Northern Italy’s Adriatic Coast: Renaissance Palaces and Medieval Villages
Get to know Northern Italy’s Adriatic Coast, where you’ll discover the UNESCO city of Ferrara, see masterworks of Renaissance art and learn the fascinating story of medieval hill towns.
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Program No. 21273RJ
14 days
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At a Glance

Blessed with sheltered ports on the Adriatic Sea, sun-soaked farmlands irrigated by the Alps-fed Po River and a strategically important position between Rome and the rest of Europe, Northern Italy has long been a land of “abbondanza” — abundance. On a journey through the historic regions of Marche, Emiglia-Romana and Veneto, discover medieval hill towns, Renaissance palaces and masterpieces by the great artists who circulated among the Northern Italian courts seeking patronage. Along the way, delve into the stories of fascinating characters from Dante Alighieri to Lucrezia Borgia.
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Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven terrain. There are also several flights of stairs at once on this program.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience Renaissance art and architecture in Urbino and Ferrara, two cities designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their cultural riches.
  • Absorb the natural beauty of the Adriatic coastline, the Po River Delta and the rugged mountains of Northern Italy.
  • Delve into the intrigues of the Houses of Sforza, Borgia and Medici as you explore medieval hill towns over which they ruled.
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Wilma Barbieri
Wilma Barbieri is a Palladian Architecture expert who has been sharing her knowledge of art and architecture since 1984. She has collaborated with both Italian and foreign universities and museums and was appointed by the Venice Cultural Association to work with UNESCO from 1997 to 1998. Wilma has been the appointed expert for royal dignitaries including Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, Prince of Denmark and is a guest professor at the University of Architecture of Florida, Venice.
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