Food & Music on Lake Lugano - Paul Lewis (recital), Francesco Piemontesi & Orchestra della Svizzera italiana

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7 Nights: 26 April - 3 May 2022
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Includes: return flights from the UK to Zurich with Swiss, high-speed rail journey under the Alps via the new Gottard Base Tunnel to Lugano, 7 nights bed & breakfast at the Hotel Stella d'Italia, 3 concerts, 3 dinners, 2 lunches and a full programme of sightseeing on and around Lake Lugano and Lake Como

We return to beautiful lakeside setting of the Hotel Stella d'Italia, Valsolda in April for our 15th visit to Lake Lugano. Whilst we still plan to visit in September we have decided that the opportunity of hear Paul Lewis and Francesco Piemontesi in two concerts at the LAC concert hall are too good to miss!

Lake Lugano is 70% in Switzerland and 30% in Italy. We stay on the Italian shore of the lake at a hotel that has become a firm favourite with Maestro clients over the past fifteen years, the enchanting Albergo Stella d'Italia situated on the lakeside in San Mamete, one of the seven little villages that make up ‘Valsolda’.

“Piccolo Mondo Antico” (“Little old-fashioned world”) is how Italian author Antonio Fogazzaro described Valsolda in his novel of 1895 and little has changed since! The ‘Stella’ opened in 1910 and remains owned and managed by the Ortelli family. It is unique in our experience of Italian lakeside hotels in that ALL rooms face the lake and the only difference between 'standard', 'superior' and ‘deluxe’ is really the decor and size of the room. It has an idyllic setting besides the lake just 2km from the Swiss border and 7km from the centre of Lugano. San Mamete is a small lakeside hamlet with just one square but has a bank, baker, general store, pharmacy and hair-dresser as well as a few bars & cafes.

The hotel and its beautiful garden invite you to relax and enjoy the lake. The hotel added a 'wellness' suite in 2019 with massage and spa facilities. If you want to explore independently a bus runs several times a day between Lugano and Menaggio on Lake Como, stopping outside the hotel in each direction. The hotel also has a once a day visit from the traditional lake steamer as it traverses the lake from Lugano to Porlezza.

The holiday includes three concerts (two at LAC and one with our local orchestra, the Filarmonica Valsolda), three days of organised sightseeing visits to the beautiful Villa Carlotta on Lake Como, Villa Fogazzaro on Lake Lugano, the lakeside towns of Bellagio & Menaggio on Como and the city of Lugano itself. We also include three dinners, two suppers and two lunches (all with wines included).

concert details at LAC:
27th April - Paul Lewis in recital
Beethoven - Piano Sonata no. 8 in C minor "Pathétique", Op.13
Sibelius - Six bagatelles for piano, Op.97
Debussy - Children's Corner, suite
Chopin - Polonaise no. 7 in A flat major "Polonaise-fantaisie", Op.61
Beethoven - Piano Sonata no. 23 in F minor 'Appassionata', Op.57

28th April - Markus Poschner, Francesco Piemontesi & Orchestra della Svizzera italiana
Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Schumann - Symphony No. 2, Op. 61

the garden of Stella d'Italia
Paul Lewis
Villa Carlotta
Bellagio on Lake Como
The auditorium at LAC

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I have never been on such a relaxed, pleasant trip as the one you arranged for us to see The Ring in Leipzig - and the extra days were superb. I can't see how anything could have been better. I have never felt so cared for. I was told it would be good, but everything exceeded my expectations! Many, many thanks.
BH, Northampton

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