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

Themes

  • Cultural Excursion

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2018

Day 1

We fly to Bologna and transfer to our lovely hotel in Pesaro, stopping en route for lunch.

This evening we develop a deeper understanding of Rossini’s illustrious life and works with a captivating lecture.

Day 2

This morning we follow in the composer’s footsteps with a gentle guided walk around the picturesque old town of Pesaro, the “City of Music”. 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 Rossini, with memorabilia including original portraits, instruments and manuscripts. 

Before we settle down for lunch, we enjoy a tour of the Teatro Rossini Opera House, a spectacular classical venue which dates back to the early 19th century. Here we are privileged to meet one of the artists from tonight’s performance – who gives us a glorious glimpse behind the scenes, and sheds light on how it feels to perform Rossini’s work.

This afternoon we return to our hotel to relax before dinner. Tonight we watch our new acquaintance in full flow during the first of our holiday’s operas - The Barber of Seville at the Adriatic Arena. 

Day 3

After breakfast, we journey inland 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 some of the city’s marvelous churches and palaces, not forgetting to stop and take in the astounding views of the surrounding Apennine hills.

We have some free time in Urbino to spend how we wish. This evening we come together for dinner at our hotel, before making our way to the opera for the second Rossini performance of our trip - Ricciardo e Zoraide

Day 4

We have the morning at leisure in Pesaro, perhaps exploring the dazzling Ducal Palace, or some of the town’s gorgeous churches.

After lunch, we crown the day with our tour’s third and final performance - Carlo Lepore and the Wind Nonet concert at the Auditorium Pedrotti in the afternoon. This evening we tuck into our last delectable dinner together.

Day 5

There’s a dramatic change of scenery this morning, as we take an excursion to the ruggedly beautiful San Bartolo Park – a protected area of mountains, fields and sandstone cliffs. Our destination within the park is the majestic Imperial Villa, a Renaissance pleasure palace nestling at the foot of the San Bartolo hills. Here we pause for lunch and wine tasting – a suitably decadent way to enjoy this decadent setting.

This afternoon we transfer to the airport, flying home in the early evening.

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We fly to Bologna from London and transfer to our hotel near Urbino, stopping en route for lunch. This evening we will have our first dinner at our hotel, providing plenty of time to acquaint ourselves with each other.

Day 2

This morning we travel to the town of Pesaro on the coast and follow in the composer’s footsteps with a gentle guided stroll around this picturesque part of Italy. 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, a spectacular classical venue that dates back to the early 19th century. 

Day 3

After breakfast, we journey inland 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 some of the city’s marvellous churches and palaces, not forgetting to stop and take in the astounding views of the surrounding Apennine hills. We have some free time in Urbino to spend as we wish. This evening we come together for dinner at our hotel, before making our way to the opera for the second Rossini performance of our trip.

Day 4

We have the morning to ourselves in Pesaro, perhaps exploring the dazzling Ducal Palace or taking a gentle stroll towards the sea. After a break for lunch, we crown the day with our tour’s third and final performance in the afternoon. This evening, we will enjoy our last delectable dinner together and can make a toast to our adventures over the past week.

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 and can enjoy some local wine tasting alongside our meal. 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 Opera Festival takes place in various venues. The operas will be at the Adriatic Arena, a large venue used for many events including sports and festivals. The concert will be held in the Auditorium Pedrotti, an elegant theatre which forms part of the Conservatoire of Pesaro. The operas 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. The concert at the Pedrotti will start at 4pm.

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 has a pool and some sandals suitable for walking on a beach as at Pesaro you can dip your toes into the sea. There is always a possibility of annoying mosquitoes, especially in the evenings, so you may wish to take some repellent with you.

The restaurant at the hotel is about ½ mile away from the main building. Transport will be provided.

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2019 Tour Details

Sat 17th August - Wed 21st August

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£2,395

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sgl supp: £290

ZOR19A

Led By: Professor Francesco Izzo

Guide Lecturer

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