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Ballet in the Teatro Regio, Turin

Trip Dates: 10 - 14 December 2014
Trip Duration: 5 days 
Trip Price: £1,540 per person
Single room supplement: £200 
Deposit: £300 per person
Turin - panoramic view of the Alps

Activity level: Considerable city walking daily with uneven pavements, steps in and out of churches and museums.
Temperatures: In December normally range between 3 and 11°C.
Turin - the home of chocolate

Meeting place: Turin Airport
Meeting time:  10 December 2014 18.20 
Departure place: Turin Airport
Departure time:  14 December 2014 19.05 
Turin - Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace)

- 4 nights in a small 4 star boutique hotel (an imaginative architectural complement to the surviving Roman gates)
Size of party: This trip will run with a minimum of 4 & a maximum of 14 guests.
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Turin: Ballet, Chocolate and Christmas Lights 
Turin, more than any other Italian city, epitomises the elegance and style for which Italy is so admired. Set on the river Po, with the snow-covered Alps beyond, Turin contains superb Royal collections and palaces, one of Italy’s leading opera & ballet houses and luxury shops with ornate, turn-of-the-century facades and interiors. As the home of Slow Food, Lavazza coffee and the world’s first chocolate makers, Turin can justifiably claim its title as gourmet capital of Piemonte.
A small 4 star hotel (an imaginative architectural complement to the surviving Roman gates) is the base for our visit, ideally placed for exploring on foot by day, attending the ballet and a concert and dining in the city’s excellent ‘Slow Food’ restaurants.
We will attend the following performances:
CUBAN NATIONAL BALLET - ‘Giselle’ (music by Adolphe-Charles Adam)
in the Teatro Regio
Concert by the Italian National Symphony Orchestra (RAI)
conducted by Michele Mariotti, works by Smetana (Má Vlast) and Bartók,
Trio Dhiaghilev
DAY 1 
D included
After meeting at Turin airport in the late afternoon, we have a short transfer to the city centre. Once settled into our very comfortable 4 star hotel, a brief preliminary walk introduces some of the palaces, statues and churches that reflect Turin’s status as the former Italian capital. After admiring the sophisticated Christmas lights, we have dinner in one of Turin's fine traditional restaurants.
DAY 2 
B, L, D included 
We set out on foot to visit the Duomo, the Renaissance cathedral dedicated to St. John the Baptist and famously associated with the Shroud of Turin (very rarely on display, but an exhibition provides information about this intriguing medieval relic). Walking on, via the Roman Porta Palatina and the remains of the Roman theatre, we traverse Turin’s lively food market and visit the Palazzo Falletti di Barolo, an excellent example of a patrician residence which still retains its original furnishings and paintings intact. Historic caffés are scattered throughout Turin, unchanged since Puccini and Alexandre Dumas were regular visitors - we pause to sample the famous Torinese concoction, the Bicerin - a smooth and delicious mixture of coffee, cream and chocolate. After a visit to the new Museum of Oriental Art we have lunch in a traditional Turin osteria followed by opportunities to do some Christmas shopping, or visit the Royal Library. An early dinner in an excellent Slow Food restaurant precedes a concert performance by the Italian National Symphony Orchestra (RAI), conducted by Michele Mariotti and with the acclaimed Trio Dhiaghilev, of works by Bartók and Smetana (Má Vlast).
B, L, D included
Our first visit is to the Galleria Sabauda, housing both the Egyptian Museum and works collected by the princes of the House of Savoy from the 16C onwards, including those by artists such as Gaudenzio Ferrari, Filippino Lippi and Bellini. After a reviving Bicerin in the splendid 19C caffé ‘Baratti e Milano’ we explore the architecture of the piazza San Carlo and visit ‘Eataly’, the celebrated food emporium showcasing the best produce of all the regions of Italy, then continue through the heart of the city to lunch in an historic trattoria. The afternoon is devoted to a visit to the Museo Civico di Arte Antica, a magnificent collection in the recently restored Palazzo Madama, which incorporates a Roman gate, a 15C castle and a splendid Baroque wing by Filippo Juvarra. We return to our hotel in time to relax (perhaps in the spa) before dinner in an atmospheric restaurant a short stroll through the cobbled streets by our hotel.
B, L, D included
This morning we visit the Museum of Decorative Arts (a fascinating private collection in an 18th century palazzo) and the marvellous National Museum of Cinema, housed in the iconic symbol of Turin, the Mole Antonelliana. After lunch (sampling further Piemontese specialities, perhaps risotto with truffles, beef braised in Barolo or pasta with gorgonzola and walnuts) we visit the Savoy Royal Palace and the remarkable baroque Royal Armoury, then have the opportunity to do some more Christmas shopping (Turin is noted for its handmade leather and silk products as well as Alpine cheeses, chocolate and Barolo wines). This evening we attend a performance of ‘GISELLE’ by the internationally renowned Cuban National Ballet in the nearby Teatro Regio.
B, L included
On a morning walk (assisted by some short tram rides), we stroll by the river Po and its 2 famous bridges, take in the views from the Monte dei Cappuccini, and visit the unusual Museum of the Italian Alpine Club. We take the historic rack tramway up to the hilltop 18C Basilica at Superga, with fine views of the Alps, before walking down through the park to a memorable, leisurely, lunch in a Slow Food trattoria. A late afternoon private transfer to the airport completes our cultural and gastronomic long weekend in Italy.
Price includes:
All accommodation for Days 1 through 5 on a double shared basis
All meals with wine at lunches and dinners, other than those excepted in the daily notation
All land transportation in a private vehicle as described except during free periods
All entrance and sightseeing fees except during free periods
Tickets for the ballet performance and a concert as included in the itinerary
Gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff (appreciation for tour leaders/managers is entirely at your discretion)
Visa and Health Requirements
Visitors from the EU and the US currently require a valid passport, but not a visa, for entry to Italy. If you are a national of any other country, please check visa regulations with your nearest Embassy of Italy.
At present there are no specific and compulsory health requirements for entry to Italy. Residents of countries in the EU can only claim free (emergency) medical treatment in France by presenting their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which is issued in the UK by the Department of Health. You may also wish to check the advice given to travellers by the FCO.
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Guests’ comments on this trip:
‘Perfect - to be in such a beautiful city with wonderful food, chocolate, and coffee and culture as well. It was a real joy.’
‘All marvellous - really enjoyed the trip and the guide was fantastic.’
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