At A Glance:
  • Upcoming departures:
    August 11 - 18, 2024
    August 10 - 17, 2025

    Sojourn begins:
    Viareggio, Italy

    Sojourn concludes:
    Verona, Italy

    Price from:
    $4,995/person (DO)
    $5,590/person (SO)

    Early-Booking Special:
    Save $200 through January 31, 2024!

    Combines with:
    Anglo-Saxon Britain
    Shakespeare's Italy


  • BolognaPesaroTeatro RossiniOthelloPiazza del Populo Pesaro

    Perhaps best described as a week-long immersion in the world of opera set against the backdrop of breathtaking Mediterranean scenery, the true highlights of this sojourn are the remarkable operas we’ve come to enjoy. Our nights are spent attending performances and discussing them over remarkable meals of regional Italian cuisine. We pass our days enjoying the unique and beautiful locations that surround us.  Along the way we endeavor to become more familiar with the fundamentals of opera by exploring the works of the operatic masters we have come to enjoy.

    Mornings begin with an informal presentation from Professor Drummond during which he examines a particular element of operatic art or helps critique a performance the group has attended. In many cases, free time is scheduled in the afternoons.  And, because we travel to three different opera festivals in Italy, our journeys between locations are punctuated with lunch stops in locations of historic significance.

    Daily Schedule: Tuesday, August 8
    7:309:00 Breakfast at Grand Hotel Royal (individually)
    9:00 Departure for Pesaro.
    9:0010:00 Morning lecture, “Rossini and the Art of Bel Canto,” en route aboard privately chartered mini-coach.
    11:0014:00 Lunch stop and free time in Bologna
    15:3018:00 Arrival in Pesaro, afternoon free.
    18:0019:30 Seminar Evening and group dinner: “Pavarotti – The Art of the Singer.”
    20:0022:30 Performance of Demitrio e Polibio at Teatro Rossini.
    22:30 Post-performance drinks and discussion of Demitrio e Polibio (optional)

    We also make certain to include plenty of free time in the schedule to afford participants the opportunity to pursue their own interests. In Viareggio, for example, a free afternoon and evening provide ample opportunity to enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Tuscan Coast as well as make the short train journey to the celebrated city of Pisa for a peak at its famous landmarks.  If the beaches in Pesaro don’t provide enough temptation, we suggest an afternoon excursion to San Marino or the magnificent hilltop town of Urbino, a World Heritage Site.   Free time in Verona allows for plenty of shopping or perhaps for exploring the magnificent Roman ruins that are found throughout the city.

    Three evenings during the week are also left entirely free, providing participants the chance to explore their own dining and entertainment interests.  Need suggestions?  Your Scholarly Sojourns Tour Manager is always on had to  recommend the best eateries and most interesting venues for an exciting and entertaining night out.  If you are eager for more group interaction, you’re invited to join your tour leader and tour manager for informal dinners at their favorite eateries.

    Seminar Evenings
    Seminar evenings are a unique feature of all Scholarly Sojourns and this program is no exception.  But because our primary activity is attending evening performances, we modify our seminar evenings to include a group meal prior to each performance and an informal discussion over drinks following each performance. These special group dinners are designed to encourage all participants to contribute their thoughts and impressions while Professor Drummond leads a discussion of topics we have covered and performances we have enjoyed. The locations for seminar evenings are often stories in themselves – unique restaurants, family-run trattorias featuring the best regional cooking, or historic venues off the beaten path.
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