Join us for a food, wine, music and art tour at the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Tuscany in August 2010.
In the intimate setting of the medieval town of Cortona, made famous by Frances Mayes’ best-selling book “Under the Tuscan Sun”, the Tuscan Sun Festival presents a program of events that spans fine art, film, culinary and wine, fitness and wellness, and local culture and history. In 2009 the Tuscan Sun Festival welcomed special guest Anthony Hopkins and featured opera superstar Angela Gheorghiu.
Friday 7th August 2009
After check-in at your accommodation we will attend a Tuscan cooking demonstration which will be followed by a lunch of local dishes.
In the late afternoon you can join a walking tour of Cortona taking in some of the highlights of the beautiful medieval town and its Etruscan and Renaissance treasures.
This evening, you will attend a concert in Cortona’s elegant Teatro Signorelli. Prior to the concert there will also be a chance to attend a discussion with the composer, Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins.
Saturday 8th August 2009
The morning is free to explore Cortona and its surroundings before departing for a wine tasting and lunch at “Il Falconiere” Michelin-starred restaurant in the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
In the afternoon you can attend another discussion with Australian–born American soprano Danielle de Niese.
This evening we will attend a chamber concert featuring Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Nina Kotova, Nicola Benedetti at the Teatro Signorelli. Prior to the concert we will join a pre-concert reception where we will sample some of the best local meats, cheeses and wines.
Sunday 9th August 2009
This morning there is an optional tour of archaeological sites in the vicinity of Cortona for those interested in Etruscan culture followed by an authentic Etruscan lunch. Alternatively you can just relax at the hotel or spend some more time sightseeing.
In the evening you will attend the grand finale of the Tuscan Sun Festival: an open-air concert in Cortona’s Piazza Signorelli featuring opera superstar Angela Gheorghiu.
Monday 10th August 2009
Farewell breakfast and check out from your accommodation.