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Tuscany to Lombardy, an 8-day tour of Italy

Overview

OVERNIGHTS

  • Overnight Flight
  • 3 nights Lucca
  • 3 nights Cremona

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

  • Lucca:  joint concert with a local student ensemble
  • Cremona:  joint concert with a local student ensemble
  • Cremona:  Master-class
  • Cremona area:  concert finale

DAY 1:  Flight

Board your overnight flight, as you depart for your 8-day European Performance Tour.

 

DAY 2:  Lucca (D)

Morning arrival in Pisa, where your tour manager escort will greet you at the airport and welcome you to Italy!  Begin sightseeing right away, as you visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa for a photo stop; entrance is included so that you may climb to the top.

Transfer to nearby Lucca, well-known for its unusually intact city walls, and as the birthplace of composer Giacomo Puccini.  Local guides will provide you with a walking tour of the city this afternoon including the unique Piazza Anfiteatro, along with entrance to the Puccini House and Museum.

This evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

 

DAY 3:  Lucca (B/D)

Breakfast is provided at the hotel today, and each morning of your tour.

Your escort will lead you on a hike along Lucca’s Roman walls; originally constructed to provide protection, the walls currently provide approximately three miles of paths and park which allow for great strolls, bike rides, and views of the city’s gardens, towers, and streets.

This afternoon provides you with the opportunity for a joint concert with a local student ensemble!  There is time for a reception and joint rehearsal prior to your performance.

Tonight, enjoy a pizza dinner at a local restaurant.  Subject to availability, attend a local opera  or instrumental performance (alternatively, the calendar may provide for another opportunity in Cremona).

DAY 4:  Lucca (B/D)

Spend the day in Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance and home to many of the world’s greatest artistic treasures.  Transfer by coach for morning sightseeing with a local guide on your walking tour of the historic center, including the Piazza della Signoria and the Arno River’s Ponte Vecchio.  See the Duomo and Baptistry doors, as well as Santa Croce—home to artistic treasures by Giotto and Donatello, and the remains of Rossini, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo, and a memorial to Dante.

There is free time for additional exploration with your escort.  Later, reserved entrance to the Galleria dell’Accademia is included to see Michelangelo’s statue of David.

Return to Lucca for dinner and the overnight.

 

DAY 5:  Cremona (B/D)

A highlight of your tour is today’s visit to the Cinque Terre, a group of five villages along the Italian Riviera and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Trains, paths, and ferry service connect the hillside communities along the Mediterranean Sea.  Enjoy free time this afternoon for exploration with your escort, including a boat ride providing additional vantage points for this very special destination.

Your journey continues today, as you travel to the musical city of Cremona.  Dinner is provided at a local restaurant tonight.

 

DAY 6:  Cremona (B/D)

Local guides will lead you on a walking tour, including the morning local markets that abound in and around Piazza Stradivari.

Renowned as a center of musical instrument manufacture, Cremona’s history features the violins of the Amati, Guarneri and Stradivari families, and the city is the birthplace of composer Claudio Monteverdi.  Beginning in the Autumn of 2012, you can visit the newly formed museum featuring the current collections of the Stradivari Museum (including Stradivari’s tools and patterns from his workshop), and Hall of Violins at the Palazzo Communale (these instruments from the golden age were made to be heard, and there is the opportunity to enjoy a short recital given by a local musician who will play one of these historic and rare instruments for you to listen to).

Later today, meet with students from a local school for a joint concert performance in Cremona!  A reception and rehearsal are provided prior to your performance.

Dinner is provided at a local restaurant.

 

DAY 7:  Cremona (B/D)

This morning visit the 12th century Duomo di Cremona with your Escorts; included is entrance to the Cathedral and Torrazzo, Cremona’s symbolic bell tower housing the largest medieval astronomical clock in Europe.  Climb the tallest campanile in Italy, allowing for tremendous views of the city and beyond.

You will also be a guest at local violin makers’ shops to learn the creative process of violin construction, and how the traditional tools and fabrications are still utilized today.

This afternoon is reserved for a master-class with a conductor from a local music school, who will work with the full ensemble in preparation for your last European performance. This evening, present your concert finale in the area of Cremona!  A warm-up rehearsal is provided at your venue.

A special dinner is included this evening, to celebrate the conclusion of your successful performance tour.

 

DAY 8:  Return Flight (B)

After a final breakfast at the hotel, your escort will assist with hotel check-out and your transfer to the Verona airport for your return flight home.


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