Italy v Wales, Six Nations
7-11 February 2019

Introducing… La Ballezza (the beautiful one)

Italy, MSG style.
7-11 February 2019
FIVE days. THREE cities. ONE unique experience

MSG Supporters will attest that we craft our trips with a slightly rugged blade. The extra grooves get inside the skin of our featured countries and seek out the very best in cultural enrichment. You may only get to see a destination or country once, so let’s make the most of it.

We call it Delivering the Unexpected.

La Ballezza

Ballezza? The literal translation of this Italian word is beauty.
Our research focused on taking the very best of the Italy v Wales encounter in Rome and adding an awful lot of appeal. Rome is Rome; classically beautiful, historic and memorable. We are, however, basing our 2019 Wales Supporters Tour in Bologna, the ‘European capital of culture’, a city recognised as a paradise of rich Italian culture. Dine at handpicked restaurants and indulge in the local cuisine tried and tested by MSG’s Product Manager, Grace Mumford on our recent inspection trip in March 2018. After all, it’s our job to ensure every element of YOUR trip is tested to the highest possible standards.


Three Cites, Five Days, One Unique Experience

With a glorious, artistic heritage and some fantastic examples of the world’s best architecture, gorge on culture as you walk through the beautiful ‘porticoes’. These sheltered structures line the city’s buildings and are stunning pieces of architecture. Look above and be dazzled by the ornate ceilings that have made the city renowned worldwide.

Bologna has strong roots in education, often referred to as ‘the learned one’. Reflecting this, Grace has discovered a variety of culinary workshops for us to participate in. Become a wine connoisseur, learn about legendary Bolognian cheeses and sample real Italian olive oil, all whilst learning the art and craft of making pizza – the local way, naturally.

 

The centrepiece of the tour. Days 3 & 4 of our tour include sightseeing in the city, tickets to the match and an overnight stay.  Soak in the fantastical Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Vatican and experience a traditional Italian Mass service at St Peter’s Square.

Before your departure back to the UK, and after a final night in Bologna, you will be whisked off to Verona. Discover countless churches and that balcony where Romeo confesses his undying love for his sweetheart Juliet. Time to renew the vows?


Travel Itinerary

Day 1 – London to Bologna

06.00: Assemble at London Gatwick for British Airways check in.  Navigate seamlessly through fast track security and enjoy a private breakfast and drinks in our No1 Lounge Clubroom, where you can relax before the 09.25 departure to Verona.

12:25: Arrive in Verona Airport

13:00: Transfer to Bologna

14:25:  Check in to rooms at Zanhotel Tre Vecchi.  Relax, freshen up and get ready to meet your local guide at 17.00hrs.

17:00 Sightseeing on foot around Bologna city.  Points of interest include Piazza de Maggiore (the central square), the famous historical towers of Bologna and the majestic markets.

19:00 Your evening will conclude at Osteria De’Poeti, one of our tried and tested restaurants. Partake in a pasta demonstration followed by sit down meal. Experience the Italian dishes that put Bologna on the map such as “tagliatelle alla bolognaise” aka the original spaghetti Bolognese. Osteria De’Poeti often hosts exciting jazz nights, so you may be accompanied by a live band whilst you wine and dine.

Day 2 – ‘Bologna the Learned’

Breakfast: On day two you will have Breakfast and morning free to explore Bologna at leisure.

Bus to Fico Eataly: Bologna has strong roots in education, often being referred to as ‘The learned one’.  Travel the short distance by bus to Fico Eataly to take part in a variety of speciality workshops.

Workshops:  During your visit to Fico Eataly you can take part in a variety of experiences such as sampling local olive oil and seeing how both Bolognian cheese and pizza are made.

Afternoon: Sample some of Bologna’s finest wines.

Evening: Free to browse the shops and city.

 

 

Day 3 – Match Day

Breakfast: at the hotel

Pack bags: MSG will be providing rucksacks for an overnight stay in Rome. Your suitcases with anything you are not taking to Rome will be left at the hotel in a luggage store. We’ll walk to the nearby train station and board the 10.00am train to Rome, replete with snacks and wines to encourage the match day cheer.

12.45: We will arrive in Rome and check into our next hotel for 1 x night.

14.30: Congregate in the hotel ready for your transfer to Stadio Olimpico.

17.45: Wales vs Italy Kick off.  Collect your tickets and enjoy the game.

21.00: Free evening and overnight stay at your hotel in Rome.

Day 4 – Tour around Rome

Breakfast will be served at the hotel.  Check out for sightseeing around the famous city of Rome. You will get to see the fantastical Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the Vatican. You may opt-in to experience a traditional Italian Mass service at St Peter’s Square.

15.30: Meet at Rome Termini Station

16:00: Train departs

18:30: Arrive back in Bologna and check back into the hotel.  Evening free.

 

Day 5 – Verona Visit

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served at the Hotel.

09:00: Check out and depart hotel via coach transfer to Verona (1.5h)

11:00: Arrive Verona, a city best known for its associations with Shakespeare. Discover countless churches and that balcony where Romeo confesses his undying love for his sweetheart. Lunch is taken individually and at leisure

14:30: Depart for airport

17:10: Flight departs for London

18:10: Arrive back at London Gatwick Airport.

Prices and Inclusions

Price:  £899.50 per person

Limited Availability

Only 40 places are available and priority will be given to our existing MSG Supporters who have travelled on our Lions Tours or European Champions Cup Final packages to Bilbao.

Priority sale takes place midday Thursday 22nd of March 2018 – 16.00hrs Friday 23rd of March 2018.

Public sale commences at 16.00hrs 23rd of March 2018.

Interest in this event can be registered here.

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To find out more, call us on 03333 110335 or email info@msgtours.com