Venice & Verona Music School Tour

This two centre tour immerses students in the wonderful flavours, sights and sounds of Italy

Where music meets culture

On this music school tour you can tap into two of Europe's most prevalent musical traditions in two of its most popular cities, Venice and Verona. Opera and sacred music have a fascinating history which you and your groups can delve into together. 

Verona is considered to be one of the opera capitals of the world with a popular opera festival taking place every summer in its ancient Arena. You can take a fascinating tour of the city's historic venues, including the Verona Arena. There is also the opportunity to take an introductory workshop with one of Verona's most famous opera schools.

Perform outdoors amongst the splendour of Venice

Venice, on the other hand, has an inspirational sacred musical tradition for you to explore. You can take part in a Mass at St. Mark's Basilica or go to the island of San Gregorio to participate in a Gregorian chant. The Basilica dei Frari is one of the best known venues in Venice to hear sacred music, and concerts are often free or low priced. Other formal performance opportunities include concerts at the Basilica of SS. Giovani and Paolo, the Chiesa del Redentore and Santa Maria dei Miracoli. Groups with a sacred acappela repertoire will be welcomed by most churches, of which there are many, each with their own individual charm.

If you're after a more varied and less formal performance environment, bandstands and open-air stages are available throughout the region. Antonio Vivaldi, an inspiration to the German composer Johann Bach, is one of Venice's most famous composers; visit the Oespedale della Pieta, where he taught and encouraged talented orphans in their musical pursuits. If you wish to perform there, remember to include something written by him in your repertoire! The Museo della Musica houses a substantial collection of instruments, an exhibit about violin making and an interesting selection of artefacts, which flesh out the life of this great composer.

  • Playing the violin in a school orchestra

  • Basilica San Marco in Venice

  • A view across the water in Venice

  • The Rialto Bridge, Venice


Sample excursions

Verona Arena

Verona Arena

The Verona Arena is the best preserved ancient structure of its kind, and every year plays host to one of the biggest opera festivals, putting on extremely large-scale productions for its huge audience numbers. Come during the summer time to be one of the lucky ones who gets to see such a performance, or come at any other time of the year to be privy to an exceptionally interesting tour of the arena, which will introduce you to its remarkable and epic history. Imagine the crowds of old who would have filled such an arena with their shouts of encouragement to performing gladiators!

Opera workshop

Opera workshop

Whether you are an orchestra, a band or a choir, you will all enjoy an opera workshop in Verona, the official home to the genre of music made famous by Italy’s opera virtuosos, such as Pavarotti. You won’t come out as experts in a field that many spend their whole lives trying to master, but you will gain an insight into what a life in opera really means; the dedication, discipline and determination, as well as the talent, musicality and appreciation that is needed to pursue the tough life of an opera singer. It is distinct from any other art form, bringing singing, theatre and great story-telling altogether in an experience that continues year on year to attract opera lovers in their thousands.

Fondazione Cini

Fondazione Cini

The Giorgio Cini Foundation is a non-profit cultural institution founded by Vittorio Cini, in memory of his son Giorgio, with the aim of restoring the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore (devastated after 100 years of military occupation) and of creating an international cultural centre that would re-integrate the island into the life of Venice. The foundation draws on its impressive archives to organise music seminars, workshops, masterclasses and concerts of rare or neglected music. Concerts are held at the foundation’s headquarters on San Giorgio or at Palazzo Cini. You can also take a guided tour of the Giorgio Cini Foundation’s monumental complex, which used to be a Benedictine monastery, founded in 982AD; be sure to take a look at the Malipiero collection, which includes the library of the composer as well as scores, correspondence and many musical autographs. Free concerts are frequently going on so let us know if and when you intend to go on your music school tour and we’ll take a look at what’s on.

Santa Maria Della Pieta

Santa Maria Della Pieta/Ospedale Della Pieta

Visit the church where Antonio Vivaldi taught talented orphans in his own subject, music. Much of the music this famous composer wrote was written with these orphans specifically in mind, so after a visit to the Santa Maria Della Pieta, you will be able to imagine where it was sung and who was singing it. You may also perform a concert there, but it is important to include something written by Vivaldi in your repertoire.

Teatro La FeniceVenice

Teatro La Fenice – Venice

Experience some lyrical opera at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. La Fenice, meaning phoenix, is one of the most famous theatre venues in Europe, and one of the most beautiful. Its name reflects its role in giving new life to opera companies no longer performing. Ironically, the theatre has burned down twice and been rebuilt twice since being named La Fenice.

Basilica dei Frari

Basilica dei Frari

The lofty Gothic Frari is one of the best venues in Venice to hear sacred music. It has regular seasons in the autumn and spring; organ recitals and a number of free or low-cost afternoon concerts are held especially over Christmas and the New Year.

violin making

Museo Della Musica

Go and see a good collection of musical instruments, an exhibit about violin making and an interesting selection of artefacts related to Vivaldi’s life in Venice. Vivaldi, famously, was an inspiration to the German composer, Johann Bach.

Sample tour

Day 1

  • Arrive in Verona
  • Dinner at hotel

Day 2

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Morning Verona arena tour
  • Afternoon at leisure in Verona/rehearsal
  • Evening concert performance in Verona
  • Dinner at hotel

Day 3

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Morning Opera workshop
  • Packed Lunch
  • Afternoon transfer to Venice
  • Dinner at hotel in Venice

Day 4

  • Breakfast at hotel in Venice
  • Morning rehearsal
  • Lunchtime recital
  • Afternoon at leisure in Venice

Day 5

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Participate in a Gregorian Chant on the island of St. Gergorio
  • Afternoon tour of Fondazione Cini
  • Round off tour with a short concert
  • Return to Venice mainland for dinner at hotel

Day 6

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Morning excursion to Santa Maria Della Pieta followed by short concert
  • Afternoon excursion to Museo Della Musica
  • Evening attend a concert at Basilica dei Frari

Day 7

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Transfer to airport for return flight home

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