Fri 13 Aug
Mid-afternoon arrival at Bologna airport and transfer to Pesaro (approx. 2 hours) to check in at the 4-star Uappala Hotel Cruiser. A light buffet dinner will be served in the hotel this evening.
Sat 14 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 Vitrifrigo Arena.
Sun 15 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 cinquecento. The palace contains many art treasures including works by Piero della Francesca, Uccello and Botticelli. We also visit the adjacent churches of San Giovanni and San Giuseppe. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant before returning to Pesaro. Transfer to the evening performance at the Teatro Rossini.
Mon 16 Aug
Join your guide for a morning visit to the Castello di Gradara, a medieval fortress outside Pesaro. Legend has it that the castle was the scene of the famous and tragic love story of Paolo and Francesca, caught in each other’s arms and killed by Gianciotto, Francesca’s husband, which was immortalized by Dante in his Divine Comedy. A farewell lunch will be served in a local restaurant after the tour. In the evening transfer to the final performance at the Vitrifrigo Arena.
Tue 17 Aug
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon transfer to Bologna airport for your homeward flight.
14 Aug 20.00
ELISABETTA, REGINA D’INGHILTERRA RossiniInc
D: Davide Livermore
C: Evelino Pidò
Cast includes: Karine Deshayes, Sergey Romanovsky, Salome Jicia, Marta Pluda, Barry Banks, Valentina Buzza
Venue: Vitrifrigo Arena
New coproduction with Fondazione Teatro Massimo di Palermo
15 Aug 20.00
IL SIGNOR BRUSCHINO RossiniInc
D: Michele Spotti
Cast includes: Giorgio Caoduro, Marina Monzò, Pietro Spagnoli, Manuel Amati, Jack Swanson, Enrico Iviglia, Gianluca Margheri, Chiara Tirotta
Venue: Teatro Rossini
New coproduction with Royal Opera House Muscat and Teatro Comunale di Bologna
16 Aug 20.00
MOÏSE ET PHARAON RossiniInc
D: Pier Luigi Pizzi
C: Giacomo Sagripanti
Cast includes: Roberto Tagliavini, Erwin Schrott, Andrew Owens, Ruzil Gatin, Nicolo Donini, Matteo Roma, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya, Eleonora Buratto, Monica Bacelli
Venue: Vitrifrigo Arena
13 Aug London Heathrow - Bologna dep: 12.30 arr: 15.45
17 Aug Bologna - London Heathrow dep: 16.35 arr: 17.50
Flight schedules are subject to alteration.
Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.
Prices per person
|Single room supplement||£360|
|Club Europe flight upgrade from||£300|
|Land-only tour price||£1815|
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.