Opera & Food of Le Marche: Italy Small Group Tour

01 Aug - 11 Aug 2022 (11 Days / 10 Nights)
AUD $5,290


What can you expect?

The tour concentrates on the celebrated Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and the open-air opera season in Macerata in the beautiful Le Marche Region. Between musical performances, there are guided visits to fascinating medieval and Renaissance towns.

This opera and food tour of Italy begins in Rome highlighted by an afternoon guided walking tour to many of the Capital’s landmarks. The next day we travel to Le Marche Region in Central Italy. We will have four days in Macerata to experience its world renowned Opera Festival held at the imposing open air arena: the Sferisterio. After Macerata, we head north to the City of Pesaro situated on the Adriatic Coast, a city proud of its talented and famous son Rossini, born in 1792. Naturally, the city is a centre of musical appreciation with performances at the annual Rossini Opera Festival in August.

The City of Pesaro is rich in culture and historical landmarks. From Pesaro we will visit the famous Renaissance town of Urbino with its Ducal Palace which houses the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche. There are also guided visits to Loreto, Recanati, Gradara, San Marino and Novilara.

The tour includes four opera performances. There are two performances at the Sferisterio in Macerata and two performances at the Rossini Opera Festival of Pesaro.

Contact us if you would like a Private Tour or Self-Drive Itinerary. We are experts in Le Marche Region. 

2023 Tour Departure: 1 Aug 2023 – 11 Aug 2023 (Available)

What’s included?

  • All land travel in air-conditioned mini buses.
  • Accommodation for 10 nights in 3/4 Star hotels in Rome, Macerata and Pesaro.
  • 10 breakfasts.
  • 9 dinners.
  • 3 lunches (Meals include special lunches and dinners in traditional local restaurants and osterie as detailed in the itinerary).
  • Regional wines and mineral water served with meals.
  • Admission to 2 performances at the magnificent Arena Sferisterio in Macerata.
  • Admission to 2 performances to the Rossini Festival.
  • Admission to all galleries, museums and historical sites included in the itinerary.
  • Personally guided tours to all the towns mentioned in the tour.
  • The services of the tour leader throughout the tour.

Detailed itinerary

Meals Included: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 1 Rome (D)
Your tour leaders Mario, Viny and Gianni will meet you at the hotel in the centre of Rome at 4.00pm. Introductions and a small talk on the tour will precede an afternoon stroll through some of the famous ‘piazze’ of Rome. The guided walking tour will include Piazza della Repubblica, The Fountain of Trevi, The Spanish Steps, Piazza Barbarini and Via Veneto. The walk will end with an early dinner in a traditional restaurant.
Day 2 Rome/Ascoli Piceno/Macerata (BD)
After breakfast we say goodbye Rome as we travel north east in air-conditioned comfort through some of the most beautiful countryside of the Central Apennines toward Macerata in Le Marche Region. Before reaching Macerata we make a stop at Ascoli Piceno for a tour of the historical centre of the City. We will explore the Piazza del Popolo and the other main square Piazza Arringo renowned as two of the most beautiful squares in all of Italy. After lunch, we then proceed to Macerata for check in at our hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant before an evening at the opera at the magnificent Sferisterio.
Day 3 Macerata (BD)
After breakfast we will spend the morning on a guided walking tour of Macerata through the city’s famous landmarks and museums. The afternoon is free for you to explorer some of the beautiful streets of Macerata. A special dinner is organised at a local restaurant specialising in local cuisine and wine.
Day 4 Macerata/Recanati (BD)
Today we will visit the town of Recanati. This was the birthplace of Giacomo Leopardi, Italy’s greatest romantic poet. It is also the home of the world renowned tenor Benianimio Gigli. We visit the museum in Villa Colloredo-Melson on the outskirts of the town which holds Recanati greatest art treasures, a room with four of Lorenzo Lotto’s finest pictures. The afternoon is free. An early dinner before a performance again at the Sferisterio.
Day 5 Macerata/Loreto/Pesaro (BD)
After breakfast we leave Macerata and travel to the northern most part of Le Marche Region and our stay for the next 6 nights is in the City of Pesaro. Pesaro is situated on the Adriatic Coast. On the way, we will make a stop at Loreto, a beautiful hill town second only to Assisi and Rome as a place of religious pilgrimage. The town is a showcase of some of Italy’s greatest artists and architects. Check-in and dinner at the hotel in Pesaro will be preceded by an optional passeggiata through the historical centre of the city.
Day 6 Pesaro (BD)
Our first day in Pesaro begins with a guided walking tour of the historical centre of the city. We will visit the house and museum of the Gioachino Rossini as well as the now world famous music school he founded, the Rossini Conservatoire which hosts artists and musicians from all over the world. We will explore the ancient centre of Pesaro with its Ducal Palace and Piazza del Popolo. Free afternoon to rest up at the hotel or further explore the city centre. Dinner at the hotel before attending a performance at Teatro Rossini.
Day 7 Pesaro (BD)
Free day for your enjoyment. Travellers may wish to hire a bike or visit the beach or explore the many boutiques and specialty shops of the historical centre of Pesaro. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 8 Pesaro/Gradara (BLD)
Today’s visit is to Gradara, a medieval village dominated by its magnificent castle which overlooks the Adriatic Sea. We will tour the castle and the impressive old walled town. Gradara was made famous by the legendary love affair between Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini as immortalised in the 5th Canto of Dante’s Inferno. Lunch at Gradara with piadina and local wine. In the afternoon, you will have time to relax before an optional tour of the Villa Imperiale. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 9 Pesaro/Urbino (BL)
Today we explore the land once ruled by the medieval lords of Montefeltro. We visit Urbino one of Italy’s fascinating towns of the Renaissance. It is also the birth place of Raphael. A conducted tour of the magnificent Ducal Palace which houses the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche with its precious paintings by Piero della Francesca, Tiziano, Paolo Uccello and Raphael. A lunch is organised in a traditional osteria in Urbino. There will be a second opera performance in Pesaro.
Day 10 Pesaro (BLD)
After breakfast we will visit the Civic Museums and several important churches and their art treasures. Lunch is organised at Novilara, a nearby hill town, in a traditional trattoria which is famous for its local produce and pasta e fagioli on the menu. After a pleasant stroll of Novilara, we travel back to Pesaro. There will be a special farewell dinner in a famous restaurant in Pesaro.
Day 11 Pesaro (B)
The tour officially ends after breakfast. Mario, Viny and Gianni will farewell the group at the hotel.


AUD $5,290 pp twin share

The cost of the tour, land content only, is AUD $5,290 per person in twin share accommodation. A deposit of AUD $500 is required to reserve a place on the tour which is non-refundable unless the tour is cancelled. The full balance due 90 days prior to departure. Single supplements are available at an additional cost of AUD $790. The tour is costed on a minimum of 6 people travelling on the tour with a maximum number of 14 people.

Download the full itinerary here. The program appears to be full; however, it is mixed with long restful lunches and leisure time for your enjoyment and comfort. If you need to, you can always take time off from the organised program.

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Additional information

The weather: it is summer and it can get quite warm and humid. You will be staying in comfortable accommodation with air conditioning. We recommend light clothing with your favourite walking shoes. We do not place age limitations on the tour and welcome anyone with a moderate level of physical fitness. It is important to note that the countryside is undulating and hilly. Many hill-towns have their historical centres closed to traffic and therefore lots of walking is required. Be expected to spend a few hours a day at a time on your feet with breaks for sightseeing, coffee and a taste of the local produce.

Items not included:

  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance (it is compulsory for every traveller to have taken out a travel insurance policy in order to partake on a Vita Italian Tours). If you require, we can assist in organising a policy for you.
  • Admission fees to places other than those specifically itemised in the itinerary
  • Meals on tour except when specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks outside normal meal times or additional wine or other drinks in restaurants, including tea and coffee.
  • Personal transport costs, phone calls and other personal need
  • Accommodation Tax
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