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Passion Play in Italy

Passion Play in Italy

Every ten years since 1816 the inhabitants of Sordovelo re-enact The Passion Play described as "the greatest choral play ever performed in Italy by amateur actors." Nestled in the north-west of Italy, navigate your way round unique wonders including an impressive 17th century Royal Palace, a local winery visit and cruise down the picturesque Lake Viverone, culminating in the pinnacle of your tour, The Passion Play.



4* Santo Stefano SPA Relais


Relais Santo Stefano is an excellent choice for rest and rejuvenation. Well-known for its family-friendly environment and proximity to great restaurants, Relais Santo Stefano makes it easy to enjoy the best of Sandigliano.


• Free Wifi • Air Conditioned • TV • Mini bar • Bar/Lounge • Pool • Restaurant • Smart TV • Telephone • Safe • Private Bathroom with bathtub or shower • Hairdryer •


Price Includes


  • Return ferry crossing (Dover/Calais)

  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast in overnight hotels (3-course set evening meal)


At the Resort Hotel


  • 5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast (1 dining experience at an authentic Sordevolo restaurant)

  • Passion play ticket (3-hour evening performance)

  • Panoramic boat trip on Lake Viverone (45 minutes)

  • Visit to Rovellotti winery, Ghemme with 1 wine tasting and food pairings

  • 3-hour guided tour of Turin including visit of Palazzo Reale

  • Visit to Lake Maggiore

  • Porterage at the Resort hotel



Day 1

Travel by coach from your local area to make the channel crossing to Calais, and then continue to the first overnight hotel, conveniently located along the route.


Day 2

Continue by coach to the second overnight destination.

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Day 3

Travel from the second overnight hotel to be welcomed at the main hotel.

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Day 4

On the first day in north-west Italy, you are free to spend the day in Biella at your own leisure. Weave through the medieval town of Biella enjoying sights of the 11th century Baptistery, 18th century cathedral and indulge in all its intricacies. Maybe take a spot of lunch enjoying local delicacies (at guests’ own cost) whilst watching the clear and pristine mountain range stand tall behind the abundance of markets, quaint buildings and unique architecture.

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Day 5

This afternoon we head to Lake Viverone. Venture down this small blue jewel located in Piemonte surrounded by rolling green woodland and fields on this 45-minute panoramic boat trip. After freshening up at the hotel, we then travel to Sordevolo where we have our dinner with local specialities in an authentic restaurant, native to the area. Still in Sordevolo, we all head towards the pinnacle of our trip, the Passion Play. Lasting for a duration of 3 hours, we head back to the hotel just after midnight.

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Day 6

Stretching over the vast expanse of Lake Maggiore lies Stresa. This picturesque fishing village will see clusters of rainbow-coloured buildings line the shoreline, giving this village its unique personality. After this, we head to Isola dei Pescatori, translating as the Fishermen’s Island. Rich in its own characteristics and restaurants, why not sample local fish specialities from the lake? Before we head back to the hotel, we embark on a scenic drive along Lake Orta. We then make a stop in Ghemme where we visit the Rovellotti winery situated inside the Castle of Ghemme. Enjoy a wine tasting paired with traditional food delicacies.

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Day 7

We head to the majestic city of Turin. Harmoniously combining grand landmarks, including obelisks and castles, this 3-hour city tour will take you round the best of Turin's treasures. We then take a visit to Palazzo Reale. With history engraved within its walls, this free-flow visit of this magnificent 17th century legacy will be nothing short of spectacular. As well as leaving some free time to visit the awe-inspiring Mole Antonelliana, your trip to Turin doesn't stop here. We then travel to one of the city's historic cafés to enjoy a "Bicerin," an authentic hot drink native to Turin.

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Day 8

Time to say Arrivederci! Depart the main hotel and reflect on your Passion Play pleasures as we head towards the first overnight destination.

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Day 9

Depart the first homeward overnight destination.

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Day 10

Depart the second overnight destination and finally head home via Calais.


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