Santa Vittoria

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Santa Vittoria

Santa Vittoria in Matenano combines the familiar atmosphere of a small Mediterranean village with the marvellous ancient architecture of a town that once ruled the territory. Accommodation is in three ancient but recently renovated buildings. Rehearsals take place in the Palazzo Monti (built in the 17th century), the Teatro del Leone (a theatre of classical Italian style) and an ancient convent. All of them lie on the Corso that, with its bars and cafes, lets you enjoy Italian lifestyle.

Santa Vittoria provides panoramic views of the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Other destinations for excursions include beautiful cities like Urbino, Macerata and Ascoli Piceno. In the immediate surroundings of Santa Vittoria, gentle pathways invite you to go for a walk through the hills.

In Santa Vittoria, no Symphonic Holidays are scheduled for 2023.

This has been our program in 2022:

Opera & more
29th July - 7th August 2022

Conductor: David Sofer
Tenor: Roberto Gionfriddo

BEETHOVEN, Symphony n. 5
VERDI, Overture "La forza del destino"
PUCCINI, Tosca: E lucevan le stelle
WAGNER, Walküre: Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater
WEBER, Freischütz: Durch die Wälder, durch die Auen
VERDI, Traviata: De miei bollenti spiriti
GASTALDON, Musica proibita

Participants to our Symphonic Holidays in Santa Vittoria are enchanted by the lovely theatres of classical Italian style, where we perform our final concerts. The region of Santa Vittoria is particularly known for this cultural heritage of theatre buildings from the beginning of the 19th century. Even very small towns were eager to build their own theatre and invite opera companies to bring the latest opera hits on their stage in town.

We now want to revive this tradition, and as a first step towards what in future might be the adapted performance of a whole opera, will start with some popular tenor arias.

Roberto Gionfriddo since 2006 is an acclaimed member of the ensemble of the opera of Freiburg / Germany. He will take you on a journey to explore some of the most wonderful tenor arias. Drama & love – while playing this music we want you to feel like being yourself on the stage.

The arias will be introduced by Verdi’s overture to “La forza del destino”, while at the beginning of this programme the fate is knocking at the door with one of the most popular compositions of classical music: Beethovens’ symphony n. 5.

29th JULY 2022
Arrival of the participants in Santa Vittoria

Rehearsals will be in the morning until lunch and in the evening after an early dinner.

2nd and 4th AUGUST
No rehearsals are scheduled in the evening. On these days we organize an excursion, that might include: An outing to the beautiful historical towns of Ascoli Piceno and Fermo; a day out at the seaside or a hiking tour through the wonderful Sibillian Mountains.

In the afternoon we visit the wine estate Fattoria Dezi and have our rehearsal on their panorama terrace, followed by a dinner with wine tasting.

First concert in the evening in Santa Vittoria at the Teatro del Leone

In the evening we will have our final concert, followed by the farewell dinner.


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Conductor: David Sofer
Coach violins: Rodrigo Bauzá
Coach violas: Louis Merlet
Coach cellos and double basses: Constance Ricard

Please do also read our general information with frequently asked questions on Symphonic Holidays.

The participants will be accommodated in the historic centre of Santa Vittoria at Hotel Farfense or in apartments of equivalent standard, all with private toilet. A limited number of single rooms is also available.

We will have our meals at the regionally renowned restaurant of Hotel Farfense. The cook Daniela Funari will coddle you with local dishes including home made pasta.

Daniela, Giampiero and Federico Funari from the Hotel Restaurant Farfense welcome you in Santa Vittoria!

A pick up service is provided from the nearest train stations. We will also arrange a direct bus from / to the airport Rome Fiumicino on 13th May in the afternoon (or according to different participant’s flight schedules), and in the morning on 22nd May. Travel time from Fiumicino to Santa Vittoria is approximately 3 ½ hours, the cost for the bus is 40,- € one way. Please ask us about details, we are happy to help you with organizing your trip!

1.020,- € including
- accommodation
- meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner including wine), except dinners on the two excursions
- dinner & wine tasting at Fattoria Dezi
- bus transfers on the two excursions, to the Fattoria Dezi and to the concert venue

Students: 690,- €. The reduced fee for students is limited to the number of five places on this Symphonic Holiday. Accommodation for students will be in the guest house of the convent Santa Caterina.

Supplement for single room: 225,- €

If you wish to book this Symphonic Holiday, kindly use the booking form or send us an e.mail (mail@dacapo-travel.eu, writing in English, German, French or Italian). Your booking is binding as soon as we have confirmed it.

A non-refundable deposit of 150,- € is payable on confirmation that a booking has been accepted. The balance of the price is to be paid by 29th May 2022.

Minimum group size 30 participants. We might decide to cancel a programme if at any time up to three month before there were insufficient bookings. We would refund everything you had paid to us. We do not refund your travel expenses if you had booked your trip (for example flights or trains) prior to our confirmation of the programme.

"This experience greatly exceeded my expectations, musically and in every other way. I hope to see you again on a future Symphonic Holiday!"
Nancy (cello), Baltimore / USA

„To all our friends – many thanks for a wonderful, memorable week.“
Margaret (cello) with Steve, Ra’anana / Israel

„Thank you very much for all what you did, we are very impressed of your skills and talent and your initiative to give birth to Symphonic Holidays. Good idea and we will follow you in the future too.“
Adi (violin) with Jaques, Gedera (Israel)

"The balance between music and fun was perfect. In this busy, stressed, sometimes too dark world, this has been a respite and a regeneration for me.“
Yvonne (cell), Baltimore (USA)

„Amateur musicians from all over the world were gathered in this beautiful musical holiday. In a few days, we all mutually socialized, and thus formed a harmonious orchestra. David Sofer, the conductor, had an indispensable role in this harmony. His meticulous, subtle and impeccable conducting brought us to a high level of performance. Everything was well organized. Food was delicious. Thank you Giampiero and Daniela!"
Zeki (violin), Herzeliya / Israel

„Grazie Mille! È stata una settimana bellissima. Non soltanto il mangiare (ch era ottimo!), tutto, la musica e l’amore che vive in questo albergo. Spero veramente che ritorniamo l’anno prossimo!!“
Louise (double bass), Riehen / Switzerland

„Ein wunderbar gelegener Ort mit köstlicher Verpflegung im Ristorante Farfense, guten Proben (der Probenort im Weingut Dezi ein Traum) mit vielen netten Leuten, schönen Ausflügen in die nächste Umgebung und einem gelungenen Abschlusskonzert im Theater von Offida. Es ist nun schon meine 5. Orchesterreise mit der Sinfonietta. Wir sehen uns sicher wieder in …?"
Gertrud (cello), Stuttgart / Germany