Andrea Bocelli Tour

Learn about Andrea Bocelli, visit the venues where he has performed, stay at the Bocelli family farm!

Vacation Code: STTABO0708
7 Nights and 8 Days
2 Nights in Rome, 5 Nights in Tuscany
Pre and Post Mini tours are available

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Did you ever imagine you could walk in the footsteps of Andrea Bocelli, stay in a private apartment at the Bocelli Farm and perhaps even have Andrea stop by for a chat during your vacation in Italy? Beyond your wildest dreams? Not at all. Our Andrea Bocelli Tour of Italy gives you the chance to do all of those things and more!

You’ll learn about world famous opera singer Andrea Bocelli, his life and career by experiencing the parts of Italy that he loves the most. From visiting the venues where Andrea has performed, to staying within meters of his family home, this is the tour that takes you deep into his world. In fact some lucky guests may even be treated to his company when he returns home to ride his beloved horses!

Whether you are a dedicated Andrea Bocelli fan or simply a lover of the finest musical talent, this tour of Italy is made for you.

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Itinerary

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 1: Rome
Day 2: Rome
Day 3: Assisi
Day 4: Florence
Day 5: Siena
Day 6: Lucca – Pisa
Day 7: Lajatico
Day 8: Tuscania

Day 1: Rome

Welcome to Italy!

Your Andrea Bocelli Tour of Italy begins in Rome. Your personal driver and guide will be waiting for you on arrival at the airport. Travel by private car into the historic city center for check-in at the Boscolo Exedra Hotel. This fantastic sanctuary dates back to the late 1700′s. Situated in the heart of Rome, between the ancient thermal baths of Diocleziano and the majestic Basilica degli Angeli, designed by the great Michelangelo.

Andrea stayed at the Boscola Exedra for four nights when performing Bizet’s Carmen (the performance was released on c.d. in 2010). With a little luck, you may find yourself staying in the same room as Andrea did.

To finish your first day on tour, you’ll dine at the Tazio restaurant alongside a pool on the terrace of your hotel. Tonight’s dinner will see you enjoying Italian classics transformed into modern, delicious dishes, as you take in the beautiful skyline of the Eternal City.

Day 2: Rome

Today we will depart the hotel early, Roma awaits you!

Journey back to the majestic Roman empire, beginning with the Roman Forum as you follow the road to the Colosseum, a true symbol of the city of Rome.

Imagine the raw atmosphere here in May of 2009, when Andrea sang in concert for the victims of the earthquake in Abruzzo. His performance included a duet with world class soprano Angela Gheorghiu.

Continue your tour through the hills of Rome, the Palatino, where the oldest and greatest numbers of relics from the ancient Roman empire lie; these include the Capitolino, where you’ll find the monuments of Giove and the present seat of the Courthouse.

Stop for a leisurely lunch at the Peperone, where you’ll catch a glimpse of a completely different side of Rome. Peperone is situated on Via Veneto, one of the most famous streets in the world! This picturesque tree-lined street is the heart of the social scene for movie stars and politicians alike. Choose pizza baked in a wood-burning oven, or a vast array of antipasti or pastas from the extensive menu, and then watch the world go by while you eat!

After a long pause for lunch and a morning of sightseeing, your afternoon is free. Your personal driver will take you anywhere that you desire. Lose yourself among Rome’s shopping district or wander through the city’s famous Piazzas. If you would rather just relax, make your next stop the Hotel spa, where you can unwind in the intimate and refined surroundings. Begin with a relaxing tea before trying chrome-therapy, massages and a range of aesthetic treatments.

In the evening you will have the opportunity to visit another important venue in the story of Andrea: the Teatro dell’ Opera, where he performed in Carmen, directed by Myung-Whun Chung. If you happen to visit on a Sunday, you will have the choice of enjoying an aperitif and concert.

After the opera, it’s time for an intimate dinner at the Crostaceria Ipanema, where you’ll taste some of the best seafood in Rome! Enjoy the rich ambiance and the privacy of this outstanding restaurant, practically in the shadows of the Colosseum.

Day 3: Assisi

Transfer from Rome to Bocelli Farmhouse with a Stop in Assisi

The medieval town of Assisi, has a worldwide reputation as the site where the relics of Italy’s Patron saint, St Francis were found. Your personal driver will guide you through the township of Assisi, where you’ll visit San Damiano church, where the Saint received the inspiration to write down the Laudes Creaturarum. Take a tour of the half Roman and half gothic San Francesco’s Basilica, rich in paintings by Giotto and Cimabue. The Basilica also features the most amazing realistic frescos.

Lunch at Da Cecco, a quiet and cozy restaurant featuring local food specialties.

After lunch continue your exploration with a visit to the roman Tempio di Minerva, converted later into the baroque church of San Maria. Last stop in Assisi is the beautifully frescoed white and pink marble of the gothic Saint Chiara’s Basilica, The perfect way to finish the guided part of your tour! We’ll give you some spare time too, to go shopping in the local artisan shops or to simply relax.

As you leave Assisi with your personal driver it’s time to travel to your accommodation at the Bocelli farmhouse. Located on a hilltop in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, the property is managed by the Bocelli family, including Andrea’s father and his brother Alberto. The farm produces its own very fine wine and an excellent extra virgin olive oil.

You will be staying in one of two exclusive and recently renovated apartments, located just a few meters from the country house where Andrea often returns to go horse riding. After spending some time resting in your rooms, your driver will be waiting to take you to an unforgettable dinner featuring authentic, local dishes, made even more delicious because of the traditional, natural ingredients all sourced from this part of Tuscany. Return to Bocelli Farm and overnight.

Day 4: Florence

Start your day with a delicious and filling breakfast: today you will visit the medieval city of Florence!

Your personal driver guide will collect you from the farm and guide you through the many wonders of Florence. You’ll discover: Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, rich with artistic treasures; the fascinating dome of Brunelleschi; the incredible 84 meter-tall Giotto’s Campanile; and explore the Baptistery of San Giovanni with its wonderful mosaic walls and the world famous Gates of Paradise.

View works of art by the great masters, including Pisano, Ghiberti, Michelangelo and Donatello when you visit the Opera del Duomo Museum, built on the ancient site of the San Reparata Church, The mosaic pavements and bass-reliefs have been so beautifully preserved they will take your breath away.

Step back in time when you stop for lunch at Cantina Barbaggianni. The dishes here bring to life culinary traditions dating back to medieval times.

After lunch you’ll have another opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Andrea Bocelli as you visit the Teatro del maggio musicale fiorentino. Andrea was invited to perform here in 2003 and the performance produced the best-selling recording of Puccini’s Tosca.

Your visit to Florence now takes you to the Uffizi, where you’ll find artistic masterpieces of many styles and eras, then on to see the Academy Gallery, where you’ll see for yourself, one of the most famous art pieces in the world: Michelangelo’s David. The most recent addition to the museum is a musical instrument exhibit where ancient Medicean instruments can be found.

Finish your day with an exquisitely prepared dinner at Le Antiche Carrozze. This classic Italian restaurant, pays special attention to the use of fresh ingredients, especially meats, and takes care to choose exactly the right wines to best suit your meal. Return to Bocelli Farm after dinner and overnight at Bocelli Farm in the hills of Tuscany.

Day 5: Siena

Today you will visit the ancient Tuscan village of San Gimignano, known mostly for its fifteen great medieval towers.

You’ll view the medieval landscape from the highest tower, Torre Grossa, and lose yourself among beautiful buildings including Casa Silvestrini, the romantic Cathedral and the Loggia del Comune. You will be amazed by the many beautiful examples of ancient art clearly visible in the streets – don’t miss the breathtaking frescos by the Sienese school. Continue on to Spedale di Santa Fina for a visit to The Archeological Museum and Saint Fina’s apothecary. Take time out to enjoy a relaxed lunch at the Cum Quibis, restaurant. This fine traditional eatery offers all kinds of Tuscan specialties, delicious homemade desserts and a long list of fine local wines.

After lunch, continue to Siena and take a relaxing walk through the historic centre of the town. Visit the romantic-gothic Cathedral, the Baptistery of Saint John and the Civic Museum, rich in masterpieces belonging to the Sienese school.

Climb the ancient Torre del Mangia to enjoy a wonderful view of the town and its famous Piazza del Campo. Andrea performed there on the 24th of May, 2003 in a performance initiated to raise funds for his beloved Andrea Bocelli Foundation, dedicated to funding research in new technologies and transplant surgery to fight cancer.

After a wonderful day discovering the beauty of San Gimignano and Siena, your driver guide will accompany you to Viareggio, where you are about to enjoy dinner at restaurant Adriano. The food here can only be described as exquisite, and we know that the menu will satisfy every one of your culinary desires! After dinner, return to your apartment by private car and overnight at Bocelli Farm.

Day 6: Lucca – Pisa

Today is all about immersing yourself in the beauty of Italian art. Travel with your personal driver to Lucca, the medieval town where the poet Dante spent time in exile. Take a relaxing walk along Via Fillungo, a narrow alleyway which leads to the breathtaking Piazza San Michele.

The border of the Piazza is lined with beautiful buildings and you will have time to visit the Cathedral and the panoramic Torre Guinigi. From the top of the tower you can view the spectacular elm-oak grove below. Continue your exploration at the Orto Botanico comunale, a legendary site filled with unsolved botanica mysteries dating back to 1800. Wander through the displays and view around 200 botanical species.

Next, you’ll move on to the historical Piazza dell’Anfiteatro which was built on a Roman amphitheatre. After a short tour of the Piazza your guide will show you to Buca di San Antonio, one of the best restaurants in Lucca. Relax over a leisurely lunch, taste outstanding local produce and drink unforgettable wines. You will also have the opportunity to visit the restaurant’s special wine cellar and ask any questions you want.

Your afternoon will be entirely dedicated to the fascinating city of Pisa. Your first stop with your personal guide will be Piazza dei Miracoli where you can visit the medieval Cathedral and the Monumental cemetery. (Legend says the cemetery has been covered with soil from the Holy Land). Take a look inside the Baptistery of St John and visit the famous Campanile, more famously known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

While in Pisa you will have another opportunity to follow the path and the career of Andrea Bocelli. In 1997, Andrea performed a selection of traditional Italian songs in the Piazza dei Cavalieri in collaboration with Sarah Brightman and Nuccia Focile. The recording of this performance holds a special place in Andrea’s career. It launched his cd “Romanza” on the American market and sold with great success.

As twilight approaches you will make your way to Teatro Verdi, world famous launching pad of many great Italian artists. Pavarotti made his 1969 debut here in “Rigoletto” and of course, the world was introduced to the outstanding talent of Andrea Bocelli when he performed in “Macbeth” in 1994. You will feel the magic of the Teatro as you view the very stage where Andrea began his professional career.

To complete your time in Pisa, your guide will drive you to Osteria dei Cavalieri, where you’ll enjoy a wonderful traditional menu before returning to your farmhouse apartment to overnight at Bocelli Farm.

Day 7: Lajatico

This morning is very special. Travel with your guide by private car to our first destination – the city of Lajatico – where you will visit Andrea’s birthplace.

The city sits on a hill overlooking the Era River, its origins date back to the Etruscan/Roman period, but the actual historic neighborhood is said to date to the 12th century. The symbol of the city is the Rocca di Pietracassia, an abandoned medieval castle that offers panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside.

After enjoying the scenery, we will make our way to the Chiesa di San Leonardo. This fascinating architectural exhibit has a neoclassic form as a result of its reconstruction in the mid 19th century. More important than the architecture though, It is here that Andrea, began learning piano at the tender age of 6, and where he later served as an organist for many years.

There is so much more Andrea Bocelli history to discover today as we move on to the Teatro di Silenzio, the “theater of silence”. The theater was built by Andrea with the idea of establishing a structure that hosts only one concert a year. The Teatro was launched on the 27th of July, 2006. No ordinary theater. The stage here is broken down when not in use, and becomes an artificial lake.

Andrea’s last performance in the Teatro was in July of 2010. The concert was as always, held in front of an international audience, and quickly sold out. The orchestra was under the direction of Eugene Khan. The first half was dedicated to the classics, from Berlioz to Bellini, including an emotional rendition of Ave Maria. The second half of the program moved to more contemporary pieces, including Bizet, Gounoud and Ribas.

Today we will stop for lunch at La Vallata restaurant, a country house built in the 16th century. La Vallata offers genuine cuisine featuring food produce sourced from the local area. Relax in the warm environment and sample a range of outstanding dishes, including handmade pasta with truffles, many antipasti and tempting second dishes featuring various meats from the region.

After lunch your private guide will drive you back to the Bocelli estate for a walk through the vineyards and farm. Discover the animals and gardens, and if you are familiar with horses, you might even like to take a short ride around the property.

The afternoon is free, so you can completely relax! This evening, you are in for an outstanding treat, as your personal chef prepares a customized Italian meal for you. If the weather permits, you can take in the scenery while you eat al fresco under the trees surrounding the villa. Tonight is pizza night!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Andrea were to drop by to visit his horse or perhaps from sheer curiosity over the delicious smells emanating from the wood-burning oven?

Day 8: Tuscania

The last day of your vacation has arrived. Your personal driver will be waiting in the morning to drive you back to Rome, but there are still some interesting places to visit as you make a couple of stops along the way.

First, you visit Tarquinia, where you will see the perfectly preserved Roman Church of San Maria Maggiore. One of the most significant in the ancient Etruscan lands.

This will be followed with a stop in Tuscania, an enchanting etruscan village filled with churches and towers. Your guide will show you Palazzo dei Priori and San Pancrazio’s churches, where Romanic and gothic elements are merged. Then spend some time exploring the ancient Etruscan ruins of Ara della Regina. Finish your morning with a wine tasting and meal at Valle del Marta, a cozy and beautiful country farm house. Return to Tarquinia, and visit the Necropolis, where you will learn about the thematic decorations inside each grave, many of which are linked to famous historic figures.

Now relax as your personal driver returns you directly to Rome. You’ll arrive in the Eternal City in time for a dinner inspired by the sea at the Antico Molo in Fiumicino. The restaurant directly faces the sea, so you can admire the breathtaking landscape as your vacation in Italy gradually draws to a close.

After dinner your driver guide will drive you to your accommodation at the Hilton Airport Hotel. Bid your driver farewell as he wishes you a safe return home. Overnight in Rome, ready for departure next day.

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