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Verona: Opera and Art

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Charles Barber
Having graduated with a Bachelors of Law from the University of Edinburgh, Charles Barber embarked on what became a twenty-year career in business at the Reed Travel Group, LexisNexis and The Economist. Charles received his MA in Renaissance Studies from the University of London. He is currently studying a Masters' in early Netherlandish art and its impact on the art of Renaissance Italy at the Courtauld Institute of Art. His areas of interest include the visual, material and social culture of Northern Italian courts, 15th-century Florence and the art and architecture of Rome from 1500-1700.
What's included...
  • Return flights on British Airways (economy) to Verona
  • 4 nights accomodation in the 5-star Hotel Due Torri
  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners (lunch and dinner with wine, water and coffee)
  • Tickets to 3 opera performances in the Arena di Verona costing £360
  • All church, museum & gallery entry tickets
  • The services of your lecturer and tour manager
  • A tour-guide headset system to make hearing the lecturer easier
  • Transport by luxury coach, as the itinerary requires
  • All tips and taxes
Hotel
Hotel Due Torri
Getting about
Participants should be reasonably fit. There is a significant amount of
walking, standing and use of stairs.
Join our tour to the Verona Opera Festival in June and August. During the day, tour the city of Verona and at night, the opera awaits. This tour is a magnificent way to holiday in Italy.

The atmospheric setting of the Arena di Verona plays host to an annual opera festival harking back to 1913 when an opera was held to celebrate the centenary of Verdi’s birth. We will attend three operas during our 5-day visit to Verona; Carmen, Nabucco and the Barber of Seville. During the day, we will explore the impact the early rulers of Verona had on the city, from Roman times through to Venetian. Visits include the Duomo, San Zenobio and the Roman theatre, and for a little light relief, lunch and wine tasting at one of the leading Valpolicella estates.

 
After arriving at Verona airport, we transfer to the luxuriously appointed 5-star Hotel Due Torri in the medieval quarter of Verona. We dine together this evening.
 
This morning, we visit the Church of Sant'Anastasia conveniently located by the hotel. This large church was finished in 1400 as a Dominican church, benefiting from the patronage of the Castelbarco of Trento for its construction. Inside, we quickly come across two stoups, each supported by a hunchback figure, one of which is attributed to Paolo Veronese's eldest son, Gabriele Caliari. The Pellegrini Chapel houses the late International Gothic fresco of St. George and the Princess, main work of Pisanello, as well as terra-cotta statues by Michele di Firenze. We then embark on a walk through Verona's medieval heart, taking in what is supposedly Juliet's balcony (Romeo & Juliet), the beautiful palazzi, Herbe and Signoria, and the elaborate tombs for the Scaligieri family who ruled Verona for much of the 14th-century. After dinner, we attend our first opera in the Arena di Verona: Verdi's Aida.

 
Our first visit of the day is to the Basilica of Santa Maria Matricolare, Verona's Duomo, consecrated in the 12th-century. Its unfinished bell tower was designed by Michele Sanmicheli. Next, we cross the Ponte Pietra on our way to the Roman Theatre which also contains an archaeological museum. There are incredible views from the Castel San Pietro, with our next visit; the Church of San Giorgio in Braida, at the bottom of a short funicular railway. After dinner, we make our way to the Arena for a performance of George Bizet's Carmen.
After breakfast, we walk through Verona, passing palazzi designed by Michele Sanmicheli for Verona's leading families. Arriving at the Castelvecchio, the Scaliger ruler's base during their reign, we enter what is now an extraordinary collection of Medieval and Renaissance artworks. The Basilica of San Zeno is where we find Andrea Mantegna's San Zeno altarpiece before a coach drives us into the hills of Valpolicella. We spend the remainder of the day at a winery run by the Allegrini family, who are one of the leading Valpolicella producers, enjoying lunch and a wine-tasting experience. On returning to Verona, there is a little free time before dinner. Our final opera is Puccini's Turandot.
After breakfast and hotel check-out, we depart for Verona airport for a mid-day flight to London.
Rooms - Single rooms are double rooms for sole occupancy.

Flights - If you would like to fly BA Club class, please contact us and we will provide a price for the upgrade.
The flight departs London Gatwick at 1.25pm. The return flight leaves Verona at 10.50am, arriving in London Gatwick at 11.55am.
Hotel accommodation at Gatwick airport can be arranged on request.

Travel advice - Please refer the Foreign Office's website to make sure you are comfortable with the travel advice they provide for the destination(s) you are visiting. www.fco.gov.uk 

Activity level - Our tours involve a lot of walking, climbing stairs and standing still for periods of time. The historic centres of cities are often uneven and cobbled requiring everyone to be confident walking across them.
with
Charles Barber
Having graduated with a Bachelors of Law from the University of Edinburgh, Charles Barber embarked on what became a twenty-year career in business at the Reed Travel Group, LexisNexis and The Economist. Charles received his MA in Renaissance Studies from the University of London. He is currently studying a Masters' in early Netherlandish art and its impact on the art of Renaissance Italy at the Courtauld Institute of Art. His areas of interest include the visual, material and social culture of Northern Italian courts, 15th-century Florence and the art and architecture of Rome from 1500-1700.
Hotel Due Torri
Hotel Due Torri is a fabulous 5-star hotel situated in the medieval centre of Verona.  The hotel is in a 14th-century palazzo, Palazzo Dell’Aquila. There is a spectacular rooftop restaurant to take in the surroundings of this ancient city which claims to be home to the second largest number of ancient Roman ruins in the world. The Hotel Due Torri is included in the list historical dwelling-houses in Verona and is a member of The Leading Hotels of The World Group.
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