Itinerary

Tue 13 Aug

Arrive late afternoon in Bologna and transfer to Pesaro (approx. 2 hours). Check in at the 4-star Hotel Savoy, situated in the heart of Pesaro, and then enjoy a light dinner in a local restaurant.

Wed 14 Aug

Join your guide for a morning walking tour ‘in the footsteps of Rossini’. View a section of the 6th-century mosaic floor at the Cathedral before spending time at Casa Rossini, the great composer’s birthplace and now a museum housing a large collection of memorabilia. Lunch and the afternoon at leisure. The performance that evening is a new production of Semiramide, based on Voltaire's tragedy Semiramis, at the Vitrifrigo Arena.

Thu 15 Aug

Spend the morning discovering the ancient town of Fano. Highlights include the Roman Arch of Augustus, the 12th-century Cathedral, Palazzo del Podestà and the Malatesta tombs. Return to Pesaro for lunch in a local restaurant. The afternoon is free for independent exploration or relaxation before transferring to Teatro Rossini for Demetrio e Polibio, Rossini's first attempt at a full-scale opera, written when he was still a student.

Fri 16 Aug

The day is spent at Rimini, one of Italy’s most famous seaside resorts, replete with ancient Roman and Renaissance monuments. Accompanied by a local guide, visit the city’s Arch of Augustus, Tempio Malatestiano, Bridge of Tiberius, the recently-excavated Surgeon’s House and the City Museum. Lunch in a local restaurant before returning to Pesaro for the evening performance of L'equivoco stravagante, or The Curious Misunderstanding, another early work by Rossini.

Sat 17 Aug

Spend the morning as you wish and enjoy a lunch of your choice before transferring to Bologna for the evening flight home.

Programme

14 Aug 19.00

SEMIRAMIDE RossiniInc

D: Graham Vick

C: Michele Mariotti

Cast includes: Salome Jicia, Varduhi Abrahamyan, Nahuel di Pierro, Antonino Siragusa, Martiniana Antoine, Carlo Cigni, Alessandro Luciano, Sergey Artamonov

Venue: Vitrifrigo Arena

New production

15 Aug 20.00

DEMETRIO E POLIBIO RossiniInc

D: Davide Livermore

C: Paolo Arrivabene

Cast includes: Jessica Pratt, Cecilia Molinari, Juan Francisco Gatell, Riccardo Fassi

Venue: Teatro Rossini

16 Aug 20.00

L’EQUIVOCO STRAVAGANTE RossiniInc

D: Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier

C: Carlo Rizzi

Cast includes: Teresa Iervolino, Paolo Bordogna, Davide Luciano, Pavel Kolgatin, Claudia Muschio, Manuel Amati

Venue: Vitrifrigo Arena

New production

Flights

British Airways

13 Aug London Heathrow - Bologna dep: 14:45 arr: 17.55

17 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 £1995
Single room supplement £400
Club Europe flight upgrade from £350
Land-only tour price £1850
Deposit required £450
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, one dinner, two lunches, 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.

“First class experience, professionally managed, friendly group.”

Mr and Mrs H, Cleveland