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Sordevolo Passion Play – Milan & Lake Maggiore 2021
See the Sordevolo Passion Play in 2021 combined with a tour exploring the Magical Lake Maggiore
Passion Plays are famous for depicting the Passion of Jesus Christ. The most famous, perhaps, is the Oberammergau Passion Play held in Germany every ten years. However, with Oberammergau now postponed until 2022, there is no better time than to see this incredible rendition of the Passion, brought to you towns folk of Sordevolo in Piedmont, Italy in 2021. Held every five years and has a cast of 400 locals and over 29 scenes depicting early Jerusalem, this incredible depiction is one of them most impressive and was written by Giuliano Dati dating back to the last years of the XV century.Read more
Soredevolo and The Italian Passion Play
The history of this play can be dated back to Giuliano Dati, a Florentine bishop whose text was used to be performed on Good Friday in the Colosseum in Rome, with a large attendance of people, pilgrims, travellers and notables. The “Roman” passion text reached Sordevolo through somewhat mysterious ways and since 1816 the entire community of Sordevolo has been representing the Passion of Christ. The Passion of Sordevolo is certainly the greatest choral play ever performed in Italy by amateur actors: the performance takes place in a 4,000 square metres open space, a reconstructed corner of Jerusalem, dating back to 33 A.D including Herod’s Palace, Synedrium, Pontius Pilate’s Praetorium, the Garden of Gethsemane, the cenacle, the Calvary. The 3-hours performance consists of a prologue and 29 scenes, with an overall participation of about 400 actors and walk-on characters. With this tour we combine the Passion Play with the beautiful Lake Maggiore. Firstly staying in Biella before heading to the spectacular Lake.
Magical Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore is the second largest and most scenic of the Italian Lakes. It boasts a year-round Mediterranean climate, along with a spectacular Alpine backdrop. The region offers both a rich history and breathtaking natural beauty, making it a firm favourite with our groups. During your tour you will be based in Stresa, often described as the lake’s most captivating town. It looks out to the mystical Borromean Islands and is the perfect location for exploring everything Maggiore has to offer. Isola Madre, Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori are the three Borromean Islands that sit like gems on Lake Maggiore. With scenic views, luxurious palaces and beautiful gardens, these islands will capture your heart.
Located in the Northern Italy, in the Lombardy region, a short distance from the magnificent Lakes, the city is a hub of vibrancy and innovation. The stunning Alps loom in the background of the city’s rationalist architecture. Thus, providing an an incomparable skyline of conflicting; old and new, natural and man-made. A perfect metaphor for a city of exquisite contradictions. This tour allows you to indulge in all these aspects that have shaped the fascinating cultural history of this city. There are sights and attractions for all, you may also like to come back to see more of the Lombardy capital on a Milan City Break.
The Eden of Italy
Just a short distance away from Maggiore is the captivating Lake Orta, with the traditional town of Omegna nestled on its shore. Additionally, you may want to head into the mountains north of the lake to ride the enchanting 100 Valleys Railway. Take in the breathtaking views as the train winds through gorges, over viaducts and past tumbling waterfalls through Italy into Switzerland. After taking in these incredible landscapes, hop on a relaxing and picturesque lake cruise from Locarno in Switzerland back to Italy. Whilst in the region, you also have the possibility to discover the stunning lakes of Lugano and Como.
For an alternative tour to Sordevolo in 2021, combine the Passion Play with Acqui Terme and Piedmont.
June - September 2021
Travel to Italy
Make your way to Italy either by air or by land and sea. Upon arrival, settle in at your hotel in the Biella area.
Biella, Lake Viverone and The Passion Play in Sordevolo
After breakfast, explore the city of Biella: Our tour guide will show you the cathedral and the 11th century Baptistery before taking the Funicular up to the medieval old town situated on top of Piazzo hill. Here you will walk through porticoes which are characteristic of this part of town and visit some of the old palaces and noble villas from whose gardens you will see panoramic views of lower Biella and its spectacular mountain range. In the afternoon we head to Lake Viverone – a small blue jewel in amidst the green woodland and fields of Piemonte. Afterwards, transfer to Sordevolo for dinner in a typical restaurant before the passion play performance.
Lake Orta & Maggiore
Today, depart your hotel in the Biella area for Lake Orta. With it’s quaint corners and wonderful scenery. From the characteristic centre in Orta, depart by boat to Isola San Giulia to visit the 10th century abbey. Enjoy some free time in Orta before moving to your Hotel on lake Maggiore.
Explore Lake Maggiore
Upon arrival at Stresa we board our boat for Isola Bella to visit the Borromean Palace with it’s beautiful hanging gardens. At the end of the visit we proceed to Isola dei Pescatori, with it’s characteristic streets and restaurants where fish specialities from the lake can be sampled. We then proceed to Isola Madre, famous for its botanical garden.
Free time on Lake Maggiore
Day at leisure to enjoy Lake Maggiore on your own. Perhaps, head north of Lake Maggiore to the mountain town of Domodossola, where you board the Centovalli train. Cross the wild and romantic ‘One Hundred Valleys’ region, winding through gorges and mountains, continuing to the Swiss lakeside town of Locarno. Enjoy some free time in Locarno before boarding a leisurely three hour lake cruise to see the stunning scenery of the north of the lake, before arriving back in Stresa.
This morning depart for the fashion capital of Milan. With a local guide one can visit the cathedral – one of the finest examples of gothic architectur in the world, the Vittoria Emanuele arcade, the La Scala opera house and the Sforzesco castle .There will be some free time to try a typical Milanese aperitif in one of the many bars in the centre, before returning to the hotel.
Return to the UK
It is time to say “arrivederci” to Italy and depart with a transfer to the airport or by land and sea with overnights en route back to the UK.
We have a selection of excellent 3 and 4 star hotels throughout the region
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Performances will be on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday running from June to September 2021.
Seating is divided into 4 categories; Golden, First, Second, Third.
Prices are based on third place category and upgrades are available upon request.