Itinerary

Sun 19 Aug

Early evening arrival at Bologna airport and transfer to Pesaro (approx. 2 hours) to check in at the 4-star Mercure Pesaro Cruiser Hotel. Light welcome dinner in a local restaurant on arrival.

Mon 20 Aug

Join your guide this morning for a walking tour of Pesaro ‘in the footsteps of Rossini’. We see the Duomo which boasts uncovered mosaics in its floor, and visit Rossini’s birth house where a large collection of memorabilia is displayed. The afternoon is free for independent exploration. In the evening transfer to the performance at the Adriatic Arena.

Tue 21 Aug

This morning we travel to Fano, an ancient town of the Marche region where we see sights including the Cathedral, the Augustus Arch and some wonderful examples of baroque architecture. Return to Pesaro for lunch in a local restaurant and the afternoon at leisure. Evening performance at the Teatro Rossini.

Wed 22 Aug

Day at leisure for independent shopping and sightseeing. Transfer to the evening performance at the Adriatic Arena.

Thu 23 Aug

Today we take a full-day excursion to Urbino, where we visit the Palazzo Ducale of the Dukes of Montefeltro, widely regarded as the pinnacle of Renaissance architecture of the cinquecentro. The palace contains many art treasures including works by Piero della Francesca, Uccello and Botticelli. We continue to the adjacent churches of San Giovanni and San Giuseppe. A farewell lunch will be served in a local restaurant before returning to Pesaro. Optional evening performance at the Teatro Rossini, or watch the concert from big screens in the Piazza.

Fri 24 Aug

Morning at leisure. In the afternoon transfer to Bologna airport for your homeward flight.

Programme

20 Aug 20.00

RICCIARDO E ZORAIDE RossiniInc

D: Marshall Pynkoski

C: Giacomo Sagripanti

Cast includes: Juan Diego Florez, Pretty Yende, Sergey Romanovsky

Venue: Adriatic Arena

New production

21 Aug 20.00

ADINA RossiniInc

D: Rosetta Cucchi

C: Diego Matheuz

Cast includes: Lisette Oropesa, Vito Priante, Levy Sekgapane

Venue: Teatro Rossini

New production

22 Aug 20.00

IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA RossiniInc

D: Pier Luigi Pizzi

C: Yves Abel

Cast includes: Aya Wazikono, Davide Luciano, Pietro Spagnoli, Michele Pertusi, Maxim Mironov

Venue: Adriatic Arena

New production

23 Aug 20.30

PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE Rossini£130

Venue: Teatro Rossini

*Tickets are on request and will not be confirmed until Spring 2018.

Flights

British Airways

19 Aug London Heathrow - Bologna dep: 14.55 arr: 18.05

24 Aug Bologna – London Heathrow dep: 19.05 arr: 20.25

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £2180
Single room supplement £375
Club Europe flight upgrade from £350
Land-only tour price £2030
Deposit required £500
Tour code PES1

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

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