Rome, through Tosca's eyes

Rome, through Tosca's eyes

From 10/31/2022 to 11/04/2022

From: € 1.350,00

A journey among the places of Puccini’s Tosca

Tosca by Puccini, is one of the greatest and most known works of the Italian Opera tradition. It’s a story of love and death taking place in the 19th century Rome: after the unfortunate adventure of the Roman Republic, the Papal State requires its restoration. We are going to visit the places in which Puccini set the Opera, one location for each act, tragic scenarios of jealousy, love, power and great ideals.

Fiction to reality: while Puccini's Tosca is on stage at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, let's start our journey in the footstpes of Tosca to discover Rome from a different point of view.

We start from the Basilica di Sant'Andrea della Valle, next there is Palazzo Farnese, where the Second Act takes place, and, finally, we walk in a special, eternal place: Castel Sant'Angelo. Last stop of the tour tour: the backstage of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.

Block notes:
  • Visit to the places of Tosca - A walk trough the places in which the Opera takes place
  • S. Andrea della Valle Visit of the magnificient 16th century Basilica
  • Teatro dell’Opera - Guided tour inside the historical Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

Tosca - opera in 3 acts by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Conductor Paolo Arrivabeni / Costumes: Adolf Hohenstein reconstructed by Anna Biagiotti
Cast Anna Pirozzi / Gregory Kunde / Claudio Sgura / Roberto Abbondanza / Luciano Leoni / Saverio Fiore

Day 1 -  Tuesday, November 1st '22 - arrival in Rome

Arrival in Rome by own means. 

Accomodation in

Hotel 4* 

8:00 pmWelcome dinner. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2 - Wednesday, November 2nd '22 - Rome  

Breakfast in hotel.

Morning: Meeting with the guide for a first walking tour of Tosca's places. The drama revolves around the three main characters, Tosca, Cavaradossi and Scarpia. Three acts of the opera, three as the places in which it is set. The first act has as its background the Basilica of Sant’Andrea della Valle, and it is from here that we will begin our visit.

The church takes its name from the Palazzo della Valle, which stands nearby. The construction started at the end of the 16th century involving the architects Della Porta, Grimaldi and Maderno, but the Gothic facade was added later, in the second half of 1600. Inside we find the Cappella Barberini, one of the three chapels in the basilica, to which it seems that Puccini has been inspired by.

Lunch in a selected restaurant with traditional Roman cuisine.

Afternoon: We continue walking through the alleys of Rome to reach Piazza Farnese and then the Palazzo Farnese where the second act of the opera takes place. Guided visit inside the historic building (to be confirmed).

One of the most beautiful buildings of the 16th century Rome. It was started in 1517, designed by Antonio da Sangallo and commissioned by the Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, the future Pope Paolo III. After the death of Sangallo, work continued supervised first by Michelangelo, followed by Vignola (back facade) and then by Giacomo Della Porta. The palace was finished in 1589. Property of the Italian State, its use is granted to France since 1936 and it’s still today the home of the French Embassy.

Note about Palazzo Farnese. As the Home of the French Embassy, an authorization to organize a guided visit is required: for visits in November 2022 the confirmation of the permission is going to be released not before July 2022

Return to the hotel. 

Round trip transfer by bus to Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

8:00 pmTOSCA opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, libretto byi Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Day 3 - Thursday, November 3rd '22 - Rome

Breakfast in hotel.

Morning: Meeting with the guide and visit of Castel San’Angelo (third act).

Built as a sepulcher wanted by the emperor Hadrian in a peripheral area of ancient Rome, it fulfills this original function up to 403 AD . Throughout history its function changed many times: starting from the fifth century it was a fortress beyond the Tiber in defense of Rome, from the first mid-10th century it was used as a prison, a function it kept until 1901. Towards the end of 13th century Pope Nicholas III decided to transfer part of its apostolic see there, considering it a very safe structure. In the following centuries the papal rooms were built inside, while it was equipped on the outside with further fortifications, especially under the papacy of Alexander VI, so much so that, in 1527, the castle withstood the sack of Rome by the Landsknechts . In the 19th century it was used as a political prison, but from the early 20th century it became a museum, a function it still retains today.   

Free lunch and afternoon.

Free dinner.

Day 4 - Friday, November 4th '22 - Rome and departure

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.

Morning: transfer via Metro to visit Teatro dell’Opera. During the visit the architectural and artistic history will be illustrated in detail together with the great names of music and politic related to the theater. The path touches the main areas: entrance foyer, stalls, royal box, stage mechanisms, gallery, frescoes of the vault, museum. 

At the end, return to the hotel and departure by own means.

Day 1 -  Tuesday, November 1st '22 - arrival in Rome

Arrival in Rome by own means. 

Accomodation in

Hotel 4* 

8:00 pmWelcome dinner. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2 - Wednesday, November 2nd '22 - Rome  

Breakfast in hotel.

Morning: Meeting with the guide for a first walking tour of Tosca's places. The drama revolves around the three main characters, Tosca, Cavaradossi and Scarpia. Three acts of the opera, three as the places in which it is set. The first act has as its background the Basilica of Sant’Andrea della Valle, and it is from here that we will begin our visit.

The church takes its name from the Palazzo della Valle, which stands nearby. The construction started at the end of the 16th century involving the architects Della Porta, Grimaldi and Maderno, but the Gothic facade was added later, in the second half of 1600. Inside we find the Cappella Barberini, one of the three chapels in the basilica, to which it seems that Puccini has been inspired by.

Lunch in a selected restaurant with traditional Roman cuisine.

Afternoon: We continue walking through the alleys of Rome to reach Piazza Farnese and then the Palazzo Farnese where the second act of the opera takes place. Guided visit inside the historic building (to be confirmed).

One of the most beautiful buildings of the 16th century Rome. It was started in 1517, designed by Antonio da Sangallo and commissioned by the Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, the future Pope Paolo III. After the death of Sangallo, work continued supervised first by Michelangelo, followed by Vignola (back facade) and then by Giacomo Della Porta. The palace was finished in 1589. Property of the Italian State, its use is granted to France since 1936 and it’s still today the home of the French Embassy.

Note about Palazzo Farnese. As the Home of the French Embassy, an authorization to organize a guided visit is required: for visits in November 2022 the confirmation of the permission is going to be released not before July 2022

Return to the hotel. 

Round trip transfer by bus to Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

8:00 pmTOSCA opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, libretto byi Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Day 3 - Thursday, November 3rd '22 - Rome

Breakfast in hotel.

Morning: Meeting with the guide and visit of Castel San’Angelo (third act).

Built as a sepulcher wanted by the emperor Hadrian in a peripheral area of ancient Rome, it fulfills this original function up to 403 AD . Throughout history its function changed many times: starting from the fifth century it was a fortress beyond the Tiber in defense of Rome, from the first mid-10th century it was used as a prison, a function it kept until 1901. Towards the end of 13th century Pope Nicholas III decided to transfer part of its apostolic see there, considering it a very safe structure. In the following centuries the papal rooms were built inside, while it was equipped on the outside with further fortifications, especially under the papacy of Alexander VI, so much so that, in 1527, the castle withstood the sack of Rome by the Landsknechts . In the 19th century it was used as a political prison, but from the early 20th century it became a museum, a function it still retains today.   

Free lunch and afternoon.

Free dinner.

Day 4 - Friday, November 4th '22 - Rome and departure

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.

Morning: transfer via Metro to visit Teatro dell’Opera. During the visit the architectural and artistic history will be illustrated in detail together with the great names of music and politic related to the theater. The path touches the main areas: entrance foyer, stalls, royal box, stage mechanisms, gallery, frescoes of the vault, museum. 

At the end, return to the hotel and departure by own means.


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