Six Wonderful Days in Tuscany With Andrea Bocelli
Explore the beauty’s of Tuscany while enjoying the wonderful voice of Andrea Bocelli live.
By Kayla McMillan
Picture this: Six days exploring the cities and hills of Tuscany, three-course Italian dinners, cooking courses, and a chance to see Andrea Bocelli live in a theatre that transforms into an artificial lake.
While this may sound like a fantasy, it’s a real vacation that sells out fast before every summer. Michelangelo International Travel, an Italian group tour team, invites you to join them on a wonderful week that includes a magical evening of good music.
A Brief Itinerary:
July 23 – Arrive in Tuscany
July 24 – Pisa & Pietrasanta
After breakfast, you’ll head toward Pisa for a tour in the Piazza dei Miracoli with its remarkable Cathedral, the Baptistery and, of course, the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
After lunch on your own, you’ll reach the coast in Pietrasanta while enjoying the foothills of the Apuan Alps.
July 25 – Andrea Bocelli Event
Enjoy a morning of leisure at the hotel before your long day ahead. In the afternoon, you’ll reach the Tuscan countryside, where you’ll sample an extensive range of local products in an estate.
From there, you’ll be ready for the music performed by the world-famous singer, Andrea Bocelli. Learn more about the exquisite theatre you’ll become a part of below. Guests will return to the hotel in the early hours.
July 26 – Lucca & cooking class
After breakfast in the hotel, guests will meet in outskirts of Lucca to learn a few cooking tips for Italian cuisine. You’ll then head to Lucca for a guided tour on a hunt for Italian art from the Renaissance.
See the Duomo of San Martino, which dates back to the 6th century or relax in one of the cafés in Piazza dell’Anfiteatro.
July 27 – Florence
Guests will enjoy their breakfast before taking the local train to Florence, the capital of Tuscany. This art and cultural metropolis is a must for all travelers to Tuscany.
You will visit the interesting sights of the historic district on a guided city tour while viewing some of the most beautiful art in the world. Afterward, there will be time to admire the jewelry shops on the Ponte Vecchio or to enjoy a little Italian espresso in a cafe.
July 28 – Departure
This five-night, six-day experience costs €649, or roughly $735 per person. The flight is not included in this price. Travelers are encouraged to fly into Pisa or Florence for convenience.
That does include five optional overnight stays in the Montecatini area, including daily buffet breakfast and four three-course-dinners. A mode of private coach transportation to and from Florence airport and baggage assistance at the hotels. Guests will receive a headset during the sightseeing tours which include guided tours of Pisa, Pietrasanta, Lucca, and Florence.
Additionally, travelers will experience a tasting of local delicacies at a Tuscan country estate and a cooking class at a farmhouse. The ticket for the Andrea Bocelli event at the Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico is pre-booked with the entire event purchase.
Michelangelo Travel’s Director of Marketing, Aldo Caronia, says this Andrea Bocelli’s favorite performance to put on. “After the concert, everything is dismantled and the hill goes back to its original nature, a magnificent place where you can enjoy 360 degrees view of the Tuscany countryside.”
Caronia explains that there are roughly 1,500 tickets in advance, and they are sold out pretty fast due to high demand.
Caronia reminds travelers that this is an unusual location on top of a hill and therefore requires a short walk on uneven terrain to reach the theatre. Those with walking disabilities are encouraged to let them know ahead of time so special arrangements can be made.
Meals throughout the week are based on the client’s request. Caronia says, “Each program can feature special activities and meals. Some of the popular activities are cooking classes, visits to a small pasta factory, experience a classic gelato making class, extra virgin olive tasting, wine tasting, and cellars visits and a lunch or dinner in a Tuscan castle.”
Any special dietary restrictions can be accommodated if planned in advance. It is not unusual to have people with allergies and there are always ways to provide some good alternatives for those with restrictions.
Andrea Bocelli’s Vision
Andrea Bocelli, a famous Italian tenor, innovated a project in 2006 uniting art, culture, and territory with the creation of an open-air amphitheater in the heart of the Tuscan hills near his hometown in Lajatico.
Since then, the theatre hosts a single concert by Bocelli once a summer, while it remains silent the rest of the year (given the name Teatro del Silenzio for it’s translation to Theatre of Silence).
In the center of the structure, guests see a sculpture in the form of a human face.
It was designed by the Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj for the performance of the opera Manon Lescaut and left to the theatre foundation later. And if that wasn’t a reason enough to be interested, this theatre is full of amazing things!
The stage, as well as the platforms for the audience, are completely dismantled when they are not used and the theatre gets back to its natural state turning into an artificial lake. So it’s man for a season, then nature for the rest of the year.
A Unique Way to Enjoy Tuscany
Bocelli’s concert and amphitheater is a unique way to enjoy the beauty of Tuscany while surrounded by the breathtaking hills while listening to his music.
The theme of the show changes every year; some years it might be a full opera, others Bocelli performs some of his greatest hits accompanied by some very special guests. In previous years, fellow musicians such as Placido Domingo, Sarah Brightman, Kenny G, and Chris Botti all made performances at the event.
This year Bocelli calls it Ali di libertà (‘wings of freedom’); it will be a poetic interpretation of that most ancient of human aspirations; flight. The show also draws inspiration from the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci and the desire to overcome earthly limits.
The show promises to be a spectacular multi-sensory experience that will reinvent opera by offering the greatest composers, the most beloved arias and the most popular classics, all presented within an innovative format. The beloved Italian tenor will be joined by acclaimed international stars of bel canto.
This year’s edition is said to be the most ambitious show yet, making it a challenge for the Teatro del Silenzio.