Fri 5 May
Midday arrival at Pisa airport and transfer to Florence (approx. 1 hour) where we check in at the 4-star Boscolo Astoria Hotel, situated in the heart of the city within two former palazzi which once belonged to noble Florentine families. Welcome dinner in a local restaurant.
Sat 6 May
Morning walking tour of Florence and its Renaissance treasures. We visit the impressive Piazza Signoria, the Duomo which is one of the world's greatest ecclesiastical buildings crowned by a magnificent dome by Brunelleschi, and the neighbouring Baptistry. We continue to the Galleria dell’Accademia which houses many works by great Italian artists, including Michelangelo’s David. Agter some free time for lunch we transfer to Pistoia (approx. 1 hour by coach) for the performance in the Teatro Manzoni A simple buffet supper will be served during the interval at the theatre. Return to Florence after the performance.
Sun 7 May
Today we make our way out of Florence to visit the medieval hill-town of San Gimignano, where we take a tour of its historic treasures, including the Collegiata Church. We continue to Chianti for lunch in a castle with wine-tasting included. Return to Florence after lunch for the rest of the day at leisure.
Mon 8 May
Join your guide this morning to visit the Church of Santa Croce, the Ponte Vecchio and the Oltrarno quarter of the city, south of the Arno river. Afternoon at leisure before the evening performance in Florence’s new Opera House.
Tue 9 May
Transfer to Pisa airport for your homeward journey.
6 May 20.00
D: Gianluca Capuano
C: Damiano Michieletto
Cast: Michael Schade, Rachel Kelly, Ekaterina Sadovnikova, Carmela Remigio, Leonardo Cortellazzi, Mirko Guadagnini
Venue: Teatro Manzoni di Pistoia
8 May 20.00
DON CARLO VerdiInc
D: Giancarlo Del Monaco
C: Zubin Mehta
Cast: Fabio Sartori, Julianna Di Giacomo, Dmitry Beloselskiy, Massimo Cavalletti, Ekaterina Gubanova, Eric Halfvarson, Oleg Tsybulko, Laura Giordano, Simona Di Capua, Enrico Cossutta, Saverio Fiore
Venue: Teatro dell’Opera di Firenze
5 May London Heathrow – Pisa dep: 08.25 arr: 11.35
9 May Pisa – London Heathrow dep: 12.35 arr: 14.00
Flight schedules are subject to alteration.
Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.
Prices per person
|Single room supplement||£340|
|Club Europe flight upgrade from||£300|
|Land-only tour price||£1825|
Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, one lunch, one dinner, one buffet supper, 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.