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Verdi in Naples and Palermo

12 Oct — 18 Oct 2018 | Tour Director: Alberto Massimo




• Experience two operas by Verdi: Nabucco and Rigoletto

• Enjoy a day’s excursion to Sorrento and the stunning Amalfi Coast

• Discover the Norman and Baroque architectural highlights of the city of Palermo, Sicily’s capital


The cities of Naples and Palermo are the setting for our tour, taking in two important operas by Verdi. Nabucco, composed in 1841, is deemed to be the opera that launched Verdi’s career, and we will experience a performance in the surroundings of Naples’ historic Teatro di San Carlo, opened in 1737. The opera’s libretto, by Temistocle Solera, is based on the biblical books of Jeremiah and David.

Our second opera is Verdi’s Rigoletto, which we will enjoy in the surroundings of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the biggest opera house in Italy and especially noted for its fine acoustics. Premiered in Venice in 1851, this opera is considered to be a particularly important masterpiece from Verdi’s middle-to-late career. The libretto is based on Victor Hugo’s play Le roi s’amuse, and was written by Francesco Maria Piave.

In between taking our seats for these stunning performances, we will enjoy two lectures given by our Tour Director, and delve into the history of the local area. We begin with tours of Naples by coach and on foot, with visits to the Cathedral and the Museo del Tesoro di San Gennaro. We will also explore the Chiostro di Santa Chiara, a religious complex.

Following an excursion to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, we will continue to Palermo, where we will enjoy a private visit and organ recital at Monreale Cathedral and two walking tours of the city focusing respectively on its Norman and Baroque architecture.

We will stay first at the four-star Hotel Palazzo Alabardieri in Naples, before transferring to the four-star Eurostars Centrale Palace in Palermo, located close to the opera house.


12 Oct - 18 Oct 2018
DAYS | 7
COST | £2995


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Cost per-person includes:
Return flights from Scotland, internal flight from Naples to Palermo, accommodation in a twin room, breakfast, three dinners, two opera performances, one private organ recital, all visits, admissions, gratuities and a donation to Scottish Opera and two lectures given by your tour director who will accompany you throughout the tour along with Anne Higgins, Friends Manager.

Not included:

Single room supplement £430. Travel insurance.


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Alberto Massimo

Tour Director Alberto Massimo has studied in Vienna, Salzburg, Sienna, Rome and Edinburgh, and holds a BMus in organ, trumpet, double bass and composition, and a doctorate and diploma in conducting. In Rome he received appointments as ‘maestro di cappella’ (organist, choirmaster and conductor), and occasionally played for a Papal Mass at the Vatican. He also worked with the principal singers at the Teatro dell’ Opera, and conducted the orchestra of the Opera di Roma at the Church of Sant’ Ignazio.

Alberto was nominated ‘Professional Musician of the Year in Music 1991’ by the international board of the American Biographical Institute. He was appointed Musical Director of the Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra, and has also held a number of organist’s posts in Edinburgh.  





Depart Glasgow 0925 on British Airways via London Gatwick, arriving Naples 1640. Panoramic coach tour of the city of Naples. Transfer to Hotel Palazzo Alabardieri for three nights.



Morning lecture: From mourning and tears to hope and harmony, a new life for Verdi. Walking tour of the historic city centre including visits to Naples Cathedral, Museo del Tesoro di San Gennaro and Chiostro di Santa Chiara. Evening opera at Teatro San Carlo: Verdi Nabucco.



Whole day excursion to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.



Free morning. Depart Naples 1500 on Easyjet, arriving Palermo 1635. Panoramic coach tour of Palermo. Transfer to Eurostars Centrale Palace Hotel for three nights. Evening lecture: The curse and the censors.



Walking tour of Norman Palermo including visits to Cappella Palatina, San Giuseppe degli Eremiti, Martora- na, the small church of San Cataldo. Afternoon: private visit to Monreale Cathedral with organ recital.



Walking tour of Baroque Palermo including visits to churches of San Giuseppe dei Teatini, Casa Professa, Santa Caterina and the Immacolata Concezione. Evening opera at the Teatro Massimo: Verdi Rigoletto.



Depart Palermo 1225 on British Airways via London Heathrow, arriving Glasgow 1745.


To make a reservation please call Gillian Harvey to reserve a place. A booking form should be completed and returned along with a deposit of £450 per person to Gillian Harvey, ACE Cultural Tours, Stapleford Granary, Bury Rd, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP.
Telephone: 01223 841055