Music Tours to Friuli Venezia Giulia

  • A four countries tour: Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia!
  • Small “universe” with many different traditions
  • Complex history created by the confluence of different civilizations
  • An undiscovered gem of Italy

Situated in a unique and somewhat historically precarious position between Latin, Germanic and Slavic lands, Friuli Venezia Giulia and its capital Trieste is unlike any other region and city in the world. It is truly one of the most underrated and unfairly overlooked places not only in Italy, but in all of Europe and is a unique choice for a school music tour. While Rome, Florence and nearby Venice have been fixtures on the proverbial tourist map for centuries, in terms of cuisine, culture, castles and romance, Trieste is second to none. Embraced by green hills on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other, with the snow-capped Dolomites piercing the horizon to the north, no region or city can honestly claim to have a more majestic setting.

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Rome, Italy’s capital is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display that attracts to its doors millions of people each year. Ancient ruins such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire and her magnificence and will leave you breathless. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, boasts St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes. If you feel the heat is too much to handle, just 18 miles west of Rome's historic centre, you'll find Lido di Ostia (Ostia Beach), Rome's longest and most popular beach, stretching over six miles from the mouth of the Tiber (foce del Tevere) south to Capocotta. Rome and its surroundings is an incredible destination for a school music tour, giving you a taste of “La dolce Vita” and leaving you inspired and relaxed by the end of your visit.

Quick Facts

Quick Facts

Minimum Duration: 4 Days 4 Nights

Extra Night: Call for Details

Coach Type: Executive 48-Seater with Air Conditioning

Tour Manager: Agency provided

Meals: Half Board

Extra Activities/Excursions

  • Grado: Visit Grado, a working fishing port with a lovely historic town centre. It is also, and predominantly, a major tourist resort with miles of highly-equipped sandy beaches. For years this area belonged to the Austro-Hungarian empire, and during that time Grado was developed as a spa resort. The town is still very popular with Austrian visitors.
  • Trieste: Visit Piazza dell'Unità d'Italia and the Canale Grande (1756), a long harbour formerly used by sailing ships, and now filled with small boats. Cafés line the wide walkways at either side and behind them stand beautifully maintained buildings. The far end of the canal is punctuated by Trieste's largest church, the Neoclassical Sant'Antonio, built in 1849 and to the right is the Serbian Orthodox church of San Spiridione. Go to the top of “Faro della Vittoria” (Lighthouse of Victory), one of the most famous landmarks in Trieste where you can enjoy spectacular views of the city.
  • Gorizia: Visitors to Italy tend to skip Gorizia. Tucked away at the northeast edge of the country on the border with Slovenia, this small city tends to get bypassed on the way to Trieste or Slovenia. It is situated in the verdant Isonzo river valley with Slovenia just to the east, marked by steep green hills. Heading upriver towards the Julian Alps, mountains rise precipitously from both banks. It was here that the Italian and Austro-Hungarian armies fought the dozen Battles of Isonzo in World War I and you can visit the battlefield here.
  • Venice: A day trip to Venice is a must! A city in north-eastern Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges, it is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture, and its artwork. The city in its entirety is listed as a World Heritage Site, along with its lagoon.
  • Miramare Castle: About six miles from Triste you will find this white fairy-tale palace, which was built for Archduke Maximilian of Austria and his wife Charlotte in 1855-60, before they went off to (briefly) become emperor and empress of Mexico. It stands above the sea, with views artfully framed by almost every window in its sumptuous rooms. Along with the interior, tour the gardens in the park, which is now protected as the Parco Marino di Miramare, for even more magnificent views over the Adriatic.

Where to stay

Our school music tour groups can stay at The Hotel Argentina in the picturesque  city of Grado, just 100 meters from the sea, ten minutes walk from the city centre and 300 meters from the spa.  A hotel that  is within walking distance of well-equipped beaches, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues, and by myriad sports activities available in the surrounding areas. Surrounded by a lovely garden, the hotel offers a welcoming, comfortable interior and staff are always courteous and helpful.

Alternatively , you can stay at Hotel I Cacciatori, situated in a strategic position in the Friuli Venezia-Giulia region, close to Venice, Slovenia and Croatia, only  four  kilometres from the Airport of Trieste, making it easy for groups who wish to fly here. The Hotel is 200 metres from the famous Sanctuary of Redipuglia, the historic monument where thousands of World War I victims rest in peace. A comfortable hotel with plenty of entertainnatiment, there are also many attractions  nearby, such as Gorizia, Udine and Trieste.. Take a swim in the open-air swimming-pool, enjoy free of charge wi-fi internet access, play a five-a-side football, or simply relax in the garden of the hotel.

Concerts

Whether you are performing in the enchanting courtyard of the Castle of Miramare, in the historical centre of the city of Gorizia, or on Trieste's shores, your experience will be enhanced by an authentic Italian audience whose appreciation and enthusiasm reflects the relatively unexplored nature of this wonderful corner of Italy.

Sample Itinerary (Orchestras/Concert bands*)

Day one

Lunchtime arrival in resort. Remainder of day at leisure.

Day two

Morning visit to Grado and evening concert in the courtyard of Miramare Castle.

Day three

Morning visit to Gorizia Afternoon visit to Trieste and evening concert in Piazza dell’Unita’ d’Italia (Trieste).

Day four

Day excursion to Venice and final concert in Villa Foscarini Rossi (Dolo).

Day five

Morning free in resort followed afternoon departure.

* If you are a different ensemble type, please ask us for a sample itinerary.

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