Orchestra Tours to Tuscany, Italy
This beautiful region of Italy, with its spectacular scenery, stunning architecture and rich, artistic culture, is an alluring destination for any orchestra. Known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence offers your group the chance to observe Michelangelo’s ‘David’ or visit the Uffizi Gallery. You can discover the superb walled town of Siena, the charm of Pisa or the history of Lucca, the birthplace of Puccini. The breathtaking Tuscan landscapes, complete with pastoral olive groves and winding medieval streets, invite you to step back and leave the real world behind. You will find yourself indulging in the area’s café culture, spending evenings on torch-lit piazzas, simply enjoying watching the world go by. Tuscany really is a dream destination that is well within your reach!
Where to Play
Our favourite venue:
Gambrinus, Montecatini Terme
This lively square, situated in the heart of Montecatini, is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists during the warm summer months. Enclosed on three sides by restaurants, cafes and shops, this is the perfect location for groups with a light or classical programme looking for a welcoming, enthusiastic audience.
Chiesa di 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. The resident friars offer a warm welcome to visiting orchestras and, after your concert, you may also have the opportunity for an impromptu performance in the more informal setting of the church’s courtyard.
What to Do
World renowned, Florence’s most famous gallery houses Italy’s greatest collection of paintings and sculptures, including works by the Italian Masters such as Michelangelo and Da Vinci.
The Pitti Palace, Accademia, Galleria, Palatine Gallery and Bargello
These are among the numerous museums and art galleries in Florence that contain many of the world’s greatest works of art, including Michelangelo’s ‘David’.
The Ponte Vecchio
This unique medieval bridge houses the oldest watchmakers and jewellery shops in Florence.
Possibly one of the most famous Italian sights is the Campo dei Miracoli (The Field of Miracles). A day trip here can include visits to the Cathedral, the Baptistry and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which can now be climbed.
This small walled hill town is famous for its medieval architecture. Whilst many of the towers in other regions of Tuscany have been brought down through war or urban renewal, the town of San Gimignano is littered with a number of 13th century examples built by rival families.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this beautiful town is steeped in history and surrounded by impressive architecture and intriguing sights. It is one of Italy’s most visited tourist attractions, mainly for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the annual horse race in the main square, the Palio.
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 £448pp*
Price Based On...
- 7 day 4 night tour
- Bed and breakfast accommodation
- Coach travel with trailer for instruments
- The services of a courier
- 3 publicised concerts
- Full itinerary planning service
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.