7 days

From £3,940

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Senators and sinners

Fantastically elaborate, brimming with sculpture and symbology, the villas of Lazio embody the high art and low political intrigues of Renaissance Italy. Built for Pope and princes, these villas hark back to a much older tradition when Roman Emperors would retreat to their palaces in the Sabine hills. Oliver Gilkes, an archaeologist who as excavated extensively in Italy, explores the ‘villa’ in all its many and various forms. From the rustic farms of antiquity, beloved of Roman poets, to the vast complexes of later eras, villas reflected their owners’ wealth and status whether modest farms  or palaces. Iconic sites set in the rolling hills of central Italy: the setting for hothouse politics and veritable treasures of architecture and art.

Tour highlights:

  • Discover the evocative countryside of South Etruria and the Sabine and Alban Hills, forests, hills and mountains
  • Explore fabulous gardens and admire an extravaganza of water features, fantastical sculptures and rustic ruins
  • Admire the pristine blue waters of Lake Nemi, inspiration for artists and writers undertaking their Grand Tour

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Today's Price

Deposit: £750 Single supplement: £350

Includes flights

Meet your Experts

Oliver Gilkes

Andante Guide Lecturer

Oliver is an archaeologist of eclectic experience. Currently he works as a freelance consulting archaeologist, and provides advice for Andante Travels on designing as well as leading a number of tour groups.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
3 June 2024 ALRV240603 3 June 2024 (Monday) 9 June 2024 (Sunday) Oliver Gilkes £3,940
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