Travel to Italy should come with a warning - you're not going to want to leave! With its diverse natural beauty, wealth of artistic treasures (more than the rest of the world combined), passionate people and delicious food, it's hard not to fall in love.
Experience all that Venice, Florence and Rome have to offer, view a 1715 Stradivarius in Cremona, wander the well-preserved remains of Pompeii or take in the breathtaking beauty of Sorrento on the Bay of Naples. All are possible in our wonderful Italy itineraries.
Multiple nights in Venice, Florence and Rome with performances in each location highlight this 9-day Italian itinerary. You'll explore the very best of all 3 cities including St. Mark's Square and Basilica in Venice, the Duomo and Michelangelo's David in Florence and the Sistine Chapel and Colosseum in Rome. In addition, you'll visit the lovely Tuscan village of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis, to explore the wonderful Basilica.Full Itinerary
Upon arrival in Rome, transfer to Florence and spend the next 3 nights in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. See famous works of art such as Ghiberti's Baptistry doors and Michelangelo's David. You'll have a full-day excursion to the Tuscan hill town of Siena before heading south to Rome. Here you'll soak up all the sights of the Eternal City including St. Peter's Basilica, the Colosseum and much more.Full Itinerary
The charms of southern Italy are featured in this 9-day itinerary with multiple nights in the spectacular seaside town of Sorrento and the Eternal City of Rome. In addition to 3 fantastic performance opportunities, highlights of your trip include an excursion and cable car ride up to Mt. Etna, a Sicilian puppet show, a folk dance lesson, and of course, the best of Rome including the Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain and more!Full Itinerary
In a country made up of 20 distinct regions, the cities of Italy each have their own traditions, architecture and food specialties. No matter where you go, however, you'll be surrounded by natural beauty and a wealth of incomparable artistic treasures.
Known as "The Floating City," it stretches across 117 small islands in the Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea, and was once the greatest seaport in late medieval Europe. The majesty and grandeur of the palaces lining the Grand Canal reflect the wealth and power of the city in its heyday. To arrive in Venice is to be transported to another world with a wealth of artistic and architectural wonders.
The Eternal City is one of the world's most beautiful and inspiring capitals. Few cities can match Rome's historical importance and artistic heritage. Once capital of the Roman Empire, today home to the Colosseum, the Vatican, Trevi Foutain, the Pantheon and much more.
The birthplace of the Renaissance and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world due to the richness of its artistic, historic, and cultural heritage. Home to some of the greatest minds and artists of the medieval age - Dante, Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli - Florence offers a wealth of world-famous frescoes, sculptures, churches, palaces and more.
This city has played an important role as the capital of numerous kingdoms and dynasties throughout history and is currently one of Europe's industrial and finance centers. Although modern in appearance, Milan has more than 26 centuries of history and heritage. It is home to the famous La Scala opera house, the Duomo, one of the grandest Gothic cathedrals in the world and Leonardo Da Vince's The Last Supper.
Best known as the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, Verona is a cosmopolitan crossroads and center for the arts and culture. Every summer its 2,000-year-old Roman arena still serves as a performance venue hosting some of opera's biggest stars.
Beautiful churches, historic buildings, bustling piazzas, local conservatories and schools are just some of the fantastic Italian venues that await your ensemble. Joint concerts and exchanges are also possible throughout the country.
Charged as being "the greatest of all churches of Christendom," St. Peter's Basilica, in Vatican City, is nearly 400 years old and possesses a wealth of history, culture, and art. Adorned with works of famous Italian Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo, St. Peter's is a popular site not only for Christians, but for historians and tourists alike. Not only have Encore groups had the opportunity to explore such a remarkable sight, but some have also performed for the Pope himself!
The Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, in the town where St. Francis was born and died, is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Franciscan Order and one of the most important places of Christian pilgrimage in Italy. The Basilica, begun in 1228, comprises two churches – the Upper Church and Lower Church – and a crypt where the remains of the saint are interred. With permission, choral groups can sing during Holy Mass.
It is hard to imagine a more dramatic church than Sant' Andrea della Valle, it is therefore not hard to understand why Puccini set the first act of his opera, Tosca, in the Barberini Chapel. It is here that Angelotti seeks a hiding place from the Roman chief of police and Tosca's suspicions of her lovers' supposed infidelity are aroused. This is a venue of unmatched opulence and operatic history and would be the perfect venue for a choral performance.
Located on the Piazza San Marco, the Cathedral is not only the most famous of the churches in Venice, but it's also one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture. Over the centuries, it has become a symbol of Venetian wealth and power. This explains its nickname, Chiesa d'Oro, which in Italian means "church of gold". The church also contains multiple choir lofts which was the inspiration for the development of a Venetian polychoral style. So hop a boat to Venice and come perform in what was once a vital home to the famous Italian Renaissance!