Day 1 UK - Bologna
You'll fly to Bologna today and on arrival we will transfer you to your hotel in Ferrara. It is set in a fantastic location overlooking the rambling Este Castle and boasts facilities including a cosy restaurant, wine cellar, bar and bicycle hire.
Day 2 Christmas Eve, Ferrara
Today we will explore the walled city of Ferrara, the centre of which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. On a guided walking tour, we will see highlights including the moated castle, cathedral and the well-preserved city walls. Christmas is a wonderful time to visit Italy and we will find Ferrara festooned with twinkling lights.
Day 3 Christmas Day, Bologna
Enjoy a Christmas Day with a difference as we visit Bologna, Italy's culinary capital. After exploring the city, we will sit down to Christmas Day lunch in a traditional restaurant. There is more to this city than food and we will also take a guided tour of palaces, piazzas and churches. Don't miss the Santa Lucia Christmas market where you can buy hand-carved nativity statues and festive foodie treats.
Day 4 Boxing Day, Ravenna
Today we go to Ravenna which is home to some of the world's finest Early Christian mosaics. We will tour the Basilica of San Vitale and the Basilica of Sant'apollinare Nuovo, which are covered in the most beautiful examples of these gleaming gold artworks. Then we will have some free time to wander around the streets and squares and soak up the celebratory atmosphere.
Day 5 Bologna - UK
Today you'll say ciao to Italy and transfer to Bologna for your flight back to the UK.
Christmas lunch in a traditional Italian trattoria in Bologna