2022 Puglia Handbell Tour
Discover Puglia and introduce your art and music to a new audience
THE JOURNEY BEGINS under the bright southern sun within the white walls of the city of Lecce where we explore together the "Florence of the South." From there, we explore the region of Salento for nine days, experiencing the slow and comfortable rhythms of this unique part of Italy. From the olive groves of the interior to the beautiful rugged coastline, together with the Tapestry Women's Chorus we'll share our music with a welcoming new audience.
Resonate Tours has developed this tailored experience for handbell musicians to share music while exploring Italy. We explore the streets, countryside, and beaches of this beautiful region of Italy while experiencing its culture and enjoying music with new friends. You can expect more than a standard group tour— uncommon adventures await. Play music every day, meet local friends, go off the beaten path, and immerse yourself in the culture. Innovative and collaborative performances will connect you with a curious audience and to your fellow musicians.
Everyone gathers at the charming Hotel Santa Chiara (located in the historic center of Lecce) for check in. Enjoy an afternoon in the piazza out front or a spritz on the terrace. The group will meet for our first group dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner, we’ll talk through the week ahead and take a look at our music!
A Taste of Salento
Sunday morning, we start to explore our home for the week with a historic walking tour around Lecce. After that, we'll convene for our first read-through rehearsal before a break for lunch your own. We'll continue rehearsals after lunch and then head to our Cooking Experience with Chef Gianna! She'll take us to a local market where we will choose our groceries to cook for our dinner featuring local dishes of Salento.
Today we immerse ourselves in the music. Stopping for a well-deserved break for lunch on your own, we'll otherwise dig in and polish up our performance. After a break, we'll gather together in the evening for our group dinner. Of course, we can't pass up a break or two for coffee, gelato or uno Spritz!
La Vita Romana
It's back to the researsal tables in the morning to make our music ready to perform, followed by lunch lunch together in a nearby piazza. In the afternoon, we'll visit the local history museum and Roman ruins, to understand more about this fascinating region. Dinner and your evening are on your own.
Singers from Tapestry Women's Chorus from California will join in on our rehearsals on Wednesday. After lunch on your own, we'll hop on a bus for a short ride north of Lecce to visit the stunning hill town of Ostuni and the unique Trulli in Alberobello. Sunset and dinner in the coastal clifftop resort town of Polignano al Mare will top off our day.
Olives Everywhere! - Concert (Matino)
Today we head to Gallipoli for a stroll along the Gulf of Taranto and then to a wonderful lunch with friends on their farm. Get ready to learn about life in Puglia and even a few words in the Pugliese dialect. Our hosts in Matino, the highest point on the Salento peninsula, will show us their town and intruduce us to the local olive oil industry. We'll experience a local custom of eating friselle and perform for our new friends!
Water So Blue - Concert (Otranto)
The Adriatic coast is truly one of the most beautiful and historic. The water stretches out for miles toward Greece and this area is the link between old Greek and Roman cultures. We'll visit towns along the way to a wine tasting lunch. In the afternoon we'll spend some time in Otranto, visiting its castle, cathedral and art museum. An evening concert after a bite to eat on your own will end our day before heading back to Lecce.
Art, Culture and Music - Concert (Lecce)
Saturday is your flex day! Get in some shopping. Eat one more cone at your favorite gelateria. Do a cafe crawl to find the best espresso in Lecce. We have an afternoon concert and then a group dinner. Lounge into the evening with friends enjoying the Italian lifestyle!
After breakfast on Sunday, we’ll pack up our stuff and head out. We’ll get everyone off to airports and train stations as necessary and bid farewell to our lovely Pugliese locale. Alla prossima!
March 26 - April 3, 2022
8 nights 4-star accommodation in the southern cultural center of Lecce in the Puglia region
Rehearsals in Lecce and concerts across Puglia
Amazing European breakfast at the hotel each morning
Lunch OR Dinner each day
Small group experiences with intensive ringing sessions
Transport to all included activities and sightseeing
Museum and activity entrance fees
Airport/hotel pick up & drop off, private shuttle can be arranged for an additional charge
Extended hotel nights - before and after
Additional meals & drinks
Price is per person, based on two people sharing a room (double occupancy). Single supplement may be available.
If you enjoy playing handbells, you'll love playing handbells in ITALY!
Share your musical passion with real Italians
Settle in - the whole trip is based at one hotel, you never have to repack!
Personal experiences that give you a sense of living in Italy
Did we mention the wine?
The hotel is a small boutique hotel and includes a mix of Superior rooms with piazza views and Classic rooms with interior views or skylights. Superior rooms will be assigned on a first come, first-served basis so sign up early!