Umbria's landscape and urban planning can best be described by what in 1462, Pope Pius II Piccolomini said of Umbria: "You will never be able to reach a town without climbing". Although nowadays in most cases one does not need to literally climb, it is indeed a fact that most ancient Umbrian towns are perched high up on hilltops, within massive protective and impenetrable "walls". Orvieto, the lovely home of Umbria Jazz Winter 21 is no exception.
A beautiful blend of jazz sounds juxtaposed with ancient buildings, piazzas, quaint, narrow, winding streets, a perfect mix of local and international camaraderie, a bond created by the jazz whose sounds intermingle with great wine and food, will be the prevailing atmosphere over the next six days. Culture, food, wine and of course great jazz and blues are the key ingredients that make this the perfect way to spend a New Year holiday.
When in Umbria however, one cannot ignore the beauty, the cultural and artistic richness of this region. Orvieto, our exquisite home, is perhaps one of the most perfect examples of this cultural bounty as it will be revealed during walking tours through its quaint streets, as we visit the Duomo and the Museo Opera del Duomo where priceless and breathtaking works of art are on display. Also along the way, the architectural marvel Pozzo di San Patrizio (c1527); Pozzo della Cava, the Cappella di San Brizio and Chiesa di San Fracesco just to name a few.
Daily excursions will take us to Umbrian Medieval hamlets of Montefalco, also famous for its Sagrantino wine. Todi and Bevagna will reveal their charms and well deserved ranking amongst some of the most beautiful "borgos" in Italy, their streets, still faithfully reveal glimpses of a culture that revered beauty and art.
Southern Tuscany will be well represented during an excursion to Pitigliano first mentioned as far back as 1061, this quaint town is also known as the little Jerusalem as throughout the centuries, was and still is the home of a well-established Jewish community.
The Umbria Jazz Winter Festival is obviously the star attraction of this tour and indeed the various concerts will feature some of the most recognized "stars" of the jazz world. Our daily activities will be carefully planned so as not to interfere with the scheduled concerts.
The New Year will see us celebrating in grand style at the San Francesco, the swankiest party in town, as we'll swing the night away to the sound of cool jazz and blues!
The final manifestation which has become the culmination of the five day festival and a venerable tradition, is the New Year's Day Gospel Choir concert and Messa della Pace (Mass of Piece) held at the breathtaking Duomo. Special seating reserved for WBGO will enhance this experience - a touching and fitting end to amazing performances and a most appropriate way to encapsulate the magic and emotions felt throughout our stay in this extraordinary town and region.
December in Orvieto sparkles with warmth from the camaraderie and spirit exuded by the artists and visitors from the world-over and will surely warm everyone's heart and soul-there's no hotter way to celebrate the New Year than to join WBGO in Orvieto!
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*VERY IMPORTANT: When booking, please advise of any allergies or any other dietary restriction due to health or religious reasons so that we may make the appropriate substitutions to menus. No other substitutions allowed for any other reason at the time of the meals.
Air Transportation JFK/Rome/JFK and Round-trip Group Transfers From Rome Fiumicino Airport/Orvieto: WBGO has secured a limited number of group seats on Alitalia Airlines. Flight details, cost of the airline tickets and transfers are as follows:
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