Itinerary

Thu 10 Aug

Late morning arrival in Bologna and transfer to Macerata in the region of Le Marche (approx 3 hours). Welcome lunch in a local restaurant en-route. On arrival check in at the 4-star Hotel Claudiani in the centre of Macerata.

Fri 11 Aug

This morning we take a walking tour of medieval Macerata. Highlights include the basilica, the Duomo and the beautiful baroque Teatro Lauro Rossi. We also visit the Palazzo Brancorsini Buonaccorsi with entrance to the Museo della Carozza. Afternoon at leisure. Evening performance at the Arena Sferisterio.

Sat 12 Aug

Today we travel outside Macerata to see the Abbey of Chiravalle di Fiastra, and to Urbisaglia to visit the Roman amphitheatre there. We then continue to the medieval centre of Tolentino for lunch in a local restaurant and to see the fascinating clock tower telling the phases of the moon, and visit the Basilica with trecento frescoes in the Gothic Chapel. Return to Macerata for the rest of the afternoon at leisure and the evening performance at the Arena Sferisterio.

Sun 13 Aug

Join your guide for an excursion to Recanati, where we visit the Museo Villa Colloredo-Mels which houses a collection of important artistic pieces from throughout the ages, and the Museo Gigli, dedicated to the memory of the tenor Beniamino Gigli. The museum contains a reconstruction of his dressing-room, many stage costumes, musical scores and numerous honours and awards received by the tenor during his forty-year career. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before returning to Macerata for a free afternoon and the evening performance.

Mon 14 Aug

Morning at leisure for shopping and last-minute sightseeing. After lunch check out and transfer to Bologna for the homeward flight.

Programme

Programme at the Arena Sferisterio

11 Aug 21.00

AIDA VerdiInc

D: Francesco Micheli

C: Riccardo Frizza

12 Aug 21.00

MADAMA BUTTERFLY PucciniInc

D: Nicola Berloffa

C: Massimo Zanetti

13 Aug 21.00

TURANDOT PucciniInc

D: Ricci Forte

C: Pier Giorgio Morandi

Casting to be confirmed nearer to the date of departure.

Flights

British Airways

10 Aug London Heathrow – Bologna dep: 08.20 arr: 11.30

14 Aug Bologna – London Heathrow dep: 19.00 arr: 20.20

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £1595
Single room supplement £200
Club Europe flight upgrade from £250
Land-only tour price £1475
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, three lunches, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, top category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.

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.