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Summer Italian Opera Festival in Martina Franca 2020

from July 12 to August 7, 2020

5 days, 4 nights,
2 dinners, 3 lunches, wine tasting,
2 guided visits,
all transfers by private coach,
small group 2 to 8 guests.

1650 €
per person


I still remember, long time ago, when my cousin was talking about the Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca that I had just heard from news: he was really enthusiastic to have attended some performances, because it was a great pleasure for the beauty of the show and athmospere. I have always recognized him a great taste in everything, that is why his reference made me curious to join the event. The next summer, with friends, we bought tickets and finally I could be there, under the stars, in the wondergul Palazzo Ducale courtyard, enjoying the elegance of a rare Opera, performed by young talents. After more than a decade the quality of performances remains very high and the audience is clearly increasing.

For all those reasons last year we started organising this travel package to let Opera lovers, as well as any culturally curious travellers, to attend this unique Festival. In five days you will also explore the region's attractions in depth, off the beaten track, and enjoy food local specialities and of course wine!


Taking part to this journey contains also a sustainability aspect: The local community, and me too, is proud to offer such an exceptional artistic program as result of intellectual efforts since almost a half century! Motivating people means to spread energy for society improvement: Italians are glad to talk about their culture before their cuisine.


I am Piero, I organize this travel and will be your tour leader by this special journey in my region: Puglia!


2020 scheduled performances:

"Gli amanti sposi" by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari - July 19, 24; August 1.
Opera giocosa in three acts, libretto by Giovacchino Forzano; performed 1925 at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, it is one of lesser-known opera by the Venetian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948).

"La rappresaglia" by Saverio Mercadante - July 14 (Prima), 26 and 29.
Opera buffa by Apulian composer Saverio Mercadante (1795-1870), reworked libretto by Cesare Sterbini and Felice Romani; performed 1829 in Cadiz is proposed during the Festival for the first time in recent epoch. It was written by Mercadante with clear references to Rossini's "Barbiere di Siviglia" and "Cenerentola" to let the Spanish audience know the Italian Opera.

"Leonora" by Ferdinando Paër - July 25, 28 and 31.
Semi-serious melodrama by Ferdinand Paër (1771-1839), linked to the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven. The opera was successful on European Opera Houses of the time (from Dresden to Paris from Florence to Palermo) thanks to a writing freshness that reporters, as well as critics, have always recognized.


Dates of start and conclusion: This travel is organised upon your request, therefore depending from performance, you can choose your arrival date.


Places: Ostuni, Martina Franca, Polignano a Mare, Monopoli, Conversano, Alberobello, Locorotondo– Puglia, Italy.


First Day â€“ Travel from your arrival place to the wonderful Masseria Il Frantoio, the garden and the charming atmospere will welcome you to your accommodation; Piero will introduce the itinerary and briefly explain the millenarian history of Puglia. Driving few miles away, you will arrive to Ostuni, "the White town" for a stroll in the cobbled white streets overlooking the sea borders between land and sky and the ancient olive tree valley; on top of the old centre you will meet Orsola and Gabriele and savour their delicious dishes with local ham and cheese, the so called "affettato misto" as well as salads.


Second Day – In the morning you will be guided through the old town of Martina Franca and enjoy the elegant and noble palaces and churches in the richness of Baroque style; after a light lunch in the country side you will travel back to your hotel for a relaxing afternoon: having a swim in the pool or reading a book; at around 6 pm you will move back to Martina Franca for a light meal before to enter into the open-air theatre of Palazzo Ducale: From an orchestra stall seat you will attend the scheduled Opera of the 46th Festival della Valle d'Itria. Return to Masseria.


Third Day – Walking through Polignano a Mare is something you may not miss: perched atop a twenty meters high limestone cliff above crystal clear water; from here you will enjoy one of the most enchanting view of the region; then you will descent to Lama Monachile for an impression about the erosion made by temporary water flows; here you will have an ice-cream or drink the "Caffè Speciale" with amaretto. Transfer to San Vito for your seafood luch on a marvellous terrace few meters from the sea water with a great view to the Tower and the Abbey. Afterwards we will go to Monopoli, one of the most beautiful sea town in Italy and walk in its marvellous old centre; if you like you can have refreshing swim through spring salted waters at a beach* close to the centre, admiring the ancient walls. Return to Masseria.


Fourth Day â€“ Walking guided visit through the marvellous alleyways of Conversano, an old centre composed by white stones, stories and legends, where the coexistence of Lords, Abbesses and Bishops was never easy. See what remains of an important heritage: the Castle, the Monastery and the Cathedral; the guide will narrate facts and tales related to those places.; afterwards you will go to Alberobello and walk through its UNESCO site, the area where the Trulli (unique cone-roofed houses) are located so close to one another. In few minutes driving, you will arrive to Locorotondo at Gianni's family wine cellar: I Pastini; the visit of their organic vineyard, the old stone house and the modern production belongs to your fascinating wine experience that will introduce you to their professional wine tasting! The "round" town of Locorotondo, to see from their field, will be your next destination, before to return to the Masseria. For salutation you will be delighted by an excellent traditional dinner in the courtyard of Masseria Il Frantoio.


Fifth Day – Depending from your departing place, you will have a walk in the centre of Bari or Brindisi, then the transfer to the station or airport.



 Places to start and terminate this travel: Airport or station of Bari or Brindisi.


Accommodation facility:

Masseria Il Frantoio - S.S. 16 Km. 874, 72017 Ostuni (BR), Italy -
Masseria Il Frantoio is a 16th century Masseria, located in the countryside near Ostuni and surrounded by ancient olive trees and a marvellous landscape; elegant and comfortable rooms and authentic Apulian cuisine, together with beautiful gardens and a swimming pool will delight your Italian journey.
Double room with bathroom, fridge-bar, tea and coffee maker, Wi-Fi, air conditioned.
(Distances: Il Frantoio-Ostuni 8km, Il Frantoio-Lecce 85km, Il Frantoio-Brindisi 50km, Il Frantoio-Bari 75km)


At reservation and before down payment, IDILLIO D'ARTE will give you the confirmation of place availability.


Prices 2020: July 1 650 EUR/Person; August 1 700 EUR/Person. 

Down payment of 25% at reservation. Final payment of 75% latest 45 days before arrival.

Payment through bank wire in Euro (cost sharing option "OUR").
Payment through bank wire in USD with 2,5% surcharge on the exchange rate USD-EUR of payment day.


The group will be made up of minimum two Guests and maximum eight. We will communicate you the group 20 days before arrival.


Surcharge double room for single occupancy: 550 EUR for the four nights.

Surcharge for one more overnight stay with dinner in the same accommodation facility: 300 EUR/Person.
Surcharge for two more overnight stays with dinners in the same accommodation facility: 500 EUR/Person.



In the price are included the following services: Four overnight stays in Superior double room with breakfast in Masseria Il Frantoio; entrance fee at 46th Opera Festival della Valle d'Itria (orchestra stall seat); one wine tasting; one 4-course dinner with oil tasting, water and local wine in Masseria Il Frantoio; one dinner with fine local ham, cheese and salads (with water and local wine); two lunches (one with seafood) with water and local wine; one light lunch with water; two guided visits through the historic centres of Martina Franca and Conversano; English and German speaking tour leader during the whole journey (L. Piero Grieco); transfers to the indicated places and transfers from and to the airport or station of Bari or Brindisi; Schengen travel insurance: as indicated below.


Included travel insurance: 5-day Schengen travel insurance for medical expenses (maximum 30 000 EUR); repatriation: in the event of serious accident, serious illness or death.
An extension of the included insurance or other travel insurances (such as insurance to cover the cost of termination of the contract by the traveller) can be inquired.


Meals: One 4-course dinner with oil tasting, water and local wine in Masseria Il Frantoio; one dinner with fine local ham, cheese and salads (with water and local wine); two lunches (one with seafood) with water and local wine; one light lunch with water; breakfast every morning at Masseria.


In the price are not included the following services: Travel from and to the own domicile towards Puglia; other meals or drinks than the indicated; other guided visits than the indicated; other services than the indicated; other insurances than the indicated one.


Transportation: by comfortable car for 2-3 guests; by a 9-seat minivan in case of 4-5 guests.


To this travel the General Sales Conditions of IDILLIO D'ARTE apply.

For further information or program suggestion, please use the contact form or write to or simply call the +39 / 080 403 81 28.

IDILLIO D'ARTE informs that even if it is not needed a passport for border checks within the Schengen area (e.g. Spain, France and Germany are included in the Schengen area; United Kingdom and Ireland not), it is still always highly recommended to take a passport or ID card with you, so you can prove your identity, if needed (if stopped by police, boarding a plane, etc.). Schengen EU countries have the possibility of adopting national rules obliging you to hold or carry papers and documents, when you are present on their territory. Driving licenses, post, bank or tax cards are not accepted as valid travel documents or proof of identity.
The non-EU citizens shall find information for visa to the Italian Embassy in their country: you can ask us for support.
The guest shall verify any modification before departure as well as the health and security situation at destination by competent authorities (e.g. at or



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(*Picture of past editions of Festival della Valle d'Itria by Courtesy of Centro Artistico Musicale "Paolo Grassi")


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