Milan & Brescia | Celts, Romans & Lombards

Milan's Duomo
Milan's Duomo
Beautiful view of Arco della Pace, Milan
Beautiful view of Arco della Pace, Milan
San Lorenzo Maggiore Basilica
San Lorenzo Maggiore Basilica
Temple of the Capitoline Triad in Brescia
Temple of the Capitoline Triad in Brescia
View over Brescia and its Duomo
View over Brescia and its Duomo
The Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio
The Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio
The archeological area of Castelseprio
The archeological area of Castelseprio
The archeological area of Castelseprio
The archeological area of Castelseprio

In the vast, flat area known as the Plain of Lombardy lies Milan, Italy’s business capital – famous for manufacturing industries, fashion and food. The Celts founded the city over 2,500 years ago and, with the Roman conquest, its name was Latinised to Mediolanum, meaning “at the centre of the plain”. Not far away is Brescia, also dating back to the Iron Age, with some traces of earlier settlement. It is home to some of the best preserved Roman remains in northern Italy.

  • See the extraordinary frescoes of Roman Brescia
  • Discover where the stone carving of the “woolly sow”, ancient symbol of Milan, is currently lodged
  • Admire the archaeology that lies beneath Milan’s magnificent cathedral and take a tour up to its roof with its famous spires
  • Explore the UNESCO sites of Santa Giulia in Brescia and Castelseprio

Themes

  • Great Cities
  • Romans

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

Fly into Milan's Linate airport and transfer to our hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Sina de la Ville, or similar
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

Taking a walk around the city, we trace its ancient history on our way to the Archaeological Museum. From here, we continue to admire the impressive Columns of San Lorenzo and the remains of the amphitheatre. The crypt of the Church of San Giovanni in Conca completes our tour.

Hotel: Hotel Sina de la Ville, or similar
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

Today we drive to the foothills of the Alps to the city of Brescia to see some of the most significant archaeological monuments in northern Italy. Included in our tour of the city are the Roman Capitolium and theatre, and also the Santa Giulia museum, which is housed in a monastic complex of Lombard origin.

Hotel: Hotel Sina de la Ville, or similar
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

The Duomo, Milan’s impressive cathedral, is our focus for this morning. We will visit the remains of the 4th century complex beneath the cathedral before ascending for a tour of the cathedral and its roof, which is adorned with 135 spires. An independent lunch and a free afternoon follow.

Hotel: Hotel Sina de la Ville, or similar
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

An early start awaits as we head to the village of Pianvalle, belonging to the pre-Roman civilisation known as the Culture of Golasecca. We then visit the Lombard remains at Castelseprio before visiting another Golasecca village at Monsorino.

Hotel: Hotel Sina de la Ville, or similar
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

We have a free morning today and we will meet up for our final lunch together. We drive to the Basilica of Saint Ambrose, the oldest church in Milan containing the 4th century Sarcophagus of Stilichone. We then make our way to the airport for our flight home.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels
  8. Flights

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