Spend Christmas in the medieval city of Bologna, on a lovely short break that will introduce you to the region’s historic highlights, including Bologna itself and the cities of Ravenna and Modena. All three brim with captivating UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the magic of the festive period only adds to their beauty and attraction. A visit is also included to see local nativity scenes to truly bring out your Christmas spirit, and the many included meals will ensure you don’t go hungry.
5 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and your direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Bologna. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the stylish and centrally-located UNA Hotel (4T). A welcome drink awaits and we have time to relax and settle before dinner.
Day 2 Bologna
After breakfast we embark on a guided city tour of Bologna, a lively historic city with a grid of medieval streets, embellished by festive decorations and a merry atmosphere. We visit the city’s highlights including the stunning central square, Piazza Maggiore, which boasts an array of lavish historic buildings; San Petronio - the city’s imposing Basilica with a unique and fascinating history having been built in 1470 by Lorenzo da Prato; and the beautiful D’Accursio Palace. While wandering this glorious city you will also come across the iconic Neptune Fountain, a controversial monument built over a period of three years (in 1563-1566) in the Piazza del Nettuno. This afternoon you are free to leisurely roam the charming alleys, and you may want to visit the traditional Christmas market of Santa Lucia, easing you into the Christmas spirit with brightly-decorated stalls selling handmade gifts and local delicacies such as the delicious sweet treat Torrone. You are free to make your own dinner choice this evening.
Day 3 Christmas Eve - Modena
Spend Christmas Eve uncovering the fascinating history of Modena - enjoy a delightful guided walk through the town to admire UNESCO-listed monuments, including the Piazza Grande and the Ghirlandina Tower - the Cathedral of Modena’s stunning belltower standing at a breathtaking 86.12 metres in height, recognised as ‘the symbol of the city of Modena’. On our way we also stop at a balsamic vinegar producer to get an insight into its production and enjoy a delicious brunch including wine. This afternoon is at leisure in Bologna and you may choose to stroll the festive streets or relax in the hotel before dinner tonight.
Day 4 Christmas Day - Bologna
Merry Christmas! Today we celebrate in style, beginning with a delicious breakfast and a morning at leisure. For lunch we take a short walk into town, to dine at a local restaurant. This afternoon is free and you might want to take a walk around the historic surroundings or simply reside in the hotel. Dinner is included this evening at the hotel.
Day 5 Boxing Day - Ravenna
We embark on a full-day guided excursion to Ravenna, a spectacular city enriched by colourful mosaic artwork. We visit to the most fascinating UNESCO-listed early Christian monuments that can be found here, including the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna Baptistery of Neon, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and the Basilica of San Vitale. Now mesmerised by the architectural beauty, we journey back to Bologna, stopping on the way to see unforgettable nativity scenes either in the Rimini area or on the charming sailing boats in Cesenatico.
Day 6 Bologna - London
We transfer to Bologna Airport for your direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Heathrow Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.