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Trip to Northern Italy in May 2019 - Report by Jane Coulson
Saturday 15 June 2019

Visit Northern Italy - May 2019

In May, 24 members visited 6 Italian cities in 6 days. It was a busy but varied tour and despite mixed weather, enjoyed by all. We sampled many local dishes - some not as popular as others - as well as the local wine.  The general feeling was that the local Lambrusco wine was vastly superior to anything available in the UK.  Our day in Verona included the Roman amphitheatre, Juliet's balcony (naturally), the Museo di Castelvecchio as well as the Giardino dei Guisti, a Renaissance garden set on the hillside above the River Adige. We stayed 2 nights in the centre of Vicenza which was charming particularly as most traffic was banned so we could enjoy strolling through the narrow streets and squares at leisure.  The visit to Palladio's Teatro Olimpico was very much a highlight of the holiday.  Mantua was a delight and we were astonished by the frescoes in the Palazzo Ducale and Palazzo Te. En route to Ferrara, our coach took the same route as all the Italian classic cars in the Mille Miglia car rally.  We gaily waved to all the spectators at the side of the road and they enthusiastically returned our greetings as our coach was overtaken by fabulous classic cars, driving in true Italian fashion - fast!  Meanwhile, the coach driver played CDs of Luciano Pavarotti's greatest hits (loudly) to entertain us on our journey.  Our hotel for the next 3 nights in Ferrara was immediately opposite the imposing medieval Este Castle. Not only did we visit the Castle but also the Palazzo dei Diamanti and its collection of Renaissance works of the Ferrara and Bologna schools.  Our day in Ravenna didn't disappoint - the mosaics have to be seen to be believed - no photograph could ever reflect their beauty. Our final day in Padua was wet but after an uplifting visit to Giotto's magnificent frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel,  our spirits were restored! Unfortunately, our flight home was delayed for about 6 hours which was a bore and meant that we didn't get home until 4 am the following morning.  However, a 3 figure cheque from Easyjet by way of compensation was a welcome surprise.