The Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival will take place in the city of Lucca. Lucca is a Tuscan city with a unique geographical position (c. 80 Km. from the center of Florence, c. 30 Km. from the center of Pisa and from the Mediterranean coast) and a rich history going back to the Roman Empire. It was an independent republic for many centuries and is universally considered to be one of the most beautiful Italian cities. Completely surrounded by still-intact fortress walls dating back to the Renaissance, Lucca also has an extraordinary musical history, being the birthplace of musicians such as Puccini, Boccherini, Geminiani, and Catalani.
The main headquarters of the Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival is the Real Collegio. Lessons for the 2020 instrumental program will be held at the Real Collegio and the neighboring Liceo Musicale. Other spaces for lessons and practicing will be made available throughout the city of Lucca.
It is highly recommended to ask for details when you check in at the Festival Office (Real Collegio).
The major part of the Festival locations are within the Lucca city walls and therefore accessible on foot.
In general, lessons are held in the morning from 9 AM to 2 PM, except for the first day, Monday July 13, when lessons will be held from 2:30PM to 7:30 PM.
Piano lessons, as well as Professor Alfred Brendel’s seminars, may also be held in the afternoon.
The Virtuoso & Belcanto Chamber Orchestra will rehearse every day from around 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM.
The first rehearsal is: Tuesday July 14, 2020, at 2:30 PM in the Sala del Capitolo (the fresco hall) at the Real Collegio.
Rehearsals for the other two workshops (Ensemble Virtuoso & Belcanto and Esperienza Classica) will most likely be held in the afternoon.
HOW TO GET TO LUCCA
It is easy to reach Lucca by just about any means of transport.
By car: There are two exits for Lucca on the autostrada (toll road) A11 (Florence-Viareggio), easily accessible from both the A1 (Rome-Milan) and A12 (Genoa-Livorno).
By train: The station is centrally located and has regional trains from both Florence and Pisa. Both train stations serve train travel from all directions.
By air: Both the Florence airport (Firenze Peretola c. 70km from Lucca) and the Pisa airport (Pisa Galileo Galilei, c. 30 km from Lucca) are connected by bus or train.
Florence Airport: Take the Vaibus that goes directly to Lucca or take the bus from the airport to the central train stations Santa Maria Novella or Campo di Marte and take a train for Lucca.
Pisa Airport: Take the Vaibus that goes directly to Lucca, or take the PisaMover from the airport to the train station in Pisa (Stazione Centrale). From the station there are direct trains to Lucca.