1st day (Friday): arrival in Bucharest in the evening.
Meeting with the guide who will accompany you throughout the journey. Panoramic tour of the capital where you can admire its stupendous eclectic palaces, the Arc de Triomphe, the Bulevard Kiseleff, the Scintilla Palace, the long and beautiful Victoria street, the George Enescu Museum, the nineteenth century villas that remind us of the interwar period in Bucharest,
when the capital was called "The Paris of the East", the Romanian Athenaeum, the Revolution Square,
the Royal Palace, the University Library, the statuary complex built to remember
the fall of the anti-communist revolution.
Dinner in a typical Romanian restaurant, where you will attend a folklorist show and taste
excellent Romanian dishes. Overnight in a city center hotel.
2nd day (Saturday): Bucharest
In the morning we leave the hotel to head towards the Romanian University, one of the symbols of the city, and here we will meet the first great Romanian sculptor of the second half of the twentieth century who created the portrait of the Romanian national poet Mihai Eminescu, a portrait that is right in front of their university. Internal visit of the Romanian university. Here the guide will read the translation of some poems of Mihai Eminescu, an extraordinary poet of humble origins who came to live the last period of his life in Venice, to which he dedicated a beautiful composition. Although he died young, when only 39 years old, Mihai Eminescu was very prolific and he was also a famous philosopher and journalist. He worked and lived in Bucharest and Iași and was an editor of the newspaper "Il Tempo". He is buried in the beautiful Bellu cemetery, an open-air museum where many Romanian artists and writers are buried. Near the Romanian university there is the Revolution square, which we will visit admiring above all the statuary complex entitled “The Rebirth Memorial” by the contemporary artist Alexandru Ghilduș, a teacher at the university of Bucharest. Here we will learn in detail about the event of the revolution that saw the loss of many human lives and we will read some writings of dissident writers who, during the regime, risked their lives to write their works. One of them was Mircea Cartarescu, who began his literary career as a poet and is today the most widely read prose writer in Romania and one of the most widely read writers in Europe. After a walk through the historic center, where we will admire the famous Church of Saint Anthony Stavropoleos and the narrow streets that once housed shops and ateliers, we will move towards the University Square. Here we will admire the buildings that surround it and the statues that characterize it, we will know the history of Romania and the writers they frequented this university in the early twentieth century: Mircea Eliade, the famous philosopher Emil Cioran and the philologist and father of the Romanian literature Ion Eliade Radulescu, whose representation we will recognize sculptural, a wonderful creation by our Italian sculptor Ettore Ferrari. Moreover, we will know here the dramatic life of Ion Jalea, one of the greatest Romanian sculptors of the first half of the XX century. We will then go to the garden of the Romanian National Theater to get to know the major Romanian playwriter of the second half of the nineteenth century, Ion Luca Caragiale. Here we will find also one of the most beautiful contemporary bronze statuary complexes in Romania: “Caru cu clovn” by Ioan Bolborea, 2010. Lunch in a traditional Romanian restaurant
In the early afternoon visit to the Zambaccian Museum, an extraordinary art museum that houses some among the most beautiful paintings of the modern era. Here we will also learn about the biography and the poetics of the sculptor Oscar Han, whose works are in the courtyard of the museum, and of the famous Constantin Brancuși.
Late afternoon visit of the Village Museum, where the guide will introduce you to traditional Romanian songs and will read you the song of the “Miorita”, whose interpretation is still today shrouded by the
Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
3rd day (Sunday): Bucharest - Snagov - Bucharest
In the morning we will visit the Storck Museum, where we will learn about the life and works of an entire family of artists. The Storck house is itself part of the museum. Later we will visit the museum instead
Theodor Aman, building realized by the same Aman, a painter of Armenian origins that he represented
with an absolute refinement, some of the most important historical moments. For Theodor Aman the
detail is indeed fundamental. After taking a walk in the historic center and having lunch at the Inn of Manuc (in Romanian Hanul lui Manuc) where we will taste typical Romanian dishes, we will do
an excursion out of town to relax a bit. We will therefore go to Snagov to visit one of the
most famous monasteries in the surroundings of Bucharest and spend a few hours in the tranquility of the banks of the Snagov lake fed by the waters of the Ialomița river. This ancient monastery is linked
to the historical figure of Prince Vlad III of Wallachia who is said to be buried here.
Return to Bucharest and free time for relax or shopping for souvenirs in the center of Bucharest. Those who want can go instead at the spa “Therme Bucuresti”. Free dinner. Overnight in the same hotel as the previous nights.
4th day (Monday): Bucharest - Bran - Râșnov - Brașov (the Bran castle on the Sunday opens at 12:00)
After breakfast we will leave for Transylvania, along the beautiful Valley of Prahova. Along the way you will get to know the geography of Romania and your guide will read to you the traditional Romanian song entitled "The Wild Girl" that with its imaginative elements and the suspense that characterizes it, always positively hits the listener.
We will arrive in Bran to visit the most famous castle in Romania, a fourteenth century building, hence
of the medieval age. Here we will learn more about the biography of the author of "Dracula", and then of
Bran Stoker, an Irish writer who took inspiration, to create the protagonist of the book
of horror, from the very interesting biography of the Prince of Wallachia Dracula, but, strangely,
he never came to Transylvania. After the visit to the castle you will have some time for purchases
and then we will take you to Râșnov to visit a medieval citadel among the best preserved Europe, which dates back to the thirteenth century and which was an important defensive structure at the former border between Principality of Transylvania and the Principality of Wallachia.
Lunch in Râșnov. We will then go to the beautiful city of Brasov, to admire its Renaissance and Baroque buildings, from the 18th century. First we will visit the Church of San Nicola and the oldest Romanina school, which holds one of the most interesting literary museums in Europe, with very rare books and antiques, of inestimable value. Visit the Council Square and the Black Church, one
of the largest Gothic stone buildings in Eastern Europe. In front of the church
we will admire the bronze statue of another world-famous man of culture and writer: Johannes
Honterus, a man who came to Transylvania in the '500 to proselytize, another famous writer and
translator of religious texts. In the center of Brasov you will then spend some free time,
you will know the history of the Transylvanian Saxons, and you will discover where they lived, their villages, their crafts, their works of art.
Dinner at the Cerbul Carpatin restaurant in the historic center where it is possible to taste delicious native wines. Accommodation in a hotel in Brasov.
5th day: (Tuesday) Brașov - Sinaia - Bucharest
Departure for Sinaia, to visit the beautiful Peleș castle, which houses some frescoed walls
by the famous artist Gustav Klimt. The Peles castle, one of the most modern in Europe at the time of
its construction, is linked to the figure of King Charles of Romania, of German origins, but also to the
Queen Elizabeth, also of German origin, who was also a famous writer and musician
so much so that it is remembered as "the Saffo of Romania". Friend of the famous composer and director orchestra George Enescu, Queen Elizabeth often invited artists and musicians to the castle,
including this last great creator of the composition "Rapsodia Romena", a classic opera loved and listened to all over the world. Lunch in Sinaia in a restaurant where, whoever wants, can taste game meat. After lunch we will visit the Sinaia Monastery, from the end of the '600, built thanks to the will of
great nobleman and man of culture Michele Cantacuzino who, among other things, studied at the university of Padua. Visit of the Church of the Holy Trinity, nineteenth-century, beautifully decorated to his interior by a famous Danish painter.
Return to Bucharest. Free time available.
6 day: (Wednesday) Bucharest
In the morning visit of the Cotroceni Palace, seat of the Presidency of the Republic, and former Royal Palace, lived by Queen Mary and King Ferdinand. Here we find furniture of a refinement
unique and the decorations are wonderful. Then we will visit the famous Church of the Patriarchate, of the XVII century. As we head towards the church we will meet the beautiful bronze statue that
represents the famous Alexandru Ioan Cuza, founder of the university institution in Romania, great diplomat and man of the Risorgimento. A great modernist and liberal. Lunch at the typical Romanian restaurant Hanul Berarilor.
In the afternoon visit to the Romanian History Museum, where there is a wonderful treasure, with jewels of gold and precious metals and golden jewels dating back to the era of the iron age, and therefore to the time of the Dacians. Here we will also see a copy of the Trajan's Column and we will discover the link between the ancient Roman empire and Dacia. An unmissable museum that will allow your guide to introduce you the linguistic discourse and to make you understand better why the Romanian
is an "other" Romantic language. Opposite the museum is the Palazzo CEC, the former savings bank of
Bucharest, in an eclectic style, from the early 1900s, created admirably by a French architect.
Free time available. Dinner and overnight at the hotel
7 giorno (thursday): Return.