Portland Piano International has organized an ultimate two-week visit to Italy that will delight anyone who loves the piano, fine food, the good life, and all things Italian! This trip centers around the Trasimeno Music Festival, created and directed by renowned pianist Angela Hewitt.
The trip from June 25 to July 9 will explore three areas of Italy: Venice, Umbria, and Rome. Come see how the best pianos in the world are made by Paolo Fazioli and his team in a private visit to his shop in Sacile. Marvel at the centuries-old glassmaking process in Murano, and see a few old favorites in Venice, too. Then, we are off to beautiful Umbria for a dizzyingly splendid whirl of music, new friends, stunning meals, visits to beautiful places, and more. Finally, spend three days in Rome to visit rarely shown art splendors, all the majesty of the eternal city, and even a visit to a Pinocchio maker!
For the Festival, an exceptional group of musicians will be brought together to stir up a feast of music and enchantment. Night after night in exquisite historical venues, the music thrills, cajoles, and entrances: a tiny jewel box of an 18th-century theatre here, a majestic basilica there, the magical courtyard of the ancient Castle of the Knights of Malta in Magione. All of this is a feast for the eyes as well as the ears. The cost of the trip includes the VIP Trasimeno Festival package, which is no longer available to the public and can only be obtained by joining this tour.
PPI’s Director of Audience Engagement, Bill Crane, has been on the Trasimeno Music Festival staff for the past seven years and will be there this year to take especially good care of our group. Also, Executive Director Ellen Bergstone Wasil and Advancement Director Dan Wasil will accompany our group every step of the way.
The tour price includes:
Transportation: Private transfers starting in Venice on June 25th and ending at Rome airport on July 6th.
Hotels/Meals: 3 nights at Hotel Villa Luppis in Sacile, 8 nights at Hotel Locanda della Posta & Rosetta Hotel in Perugia, 3 nights at Hotel Pace Helvetia in Rome. Three Gala dinners with drinks included, as well as 4 lunches and 7 dinners. Breakfasts are provided at the hotels.
Transfers & Sightseeing: All transfers as scheduled and transport to the concerts, and to and from the hotel.
Tips & Taxes: All tips for drivers, waiters, etc. All taxes.
Guides: Excursions with private English guides as per itinerary with an escort from Executive Cultural Tours.
Entertainment: All concert tickets as per itinerary.
Donations: Portland Piano International and the Trasimeno Music Festival
Price is US $7,980 per person, based on double occupancy (land only); single supplement is US $1,017 per person. Not included in the tour price are: airfare; cancellation, baggage and health insurance; excess baggage charges; food and beverages not included in the group menus; and individual services and any items of a personal nature.
Please join us on this amazing, 15-day trip! There are only 20 slots available and they are going fast!
For more information, contact Bill Crane by calling (503) 544-2445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUE / JUN 25
Arrive in beautiful Venice, Italy, at the Marco Polo Airport, where you will be met by personal guides to take you to transportation to the charming country Hotel Villa Luppis, where you will be met by Ellen and Dan! Once a monastery, this romantic hotel has been chosen so that you can relax in quiet luxury as you acclimate to the new time zone. Once checked in and settled, gather in the hotel dining room for a welcome drink, followed by dinner in the hotel’s astonishing dining room, cuisine to match!
WED / JUN 26
Awaken this morning and enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel and a few leisure hours on the beautiful grounds. In late morning, we will depart for a lunch and a visit to Sacile, the home of the Fabbrica di Fazioli, one of the most important piano makers in the world. The Fazioli factory not only creates the peerlessly beautiful and coveted pianos, but is Angela’s favorite. While at the factory, we will enjoy a private recital in the Fazioli auditorium by Rising Star Jonathan Ferrucci. Then, back for a nice dinner at the Villa Luppis.
THU / JUN 27
Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll be off for a very special visit to Murano, right by Venice, known around the world for its glass-making. Then, lunch and a highlights tour in Venice and back in the evening we go to Villa Luppis to dine quietly.
FRI / JUN 28
A fun travel day! Starting with a farewell breakfast at Villa Luppis (it will be hard to leave!), we transfer to Perugia, Umbria’s biggest city, to the Hotel La Locanda della Posta, home for the next eight nights. It is right in the center of town, steps from the art museum, the university, great shopping and restaurants, and plenty of gelato! A tour to get oriented to the town, with highlights pointed out, will fill out the afternoon. Then, we’re off to the lakeshore town of San Savino for a very special concert featuring young artists chosen by Angela, with a buffet supper overlooking the lake, prepared by townspeople!
SAT / JUN 29
The Festival BEGINS! And, what a beginning it will be: the “Little Solemn Mass” by Rossini in the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, featuring the Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and wonderful soloists. A gala dinner precedes that exceptional musical phenomenon. You probably will have loved wandering in the daytime through the visual splendor of the region.
SUN / JUN 30
After breakfast, guided daytime trips will reveal more of the splendors of Umbria. Then, two concerts at the Basicila of Saint Peter in Perugia (not far from the hotel) with a gala dinner in its cloister in between. The early evening program is Angela with Bach Toccatas and Mozart and Beethoven sonatas; the late program is the Lessons of Darkness of Couperin in the candle-lit Basilica.
MON / JUL 1
A morning on one’s own follows breakfast (there is great shopping in Perugia!), then a day trip and it’s off to a very special private dinner for major donors to the Festival – that includes all of us – followed by a magical chamber music concert in the 14th-century Castle of the Knights of Malta in Magione. The Camerata of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam will provide the fireworks.
TUE / JUL 2
There is so much to visit in the region and Festival staff will enjoy showing you their favorite bits during the day before going in the afternoon to Cortona, where acclaimed British author and screenwriter Ian McEwan, together with Angela, will give a special presentation about his new film, The Children Act, featuring Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci. Dinner follows and then we’re off to an unusual concert devoted to the astonishing 17th-century Venetian singer and composer, Barbara Strozzi. To celebrate her 400th anniversary, the program will include some of her most beautiful compositions and a few surprise elements.
WED / JUL 3
Everyone loves the spectacularly beautiful ceramics from Deruta and we will have the day there to see the very best examples of this work in their exceptional museum, have lunch and maybe a cooking lesson at the Taverna del Gusto, right at the top of town, and, most of all, have a private visit to the studio of Deruta’s very best artist, Patrizio Chiucchiu. A leisurely day-time pace will mean that we will be fresh for that evening’s concert back in the castle in Magione – an unprecedented recital of thrilling works for soprano, clarinet, and piano, including French composer Pauline Viardot’s adaptations of some of Chopin’s music, but with texts!
THU / JUL 4
Breakfast and another fine day trip to see Umbria! Lunch on your own, then a terrific gala dinner before the concert in the Sala Podiani in the National Gallery of Umbria, just down the street from your hotel. This is the way fun program of modern and contemporary music promising to leave you dancing in the via Vanucci (your home street for the week) afterward!
FRI / JUL 5
A thrilling day trip to Spoleto, home of another famed music festival, an ancient city filled with architectural wonders, ancient ruins, and all manner of beauty. Following this educational trip, it’s dinner on one’s own, then back to the castle in Magione for the closing concert of the Festival, a solo recital by Angela, with the rest of the Bach Toccatas, a Mozart sonata, and Ravel’s magnificent Tombeau de Couperin. Ah, such a finale.
SAT / JUL 6
Breakfast at the hotel will begin our last hours in Perugia as we depart mid-morning for Rome. Our destination is the wonderful Hotel Pace Helvezia, right in the middle of town, with a 360-degree view of the whole city from the beautiful rooftop terrace, where Ellen, Dan, and Bill will host a cocktail party for all of us to get a sense of the magic that awaits. After drinks, we’ll walk to the nearby Trevi Fountain or around the Piazza Venezia, then dine casually at Bill’s favorite neighborhood eatery, Le Lanterne, then have a good night’s sleep.
SUN / JUL 7
The Pace Helvezia serves a great breakfast, so we will be ready for a tour of nearby sights by our own Bill Crane, who especially likes Caravaggio paintings lurking in unsuspected places, the local Pinocchio maker, great coffee in a shop named for a saint, and the giant stone foot at the Capitoline Museums! He’ll know just where to go for lunch together and will even show us his favorite, not well known, sculpture from Michelangelo in the Church of Saint Mary over Minerva. We’ll have dinner together, too, before returning to the hotel, happy and worn out!
MON / JUL 8
Things will get a bit more sophisticated for a second day of Rome sight-seeing when we will be guided by the very distinguished Rome tour guide, Dr. Francesca Barberini. She will take us to the Palazzo Colonna, the last palace in Rome inhabited by its original family, to see their dumbfounding art collection and to tell of its history. (It is, quite literally, where Michelangelo hung out when he was working for the Pope!) Then, she will take us to one or two of her favorite, mostly unknown, spectacular sites. The other great café of Rome, the Greco, is on the itinerary. Three hundred years old, it was the favorite haunt of Verdi, Wagner, Byron, Buffalo Bill, and many others. A fond farewell dinner of true Roman cuisine will close the day and the end of a memorable trip, just before we depart in the morning.
TUE / JUL 9
One more breakfast at the Hotel Pace Helvezia, one more look at the panorama of Rome from the rooftop, and we’ll be off to the airport by shuttle to head home or, for those who want, to parts unknown.