This trip is organized around an interest in theatre history and experience. We explore two areas most tourists never find. Le Marche - This exquisite region between Umbria and the Adriac Sea will be our first stop. Birthplace of Raphael and home of Pavarotti, this region has important archeological sites, historical theatres, cultural heritage and traditions. We will tour the area and attend theatical performances. Lazio & Fiuggi - Rome may be the most famous of Lazio's treasures but there is much more to discover in its environs. Fiuggi, a well-know Italian resort and the hill towns nearby hold many surprises. From pre-Roman ruins and medieval castles to summer festivals, we will visit Rome and many other places you may have never heard of but will never forget.
Day 1 Travel overnight to Rome.
Day 2 Meet the group at Rome airport for transfer to the Marche and our hotel. We will visit a restored 18th Century theatre and then return to our hotel for dinner.
Day 3 Today we visit the medieval town of Montelupone, its theatre and civic museum. Lunch on your own and relax this afternoon -take a massage or a swim. Before dinner there will be a wine tasting of regional product. After dinner, we will be transferred to the evening's theatre performance.
Day 4 The morning is free. This afternoon we visit the Roman ruins at Urbisaglia and the town of Montecassiano. After dinner in our hotel we will be transferred to the evening's performance.
Day 5 After breakfast we depart for Fiuggi with time to stop off for a visit to Spoleto and have lunch on your own. We will continue on to Fiuggi and check in at our hotel. After dinner we will explore the "old town", see the restored theatre in the Grand Hotel and stop at a local "grapperia" for a nightcap.
Day 6 Today we visit the hilltop towns of Ciociaria( three medieval cities with important archeological and cultural sites). We return to the hotel for a rest before departing for Rome and the evening theatre experience.
Day 7 Relax, shop, walk etc. this morning is free time. After lunch on your own we will visit a local monastery and have dinner "al fresco" in the countryside before the evening's entertainment.
Day 8 Today is completely free - visit a local market - go to the spa - or take public transportation into Rome. Tonight is our farewell banquet at our hotel.
Day 9 After breakfast our private coach will provide transport to the airport in Rome for departure.