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.
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.
Minimum Duration: 7 Days 4 Nights
Extra Night: Call for Details
Coach Type: Executive 48-Seater with Air Conditioning
Tour Manager: Agency provided
Meals: Half Board
Journey time from Calais: 20 Hours
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.
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.
Afternoon departure for overnight coach travel.
Lunchtime arrival in resort. Remainder of day at leisure.
Morning visit to Grado and evening concert in the courtyard of Miramare Castle.
Morning visit to Gorizia Afternoon visit to Trieste and evening concert in Piazza dell’Unita’ d’Italia (Trieste).
Day excursion to Venice and final concert in Villa Foscarini Rossi (Dolo).
Morning free in resort followed afternoon departure for overnight travel.
Morning ferry and afternoon arrival home.
* If you are a different ensemble type, please ask us for a sample itinerary.
Anthony Chew, Head of Music, Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, Lancashire.
Jane Werry, Head of Music, Hayes School, Kent.
James Williams, Llandovery College, Carmarthenshire.