26 June 2018
Approx. AUD$11,000 - $11,500
Per person, twin-share
Single Supplement AUD$1,200
AUD$1,500 30 January 2018
BALANCE: 15th May 2017
- 16 nights' accommodation in centrally located 4* hotels
- Visits to three festivals
- Comprehensive sight-seeing with local English-speaking guides
- All breakfasts plus meals as indicated in the Itinerary
- All admissions when on guided tours
- Services of the Tour Manager
- Travel within Italy by fast train or private, air-conditioned coach
- Hotel porterage - one bag per person, where available
- All tips and taxes
Both Milan and Rome are serviced by international airports.
International flights and airport transfers at the commencement and conclusion of the Tour are NOT included in this tour. Please contact us if you would like assistance with your International Flights.
Great Italian Musical Treasures 2018
Milan, Florence, Perugia, Spoleto, Rome, Ravello
25th June 2018 (18 Days)
Join us on our magnificent tour incorporating summer festivals of Italy - the Trasimeno (Perugia), the Festival dei du Mondi (Spoleto) and the Ravello, as well as visits to Milan, Florence and Rome.
We will be indulging in breathtaking scenery, art, history and culture, visiting Italy's much loved cities as well as ancient regional towns of Spoleto and Ravello as well as the beautiful Isle of Capri. While the focus of our tour will be Italy's most prestigious summer festivals, we will also be paying tribute to the Renaissance masters, Botticelli, Michelangelo and Raphael, and the Baroque geniuses Bernini and Borromini, artists and architects who had so much influence on the artistic development of this wonderful and inspiring country. We will be incorporating visits to both the major and lesser known cultural sites and artistic masterpieces in each location, such as Castello Sforzesco, The Vasari Corridor and the magnificent Villa d'Este, with its extensive cypress gardens and many fountains.
Monday 25 JUNE - MILAN
Our tour commences in Milan, where we will we staying in the Hotel Milano Scala situated a few minutes’ walk from Teatro alla Scala, the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele and the Duomo Milano. Our hotel is also a pleasant walking distance to one of Milan’s most important galleries; the Pinacoteca di Brera, home to many masterpieces by leading Italian artists, including works by Raphael, Caravaggio and Mantegna; and the magnificent Castello Sforzesco, with its many museums and home to Michelangelo’s last sculpture, the Rondanini Pietà.
Meet fellow travellers in the late afternoon at our welcome Reception followed by dinner. (D)
Our time on tour only allows a very brief stay in Milan which for many, is not sufficient time to explore this gracious and artistic city. Please let us know if you would like us to arrange additional nights in our hotel in Milan on your behalf. We will also be available for guided tours by prior arrangement.
Tuesday 26 JUNE - MILAN
Enjoy a guided tour of the main precinct of Milan, the Duomo and lunch in the famous Galleria. This afternoon we will visit the ancient town of Cremona, situated on the north bank of the Po River just a couple of hours' drive north east of Milan and famous for the XXX
After an afternoon at leisure we will meet for dinner before our opera performance at Teatro alla Scala. (D)
Wednesday 27 JUNE - MILAN/ FLORENCE
After a leisurely morning in Milan, we will transfer to Milano Centrale in time to catch the afternoon train to Florence. XXXXX
Our hotel in Florence will be the very centrally located Grand Hotel Minerva. Enjoy an introductory guided walking tour of this artistic Renaissance city.
Thursday 28 JUNE - FLORENCE
Enjoy a guided walking tour of this fine renaissance city, including a visit to the historic Ponte Vecchio, the Pitti Palace and gardens and the Accademia Museum. We will also visit the *Medici Vasari Corridor, which provides excellent views across Florence from its elevated passages which stretch from the Palazzo Vecchio to the Palazzo Pitti. (*Pending availability.)
We also factor in free time for independent wandering through this magical city with its endless Renaissance art and architecture, beautiful scenery and elegant shopping or to enjoy a relaxing afternoon at our hotel's magnificent roof-top swimming pool and panoramic terrace from where you can take-in one of the world's most beautiful 360 degree views across the façade of the Church of Santa Maria Novella, the Duomo, Giotto’s Bell tower and the Palazzo Vecchio.
Pending availability we will also visit the historic Anglican Church of St Marks for a Choral performance.
Friday 28 JUNE - 3 JULY - Trasimeno Festival, PERUGIA
Travel by fast train to Perugia for Angela Hewitt's renowned Trasimeno Festival, a highlight of the European Summer Festival calendar.
Our time will be spent enjoying the marvellous festival performances in locations such as the XXX the ZZZ and the CCC. The festival programme also includes walking tours of Perugia accompanied by a local English speaking guide and visits to nearby Roman towns such as XX or FFF.
Full details will be available on publication of the Trasimeno Festival programme for 2018.
Friday 3 JULY - Festival dei du Mondi, SPOLETO
Travel the short journey by private minibus to the regional town of Spoleto for another European summer festivals delight. We will stay two or three nights in Spoleto in the delightful Hotel Luca depending on the finalised festival programme.
Spoleto is located in Umbria, Italy, surrounded by hills, olive groves and vineyards. Dating from the 12th century, Spoleto Cathedral has a porticoed facade embellished by a mosaic. Inside is a cycle of frescoes by the medieval artist Filippo Lippi. The National Archaeological Museum complex displays items from the Bronze Age and Roman times. It also includes the restored Roman Theatre.
Friday 5 JULY - ROME
Glorious Rome, situated only XX hours' drive from Spoleto.
We will stay two or three nights in this wonderful ancient city. During our time here we will enjoy a guided walks from our hotel, visiting Rome's most significant sights, for example, the Piazza di Spagna, Fontana di Trevi, Il Pantheon, Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Navona, as well as a full day visiting St Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, concluding at Castel Sant Angelo, originally built as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian (AD130-139), and the famed setting for the last act of Puccini’s Tosca. Here one can admire the beautiful views across Rome over coffee or cocktails in one of its rampart tower terraces.
We will dine in the ancient Trastevere district, with its rich history and character, often referred to as the ‘Village within the City’. (D)
Villa d' Este, Tivoli
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Villa d'Este resides within mesmerising gardens of cypresses and fountains. Commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este (1509-1572), son of Alfonso I d'Este and Lucrezia Borgia and grandson of Pope Alexander VI, the Villa d'Este is a masterpiece of Italian architecture and especially garden design. We will also visit the magnificent Hadrian's Villa, built as a private summer retreat for the Emperor of the same name between AD 118 and 134. (L)
Friday 8 JULY - Ravello Festival, Amalfi region
As well as enjoying this highly popular festival, our stay in Italy's famed Amalfi coast will also include guided visits to Naples and Pompei, as well as an excursion to the beautiful Isle of Capri.
Friday 20th July
This morning we take a pleasant drive through the Tuscan countryside in our private coach to the Medieval walled town of LUCCA, arriving in time for lunch at your leisure at one of the many elegant restaurants around Piazza Napoleone, home to a marble statue of Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, sister of Napoleone Bonaparte, who ruled Lucca from 1805 to 1815.
The afternoon will be your own for a siesta or further exploration.
We will meet for dinner before our transfer to TORRE del LARGO for our first Puccini Festival performance, held in the open air theatre a short distance from the villa where the great composer lived and worked. (D)
Torre del Largo
Saturday 21st July
This morning we will take an excursion to the 10th century hill-top walled town of San Gimignano, situated some 350 m above sea level and dominating the Elsa Valley. Once the centre of 'Via Francigena', the flourishing trading and pilgrim's route, San Gimignano has an established cultural importance and is home to many 14th century paintings of the Sienese School and 15th century paintings of the Florentine School, examples of which can be seen in the Duomo and the Palazzo del Popolo. We will lunch at one of the many San Gimignano restaurants. (L)
We will return to Lucca in time for an afternoon siesta, before our second
Puccini Festival performance.
Torre del Largo
Sunday 22nd July
After a leisurely last morning in Lucca, we will return to Florence by private coach in time to catch the high speed train to ROME, arriving in the late afternoon. Our Rome hotel will be the beautiful and tranquil VICTORIA HOTEL ROMA, situated by the 2000 year old Aurelian Wall in the historical centre of Rome facing the beautiful Villa Borghese Gardens, just minutes walk from Via Veneto and Villa Borghese.
The remainder of the day will be a restful one, giving you time to stroll
through our hotel's marvelous surrounds.
During our time in Rome we will see one or two operas of the Teatro Alla
Roma, at the Baths of Caracalla where summer operas are staged, depending on their schedule.Dinner will be served beforehand. (D)
Evening opera performances at the ancient Baths of Caracalla.
Program details to be advised.
Monday 23rd July
This morning our guide will collect you from our hotel for a guided walking tour, introducing, or re-introducing you to Rome's most significant sights, including the Piazza di Spagna, Fontana di Trevi, Il Pantheon, Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Navona.
Tuesday 24th July
Departing early, we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, Villa d' Este, Tivoli, set in splendid and mesmerising gardens of cypresses and fountains. Commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este (1509-1572), son of Alfonso I d'Este and Lucrezia Borgia and grandson of Pope Alexander VI, the Villa d'Este is a masterpiece of Italian architecture and especially garden design. We will also visit the magnificent Hadrian's Villa, built as a private summer retreat for the Emperor of the same name between AD 118 and 134. Lunch will be included before returning to our hotel during the afternoon. (L)