A Taste of Medieval Italy

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Dates
  • Travelsphere

Northern Italy is renowned for its many historic and artistic treasures, which you will uncover on this enlightening holiday.

    • Hotel Plaza
    • Hotel Plaza is a 4-star hotel in the resort of Lido degli Estensi, north of Ravenna. Located just a few steps from the seafront, your hotel features a restaurant, lounge and garden terrace. Guest rooms have en suite facilities, air-conditioning, TV and safe.
Excursions Included
  • Explore UNESCO-listed city of Ravenna and try a traditional flatbread
  • Discover the beautiful town of Bologna
  • Explore the artists' town of Dozza
  • Explore medieval Ferrara

Please note: Thanks to your feedback we know you want to explore more at your own pace. That’s why from 2019 we’re offering Ravenna as an optional excursion, giving you more choice.

Optional Excursions
  • Visit San Marino and Santarcangelo di Romagna with wine-tasting
  • Visit the enchanting town of Padua
  • Bologna
  • Padua
  • Italy
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Touring
Departure Points
  • London (Heathrow)
  • Manchester
  • DAY 1 UK/Bologna
  • After your flight to Bologna we'll transfer you to your hotel in the resort of Lido degli Estensi. A drink is waiting to welcome you before you enjoy dinner here tonight.
  • DAY 2 Ravenna
  • Your discoveries begin in Ravenna, as you view some of its famous Byzantine art on a morning tour. You will visit the UNESCO-listed Basilica di San Vitale, Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and the Galla Placidia Mausoleum, where you will see glittering 5th and 6th century mosaics. After your sightseeing, you can try one of Ravenna's regional dishes, piadina. This traditional flatbread served with cheese will give you all the energy you need to explore further at your own pace.
  • DAY 3 San Marino
  • The choice is yours today – you can spend the day at leisure at your hotel or the nearby beach, or join a full-day optional excursion. This is your chance to visit one the world's smallest countries, and possibly its oldest republic, San Marino. Enjoy a guided tour of its fortified historic centre, located on a mountain top, and wander winding cobblestone streets. From here, the views of the surrounding countryside and the Adriatic Sea are simply stunning. In the early afternoon your tour takes you to the charming town of Santarcangelo di Romagna to visit the Collina dei Poeti farm. It occupies a beautiful setting and is surrounded by ancient cypress trees, olive groves and a vineyard which grows Sangiovese grapes. We'll taste a variety of local produce here and get to sample some lovely wines.
  • DAY 4 Bologna
  • After breakfast you're going to head to Bologna, where in the company of a Local Guide, you'll explore its beautiful medieval centre. One of the largest in Europe, it is home to many fine palaces, churches and arcades. There's plenty of free time here too, and your Tour Manager will be able to help you find a restaurant if you want a stop for lunch. Bolognese sauce originated here, so it would be a shame not to sample this local speciality. Another recommendation is a Spritz – a favourite aperitif in Northern Italy.
  • DAY 5 Ferrara
  • You'll be let into one of Italy's best-kept secrets on today's included tour, as you discover the UNESCO-listed Renaissance town of Ferrara. Your Local Guide will escort you through a maze of winding streets, pointing out numerous palaces dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries. You can also stroll along the ancient red-brick city walls before we head to Castello Estense. You'll step inside this moated medieval castle, where highlights include the state apartments and the dungeons - said to be daubed with markings made by those imprisoned here. 
  • DAY 6 Dozza
  • Today your included excursion will take you tomedieval Dozza, which is renowned as one of the 100 most beautiful villages inItaly. Set on a hill and home to an imposing fortress, you'll explore itscobbled streets in the company of your Tour Manager and a Local Guide. Once every two years, many stunning murals are painted on the walls of housesin its historic centre. This event, the Biennale del Muro Dipinto, attractsartists from all over the world, who turn the village into a lovely open-airgallery.
  • DAY 7 Padua
  • A free day to explore Lido degli Estensi further might be the perfect way to bring your holiday to a relaxing end. If you still feel you would like to experience more of medieval Italy, we do, however offer an optional excursion today. Padua is thought to be the oldest city in Northern Italy and on this trip you'll make many discoveries. There's its ancient university, founded in 1222, the 13th century Basilica of St Anthony and Scrovegni Chapel, where you can see exceptional frescoes created by Giotto in the 14th century.
  • DAY 8 Lido degli Estensi/UK
  • Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

  • Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways
  • 7 nights in a 4-star hotel
  • 11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide
  • Wi-Fi on board your coach

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

Dates Price Single Availability
11-May-2019 for 7 Nights Flight Included
18-May-2019 for 7 Nights Flight Included
08-Jun-2019 for 7 Nights Flight Included
15-Jun-2019 for 7 Nights Flight Included
31-Aug-2019 for 7 Nights Flight Included
07-Sep-2019 for 7 Nights Flight Included
14-Sep-2019 for 7 Nights Flight Included
28-Sep-2019 for 7 Nights Flight Included

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They take care of everything for you, from organising the transport and booking the hotels to arranging visits to the ‘must-see’ sights as well as some undiscovered, off-the-beaten-track destinations. You’ll be accompanied by an experienced Tour Manager whose unrivalled knowledge and enthusiasm will help you to uncover the real heart and soul of a place.

They understand how an amazing travel experience can make a lasting impression on people’s lives. That’s why they take such care to get it right.  With guaranteed departures, guaranteed price promise and 100% financial protection, you are safe in Travelsphere’s hands.


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