The Metropolitan Opera Guild

Italian Summer Festivals

2011-08-16 - 2011-08-27

Top Highlights:
•10 nights deluxe accommodations (Verona: Due Torri Baglioni; Pesaro: Hotel Cruiser Congress; Lucca: San Luca Palace)
•Top category seats for 9 performances as listed
•Full breakfast each day, 4 dinners, 3 lunches, 1 reception
•Guided tours of Verona, Pesaro, Urbino, Bologna, Ravenna, Lucca, Puccini sites
•Transfers to and from concerts as required
•Airport‐hotel transfers
•On site Tour Direction
•Comprehensive Tour Guidebook/Itinerary

We are excited to combine, for the first time, three of the most important summer opera festivals in Italy: the Rossini Festival in Pesaro on the Adriatic coast, the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago near Lucca in western Tuscany, and the spectacular Arena di Verona.

Pesaro, the birthplace of Gioacchino Rossini, is a Roman town on the Adriatic Coast in the Marche region, and in August of each year, the Rossini Opera Festival is held in his honor. This year, all performances on our itinerary are given in the 850‐seat Teatro Rossini , built in 1818, a much more intimate experience than the 1500 seat "Palasport" Adriatic Arena.
Torre del Lago, site of Giacomo Puccini’s villa and final resting place, is located in western Tuscany, little more than a mile from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The venue for the festival is Teatro dei Quattromila (”Theatre of the Four Thousand”, though it has only 3200 seats), a state‐of‐the‐art open‐air theater located on the shores of Puccini’s beloved Lake Massaciuccoli. Hearing Puccini’s timeless melodies float across the lake at sunset, just a few steps from the maestro’s final resting place, makes for a truly moving experience.

We end the itinerary in Verona, where we enjoy luxurious accommodations, some fascinating hidden‐gem touring, and experience the Arena di Verona in its full glory.

This is an excellent and varied opera program with some superb casts, and is complimented by charming hotels, inspiring tours (including Urbino, Bologna and Ravenna) and some of the finest cuisine to be had in the region.
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