Choir Tours to Tuscany
A haven for artists, culture lovers, tourists, walkers and performers alike, Tuscany is a spectacular region in central Italy. Within its ten provinces, you’ll find the famous cities of Florence, Pisa and Siena, where visits to the Uffizi Gallery, Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Campo are unforgettable experiences. Out of the cities you’ll discover breathtaking Tuscan landscapes, complete with pastoral olive groves and winding medieval streets, which invite you to step back and leave the real world behind.
Performances in this region are set against some of the most stunning and memorable backdrops; from the square adjoining the Gambrinus Music Café in Montecatini Terme to the variety of parish and prestigious churches in the surrounding towns and cities. After each fantastic performance, don’t forget to step back, soak up the culture and relax under the beautiful Tuscan sun.
Where to Sing
Church of Sant’Agostino, San Gimignano
The impressive frescoes and sculptural masterpieces found underneath this building’s dramatic arches create the impression of entering a museum as opposed to the 13th century church that it is. Its resonant acoustics will enhance the power of your performance to amaze your audience, and the resident friars offer a warm welcome to visiting choirs.
St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Florence
Many of our visiting choirs mention that whilst the church’s façade is more understated than other venues, once inside the warm welcome you receive and the beautiful interior makes it perfect for an intimate performance. This Florentine church maintains a regular series of concerts and accepts all repertoires from sacred to light recitals.
Gambrinus Music Café Square, Montecatini Terme
This beautiful lively town square situated in the heart of Montecatini is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists during the warm summer months and is perfect for choirs with secular, light performances. Enclosed on three sides with bars, cafés and shops, there is plenty of opportunity to mingle with your audience post performance.
Santa Maria dei Ricci Church, Florence
This beautiful church stands in the centre of Florence not far from the famous cathedral. Passing tourists and locals alike flock to hear visiting choirs give their evening performance, creating an intimate and welcoming environment.
Attracting an Audience
As well as placing adverts in local ‘what’s on’ guides and event websites, we will always send personalised posters about your concert series out to the venues prior to you arrival who will ensure that the local community know about your upcoming performance.
What to Do
Home to fascinating and inspiring cities, the best way to make the most of your Tuscany tour is to get out and about and explore the region.
In the beautiful city of Florence, simply wandering the quaint old streets will reveal enchanting landmarks such as the Ponte Vecchio, the intriguing bridge which is home to sparkling jewellery shops and the oldest watchmakers in Florence. At the world famous Uffizi gallery, you’ll find Italy’s greatest collection of paintings and sculptures by Italian Masters such as Michelangelo and Da Vinci, whilst the Pitti Palace, Accademia, Palatine Gallery and Bargello deliver even more masterpieces.
Head west to Pisa and you arrive at one of the most recognisable Italian sights, the Campo dei Miracoli (The Field of Miracles), home to the Leaning Tower. A day trip here can include visits to the cathedral, the baptistery and, of course, a trip to the top of the famous tower.
In the small walled hill town of San Gimignano, iconic, medieval towers rise out of the hill. Whilst similar towers in areas of Tuscany have been brought down through war or urban renewal, out of San Gimignano’s 72 original towers, 15 remain standing today. In the town, take a look at the museums, monuments and winding piazzas and immerse yourself in traditional charm.
Travelling to one of Italy’s most visited tourist attractions, Siena, lets you experience fine cuisine, art, museums and some of the finest examples of medieval town planning. Now declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this beautiful town is steeped in history and filled with impressive architecture, including the main square, Piazza del Campo.
What they did - Bracknell Choral Society
All of our tours are bespoke, therefore the itinerary below is simply an example; the duration, concert venues, leisure excursions and accommodation centre used will be selected to match the requirements of your group. Please contact us to discuss your bespoke itinerary.
Catching their morning flight to Pisa, the choir arrived at their hotel in Montecatini Terme in the afternoon. The rest of the day was spent exploring the town and taking the funicular up to Montecatini Alto.
After a leisurely breakfast and morning rehearsal at the hotel, they set off for San Gimignano. Stopping for some lunch and free time in the town, they made their way to the Church of Sant’Agostino for their first concert. A touch more sightseeing was enjoyed before heading back to Montecatini Terme.
The whole day was spent exploring and shopping in Montecatini Terme before singing during the early evening Mass service at the Santa Maria Assunta Basilica.
The choir travelled to Florence to explore the city and some of its many galleries, sights and museums. They arrived at the church of Santa Maria dei Ricci for their late afternoon concert returning to Montecatini for the evening.
A day in Siena allowed the group to enjoy a leisurely lunch and take in the town’s many attractions.
Following breakfast, the choir departed for their flight back to the UK.
Where to Stay
Hotel Nuovo Savi
In the heart of Montecatini lies the Nuovo Savi, a hotel owned by the Mariotti family who pride themselves on their hospitality. Offering modern amenities and a homely ambiance, you can enjoy your tour in total peace and relaxation. The restaurant serves traditional Tuscan meals as well as popular international dishes to cater to all tastes. There is also a swimming pool with whirlpool bath to relax in after your concerts.
Prices from £515*
Price based on...
- 5 day, 4 night tour
- Bed and breakfast accommodation at the 3-star Hotel Nuovo Savi in Montecatini Terme
- Return flights from a London airport to Pisa
- Full itinerary planning service
- 3 concerts
- Concert publicity
- Services of an Italian speaking courier
- Fun Files – a free evening entertainment pack.
- The following excursions:
- San Gimignano
45 passengers travelling in October 2013
We will work with you to create a completely tailor made itinerary. Departure dates, travel, duration, excursions and concerts will be planned to meet the individual requirements of your group.
*Priced at January 2013 and dependant on exchange rates at time of booking.