Boutique tour to Italy Sun 15 June to Sun 29 June 2014

These boutique tours are restricted to a maximum of six participants plus Art History lecturer and Tour Operator. Three places only left.

Tour Operator: Claudio Polles

Art History Lecturer: Dr Angela Mackie



UNESCO World Heritage mosaics of the 5th & 6th AD

Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Arian Baptistry, Archiepiscopal Chapel, Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Mausoleum of Theoderic, Basilica of San Vitale, Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe, The tomb of Dante



Arena [Scrovegni] Chapel- frescoes by Giotto (2 viewings)

Museo Civico: old monastery; Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese

Palazzo della Ragione

University Buildings: oldest anatomy theatre

The Church of the Eremitani: Andrea Mantegna

Basilica of St Antonio of Padua



Roman Arena, c 30 AD

Castelvecchio (Art Gallery) restored by  Carlo Scarpa, bet. 1959 & 1973

Basilica of San Zeno: wonderful example of Romanesque architecture

Teatro Romano

Sant' Anastasia with Pellegrino's famous fresco



Ducal Palace esp. the Camera degli Sposi by Mantegna

Basilica di Sant'Andrea (Alberti)

Palazzo del te (Giulio Romano)


Vicenza, the city of Palladio

Palazzo Chiericati 1550-1580  (Art Museum) by Palladio

Teatro Olimpico  1584 Palladio with scenes by Scamozzi

Palazzo della Ragione by Palladio

Villa Capra ("La Rotonda")  1566-71 by PalladioPalladio:

Valmarana Chapel in the church of Santa Corona


Bassano del Grappa: Palladio's bridge

Maser: Villa Barbaro by Palladio and wonderful frescoes by Veronese

Whole morning here with wine tasting and antipasti in their historic cantina



Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Titian's Madonna di Ca' Pesaro in the left aisle.

Titian's Assumption of the Virgin, over the main altar.  In the Frari's sacristy is Giovanni Bellini  Madonna and Child with Saints (1488);  sculpture Antonio Canova (1757-1822) Donatello's John the Baptist,

Scuola Grande di San Rocco for the Tintoretto and Titian

Santa Zaccaria: Bellini: Sacra Conversazione

San Giorgio Maggiore (Palladio)

Church of the Santissimo Redentore (Palladio)

Santa Maria della Salute (Baroque) by Baldassare Longhena,: in the Sacristy are works by Titian.  The dome of the Salute has inspired artists such as Canaletto, J. M. W. Turner, John Singer Sargent and Francesco Guardi.

Torcello: A trip to this famous island


Sit back and enjoy the elegant wines and refined cuisine of the Veneto area while you feed on its art and culture.  There will be plenty of time to wander on your own to enjoy what the various centres have to offer.

This is a tour for those who appreciate the finer aspects of life: Claudio Polles, an artist from the Veneto who spends half the year in Italy (and the rest in Australia) will regale us with tales of laughter and intrigue and introduce us to some of the characters of the Veneto while the Art History lecturer, Dr Angela Mackie, will explain the salient points of the work of the artists mentioned above and others.

Cost $AUS 9,800

This includes accommodation in elegant 4-star country villas, twin share (single supplement $1,500) and all breakfasts and dinners, all entry fees, all internal transport

10% non-refundable deposit to be paid by 14 February 2014

Full payment by 15 March 2014. Please contact Angela Mackie for details on how to make payments.

All enquiries to Dr Angela Mackie at