES IN THIS SUN-KISSED SOUTH-EAST CORNER OF SICILY
Wine Tasting Tour in the Ragusa Region of Sicily
Dates: 19 - 24 September 2019
Destination: Ragusa Region of Sicily, Italy
Description: The Tour visits the South East corner of Sicily, a beautiful, unspoilt region. Backed by the Iblei Mountains which descend gently south to the sea, they are ideal for wine production and the region has some of the best vineyards in Sicily. With viniculture going back to Greek and Roman Times, our visits to some vineyards combine excellent wines with some outstanding historical sites.
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.