Rossini Anniversary Opera Festival in Pesaro

Urbino city
Urbino city
Piazza Del Popolo, Pesaro
Piazza Del Popolo, Pesaro
La Palla di Pomodoro, Pesaro
La Palla di Pomodoro, Pesaro
Urbino Cathedral
Urbino Cathedral
Country landscape of Pesaro
Country landscape of Pesaro

Pesaro, huddled on the Adriatic coast, is a small town that has been honoured as the City Of Music, ever since Gioachino Rossini was born there back in 1792. It is also known as the venue for the annual opera festival that celebrates his work. Special festivities took place in 2018 to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death. Stage directors are renowned for creating extraordinarily visual interpretations of Rossini’s comic operas, and the shows planned for the 39th Rossini Festival are expected to be no different.

We will experience three performances during this tour - experiences which will be tempered with special insights from lectures, and the chance to tour the places where he lived and worked. We will also meet some of the musicians responsible for bringing his operas to life at this prestigious festival, and we can explore the breathtaking beaches and sandstone cliffs that so inspired the man and his music.

  • Enjoy a tour and meet the artists at the Teatro Rossini Opera House
  • Explore the history of UNESCO World Heritage Site of beautiful Urbino
  • Enjoy a total of three rousing stage performances on this tour
  • Sample Italian wines over lunch at the Imperial Villa in San Bartolo Park
  • Discover the coastal culture of the picturesque old town of Pesaro


  • Cultural Excursion


  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We fly to Bologna from London and, stopping en route for lunch, we transfer to our hotel in Pesaro. The city lies on the coast in the region of The Marches and is the capital of the province, Pesaro and Urbino. This evening we will attend a talk on Rossini and his works before dinner.

Day 2

This morning we explore Pesaro and follow in the composer’s footsteps with a gentle guided stroll around this small but busy city. As part of our tour, we make a pilgrimage to Casa Rossini, the 15th-century building where, in 1792, the great composer was born to musical parents. Inside, we find a museum dedicated to the life of the composer, with memorabilia including original portraits, instruments and manuscripts. Before we settle down for lunch, we enjoy a tour of the Teatro Rossini Opera House (subject to rehearsal schedules), a spectacular classical venue that dates back to the early 19th century.

Day 3

After breakfast, we journey into the Apennine hills to Urbino, a formidable walled city which has enjoyed UNESCO World Heritage status since 1998. Formerly one of the cultural capitals of the Renaissance, Urbino has long been famed for its artistic and intellectual heritage, many traces of which still remain. As part of our visit we view the Ducal Palace and there will be some free time to explore other monuments such as Raphael’s birthplace and the extraordinary botanical garden Pietro Scaramella. After lunch we travel back to Pesaro.

Day 4

We have the morning to ourselves in Pesaro, perhaps with a chance to do some local shopping, view some of the museums or simply take a gentle stroll towards the sea. Lunch on the seafront today.

Day 5

A dramatic change of scenery awaits our discovery this morning, as we take an excursion out to the ruggedly beautiful San Bartolo Natural Park. This is a protected, 10-kilometre area filled with mountains, sprawling fields and sandstone cliffs. Our destination within the park is the majestic Imperial Villa, a true Renaissance beauty that is dominated by a watchtower that rises above the square structure. We then indulge in a local fish lunch overlooking the sea at a nearby restaurant. This afternoon, we make our transfer back to the airport in Bologna. Here, we will bid a fond farewell to Italy and the wonderful experiences we’ve had in this country, and then we catch an early evening flight home.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Hotels
  7. Flights
  8. Opera Tickets - Entry to all performances in the programme. We request the seats in the centre stalls as these offer the best view although seats in boxes are usually more expensive. There is no guarantee that we will get the seats requested as availability is often limited. Where it is possible to avoid boxes as an alternative we will, but in some cases it may be the only option.

Travel Information

The Rossini Festival takes place in various venues in and around Pesaro. These may include the Adriatic Arena, a large venue used for many events including sports and festivals. The operas generally start at 8pm and last around 3 – 3½ hours. We will be getting back to our hotel at between midnight and 1 am. Smart/casual wear is advised. Although temperatures in August are likely to be very warm, you may wish to take something suitable as it may be a little cooler when leaving the theatre after the performances.

There will be some free time built into the programme for you to explore Pesaro and Urbino. They are both quite small cities. Urbino does have some steep slopes while Pesaro is mainly flat. In this part of Italy, August can get very hot so do also pack some light clothing and comfortable shoes. You may also wish to take a swimming costume as the hotel is within walking distance of the beach. There is always a possibility of annoying mosquitoes, especially in the evenings, so you may wish to take some repellent with you.

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2019 Tour Details

Sat 17th August - Wed 21st August




sgl supp: £290


Led By: Professor Francesco Izzo

Guide Lecturer

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