In 2017, we offer exciting day trips to Vicenza and Venice, a gondola lift ride to the Alpe di Siusi/ Seiser Alm, a hiking tour in the Dolomites, and a relaxing day at the mountain lake.
Day Trip to Vicenza
On the day trip to Vicenza, pictures of “La Rotunda” and other Palladian villas from your history book will come to life. Vicenza is known as the city of Andrea Palladio (1502-1580), who started out as a mere mason and became one of most influential architect of all time. Founded in the 2nd century B.C. in northern Italy, Vicenza prospered under Venetian rule from the early 15th to the end of the 18th century, and its pride was demonstrated in fine architecture, much of which still survives. After Palladio, Vicenza is most famous for its trade in precious metals, it’s also known as the ‘City of gold’.
The work of Palladio, based on a detailed study of classical Roman architecture, gives the city its unique appearance. Palladio’s urban buildings, as well as his villas, scattered throughout the Veneto region, had a decisive influence on the development of architecture. His work inspired a distinct architectural style known as Palladian, which spread to England and other European countries, and also to North America. Walking around the city, it is interesting to study the evolution of his distinctive, and often copied style. In the center is a monumental basilica which also served as town hall, all around are the palaces he built for the city’s wealthy citizens, and in the periphery of the town are several villas. The City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day Trip to Venice (optional)
In addition to the festival program we offer a day trip to one of Europe’s most romantic cities, Venice. Founded in the 5th century and spread over 118 small islands, Venice became a major maritime power in the 10th century. The whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world’s greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and others (© UNESCO World Heritage Centre). The day trip to Venice is optional, and will only take place if at least 40 and at the most 70 festival participants register for it (first come first serve basis). The cost for one person is US$70. A modern comfortable bus will bring you to Venice and back to the festival location, a tour guide will help you to discover the beauty of the city.
Hiking tour in the Dolomites
In the leisure time between recitals, master classes, rehearsals and practicing, you will find yourself in the heart of the picturesque nature reserve Naturpark Schlern-Rosengarten. On June 26, 2009, the UNESCO Council nominated the Dolomites as a Natural World Heritage Site. This is what the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) says:
“The Dolomites display unparalleled geological, botanical and scenic qualities, which make them stand out among all the mountain ranges of the world. They especially stressed the variety of herbs and flowers that can be found here. The Dolomites feature over 2,400 types of plant and an extended Nature Reserve and National Park area (a total of approx. 142,000 ha).”
You will have an oportunity to discover the beauty of the Dolomites on a hiking tour in the mountains. Even if your fitness level is not too high you will be able to enjoy the tour.
Alpe di Siusi/ Seiser Alm
The Alpe di Siusi, the sunny side of the Dolomites, is the largest high alpine pasture and one of the most famous ski and excursion areas of Europe with its 52 km² mountain surrounded alpine pastures. The Alpe di Siusi is well-known all over the world for its colourful flowers in the summer and its glittering blanket of snow in the winter.
The ultra-modern cable railway Alpe di Siusi connects Ortisei, the main village of the Gardena Valley, with the 2000 m high Alpe di Siusi. The widest plateau of Europe and the unique view are reachable in only a few minutes and very comfortably. Here you will find a breath taking mountain scenery consisting of the Gruppo del Sella, Gruppo del Sassolungo, Catinaccio and the Sciliar surrounding the Alpe di Siusi. In summer the top station of the cable railway is an ideal starting point for walks and ambitious excursions or just a relaxing place with a beautiful view.
You won’t be able to forget the panorama expanding in front of you while rising in a gondola lift up to the mountains.