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Intro | Opera & Art in Milan, Venice, Verona, Lucca & Torre Del Lago


Opera & Art in Milan, Venice, Verona, Lucca & Torre Del Lago

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Intro | Opera & Art in Milan, Venice, Verona, Lucca & Torre Del Lago


Opera & Art in Milan, Venice, Verona, Lucca & Torre Del Lago


Opera & Art in Milan, Venice, Verona, Lucca & Torre Del Lago

2–15 JULY 2018 | FIVE OPERA PERFORMANCES, INSIGHTFUL TALKS AND GUIDED TOURS OF THE ART AND HISTORY OF EACH CITY

Attend opera performances in magnificent venues, and enjoy the delights of art, architecture and history in the exciting Italian cities of Milan, Venice, Verona, Mantua, Lucca and Torre del Lago. Do all this against a background of beautiful Italian countryside as we travel by luxury coach to each of our destinations.

"A truly wonderful experience - the fabulous operas and venues, the great accommodation, superb dining and sightseeing, informative talks, not to forget the good company, plus the 10/10 organisation; welcoming and inclusive for all. I could participate again!!!"                                                                Jude, Opera & Art in Milan, Venice, Verona, Lucca & Torre del Lago, July 2017

AUD$9540 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$1850

Final payment due: 30 April 2018

PLACES AVAILABLE

tour leader

elizabeth hayllar

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Overview | Opera & Art in Milan, Venice, Verona, Lucca & Torre Del Lago


Overview

Overview | Opera & Art in Milan, Venice, Verona, Lucca & Torre Del Lago


Overview

performances

  • Vincenzo Bellini's Il pirata at the internationally renowned Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

  • Battistelli's Richard III at the beautiful La Fenice in Venice

  • Giuseppe Verdi's Aida at the spectacular outdoor Arena di Verona.

  • Georges Bizet's Carmen at the spectacular outdoor Arena di Verona.

  • Giacomo Puccin's Turandot on the opening night of the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago.

OVERVIEW

  • Premium seats to opera performances at Teatro alla Scala in MilanLa Fenice in VeniceArena di Verona (2) and the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago.

  • Background talks by Elizabeth Hayllar about the music we will hear. 

  • Exclusive private tours of the beautiful and historic Italian cities of Milan, Venice, Verona, Mantua and Lucca, and private tours of art galleries, palaces and churches in each of the cities.

  • Five gourmet three-course dinners in Milan, Venice, Verona and Lucca, and a fine-dining lunch overlooking the Italian countryside on our journey from Verona to Lucca. 

  • Travel in a small group (maximum 20 people), stay in luxurious hotels, travel by private coach and enjoy fine dining.

tour leader

Elizabeth Hayllar has enjoyed an international career working and touring with the world’s greatest orchestras and artists, collaborating with renowned opera houses and festivals. Drawing on her vast experience she crafts expertly planned tours which provide guests with unique and unforgettable experiences of classical music as well as rich encounters with history, art, architecture and culture. Elizabeth is also a presenter on Fine Music 102.5.

hotels

Sina De La Ville, Milan

Conveniently located in the historical Brera district, the four-star Sina De La Ville is a five-minute walk from the renowned Teatro alla Scala and Milan Cathedral.

Splendid Venice 

Splendid Venice is a luxury canal-side hotel which is only a five-minute walk from Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Our hotel is often acclaimed as one of the best hotels in Venice.

HOTEL DUE TORRI, VERONA

The five-star Due Torri Hotel is a 14th-century palace, conveniently situated in the historic centre of Verona.

HOTEL ILARIA & RESIDENZA DELL’ALBA, LUCCA

The elegant Hotel Ilaria & Residenza Dell’Alba, conveniently situated within the town walls and located in former stables and an adjoining 14th-century tower, is a six-minute walk from the 11th-century Cattedral di Lucca and eight minutes from the Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro.

2–15 JULY 2018

AUD$9540 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$1850

Final payment due: 30 April 2018

PLACES AVAILABLE

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Itinerary | Opera & Art in Milan, Venice, Verona, Lucca & Torre Del Lago


Itinerary

Itinerary | Opera & Art in Milan, Venice, Verona, Lucca & Torre Del Lago


Itinerary

ITINERARY

DAY 1 | MONDAY 2 JULY 2018

1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT SINA DE LA VILLE, MILAN

ARRIVE MILAN:

Arrive at our hotel, the chic Sina de la Ville, Milan, which is conveniently located in the historical Brera district, a 4-minute walk from the renowned Teatro alla Scala, and a 5-minute walk from Milan Cathedral. We recommend arriving at the hotel by 4:00pm. In the evening we meet for dinner and for an introduction by our Tour Leader, Elizabeth Hayllar, who will outline what is to come over the duration of the tour.

DAY 2 | TUESDAY 3 JULY 2018 

2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT SINA DE LA VILLE, MILAN

MILAN:

Today we visit Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper, at the Church of Santa Maria della Grazie. We then have a guided tour of Castello Sforzesco, originally a fortress, then enlarged into a princely residence, and now the home of several museums. One of these is the Museo d’Arte Antica, which features the Pietà Rondanini, Michelangelo’s final masterpiece. Our afternoon is free. In the early evening there is a talk by Elizabeth Hayllar about the opera we will attend this evening. We then attend Vincenzo Bellini's Il pirata at Teatro alla Scala, one of the leading opera houses in the world.

DAY 3 | WEDNESDAY 4 JULY 2018 

3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT SINA DE LA VILLE, MILAN

MILAN:

This morning we explore Milan’s Duomo, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. 135 spires and 3200 statues adorn the Duomo roof and as part of our guided tour, we take an elevator to the rooftop for a close-up inspection, and to enjoy magnificent views of the city below. Following our tour of the Duomo we visit the beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the oldest enclosed shopping malls in the world. It has blue glass vaulted ceilings, mosaic flooring and a towering central dome. Our guide tells us the history of this spectacular building. Our afternoon is free. In the evening we enjoy a gourmet three-course dinner together.

DAY 4 | THURSDAY 5 JULY 2018 

1ST OF 4 NIGHTS AT SPLENDID VENICE

MILAN TO SIRMIONE TO VENICE:

In the morning we set out in a private air-conditioned coach to Venice. On our journey we make a stop at stunning Simione, a historic town located on the tip of a long peninsula protruding from the southern shore of Lake Garda. The historical centre is a pedestrian precinct, and we have time to stroll through the narrow winding streets. We then continue onto Venice and on arrival in Venice we travel by private boat to our luxury canal-side hotel. Splendid Venice, our hotel, is only a 5-minute walk from Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. The hotel is often acclaimed as one of the best hotels in Venice.

DAY 5 | FRIDAY 6 JULY 2018   

2ND OF 4 NIGHTS AT SPLENDID VENICE

VENICE:

In the morning we visit the heart of Venice, the Piazza San Marco. There we have a private guided tour of the Doge’s Palace, one of the grandest secular buildings in Italy, and of St Mark’s Basilica, the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. In the afternoon we have a guided tour of Teatro La Fenice a renowned landmark in the history of opera, especially in the 19th-century, when many operas were premiered here by leading composers such as Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi. We meet in the evening for a three-course dinner at a fine-dining restaurant in the heart of Venice.

DAY 6 | SATURDAY 7 JULY 2018 

3RD OF 4 NIGHTS AT SPLENDID VENICE

VENICE:

This morning we go on a guided walking tour to see some of the great art ‘in situ’ in Venice. While many works by the great artists are in galleries, there is much still in the locations for which the art was commissioned. Our walk gives us the opportunity to visit Titian’s paintings in St. Mary of the Friars, and Tintoretto’s work in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Our walk takes us across the Rialto Bridge with its glamorous shops, and ends with a gondola ride, which shows us the picturesque small waterways and water gates that are still essential to Venetian life. In the early afternoon there is a talk by Elizabeth Hayllar about this afternoon’s opera, Battistelli's Richard III. We then attend a performance of Battistelli's Richard III at La Fenice.

DAY 7 | SUNDAY 8 JULY 2018 

4TH OF 4 NIGHTS AT SPLENDID VENICE

VENICE:

This morning you may like to rest or you can explore the Sunday morning streets of Venice. You might like to visit a church for a Sunday service. San Marco has a sung mass every Sunday morning, allowing one the opportunity to sit quietly, listen to the music and appreciate the beauty of the surroundings. In the afternoon we take a guided tour through The Gallerie dell’Accademia, a treasure house of pre-19th-century art in Venice and Northern Italy. Our evening is free.

DAY 8 | MONDAY 9 JULY 2018

1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT DUE TORRI HOTEL, VERONA

VENICE TO PADUA TO VERONA:

In the morning we leave Venice and set out by private boat and then by private coach to Padua. We have a guided tour of the picturesque university town of Padua. Our tour includes seeing the frescoes by Giotto in Scrovegni Chapel and the vast 13th-century Basilica of St. Anthony. We then continue onto Verona. On our arrival in Verona we check into the five-star Due Torri Hotel, a 14th-century palace, conveniently situated in the historic centre of Verona. In the evening we enjoy a delicious three-course dinner where we experience some of Verona’s finest cuisine.

DAY 9 | TUESDAY 10 JULY 2018

2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT DUE TORRI HOTEL, VERONA

VERONA:

This morning we have a guided walking tour of central Verona to discover the city’s history, architecture and culture. The tour includes the busy Piazza Brà and Piazza delle Erbe, in antiquity a Roman Forum and today one of the most picturesque squares in Italy. We see the Scaligeri family’s elegant gothic tombs, and we stroll through the Piazza dei Signori featuring, on its north side, the 15th-century Loggia del Consiglio, Verona’s finest Renaissance structure, and the opulent Palazzo degli Scaligeri. In the evening Elizabeth Hayllar will give a pre-performance talk about Verdi's Aida. We then walk together to Arena di Verona, Verona’s beautiful and remarkably well-preserved first-century Roman amphitheatre, where we attend a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida.

DAY 10 | WEDNESDAY 11 JULY 2018

3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT DUE TORRI HOTEL, VERONA

VERONA AND MANTUA:

This morning we travel by private coach to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mantua, famous for its artistic and cultural heritage. On arrival we have a private guided walking tour of central Mantua to help us to understand and enjoy its history, architecture and artistic legacy. We proceed to an exclusive private guided tour of the Teatro Bibiena. It was designed in late Baroque or early Rococo style by Antonio Galli Bibiena, who also provided the monochrome frescoes in the interior. A few weeks after its official opening in December 1769, thirteen year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed a resoundingly successful concert here. His father, Leopold Mozart, wrote of the theatre: “In all my life, I have never seen anything more beautiful of its kind.” We then have a guided tour of the grand Ducal Palace with its some 500 rooms. In the afternoon we return to Verona, and in the evening there is a pre-performance talk by Elizabeth Hayllar on Bizet's Carmen. We then attend a performance of Georges Bizet's Carmen at the Arena di Verona.  

DAY 11 | THURSDAY 12 JULY 2018

1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL ILLARIA & RESIDENZA DELL’ALBA, LUCCA

VERONA TO LUCCA:

Today we set out from Verona to Lucca travelling through the Emilia-Romagna countryside. We stop mid journey for a sumptuous lunch at Antica Corte Pallavicina. Located in a castle fortified since the early 14th-century, Antica Corte Pallavicina Relais is a small hotel that features a Michelin-starred restaurant. The restaurant, which offers a delicious culinary experience specialising in Romagna dishes, overlooks the River Po. After lunch we continue to Lucca, a beautiful town nestling within still intact medieval city walls. The town’s Roman and medieval history can be found in its narrow cobbled streets, piazzas and in the churches on every corner. We settle in to our hotel, Hotel Ilaria & Residenza Dell’Alba, conveniently situated within the town walls. This elegant hotel, located in former stables and an adjoining 14th-century tower, is a 6-minute walk from the 11th-century Cattedrale di Lucca and 8-minutes from the Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro.

DAY 12 | FRIDAY 13 JULY 2018

2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL ILLARIA & RESIDENZA DELL’ALBA, LUCCA

LUCCA:

This morning we have a guided walking tour through Lucca to the house where Giacomo Puccini was born and lived for his first 22 years. It is now a museum, containing amongst many items, his piano and musical scores. We continue on to the beautiful marble church of San Michele with its large Romanesque facade, built from the 11th through to the 14th-century. It is located on the large square that was originally the Roman Forum in the centre of Lucca. We also visit the church of San Paolino where Puccini worked as an organist, and where on 12th July 1881 Puccini’s, Messa, his first composition, was performed. Our late afternoon and evening are free, to rest or to take a stroll through this picturesque town. From the end of March until the end of October there is a concert with a program focusing on Puccini’s music in the Church of San Giovanni in Lucca at 7:00pm every evening. Since we have a free evening you might like to stroll along to the church and enjoy this example of the rich musical life of Lucca.

DAY 13 | SATURDAY 14 JULY 2018

3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT NIGHTS AT HOTEL ILLARIA & RESIDENZA DELL’ALBA, LUCCA

TORRE DEL LAGO | PUCCINI FESTIVAL:

This morning is free to rest before our full afternoon and evening of activities, or perhaps to further explore Lucca. You might consider walking on the boardwalk which runs along the top of the 12 metre thick and 25 metre high 16th-century wall, surrounding the town’s perimeter. It offers some of the best views of the town’s medieval and Renaissance architecture. If you can climb the 130 stairs to the top of 14th-century Guinigi Tower there are even more amazing views of Lucca and the surrounding countryside. In the early afternoon there is a pre-performance talk by Elizabeth Hayllar about Puccini's Turandot. We then travel by private coach to Torre Del Lago where Puccini built a villa on the shores of Lake Massaciuccoli. This was where he wrote most of his operas, and where he would come for periods of rest and relaxation after the hectic lifestyle generated by his fame and success. It is now the Museo Villa Puccini, which we visit before dinner. Following our visit to the museum we enjoy a final gourmet three-course dinner. We then attend Giacomo Puccin's Turandot on the opening night of the 2018 Puccini Festival in the open-air theatre where, since 1955, there has been an (almost) annual festival to celebrate Puccini’s life and work. We return to our hotel in Lucca after the opera.

DAY 14 | SUNDAY 15 JULY 2018

Following our final buffet breakfast at the hotel, the tour concludes. 

For those who would like it, we will arrange a morning coach transfer to Pisa Airport. 

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Inclusions | Opera & Art in Milan, Venice, Verona, Lucca & Torre Del Lago


Inclusions

Inclusions | Opera & Art in Milan, Venice, Verona, Lucca & Torre Del Lago


Inclusions

INCLUSIONS

2–15 JULY 2018

AUD$9540 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$1850

Final payment due: 30 April 2018

INCLUSIONS:

  • Performances: Premium tickets for performances at the following venues and opera festivals – Teatro alla Scala (either an opera or a ballet), La Fenice, the Puccini Festival and two performances at Arena di Verona.
    Please note: The venues and festivals will announce their 2018 seasons in late 2017. There may be some changes to the itinerary depending on final confirmation of evening performances.  

  • Tour Leader and Talks: Tour leadership and background talks by Elizabeth Hayllar.

  • Hotels: 13 nights' accommodation in the following hotels:
    - three nights at Sina de la Ville, Milan
    - four nights at Splendid Venice
    - three nights at Due Torri Hotel, Verona
    - three nights at Hotel Illaria & Residenza Dell ‘Alba, Lucca
    - Porterage of one piece of luggage at each hotel.

  • Travel: Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Hayllar Music Tours will arrange one coach transfer from Lucca to Pisa Airport on the final day of the tour. 

  • Meals/Drinks: Full buffet breakfast each morning. One lunch and five dinners, wine with each meal.  

  • Entry Fees and Guided Tours: Entrance fees for museums, art galleries etc as stated in your itinerary. Expert local guides will be used at some sites. 

  • Tips: Tips for drivers, local guides and for meals included in your itinerary.

  • Information Pack: Comprehensive pre-tour information pack.

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International/Domestic Travel: Hayllar Music Tours can provide you with a quote. Phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email contact@hayllarmusictours.com

  • Airport Transfers: Transfers to/from airports and hotels at the beginning and end of tours. These can be arranged at an additional cost. 
    Please note: for this tour, Hayllar Music Tours will arrange one coach transfer from Lucca to Pisa Airport on the final day of the tour. This coach transfer is included in the tour cost. 

  • Special Taxes: Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will endeavour to advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart.

  • Visas: Costs associated with obtaining visas for countries visited on your tour. Please note that Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to enter Italy. 

  • Travel Insurance: Please note that you are required to have comprehensive travel insurance to cover you for the duration of your tour. Hayllar Music Tours can organise your travel insurance for you. Please contact them at phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email contact@hayllarmusictours.com 

  • Meals: Lunches and dinners not nominated in your itinerary.

  • Personal Expenses: Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls and mini-bar.

  • Activities in Free Time: Costs associated with any activities suggested for you in your free time.

SMALL GROUP SIZE

The tour will operate with 8 people. The maximum number on the tour will be 20 people.

FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED - LEVEL 1

All members of the group must feel comfortable walking for 1–2 hours, standing for long periods of time in museums, art galleries etc and embarking/disembarking coaches.

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

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2–15 JULY 2018 | FIVE OPERA PERFORMANCES, INSIGHTFUL TALKS AND GUIDED TOURS OF THE ART AND HISTORY OF EACH CITY

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