3 – 6 December 2018








BOLOGNA is a bustling city of elegant porticoes and piazzas, medieval towers, palaces and churches, and is one of the most beautiful of Italy’s historic cities – particularly as is prepares for Christmas! Its university, which was founded in 1088, is the oldest in Europe.

Art thrived in Bologna throughout the 15th century under the rule of the wealthy Bentivoglio family, and painters from all over Italy were attracted to the city during this period.  In the 16th century the Bolognese School of painting flourished and for a time the city rivaled Florence and Rome as a centre of painting.

The Pinacoteca houses an important collection of works by leading artists of the Bolognese School including Annibale, Agostino, Lodovico Carracci, Guercino and Domenichino, along with works by Giotto, Raphael, Francesco del Cossa, Perugino and many others.  And the city’s churches are home to sculptural works by leading Italian sculptors – including Michelangelo, Jacopo della Quercia, Giambologna and Nicola Pisano.

We will be in Bologna for 4 days, and so there will be plenty of time to get to know Renaissance Bologna and to enjoy the wonderfully cosmopolitan atmosphere of its markets, restaurants, piazzas, and stunning shops.


Other Details


Very centrally located Hotel Centrale** in Bologna, bed and breakfast in twin-share room with private facilities.

Course Cost

£399, inclusive of tuition, airport transfers, accommodation and breakfast

Single Room Supplement


Travel Insurance

Once tour is viable and flights are booked please make sure you book your travel insurance. If we have booked flights on your behalf through Travelpack then you can call Lina on 0208 5854010 ext 1008,  Mon – Fri 9 – 4 ,  for an immediate quote  (up to the age of 84).


Ca. £200 scheduled flight to Bologna. Note that this is an estimate. Once the tour is viable we will contact you with details of the ‘nominated flight’. You can decide whether you wish to make independent arrangements (people from the North may wish to use a Northern airport) or whether you wish to be booked on the group flight. Please note that when we contact you with fares they are usually only valid for the day and may be higher (or lower) the next day. On the booking form you have the option to authorise us to issue flights if we can’t get hold of you.

Local Transport

Airport transfers by minibus

Group Size



Daphne Joynes, BA, is an experienced lecturer and art historian who has led many gallery study days, Studytours and group visits to Italy. She has taught art history at a number of institutions including Surrey University and the Open University. She is a Guest Speaker for Noble Caledonia and lectures for organisations such as NADFAS, the National Trust. Her areas of interest are the Italian Renaissance and Italo-Byzantine art, as well as 18c Maritime History and 19c American art.


Related OU Courses

AA315/A226/General Interest


Itinerary / Study Programme


Day 1, Monday 3 December 2018

Arrival, introduction and orientation walk to Piazza Maggiore and Piazza Nettuno. Visit the Roman remains.


Day 2, Tuesday 4 December 2018

San Petronio and the Panorama, San Domenico, San Francesco, the Archiginnasio – the seat of the old university with its famous anatomical theatre.


Day 3, Wednesday 5 December 2018

Strada Maggiore, The Pinacoteca Nationale, San Giacomo Maggiore and the Oratory of Santa Ceclia.


Day 4, Thursday 6 December 2018

Santo Stefano, Santa Maria dei Servi

Free time for shopping before departure – or for the energetic the Torre degli Asinelli.


This itinerary and study programme is provisional and may be subject to change in response to local conditions