We return to beautiful lakeside setting of the Hotel Stella d'Italia, Valsolda this May for our ever-popular Maestro! Food & Music on Lake Lugano. We are joined by the wonderful pianist of the Delta Trio Vera Kooper, who will give a recital and duo performance in the glorious setting of the Caravina Church. Across the border in the new Swiss LAC Concert Hall, we have secured excellent stalls seats for the 'highlight' concert of the season with the Orchestre de Paris and superstar artists of their generation Klaus Mäkelä & pianist Beatrice Rana. To top out our week full of music we have an evening at the Teatro Sociale in Como with the Wind Orchestra of the Conservatorio di Como and a concert in on of the villages of Valsolda with the Valsolda Filarmonica.
We have four 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).
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. 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 superstar perfomance at the LAC Concert Hall in Lugano
Orchestra de Paris
Klaus Mäkelä, conductor
Beatrice Rana, piano
- Sergei Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in A minor for piano and orchestra, Op.43
- Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 in C major Op.60 "Leningrad"
Flights from Manchester (Ryanair) & Gatwick (Easyjet) inc. forward seats (rows 6 - 10) 20kg baggage and small carry on item. We also include fast-track security at Manchester, Gatwick and Milan to ensure a smooth journey. Departures from London Heathrow (BA)carry a supplement but include a private one way transfer to the hotel on arrival.
Sunday 7th May
Manchester - Milan 1150 - 1500 (Ryanair)
Gatwick - Milan 1120 - 1425 (Easyjet)
Heathrow- Milan 0910 - 1225 (BA) £100 supplement
Sunday 14th May
Milan Malpensa - Manchester 1530 - 1640
Milan Malpensa - Gatwick 1525 - 1630
Milan Malpensa - Heathrow 1540 - 1635
Deposit £500 per person. Balance due 19th March.