Itinerary

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.

Programme

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

C: tbc

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

New production

Flights

British Airways

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

Tour price £1995
Single room supplement £360
Club Europe flight upgrade from £300
Land-only tour price £1815
Deposit required £550
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.

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

Mr and Mrs H, Cleveland