Youth Orchestra Tour of Italy 2016

This Summer, Youth Orchestra will depart for their 2016 tour of Italy! From July 6 to July 16, seventy-nine young musicians, twelve chaperones, and five staff members will tour through Milan, Verona, Montecatini, and Rome. Youth Orchestra will perform three concerts at Tettuccio Spa Park, Andrea Della Valle Church, and Castel Gandolfo.

These concerts are a phenomenal way for young musicians to interact with another culture through the medium of music. WYSO also uses these tours as an outreach tool for different communities. Our last concert will be performed with CEIS, the oldest and largest Italian nonprofit organization committed to providing rehabilitation programs for people who struggle with addiction.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Wednesday, July 6, 2016, Overnight Flight
Departure from the United States.

Day 2

Thursday, July 7, 2016, Verona
Arrive in Milan and transfer to Verona. Check into hotel and walk around Verona with tour manager. Enjoy dinner as a group tonight.

Day 3

Friday, July 8, 2016, Verona
Excursion to the Lake Garda region! Explore the Roman ruins in Sirmione and admire the alps from the beautiful town of Desenzano. After lunch, transfer to Mantua for the first performance in Italy at the Teatro Sociale!

Day 4

Saturday, July 9, 2016, Verona
Journey to Cremona to visit the Stradivarius museum, followed by attending a short violin recital before having lunch. Tour of the string instrument makers’ artisan shop to see where Stradivari violins are made. Return to Verona to prepare for this evening’s performance. Transfer to Mantua for the first performance in Italy at the Teatro Sociale!

Day 5

Sunday, July 10, 2016, Montecatini
This morning, depart for an excursion to beautiful Venice! After a brief historic commentary by your Tour Managers, enjoy time to explore the Queen of the Adriatic at your own pace, perhaps trying gelato as you hear gondaliers serenading along the canall! This afternoon, board your coaches and journey south to Tuscany where you will arrive at your hotel in the spa town of Montecatini. Have dinner together this evening. (B,D)

Day 6

Monday, July 11, 2016, Montecatini
Head to nearby Pisa today, to see the famous leaning tower and take advantage of some great photo ops! Afterward, move to a nearby beach at Pietrasanta for time to relax and take a swim in the Mediterranean Sea. Tonight, following dinner together, perform the next concert at the outdoor Tettuccio Spa Park.

Day 7

Tuesday, July 12, 2016, Montecatini
Transfer into Florence today, where a local guide will show the city including the Duomo, the Baptistry doors of Ghiberti and Santa Croce. Entrance to the Accademia is also included. Return to Montecatini for the overnight.

Day 8

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, Rome
After breakfast, depart for Rome. Stop in one of Italy’s most charming towns, Orvieto, which boasts a long history, dating back to medieval times. Continue on to Rome for dinner and the overnight. Explore the Eternal City with the Tour Manager this evening as they show the Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain and more!

Day 9

Thursday, July 14, 2016, Rome
This morning, a local guide accompanies WYSO through the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, and continuing to St. Peter’s Basilica. Later today, transfer to the concert venue to set up and rehearse. This evening, following dinner, WYSO will give the final concert performance at Sant Andrea della Valle Church.

Day 10

Friday, July 15, 2016, Rome
Today, enjoy panoramic city sightseeing of Rome with the Tour Manager including the Circus Maximus, the Imperial Forum, and the Monument of Vittorio Emanuele (Rome’s “Wedding Cake monument”). Next, visit the ancient Colosseum and Roman Forum. This afternoon, begin setup and rehearsal for the final concert. Tonight, perform a charity concert in conjunction with CEIS, the oldest and largest Italian nonprofit organization committed to providing rehabilitation programs for people who struggle with addiction. Venue is Castel Gandolfo. Celebrate the successful performance tour with a restaurant dinner on the shores of the volcanic Albano lake.

Day 11

Saturday, July 16, 2016, Departure
Transfer to the airport for return flight to the United States.

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