Itinerary

Fri 14 Aug

Arrive late afternoon in Bologna and transfer to Pesaro (approx. 2 hours). Check in at the 4-star Hotel Cruiser overlooking the sea and enjoy a welcome buffet dinner in the hotel.

Sat 15 Aug

Join your guide this morning for a 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 are at leisure before the evening performance at Teatro Rossini.

Sun 16 Aug

Spend the morning discovering the nearby borgo of Gradara, one of the best-conserved medieval villages in Italy. You will visit the Castello di Gradara, known as the ‘Rocca’ to the locals and reputedly the setting for Dante’s story of Paolo and Francesca in his ‘Divine Comedy’. Lunch is in a local restaurant before returning to Pesaro. The afternoon is free for independent exploration or relaxation before transferring to the Vitrifrigo Arena for the evening concert with Juan Diego Flórez.

Mon 17 Aug

The day is spent in Urbino, one of Italy’s idyllic hill towns and the birthplace of Raphael. Your guide will take you to the adjacent churches of San Giovanni and San Giuseppe and then to the Palace of the Dukes of Montefeltro, widely regarded as the pinnacle of Renaissance architecture of the cinquecento. The palace contains many art treasures including works by Raphael, Piero della Francesca, Titian and Botticelli. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. Return to Pesaro with time to relax before the opera performance that evening.

Tue 18 Aug

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

Programme

15 Aug 20.00

GIOVANNI D’ARCO / LA CAMBIALE DI MATRIMONIO RossiniInc

D: Laurence Dale

C: Dmitry Korchak

Cast: tbc

Venue: Teatro Rossini

New production

16 Aug 20.00

JUAN DIEGO FLÓREZ ConcertInc

Programme: tbc

Venue: Vitrifrigo Arena

17 Aug 20.00

ELISABETTA, REGINA D’INGHILTERRA RossiniInc

D: Davide Livermore

C: Evelino Pidò

Cast: tbc

Venue: Vitrifrigo Arena

New production

Full casting will be confirmed in Spring 2020.

Flights

British Airways

14 Aug London Heathrow - Bologna dep: 14.40 arr: 17.50

18 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.

SHOULD YOU WISH TO EXTEND YOUR STAY BEFORE OR AFTER THE GROUP TOUR, PLEASE CONTACT US.

Prices per person

Tour price £2095
Single room supplement £280
Club Europe flight upgrade from £275
Land-only tour price £1940
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, two lunches, one buffet dinner, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the service of our local representative or tour manager.