Friday 15th February 2013
In Spring 2013 the British Museum will present a major exhibition on the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. This is the first such exhibition in the museum’s history and it promises to be an important event in the exhibition calendar. Over 250 objects will be on display, and the main focus will be the Roman home and the people who lived in the two cities which were destroyed by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius within a period of 24 hours in AD 79. A preview of what’s in store is available from the museum’s website at www.britishmuseum.org.
The London show provides a wonderful opportunity for you to introduce the idea of a visit to the Bay of Naples to your group. The importance of the exhibition and the interest which it will no doubt generate acts as a perfect catalyst for a visit to southern Italy. Over the years we have arranged many group tours to this area, and our itineraries include visits not only to Pompeii and Herculaneum but also further afield to Capri, Amalfi, Ravello and of course the beautiful city of Naples itself with its superb museums, vibrant streets and spectacular vistas. Our tours are based in a family hotel in the charming town of Vico Equense close to all the points of interest, and as usual the key ingredient is the quality of our guide-lecturer who continues to receive the highest praise from all our groups. Naples is served by a variety of UK airports, so please do get in touch for a suggested itinerary for your group.
Monday 12th November 2012
After extensive renovation the magnificent new Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam opens its doors to the public on Sunday 14 April 2013. Eighty exhibition rooms showcasing a total of 8,000 objects tell the story of Dutch art history from the Middle Ages onwards, and following a renovation project lasting ten years the building which originally opened to the public as a museum in 1885 is now ready to welcome the 21st century visitor. Displayed in the Gallery of Honour, the Rijksmuseum’s collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings is considered to be among the finest in the world. Foremost amongst the collection are masterpieces by Vermeer, Frans Hals and Rembrandt, whose powerful large-scale work known as The Night Watch is the only painting in the museum to be returned to its original location.