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Rossini Festival & San Marino6 Days

  • Overview

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      Two Rossini Opera performances in Pesaro

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      Guided tour of Urbino

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      Medieval Gradara including the castle

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      Guided tour of San Leo

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      San Leo fortress and Cathedral

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      Guided walking tour of San Marino including lunch

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      Visit to Palazzo Publico & the Mosaic Museum

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      Guided walking tour of historic Ravenna

    Description

    The Rossini Opera Festival is held each year in Pesaro, Italy, the birthplace of the composer. Noted for his operas, particularly his comic, of which The Barber of Seville (1816), Cinderella (1817), and Semiramide (1823) are among the best known. Of his later, larger-scale dramatic operas, the most widely heard is William Tell (1829). This holiday gives you the opportunity to enjoy two performances and visit San Marino, the oldest republic in the world, as well as Urbino and Gradara, that inspired Rossetti, and Ravenna with dazzling collections of early Christian mosaic work.


    For five nights you will stay in the heart of Urbino in a four-star hotel, a converted former convent situated on the main square directly in front of the Ducal Palace. The Cloister with its arches is perfect for breakfast each morning with your fellow travelling companions. Urbino is the birthplace of the artist Raphael and a vibrant Renaissance city with a thriving centre of the arts, drawing the great artists, architects and scholars of the day.


    Before each of the two included performances you will dine in local restaurants and, as the sun sets over the Adriatic and surrounding hills, the works of Rossini will be brought to life by internationally renowned singers and musicians. One in the Adriatic Arena and another in the Teatro Rossini in Pesaro built in 1818 with a wonderful interior. With days spent in these classical towns with dramatic castles and ornate churches this is truly an experience not to miss.