Tours en l'air organizes ballet-themed escorted holidays to see the best companies perform great ballets in beautiful places. You can join a trip from anywhere. A highly knowledgeable balletomane who has enjoyed 100s of performances in over 20 cities around the world,I speak English, French, and German, and am a Travel Industry Council of Ontario certified Travel Counsellor. I also teach ballet appreciation courses. Twitter: @thewordlady Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katherine.barber.37 Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO # 1892647
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Friday, August 3, 2012
Travel tips for ballet lovers: Rome
planning a ballet trip to Rome, I would highly recommend as a place to stay
the MariaLuisa, Via Antonio Salandra 6, a family-run B&B where Gianni and Stefania (a
huge ballet fan) can't do enough for you. It's only 10 minutes walk
from the Opera House, 5 minutes from Bernini's Ecstasy of St. Theresa
statue, about 30 seconds from buses that will take you anywhere in
Rome, and about 15 minutes walk from Termini station, far enough away
to be clear of the seedier Termini neighbourhood but close enough to be
convenient if you're using the train to get in from the airport or from
other parts of Italy. This is not a very touristy area of Rome, but proximity to the train station and the theatre are big pluses, and it's easy to get to the big sights (walking distance to the Villa Borghese and the Spanish steps, and to the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon). Rooms start at 65 euros including breakfast. Email Stefania at email@example.com for
reservations. Phone: +39 06 48 24 171
Another nice B&B was the Capitolium RoomsVia Montebello, 104 - 00185 - Rome - Italy
Tel.: +39 06 4464917 - Fax: +39 06 49382094 - Email: , 110 euros per night. A little further from the opera house (about 15 minutes walk) but looking onto a lovely garden and surrounded by embassies. You may be a little disconcerted by the presence of a strip club (!) in the basement of the building, but we found this did not disturb us at all.
A nice restaurant near both is al Grappolo d'Oro via Palestro 4/10 offering classic Italian cuisine. If you should be so lucky as to be in Rome for New Year's Eve, book their multi-course celebratory dinner and you will find yourself surrounded by multi-generational Italian families enjoying a truly authentic experience.
Be warned that the Teatro dell'Opera di
Roma has almost no rake on the orchestra level so it is very hard to see
over the people in front of you. Try to get a seat on the inner aisle
so that you have a less obstructed view of the performance.
you love ballet, check out my season of outstanding ballet trips in
2012-13 by clicking here.