13th July 2017 – Last week our Cantores choir toured the Italian region of Tuscany. Here Eve Cremins of 10F tells us more about this …
During our tour, we were based in the beautiful town of Montecatini Terme where we took part in a local Choral Festival with another UK school and a local Italian choir.
On our first full day, we headed into Florence and could see why it is named the ‘city of flowers’. Our first stop was the Academia gallery where we saw Michelangelo’s David amongst other breath-taking art works. After this we had lunch in a food market where all the food had been made with local produce, and we also had the chance to buy local delicacies. After a visit to the Boboli Gardens, we returned to Montecatini Terme for our first concert in the main Basilica which was an amazing venue to perform in. After the concert, the festival organisers put on a reception at a local café where we could relax with the other choirs and enjoy some delicious pizza!
The next morning we performed in a local spa called Tettuccio Terme, which is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen! After the concert we headed to Lucca where we had a chance to do some shopping before we visited the birthplace of Puccini. In the evening we went up to Montecatini Alto using the funicular railway and enjoyed watching the sun set over some spectacular views across the valley.
The final day was by far my favourite day as we visited Pisa, where we climbed the Leaning Tower and explored the city, practising our Italian language skills! The highlight of the day was performing in the Pisa Cathedral – a beautiful setting for our final concert. The festival organisers had arranged for us to meet up with the other UK choir in the evening and we had a lovely dinner and disco – even the teachers joined in the dancing!
Sadly the trip came to an end far too soon – many thanks to the teachers who organised this fantastic experience, making it truly memorable.