Itinerary

Thu 1 Aug

Late morning arrival in Bologna and transfer to Macerata in Le Marche (approx. 3 hours). Stop en route for lunch in Gabicce Monte before arrival and check-in at the 3-star Hotel Lauri in the city centre.

Fri 2 Aug

The day starts with a walking tour of the historic city of Macerata, visiting the 18th-century Palazzo Buonaccorsi - with its Hall of the Aeneid filled with rococo paintings depicting a series of events from Virgil’s epic - and home to a carriage museum. In the afternoon walk in the footsteps of great performing artists such as Pavarotti and Nureyev during a behind-the-scenes visit to the Arena Sferisterio. The first opera of the tour is Verdi’s Rigoletto.

Sat 3 Aug

Morning visit to the nearby town of Tolentino to view the rare triple-faced clock tower, Basilica di San Nicola, Palazzo Parisani Bezzi and the Chapel of San Catervo which contains a 4th-century marble sarcophagus with its original dedicatory inscription to a Roman nobleman Flavius Julius Catervus who reputedly brought Christianity to Tolentino. Lunch is in a local restaurant before returning to Macerata. The performance that night is a new production of Bizet’s Carmen.

Sun 4 Aug

Visit to the ancient town of Recanati and Villa Colloredo Mels which houses a collection of paintings from the 14th to the 20th century. This is followed by a tour of the museum dedicated to the great tenor Beniamino Gigli who was born in Recanati in 1890. A large number of costumes, music scores and numerous honours and awards received by the tenor during his forty-year career can be viewed. Lunch is at a local restaurant before returning to Macerata for the afternoon and dinner at leisure. Pre-opera drinks are on offer before the evening performance of Verdi’s Macbeth.

Mon 5 Aug

Spend the morning shopping, sightseeing or just relaxing before transferring to Bologna for the evening flight home. Lunch in a local restaurant en route to the airport.

Programme

2 Aug 21.00

RIGOLETTO VerdiInc

D: Federico Grazzini

C: Giampaolo Bisanti

Cast: Enea Scala, Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Claudia Pavone, Simon Orifila, Martina Belli

3 Aug 21.00

CARMEN BizetInc

D: Jacopo Spirei

C: Francesco Lanzillotta

Cast: Irene Roberts, Migran Agadzhanyan, David Bizic, Valentina Mastrangelo

New production

4 Aug 21.00

MACBETH VerdiInc

D: Emma Dante

C: Francesco Ivan Ciampa

Cast: Roberto Frontali, Alex Esposito, Saioa Hernandez, Giovanni Sala

Please note: There are many cobbles and a steep slope towards the Sferisterio, so may not be suitable for anyone unsteady on their feet. Taxis can be taken if necessary.

Flights

British Airways

1 Aug London Heathrow - Bologna dep: 08.00 arr: 11.10

5 Aug Bologna - London Heathrow dep: 18.50 arr: 20.10

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £1750
Club Europe flight upgrade from £300
Land-only tour price £1580
Deposit required £350
Tour code MAC1

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, four lunches, pre-opera drinks, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.