Come to the Villa Albrizzi, in the Veneto with Robert Fox
13-20 September, 2022
In 2016, Robert Fox led an Oldie trip in the north of Italy, whose towns read like a list of Shakespearean locations: Padua, Mantua and Verona. Robert knows the area very well, and will be the best ever guide for this area, which we Brits unwisely give scant attention. And this time, our small group will have the joy of staying in a wonderful villa.
Villa Albrizzi (www.villaalbrizzi.it) is set in a large 19th century park of 8 acres, with an all-weather tennis court and a large private swimming pool with changing house and pavilion. The property is located on the edge of Este, a small town South of Padua and 50km from Venice airport. It has been owned by the Albrizzi family for the last three centuries. The property comprises a large main house, a separate 18th century pavilion used as a ballroom or reception room, with its original 18th century furniture and stucco decor on the walls.
Limited to 13 guests (3 doubles, 3 twins and 1 single)
Tuesday, Sept 13
Depart Heathrow at 1330 with BA; arrive Venice at 1645
Transfer to the villa and dinner there
Wednesday, Sept 14 - Padua
Morning and lunch in Padua followed by free afternoon at the villa
Thursday, Sept 15 – Verona and Sirmione
Morning tour of Verona followed by lunch by Lake Garda and a tour of the Roman love poet Catullus’s villa.
Friday, Sept 16 – Vicenza and Asolo
Morning tour of Palladio’s city and the extraordinary Teatro Olimpico; lunch and tour of the pretty hillside village of Asolo.
Saturday, Sept 17 – Modena
Morning tour including the early Romanesque cathedral followed by lunch and free afternoon at the villa
Sunday, Sept 18 – day at the villa
Lunch at the villa
Supper in Este
Monday, Sept 19 – Mantua and Sabionetta
Visit the great Ducal Palace, with its fabulous frescos of Pisanello and Andrea Mantegna. We will lunch by the taverns and streets, the setting of the villainous deeds in Verdi’s Rigoletto. Return to the villa via Sabbioneta, the miniature citadel of the Gonzagas and their horses.
Tuesday, Sept 20 - Chioggia
Morning and lunch at the seaside town of Chioggia set in the lagoon of Venice.
Depart Venice at 1735 with BA; arrive Heathrow at 1855
PRICES AND BOOKINGS: £2,450 per person in a double/twin room for seven nights full board including wine with meals, transport and excursions. You will need to buy your own flights. £2,950 for the single room. We will require a deposit of £750. Please email Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org