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15th Anniversary Season: Baroque Sicily, Italy

Noto  Siracusa  Ortigia  Modica  Ragusa Ibla  Mt. Etna  Catania

Paulo Faustini, Founder & Artistic Director

David Hayes, Guest Conductor

Karen La Rosa, Sicily Cultural Coordinator at La RosaWorks

Preliminary Itinerary: June 27-July 8, 2020

12 Days and 11 Nights

(subject to change and to be confirmed May 2020)

 

Saturday, June 27, Day 1

 

AM Arrival at CATANIA Fontanarossa Airport (CTA)

Transfer to NOTO 4-star hotel (included) 

Check-in at hotel (8 nights)

Unpack, rest, perhaps take a dip in the pool        

7:00 PM Meet in Hotel Lobby: Orientation Meeting

and introductions with all participants and staff

7:30 PM Welcome Dinner at hotel restaurant (included)

 

Sunday, June 28, DAY 2

 

9:00 AM Meet in hotel lobby for Walking Tour of NOTO

town with our licensed local guide (included)

12:30 PM Lunch on your own and free time

2:00 PM Ensemble Rehearsal I: Individual Warm-up,

Orientation & Repertoire Run-through

(Santa Maria alla Rotonda Rehearsal Space)

8:00 PM Dinner at Anche Gli Angeli (included)

 

Monday, June 29, DAY 3  

 

AM Breakfast

*participants will have the option to take round trip shuttle from                 

  the hotel or walk 20/25 minutes to daily rehearsals

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ensemble Rehearsal II (Rehearsal Space)

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Lunch on your own and free time

3:00 – 6:00 PM Ensemble Rehearsal III (Rehearsal Space)

6:00 PM Free time

8:00 PM Dinner on your own

 

Tuesday, June 30, DAY 4 

 

AM Breakfast

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ensemble Rehearsal IV (Rehearsal Space)

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Lunch on your own and free time

3:00 – 6:00 PM Ensemble Rehearsal V (Rehearsal Space)

6:00 PM Free time 

7:30 PM Depart for winery in Noto

8:00 PM Dinner at Zisola Winery (included)

 

Wednesday, July 1, DAY 5

 

AM Breakfast

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ensemble Rehearsal VI (Rehearsal Space)

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Lunch on your own and free time

3:00 – 6:00 PM Ensemble Rehearsal VII (Rehearsal Space)

6:00 PM Free time

8:00 PM Dinner on your own

 

Thursday, July 2, DAY 6

 

AM Breakfast

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ensemble Rehearsal VIII (Rehearsal Space)

Lunch on your own 

Meet in hotel lobby for afternoon trip to ORTIGIA BOAT TOUR (transportation and boat tour included) 

Free time to explore Ortigia on your own

8:00 PM Dinner in Ortigia on your own

10:30 PM Return to Noto    

        

Friday, July 3, DAY 7

 

AM Breakfast

Morning off to rest or take optional trip

Lunch on your own

5:00 PM Shuttle to concert venue

5:15 PM Individual Warm Up

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Acoustical Rehearsal in venue

7:00 PM Concert I in NOTO 

8:00 PM Post-concert Dinner in local restaurant (included)

Saturday, July 4, DAY 8

 

AM Breakfast

Morning and afternoon off to rest or optional trip

Lunch on your own

5:00 PM Depart for SIRACUSA and ORTIGIA ISLAND

5:45 PM Individual Warm Up

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Acoustical Rehearsal

8:00 PM Concert II in ORTIGIA ISLAND (SIRACUSA)

9:00 PM Post-concert Dinner (included)

10:30 PM Return to Noto (transportation included)

 

Sunday, July 5, DAY 9

 

AM Breakfast and check out of Noto hotel; Transfer from Noto to Ragusa Ibla with en route visit to MODICA for Chocolate Tasting (included)

Check in at 4-star hotel in RAGUSA IBLA (2 nights)

PM Lunch on your own in Ragusa Ibla

5:45 PM Individual WarmUp

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Acoustical Rehearsal

7:00 PM Concert III in RAGUSA IBLA at SAN GIORGIO Cathedral

8:00 PM Post-concert dinner in Ragusa Ibla town (included)

 

Monday, July 6, DAY 10

 

AM Breakfast

Walking tour of RAGUSA IBLA with local guide (included)

PM Lunch on your own

Free time to explore Ragusa Ibla on your own

7:30 PM Depart for winery in Ragusa (transportation included)

8:00 PM Winery Dinner in Ragusa (included)

Tuesday, July 7, DAY 11

 

AM Breakfast

10:30 AM Transfer from to CATANIA with en route visit and tour of MT. ETNA Winery (included)

PM Wine Tasting Lunch (included)

After Lunch Continue onto CATANIA

Check in 4-star hotel in CATANIA near airport (1 night)

Rest, pack, or perhaps relax at hotel pool or Ionian Sea

Early Evening Closing Words and End of Program

Dinner on your own

Wednesday, July 8, DAY 12

 

AM Breakfast 

Taxi or private transportation to Catania airport, which is a quick 15/20 minute drive from our hotel. This is not included in your program price as flight times out of Catania vary greatly and people should go on their own or pair up with others.The staff will organize and coordinate this.

 

Arrivederci!