A unique city filled with glorious palaces that seem to float on water, Venice is also filled with great art and was the inspiration of many grand old masters, such the Bellini’s, Giorgione, Tiziano (Titian), Paolo Veronese, and Tintoretto. By 1300, it was one of the largest cities and the leading maritime republic of Europe and the Mediterranean and remained so until the 18th century. On the crossroads of the Byzantine and Roman – later Eastern and Western – worlds, Venice obtained a unique mix of art, architecture, and culture, and is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace.

Go ahead and explore this magnificent city, find the little back streets and charming squares. It is here that you will find the true Venice.

Florence, the capital city of the Tuscan region, is one of Italy’s most important and historic cities. Filled with many Renaissance-style buildings, including wonderful churches and frand palaces, Florence has not changed a bit since the 16th century. The city is built around the River Arno, and one of its highlights is the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), dating from 1345. This is the oldest bridge in Florence and is lined with many shops, mostly jewelers and goldsmiths.

Other famous Florence attractions are the Duomo (the fourth largest cathedral in the world), the Bargello (one of the first national museums in Italy), the Uffizi (the world’s oldest art gallery), Palazzo Vecchio (Florence’s town hall since 1322), Santa Maria Novella (probable the most important Gothic church in Tuscany) and the Galleria dell’ Accademia (if only to view Michelangelo’s ‘David’).

Located in the northern section of Italy, Milan is located within the plains of Lombardy, one of the most populated urban areas of the country. Fashion is king in this city, which is home to some of the world’s most revered fashion designers. Milan also serves as an important business and financial center throughout Europe. Other items associated with this grand city include the trendy Alfa Romeo car, as well as silk produced in the area. Major attractions include the Milan Duomo – the third largest cathedral in the world, taking four centuries to finish, and of course, the Teatro alla Scala Opera House – built in 1776 and still hosting some superb theatrical productions. There are also numerous art galleries and museums for you to enjoy.

The Santa Monica Chamber Philharmonia 2007

The Santa Monica Chamber Philharmonia 2005

Phoenix Boys Choir Tour 2007

Robert Page Festival Singers Tour 2008