Opera & Art in Milan, 22 March 2019

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Discover Milan on this three-day opera and art break. Explore Sforza Castle and marvel at the scale and beauty of Milan Cathedral and learn of its long history. The cathedral is one of the largest Gothic churches in the world while many of the churches, which in themselves are architecturally fascinating, house works of art, including the most famous of all at the Santa Maria delle Grazie, where the monk’s refectory is home to Da Vinci’s truly magnificent Last Supper fresco. See Anna Bolana in the Teatro Alla Scala, one of the leading Opera Houses of the world.

Inclusions

• Return scheduled flight from Dublin, taxes • Three nights in a 4* hotel in Milan with breakfast • Walking tour of historical Milan with visit to the Duomo and backstage tour of La Scala Opera House. • Visit Castello Sforzesco • Visit da Vinci’s The Last Supper in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie • Visit the Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery) • Pre-performance dinner in local restaurant • Category 1 ticket to La Cenerentola in La Scala Opera House • Free time for independent sightseeing • Private coach and guide assistance as per the itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1

Your tour will start with a morning flight to Milan. Your flight with Aer Lingus departs Dublin at 07:25 and arrives in Milan Linate 11:40. On arrival in Milan, meet your local guide- and transfer to the 4* Hotel Ambasciatori where you are booked for three-nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

After free time for lunch, meet your local guide and discover Milan’s historical city center on a guided walking tour Discover the heart of Milan, home of Renaissance Italy.

Visit the famous Milano Duomo, artwork of Gothic architecture. Of Colossal dimension and covered by statues, it appears like an improbable lacy cathedral. This is truly one of the great wonders of Milan. From here, we continue towards the elegant Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, where a structure of iron and glass create an impressive dome in the centre of the passage leading out to the Piazza della Scala , where the famous La Scala Theatre is located, considered by many to be one of the world's most famous opera houses. Visit Milan’s famous Duomo Milan’s Cathedral, or Duomo, is a much-loved symbol of the city. The most exuberant example of Northern Gothic in Italy, its spiky spires and towers dominate Piazza del Duomo, Milan’s beating heart. The Duomo’s exterior is an upwardly thrusting collection of pinnacles, elongated statues and buttresses. The central spire is topped by a gilt statue of the Madonna, called the Madonnina. Inside one of the world’s largest churches, it takes a few moments for your eyes to adjust to the candle-lit ambiance as you take in the cathedral’s nave, altars, aisles and stained-glass windows.

Marvel at the Teatro La Scala Considered by many to be one of the world’s most famous opera houses, our guide will take you through the celebrated La Scala Museum. The Museum houses a rich collection of costumes and musical instruments as well as a gallery of portraits and busts dedicated to the great musicians of history such as Giuseppe Verdi and Arturo Toscanini. An expert guide will take you through the museum rooms, with curiosities and anecdotes about great artists who performed on this important stage. You will also dive into the magic of theatre facing from the boxes to admire the beautiful room with the valuable crystal chandelier and the stage. With a little 'luck you might see the artists’ rehearsal from the boxes of the theatre!

The evening is at your leisure.

Day 2

Today, visit Sforza Castle and see the famous Last Supper in The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Admire Castello Sforzesco. The castle has an imposing and iconographic aspect, which makes it one of Milan’s most well-known landmarks. During the Renaissance, it was the residence of Milan’s Duke Ludovico Sforza. Leonardo worked there as a military and civil engineer before he became an artist. He painted the frescoed ceiling of the “Sala delle Asse” (‘room of the wooden panels’), combining a naturalist depiction with strong symbolism.

After the castle visit, transfer to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to view da Vinci’s The Last Supper. The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is one of the most beautiful Italian churches and is typical of the late Gothic architecture of Milan. It was built by the Dominicans 1463-1482. The church is famous for the mural of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. The painting measures 450 × 870 centimeters and covers the back wall of the dining hall at the monastery. The Last Supper specifically portrays the reaction given by each apostle when Jesus said one of them would betray him. It was painted between 1495 and 1498. Hear from your guide how da Vinci painted it directly onto a dry wall, a choice that makes it extremely delicate. For this reason, entrance is limited to those who have pre-booked, with the numbers of people and duration of visits also strictly controlled. Each visiting group is only allowed to stand with the painting at any one time in a specially conditioned room for a maximum of 15 minutes. After the visit return to your hotel.

Afternoon at leisure for independent sightseeing.

In the evening, meet your local guide in hotel lobby for the short walk to the restaurant for pre-performance dinner, followed by La Cenerentola in La Scala Opera House (with cat 1 tickets) Please note that your hotel is approx. 650 metres from the opera house.

Return to hotel on foot leisure at the end of the performance

Day 3

This morning, visit the Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery, one of the main art collections of Renaissance art in Italy with over 500 works dating from the 14th- 20th century. The Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery) has always been the true pole of Arts in Milan, with its Academy of Fine Arts, the Library and the Astronomical Observatory. The museum houses one of the most famous collections of paintings in Italy, specializing in Venetian and Lombard paintings, and features masterpieces by great painters such as Raphael, Mantegna, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Piero della Francesca. A must see of Milan!

Collection highlights include: • Dead Christ by Andrea Mantegna – c. 1480 • Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael – c. 1504 • The Kiss by Francesco Hayez – c. 1859 • Holy Conversation (Brera Altarpiece) by Piero della Francesca – c. 1472–1474 • Feast at the House of Simon by Paolo Veronese – c. 1567-1570 • Pieta by Giovanni Bellini – c. 1460

Afternoon at leisure to explore Milan independently. The city offer a myriad of things to do and see with a plethora of museums. We would be happy to help you arrange any extra excursions that you may wish to take. Or alternatively, take a seat in one of Milan’s many cafes and watch the fashion of this great capital city.

Day 4

Day at leisure before returning to the airport for the return flight.

Extra Information

Information on seating in Theatre alla Scal

Please note that the first category at Theatre alla Scala refers to all seats in the stalls and to all seats in the boxes on ground level and first two floors. We are able to guarantee the category of the tickets and not for the location of the seats in the theatre.

Booking Deposit

Booking deposit is €350 pp. Balance is due 10 weeks prior to departure date. No credit card charge on deposit payments.

Luggage

One standard piece of hand luggage is included in your tour price. (10 kilos). Checked in luggage is available to purchase prior to travel, prices may vary. Please note this must be booked with a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. Bags booked within 14 days prior to travel will incur an administration fee of €25 per piece.

Passport

It is your responsibility to ensure your passport will be valid for your holiday. Please contact IFC should you have any queries regarding your passport. Travel Insurance IFC strongly recommends travel insurance and can offer a competitive quotation if not already purchased. The EHIC is a European Healthcard available to all EU citizens and is recommended to carry for travel within Europe. Please check www.ehic.ie for more information. IMPORTANT: If you have purchased travel insurance with IFC. If you or any person travelling has a pre-existing medical condition then you must declare that condition to Health Check.

Performance information

This tour is based on the venue and not the performance.Please note that performance/artists/conductor can change at the venues discretion. La Scala reserves the right to change the advertised arrangements of any performance in the event of illness or any cause beyond their control. This includes non-appearance of any named artist/orchestra. IFC have no control over performing artists and will substitute the performance should any changes out of our control be advised by the local venue.

  Cost per person: €1,399pp
  Number of nights: 3
  Dates available: 22 March 2019

Single Supplement €269

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