Monday, October 11, 2010

USC 2011 Italy Performance Tour - Updated Itinerary

Welcome to the Incantato blog for the 2011 USC Performance Tour to Italy. This is the updated itinerary for the choir and still very much a work in progress. Many details are subject to change as this journey becomes more and more your tour and to enhance the overall experience. Enjoy!

DAY 1 Thursday, March 3
Overnight flight to Rome

LUFTHANSA flight LH429 leaves CHARLOTTE (CLT) at 5:25PM.

DAY 2 Friday, March 4
Benvenuti to Italy

Arrive in MUNICH (MUC) at 8:10AM.
LUFTHANSA flight LH1842 leaves MUNICH (MUC) at 9:35AM.
Arrive in ROME (FCO) at 11:05AM.
After clearing customs and immigration and collecting your luggage, meet your Tour Manager, Stefania La Rosa, at the airport. Board the coach, grab lunch en route, and head to Montecatini Terme, a spa town very much beloved by composer Verdi, for check-in and a pasta welcome dinner. The choir will stay at the Imperial Garden Hotel from March 4 through 7.

DAY 3 Saturday, March 5
& Lucca
Explore the nearby Tuscan gem of Pisa this morning at leisure before taking a guided city tour of Lucca this afternoon. Lunch on your own. Sample the local cuisine at an agriturismo dinner this evening.

DAY 4 Sunday, March 6
Florence in-depth, Mass & Concert

Visit nearby Florence for a guided city tour and take a close look at the Accademia Museum where Michelangelo's David is displayed. Sing Mass at San Lorenzo Church at 6:00PM, followed by a feature concert at Santa Maria Maggiore at 8:15PM. Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant before transferring back to Montecatini.

DAY 5 Monday, March 7
at Leisure
Enjoy a relaxing excursion to the charming coastal towns of Cinque Terre by train. Along your excursion, you will visit Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Montesorro. En-route, you can see the Carrera Marble Mountains. Return to Montecatini in the evening.

DAY 6 Tuesday, March 8
Via Orvieto to Magliano Sabina

Bid farewell to Tuscany as you travel to Magliano Sabina. Stop for a guided tour in the hilltop town of Orvieto with its amazing Duomo and underground caves, then transfer to Calvi dell'Umbria to enjoy a visit to local artisan food producers where you can taste fresh olive oil, goat cheese, etc. Your afternoon is at leisure in Calvi before transferring to your hotel in Magliano Sabina. The choir will stay at Hotel Sabina on March 8 and 9.

DAY 7 Wednesday, March 9

Perugia & Concert
Explore Perugia with a local guide, then continue to the Art Monastery in Labro for a workshop and master classes. At 9:00PM the group performs a concert at Il Teatro Flavius Vespasian in Rieti.

DAY 8 Thursday, March 10
Eternal Rome Tour
& Concert
The eternal city of Rome is just a short drive away, and you start with a tour of its ancient highlights: the Coliseum and Roman Forum.
Highlight concert at 6:00PM at Sant'Agnese in Agone followed by dinner in a local restaurant. The choir will stay in Rome's Hotel Oly for the remainder of the tour.

DAY 9 Friday, March 11
La Dolce Vita
Explore Rome at leisure today. Lunch on your own and dinner in a local restaurant.

DAY 10 Saturday, March 12
Vatican Visit & Rome at Leisure

Explore the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica with your local guide this morning. Your afternoon is at your disposal for further exploration of the city.

DAY 11 Sunday, March 13

High Mass & Farewell
Prepare to be the featured guest choir for Sunday High Mass at the magnificent cathedral of St. Peter followed by a fun farewell dinner.

DAY 12 Monday, March 14
Rome Departure
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Bid farewell to beautiful Italy and return home with memories to last a lifetime.

LUFTHANSA flight LH1851 leaves ROME (FCO) at 6:35AM.
Arrive in MUNICH (MUC) at 8:15AM.
LUFTHANSA flight LH428 leaves MUNICH (MUC) at 11:25AM.
Arrive in CHARLOTTE (CLT) at 4:35PM.

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