Venice, Florence & Rome

Benvenuto in Italia! This exciting six night tour to Italy will whisk you into a world of immense beauty, culture, history and most importantly, music.

Italian contribution in such areas as musical scales, harmony, notation and theater enabled the development of opera, integral to Italian musical culture, in the 16th century and much of modern European classical music, such as the concerto and symphony. One can still hear the sounds of Claudio Monteverde and Giuseppe Verdi sounding through the narrow streets.

Enjoy a concert tour of Italy, and let yourself by immersed in all that Venice, Florence and Rome have to offer as you share your music with local people.
DAY 1

DAY 1

Depart North America for Venice, Italy. Bon Voyage.
DAY 2

DAY 2

Welcome to Venice!

Enjoy an introduction to what many consider the most beautiful city in the world on an orientation walk of Venice.

This unique city, made up of 118 islands, over 450 bridges and more than 180 canals, is famous for its delicate blown glass, the Grand Canal and beautiful St. Mark's Basilica. Conclude your orientation walk, and check in to your hotel and take time to relax and refresh.

Rehearsal can be arranged this afternoon.

Tonight, a welcome dinner of Italian specialties is served as your tour manager previews the week ahead.
DAY 3

DAY 3

Begin your first full day with a guided tour of Venice. See some of the cities magnificent highlights such as St. Mark's Basilica, the Rialto Bridge, the Palazzo Ducale and the Bridge of Sighs.

Next, you may wish to explore the many glass blowers shops on the island and perhaps, glide across the famous Grand Canal in a gondola.

This evening, sing for Mass at St. Mark's Basilica or another beautiful venue such as the San Zaccharia Church.
DAY 4

DAY 4

This morning, depart Venice for Florence, a treasure chest of art and architecture where masters such as Michelangelo and Dante influenced the city.

Midday, make a stop in Bologna, home to the world's oldest university. Enjoy a guided tour and time for lunch before continuing your journey to Florence.

Tonight, after taking time to check in and refresh, embark on an orientation walk to the city center where you will see the majesty of Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo), Ghiberti's Glowing Doors, Giotto's Campanile and have an opportunity to sample some of the local specialties, such as bistecca, or ribollita.
DAY 5

DAY 5

Start the day with a guided tour of Florence including entrance to the Accademia Museum, home to Michelangelo's "David."

This afternoon is free for individual explorations. Perhaps visit the Pitti Palace, which showcases richly decorated galleries that display treasures from the Medici, the Lorraines, and the Savoy Kings of Italy. Alternatively, you may want to discover the many masterpieces at the Uffizi Gallery, such as Botticelli's Birth of Venus.

Later, join a local ensemble for an evening friendship concert followed by time to mingle and exchange.
DAY 6

DAY 6

This morning depart Florence for Rome, the capital of Italy and home to nearly 3,000 years of influential art, architecture and culture.

This afternoon, embark on a guided tour of Ancient Rome including entrance to the impressive Colosseum, Rome's greatest amphitheater, which offers a breathtaking example of classical architecture, using columns in the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian styles.

Tonight, enjoy the wonders of Rome with your tour manager. Be sure to throw a coin into Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to the Eternal City.
DAY 7

DAY 7

Start the morning with a visit to Vatican City. This is the world’s smallest state and the only European State to be ruled by an absolute monarch (the Pope), where you will enjoy a guided tour to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. The tour also includes a visit to the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's incredible frescoes.

Early evening, sing Mass at St. Peter's Basilica or another Papal Basilica such as Santa Maria Maggiore.

Tonight, enjoy a festive farewell dinner of delicious Italian comfort food.

Alternatively, a Dine with the Tenors Dinner with entertainment can be arranged as a perfect finale to your time in Italy.
DAY 8

DAY 8

Return home with wonderful memories of your concert tour.

FRIENDSHIP CONCERTS IN ITALY

Our friendship concerts are a featured experience on our tours and are at the heart of our mission to foster cultural connections through music. We benefit from a vast international network in the choral world built over our thirty years' experience of helping choirs share their music both in the United States and abroad. Your choir will share a venue and a concert program with a host choir from the region. Your singers will have the chance to hear their host choir's repertoire (often showcasing local musical styles) and to share your own repertoire in turn. Fellowship time usually follows the friendship concert, giving both choirs the chance to mingle and enjoy the camaraderie of creating cross-cultural connections through a shared love of music.

ST. MARK'S BASILICA

The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark, more commonly known as Saint Mark's Basilica is the most famous church in the city and one of the best examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. It is also the third church to stand on this site. Built on a Greek cross plan and crowned with five huge domes, it is now used as the private chapel for State ceremonies. Originally, the chapel of the Doge, it has only been a cathedral since 1807. The basilica's interior features multiple choir lofts, which was the inspiration for the development of a Venetian polychoral style among its maestro di cappella composers. This style of music took advantage of the spacious architecture and led to the development of polychoral and antiphonal textures.

ACCADEMIA GALLERY

The Accademia Gallery, which was founded in 1563 and was the first school in Europe to start teaching the techniques of drawing, painting, and sculpting. By 1784, the gallery was formed with the sole purpose of providing students of the academy with material to study and to copy. Since 1873, many of Michelangelo’s most important works have been housed in the Accademia, including perhaps his most famous piece, David. It also features Renaissance paintings and showcases musical instruments that played a primary role in everyday life and official celebrations of the Medicean Court.

VATICAN CITY AND ST. PETER'S BASILICA

Vatican City is the world’s smallest state and the only European State to be ruled by an absolute monarch (the Pope). Set up in 1929 to include 109 acres, about 500 people live here, and as well as accommodations for staff and ecclesiastics, the city has its own post office, banks, currency, judicial system, radio stations, shops, and a daily newspaper. The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, or simply St. Peter's Basilica is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines in the world. There has been a church on this site since the time of the Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great. St. Peter's is known for being a famous pilgrimage site and for its many liturgical functions throughout the year, where the Pope can draw audiences of 15,000 to over 80,000 people.