Bordering Tuscany we find ourselves in Umbria, one of the was most beautiful places in Italy, renowned for its lush rolling hills, terracotta villages and rows of emerald vineyards.
As we get better acquainted with the much-underrated sister of Tuscany we find treasures that exceed all our expectations. Not only has it got landscapes to rival any in Italy, we find some of the most picturesque cathedrals and ancient churches nestled terracotta villages and perched on hilltops in all their glory.
It is these majestic buildings that make Umbria so special to us, as it is in these spiritual spaces, we find some of the best acoustics in the world and create harmonies which with resonate with us long after we leave.
This morning we depart London for glorious Rome. Upon arrival, we enjoy our first dinner together as a group and get to know one another better.
We begin the first full day of our tour at Titignano chapel. The acoustics here are unrivalled and we spend time harmonising in this magical setting. In the afternoon, we see more of this region with its rolling hills and charm.
Today we indulge in more singing in the grounds of our private estate. After lunch, we take a trip to nearby Todi, which is a lovely hilltop town that overlooks the river Tiber and there will be more songs before we sit down to supper.
Morning songs that fill our souls and lift the spirits. After lunch, we are treated to a wine and food tasting in Titignano’s very own wine cellars and oil mills. Sample dessert wine and olive oil that has been made on the estate.
Enjoy a full day out in Orvieto, a small medieval city sitting high on volcanic rock, visible for miles around. Why not sing a few bars in the beautiful cathedral or the Torre del Moro, which boasts the best views of the city.
The day begins at Castello di Vibio, where we can visit the Teatro della Concordia – a two-hundred-year-old theatre that is also the smallest in the world. Later, we enjoy free time in beautiful Titignano and then regroup for our final dinner.
Today we depart for Rome’s airport and make our return journey home.
Guy is a singer, songwriter and voice teacher with a charismatic style and broad tastes in vocal music. He spent his 20s singing with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and the choir of Christ Church, Oxford. Today he runs community choirs,songwriting workshops, sings with The B Naturals - one of the UK’s leading close-harmony quartets - and is Artistic Director of new folk vocal ensemble, Corcordium.
Hotel Titignano occupies the whole village, now a converted estate complete with forty bedrooms decorated in a traditional Italian style with its own chapel. Lovely terraces to view the valley below, a fabulous swimming pool and a traditional restaurant serving much of its own produce. Our very own perfect Umbrian paradise for a week.