ALESSANDRIA, THE 1900s PROPOSAL 1

11/12/2021 - 30/09/2022

3 days 2 nights
Cultural

Business description

Itinerary in the province of Alessandria to discover the Masters of the 1900s

Price

345.00 €
price per person The price includes: 2 overnight stays in double room with breakfast in centrally located 4 * hotel in Alessandria - 2 dinners with local menu - 1 lunch in Acqui Terme - Krumiro Experience – tasting session in the Magnoberta distillery - entrance tickets - health insurance The price does not include lunches as set out in the programme - tourist tax - transfers and anything not indicated in the price includes
 

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Day 1

Arrive to Casale Monferrato late morning and day dedicated to the visit of the town starting from Piazza Castello and the imposing Castle of the Paleologi, home to the Gonzaga family until the second half of the 16th century, before it became a fortress. Casale is one of the gateways to Monferrato, between the Po Valley and the hills of the territory which is now a UNESCO heritage site. The Gonzaga made it one of the most prestigious centres of Europe and it can be experienced during the visit of the centre, rich in architectural treasures, civilian and religious buildings. Having left Piazza Castello we continue to Via Saffi, rich in workshops and shops, and dominated by the 11th century civic tower, one of the symbols of the town. Delicious stop-off with the "Krumiro Experience' tasting of sweet and savoury Krumiri while our expert pastry maker tells us the story of these famous biscuits. The visit continues with the Church of San Domenico and the Cathedral of Sant'Evasio and, not to miss out on, the Synagogue, built in 1595, extraordinary example of late baroque architecture, featuring stuccos, gold and precious wooden furnishings. The visit continues with the Museum of Lights which preserves a collection of Chanukkiot of contemporary art, produced by both Jewish and non-Jewish artists, including Elio Carni and Emanuele Luzzati. The collection is a unique opportunity to see the different ways in which the many artists have tackled the problems connected with the formal project of a ritual object. The Museum of Lights is currently hosted in the underground rooms of the community once used as ovens to bake the azzime - matzot - the unleavened bread which the Jewish eat during the Jewish Easter.  

The route continues with another important stop-off point to discover the 20th century with the Bistolfi plaster-cast gallery at the Civic Museum.

The Leonardo Bistolfi Plaster Cast Gallery is home to more than 170 works among terracotta, drawings, plasticines, plaster sketches and models. These materials allow to understand the different phases of Bistolfi's artistic process, one of the major international interpreters of Symbolism: from the sketch in terracotta in which the sculptor immediately fixed his first intuition, to the subsequent plaster sketch, to the final model which concretised the final idea and formed the effective realisation of the work, before its transposition into marble and bronze.

Before leaving the town, visit and tasting session in the long-established Magnoberta 1918 distillery.

Transfer to Alessandria, dinner in osteria and overnight stay in central hotel.

Day 2 

Arrive to Acqui Terme by own means. First part of the morning is dedicated to the visit of Villa Ottolenghi. The villa is a historical home built in the first half of the 20th century on the hills of Acqui Terme (AL) by Count Arturo Ottolenghi and his wife Herta von Wedekind zu Horst, painter and sculptress fully recognised among the avantgardes of the early 20th century. 

Villa Ottolenghi is an exceptional example of 1920s synoptic art which saw the contribution among others of highly acclaimed architects such as Marcello Piacentini and artists like Arturo Martini, Fortunato Depero, Venanzo Crocetti, who worked on the Villa thanks to the patronage of Counts Ottolenghi. The unique and picturesque rooms for private receptions and gala dinners are an ideal location for weddings and events in general; guests can immerse themselves in the magical setting of the park work of the famous architect landscapist Pietro Porcinai who was awarded with the prestigious European Garden Award in 2011.

Return to the centre for a walk in the old part of the thermal town and lunch break with tasting products and DOCG wines of the area. 

In the afternoon, return to Alessandria and visit Paltius Vetus for the exhibition of works of artists born in Alessandria and in the province who brought prestige to 20th century Italian art such as Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo, Angelo Morbelli, Carlo Carrà.

Dinner in osteria with local menu and overnight stay in hotel.

Day 3

After breakfast transfer by own means to Tortona. The route to discover the 20th century continues with a visit to the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Tortona and its extraordinary collection.

The latter is a unique museum project dedicated to Divisionism, which is examined through the works selected including those that contributed to the artistic vicissitudes of the period, in relation to the multiplicity of its components, starting with the premises that can be recognised in the most advanced trends of the second half of the 19th century, to follow their developments through the themes and protagonists, and consider its continuity in the early decades of the 20th century. Some of the works are currently on show in Milan at the GAM exhibition. Delicious stop-off at Pasticceria Vercesi, founded in 1898, in the soical salon of Via Emilia to purchase the famous golden baci biscuits.

Lunch at leisure in the centre.

In the afternoon, private transfer to Volpedo to visit the places of Pellizza, the Museum and the studio of the painter.

Along via Rosano in Volpedo, the rear of Pellizza's house looks onto a canal, and the articulated block of the construction ends with a great paralleliped nucleus which forms Giuseppe Pellizza's studio, the atelier in which he painted, practised and studied, having the fields and countryside in front of him. The painter had it built in 1888 and it was later expanded until it took on the current guise in 1896 with the vast zenith skylight; it was donated by his two daughters to the village of Volpedo in 1966 and the appearance which it now has is due to restoration work carried out between 1986 and 1994, the year in which it was returned it to its original conditions and reopened to the public. Pellizza did not have access to the Studio from via Rosano, but acccesed it directly from his own house; the current entrance straddling the canal was made necessary following the donation of the studio to separate it from the house, which continued to belong to the family. Once entered, the visitor is struck by the size of the room, which has a perimeter of m. 6,50 x 8,25 x 5,5 in height. The restoration works have returned the walls to the colour given by Pellizza to his atelier, removing the superimposed layers of colours and finding the dark but warm shade of an earth of Siena which tends to brown, an intense shade, as it was normal in the majority of 19th century ateliers. At the end of the walls, Pellizza painted an architectural fascia, constructing with effective perspective modelling the illusion of a frame with raised mouldings, playing on the monochrome with great skill. The educational museum in piazza Quarto Stato offers the visitor a multimedia installation which introduces him into the world of the artist and his main works. Along the streets of the ancient village of Volpedo the places of Pellizza are indicated by specific signage.

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MONDO TONDO Via Mondovì 32 – 15121 Alessandria

L'OBLO' VIAGGI Via Genova 128 – 15122 Spinetta Marengo

STRAVACANZE Via Cesare Battisti 16 - 15011 Acqui Terme

 

 

 

 

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