Enjoy the extraordinary opportunity to attend live opera and dance performances at one of the most unique archeological sites in Rome: the ancient Roman Thermal Baths of Caracalla, a spectacular setting for opera under the stars during the summer time. In the winter time, classical dance, concerts, and opera performances are successfully held in the historic Opera House. This venue is one of Rome’s icons or in the innovative Rome Opera House, designed by the well-known architect Renzo Piano.
The 2017 Caracalla Summer Festival from June 28th to August 9th 2017, Caracalla will host the ballet of Roberto Bolle, Verdi with Nabucco, Puccini with Tosca, and Bizet with Carmen! www.operaroma.it
Stay in Rome:
- NH collection Palazzo dei Cinquecento ***** www.nh-hotels.it
177 rooms. Supremely well-connected, the magnificent, brand new NH Collection Roma Palazzo Cinquecento puts all of the Eternal City within easy reach.
- The Corner Hotel **** www.thecornerrome.com
11 rooms. Not just a fascinating boutique hotel, but also a restaurant, a bistrot, and a lounge garden in the Eternal City!
Dine in Rome: Michelin starred restaurant “Aroma”
Aroma Restaurant in Rome center is a Michelin starred terrace restaurant with an amazing Colosseum view. During the days of Imperial Rome, they built some of the city’s most majestic monuments including four barracks for gladiators close to the Colosseum, where the restaurant stands today. The remains of the largest of these, the “Ludus Magnus,” which was the ancient gymnasium, were discovered in 1937 between the Via Labicana and the Via San Giovanni in Laterano. Quintessential Rome is reflected in a menu of classic Italian dishes on a picturesque outdoor terrace offering an unparalleled Colosseum view. The 40 seat restaurant is intimate and grandiose, ideal for everything from romantic dinners to private parties. Roman-born Chef Di Lorio has been Aroma’s head chef since it opened in 2010. Since the opening, he has developed a menu that marries his mastery of traditional Italian cooking with his flair fresh ingredients and ideas.
Enjoy in Rome: colorful Testaccio Market
The new market in Testaccio is located in via Galvani. It is 5,000 square meters, of which 2,000 dedicated to public services and shops, slots for 103 vendors, and an underground of 6,000 square meters. Additionally, an archeological area of 7,000 square meters which can be partially visited in specific times of the year. Many of the stalls are the same as “before”, but some old sellers, who were already thinking about retirement, actually left. There is almost everything at Testaccio market: shoes, socks, clothes… and FOOD that you can buy or just taste, the best street food typical of Rome or other Italian regions, such as Sicilian supplì (fried rice balls) and croquettes, stuffed olives from Ascoli. Some historical stalls look ‘antique’ and often the business has been passed from father to son for generations.
The vendors are quite talkative: they can share with you the best recipes for “‘acqua pazza’ fish”, or recommendations for the most delicious ‘amatriciana’ sauce or ‘carbonara’; others tell you the story of their stall. You can even find a unique stall selling nothing else but sardines from a can. Or a bread vendor with bio products by a well-known brand – from spelt biscuits to Brazilian acai nectar – competing with specialized shops.
Closest major Airports:
Rome Fiumicino Apt: approx. 45 minutes transfer
Rome Ciampino Apt: approx. 45 minutes transfer
Verona: The Arena
One of the richest opera season during the summer time offers a symbol of art, culture, and music. Concerts are held in the remarkable Verona Arena, an incredible open air theatre and a fantastic historic setting for opera.
The International Lyric Festival, with Opera & Classic concerts throughout the summer season, is a sensational event that attracts thousands of people every year.
The 2017 Arena Opera Festival from June 23rd to August 27th. This year guests can enjoy Rigoletto, Tosca, Aida, Madama Butterfly, Nabucco. This list is accompanied by exhibition of Roberto Bolle ballet, Placido Domingo concert, and the majestic Beethoven Symphony No.9 Gala Concert on August 15th 2017! www.arena.it
Stay in Verona
- Palazzo Victoria ***** www.palazzovictoria.com
74 rooms. Palazzo Victoria is a luxurious 5-star hotel set in a prime location in the center of Verona.
- Sogno di Giulietta relais ***** www.sognodigiulietta.it
16 Rooms. Located in the most romantic place in the world, the Relais de Charme Il Sogno di Giulietta offers a dream holiday in Verona!
Dine in Verona: restaurant “I 12 Apostoli”
In 1750, twelve tradesmen who worked in the area of Piazza delle Erbe used to meet in these premises, which was already a sort of inn. It was here that they did business, over a steaming dish of pasta and beans and a glass of Valpolicella. People from the city would call this singular group of friends the "12 Apostoli" (12 Apostles), hence the name of the place that they used to frequent on a daily basis. In the early 1900s, the Gioco family began running this charming establishment, which is still one of the oldest and most characteristic in the city today.
Enjoy in Verona: The Valpolicella wine region
Leave in the morning by vintage 500 FIAT to discover the most picturesque and unusual corners of Valpolicella valley to reach then one of the most renown wine estate in the area.
Since 1470, in the heart of the most classical Valpolicella region, on gentle hilltops surrounded by vineyards, cherry and cypress trees, the Marchesi Fumanelli family have been cultivating grapes and producing prestigious wines.
After careful restoration in 1998, the ancient cellars host the oak barrels for the ageing of the classical Valpolicella wines. Their fragrances evoke the local hills of cypresses and cherries and colors of memory, traditions and culture of the territory.
The visit to this unique wine estate will take you through the vineyards. The Roman ruins and cellar with Amarone barrels end with a delicious lunch under the charming patio of the farm restaurant called “Barchesse”.
Closest major Airports:
Verona Apt: approx. 20 minutes transfer
Venice Marco Polo Apt: approx. 2 hours transfer
Ravello, Amalfi Coast: Villa Rufolo
The Ravello Festival is one of the oldest and most renowned festivals in Italy. The connection between Villa Rufolo, the delightful venue made impressive and welcoming by the Scottish philanthropist Francis Neville Reid, and Richard Wagner was too alluring to pass up the idea of holding concerts in a place consecrated by the visit of the composer himself.
The 2017 Ravello Festival 2017 will include concerts, ballet, jazz, and exhibitions. The most anticipated dates includes: Les Italiens de l’Opera de Paris of Simone Valastro, Orchestra Filarmonica “G.Verdi” the grand choir “masters of choral singing” directed by Ilarion Alfeev, and Deutsche Symohonie orchestrer Berlin and more
The festival will last from July 1st to August 30th, 2017. www.ravellofestival.com
Stay in Ravello:
- Belmond Hotel Caruso ***** www.belmond.com
50 rooms, infinity pool and luxurious amenities.
- Hotel Villa Fraulo **** www.villafraulo.com
26 Rooms and Suites, Villa Fraulo distinguishes it selves with its exclusive comforts and its unique location.
Dine in Ravello: Michelin starred restaurant “Rossellinis”
For an unforgettable authentic and creative Italian meal, look no further! Rossellinis’ has just been awarded with top ratings in all major Italian and International guides, a well-deserved reward for the endless passion its team has for offering the best culinary experience possible. Guests can choose from a myriad of delectable 'a-la-carte' dishes, or tasting set menus together with handpicked regional wines that are paired with each serving.
Enjoy in Ravello: The thrill of Ferrari’s speed
Wear your vintage driving gloves and hop in a Ferrari to enjoy an exciting self-drive through the marvelous Amalfi Coast. Pass by some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable: awesome rocks plunging into the crystal clear turquoise sea, deep gorges spanned by narrow bridges and Saracen watch towers, ever changing vistas of mountain and sea, pretty orange, and lemon groves.
Closest major Airport:
Naples Capodichino Apt: approx. 1 hour and 20 minutes transfer
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