Florence & Milan | 2023 Dates: TBD



4 Florence, 5 Milan

On this unparalleled experience, you will enjoy the finest art, culture, and cuisine that Italy has to offer! Your experience begins in Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance and home to some of the great historical patrons of the arts. Enjoy a private operatic recital featuring performers from the Puccini Opera Company, take in a presentation on West African Ghanaian Ewe music by Professor James Demby, and get behind the wheel of an Italian icon at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello.

In Milan, you'll have the chance to learn about Ambrosian chant, one of the world's oldest choral traditions, from an expert in the very church that inspires its name. Visit the Museo del Violino in Cremona where two virtuosi will perform a private concert on instruments hand crafted by Stradivarius himself and back in Milan enjoy privileged access behind the scenes before attending an opera production at Teatro alla Scala! This program offers a truly unique experience of Italian musical and cultural highlights. We hope to see you there!

From $7,979
*Includes round trip airfare from New York City

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Teatro Alla Scala

Our visit to the workshop of La Scala is an insight into the expertise and love that has made it one of the world's most prestigious opera companies. After an exclusive tour, don your evening wear for an opera at La Scala and a VIP backstage tour! Over prosecco in the stunning atrium, hear notes on this evenings production of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera before sitting back in orchestra seats for the main event.

Un Opera d'Arte

Stradivarius Experience

This special celebration of Stradivarius and his gifts to the world of strings takes place in Cremona. Relax with an espresso and enjoy the gentle scenes of Lombardy before reaching the Museo del Violino. The museums unique auditorium was built solely with the perfect acoustic in mind for playing strings and it is here that two virtuosi will play a private concert for you on a violin and a cello hand-crafted by Stradivarius himself as well as a violin made by Guarneri del Gesù.

Sounds of Stradivarius

Montecarlo Experience

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, prosperous families built private horseshoe theatres providing an intimate performance venue for the local population. Teatro dei Rassicurati in medieval hill-top Montecarlo di Lucca is a beautiful example and the venue for our private operatic recital featuring performers from the nearby Puccini Opera Company.

Arie dall'Alto

Drums

Our host is James Demby, composer, conductor and professor of Music Theory at the State Conservatory of Music of Florence and also a researcher and scholar in West African Ghanaian Ewe Music. The professor will be delighted to make a presentation of Ewe Music, its own structure and philosophy, and the language of Talking Drums, together with his drumming group Italian Sankofa and the students of his Conservatory Workshop.

Talking Drums

Cherubini Experience

Join the list of Florentine musical patrons today as you receive the score and copyright to an original composition at its world premiere. Meet with the Dean and students at the Conservatorio di Musica Luigi Cherubini in Florence who have specially composed a piece inspired by input from guests of The Encore Collection. The performance will take place in the auditorium of the Conservatory.

Patron of the Arts

Ambrosian Experience

Learn about Ambrosian chant, one of the worlds oldest choral traditions, from an expert in the very church that inspires its name; St. Ambrogio. A musical lecture is enhanced by the accompaniment of the church choir who chant at service three times a week.

Milanese Monophony

Ferrari

At Maranello, the home of the prancing horse, visit the museum featuring a collection of the most famous models while those who choose may opt to experience the thrill of getting behind the wheel or enjoy being driven by a professional driver. For those who may prefer, spend this time visiting a top producer of balsamic vinegars, including samples of their finest 'aceto' and where we will all enjoy a light lunch featuring regional specialties.

The Prancing Horse

Drums

Experience Culatello, the finest variety of cured meat in all of Italy, as a guest of Antica Corte Pallavicina where it has been aged in the cellars since the 14th century. Visit the venerable vaults and their fascinating contents with the owner and hear histories of serving nobility such as the Sforzesco family of Milan. Dinner at the restaurant tops off our experience with sumptuous dishes featuring culatello as well as estate produced cheese and wine.

A Tasting Treble

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Comfort

  • 4-star deluxe hotels in city centers
    1. Florence: Hotel Pierre
    2. Milan: Sina De La Ville
  • On-site Encore Travel Concierge
  • Private Coach

Gastronomy

  • Full breakfast daily
  • 3 sumptuous dinners
  • Tuscan farmhouse lunch
  • Balsamic tasting and lunch
  • Culatello tour and tasting

Music

  • Private performance at Conservatorio di Musica Luigi Cherubini
  • Private operatic recital
  • Private performance at Museo del Violino
  • Presentation on Ghanaian Ewe Music
  • Ambrosian chant lecture/performance
  • VIP experience at La Scala

Culture

  • Visit the Ferrari Museum
  • Guided tour of Florence
  • Guided tour of Milan

SPOTLIGHT: CREMONA

Cremona is a city in northern Italy that has become famous for its production of its collection of high quality violins. Featuring a beautiful and historic city center, participants consistently name Cremona as one of their favorite day trips. Cremona has been a famous music center since the 16th century, and is still renouned for their artisan workshops procuding high-quality string intruments.

Antonio Stadivari, an iconic luthier, produced over 1100 violins which are widely considered to be amonst the finest ever produced. Not only will you hear a private concert on one of these beautifully crafted instruments, but you'll also be able to enjoy sights like the Palazzo Comunale, Loggia dei Militi, and the Torazzo -- the second tallest brick tower in Europe which offers magnificent view of the city.

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