Palazzo Cittanova

Cremona, Italy

Built after the Piazza del Comune, or city hall, this two-story building was once a headquarters for the merchants of fustian, a barracks, and a headquarters for the notary. Over the years there have been slight changes to its structure to accommodate the changes in its function. Today, it is used for meetings and events. Its history and unique architecture make it a perfect backdrop for our groups' performances.

Sant'Andrea della Valle Church

Rome, Italy

It is hard to imagine a more dramatic church than Sant' Andrea della Valle, it is therefore not hard to understand why Puccini set the first act of his opera, Tosca, in the Barberini Chapel. It is here that Angelotti seeks a hiding place from the Roman chief of police and Tosca's suspicions of her lovers' supposed infidelity are aroused. This is a venue of unmatched opulence and operatic history and would be the perfect venue for a choral performance.

St. Peter's Basilica

Rome, Italy

Charged as being "the greatest of all churches of Christendom," St. Peter's Basilica, in Vatican City, is nearly 400 years old and possesses a wealth of history, culture, and art. Adorned with works of famous Italian Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo, St. Peter's is a popular site not only for Christians, but for historians and tourists alike. Not only have Encore groups had the opportunity to explore such a remarkable sight, but some have also performed for the Pope himself!

Basilica of San Marco

Venice, Italy

Located on the Piazza San Marco, the Cathedral is not only the most famous of the churches in Venice, but it's also one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture. Over the centuries, it has become a symbol of Venetian wealth and power. This explains its nickname, Chiesa d'Oro, which in Italian means "church of gold". The church also contains multiple choir lofts which was the inspiration for the development of a Venetian polychoral style. So hop a boat to Venice and come perform in what was once a vital home to the famous Italian Renaissance!

Campo Santo Stefano

Venice, Italy

The largest piazza in Venice after Piazzo San Marco, this wonderful square is a mixture of shops and churches in the heart of the city's most prestigious neighborhood. Slightly off the tourist path but always busy with locals, it makes a great place for a memorable concert.