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Glass Circle Diary Dates - Outings



Glass Society visit to Italy in September 2019

The preparation is being finalised for the 4 night, 5 day trip, centred on visiting the Diageo collection of glass in Italy, the first visit abroad for the Glass Society.

 The Villa Monastero at Varenna, on the shores of Lake Como, houses a small but stunning collection of Venetian 19th century glass. Originally a Cistercian convent built at the end of the twelfth century, the estate was developed by several private owners, until the Italian state intervened to ensure preservation. In the 1970s Count Alberto Cinzano formed a collection of glass with the assistance of Bristol headmaster Peter Lazarus. Today the collection is owned by the international drinks conglomerate Diageo, and is housed at Alba in the heart of the Piedmont, famous for food and wine.

 The provisional programme is:-

 Thursday 12 September: Your arrival in Milan.

 If flying in, Milan is served by two principal airports, Malpensa and Linate, as well as Bergamo an hour to the east. Make your way to our hotel in Milan, (tba). Group dinner in the evening.

 Friday 13 September: Morning tour of the Brera Gallery in Milan followed by lunch in the city. Afternoon: travel to Griante on the western shore of Lake Como, and dinner. We anticipate arriving in Griante in time to incorporate a visit to the nearby Villa Carlotta Tremezzo by the lake. Amongst others, the villa houses sculpture by Canova.

 Saturday 14 September: Cross the lake to Varenna and spend the day at the Villa Monastero. Lunch in Varenna, dinner back in Griante. There will be an opportunity to visit Bellagio as there are frequent ferries between Griante, Bellagio and Verbenna.

 Sunday 15 September: Transfer to Turin for a morning visit to the Fondazione Accorsi Ometto di Arte Decorative. Lunch in Alba, prior to seeing the Cinzano Collection at Santa Vittoria d'Alba. Overnight in the heart of the Langhe, home of Italy's premier vineyards. Dinner in the

 Monday 16 September: Lunch, followed by transfer to Milan Airport(s). Flight home.

 Final arrangements will be published in the summer in the next issue of Glass Matters.

  Meanwhile please email to show your interest in this first trip abroad for The Glass Society.



Recent past visits:

  The last visit outside Europe was in May 2015 to the USA to visit the Henry Ford Museum Detroit, The Toledo Museum of Art, then almost 3 days - the highlight of the tour - at The Corning Museum and town, and Brooklyn NY for the Brooklyn Museum and the Metropolitan Museum New York - see our page 'Visits' for an article describing what was seen on the US tour.

  A recent trip abroad (April 2016) was organised by The Glass Association for members of the Glass Association and the Glass Circle to Barcelona and Catalunya.

 In September 2017 a joint gathering by the Glass Circle and the Glass Association took place in Ipswich and Thorpeness to visit Christchurch Mansion Museum, the home of an important collection of 18th and 19th century glass, and afterwards the collection of a Glass Circle member.

In 2018 visits were made to the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge and to a private collection in Suffolk.