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Music Tours to Tuscany

Tuscany is famed for its rolling hills, sprawling vineyards and historic cities such as Florence, Pisa and Turin, all of which are home to world renowned art collections and extraordinary architecture. 

The region’s many impressive buildings, churches and basilicas also make it a fantastic destination for music school tours. Whether choral or instrumental, our bespoke music tours to Tuscany afford groups of all abilities the chance to showcase their skills in front of attentive audiences, often in stunning concert venues.

NST have decades of experience designing music tours to Tuscany, so we know exactly how to help organise an unforgettable experience for both students and teachers alike. This includes the organisation and publicity of three concerts.

Follow the link below for more information, or get in touch with one of our expert travel advisors today to discuss your best options – we’re here to help!

Music school tours to Tuscany

The cities of Florence, Pisa, Siena and Lucca are all within easy reach and offer excellent and varied concert venues and performance opportunities for all types of school music trips, whether choral or instrumental.


Tuscany highlights - our music groups love...

Duomo Montecatini Terme

Duomo Montecatini Terme

This modern basilica in Montecatini Terme offers sacred choirs and classical orchestras a chance to sing with a mass service or perform an evening concert.

Terme Tettuccio

Terme Tettuccio

Terme Tettuccio is an example of one of the many thermal spas in  Montecatini Terme that offer choral and instrumental groups the  opportunity to give a performance in beautiful surroundings.

Duomo Pisa

Duomo Pisa

Choirs can sing at mass or give a lunchtime concert at this stunning cathedral.

Chiesa Santa Maria Dei Ricci, Florence

Chiesa Santa Maria Dei Ricci, Florence

Located in the heart of Florence, this church is a popular concert venue for both choirs and orchestras.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The freestanding bell tower of the cathedral in Pisa is world-famous for its unintended tilt. Construction of the tower started in 1173 and took over 200 years to complete - it began to lean almost from the outset! A must-see for any group and a great photo opportunity for your students.

Puccini Museum 

Puccini Museum 

Puccini's Birth Home is the heart of an organised museum complex following the traces left by the great composer. The Puccini Museum provides students with a chance to rediscover his personality, passions and genius.

Book your next school trip with confidence

With NST your peace of mind is guaranteed, thanks to our comprehensive package of financial protection. Our market-leading ‘Book with Confidence’ promise gives you all the reassurance you need when booking and paying for your trip and provides the full range of financial protection measures as recommended by the DfE.    

  • COVID Cancellation Protection - including full refund option

  • Financial Security - fully ABTA & ATOL protected


On-tour support in Tuscany

From teacher feedback we know that on-tour support is important to you. 

In Lake Garda we offer Concert Assistants and Tour Assistants to give you all the support you need on the ground whilst you’re away. 

In addition, we can offer support from a Tour Manager who will assist you throughout the duration of your tour in Lake Garda including at your concerts where they will be on-hand to provide extra support. 

Planning your first school trip?

If you're planning your first school trip, our essential guide will take you through each step of the process.


  • Choosing your destination
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head
  • Promoting your tour in school
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)
  • Quick reference timeline
  • Pre-tour checklist

Additional support, resources & information 

Concert organisation & tour planning service 

Concert organisation & tour planning service 

With NST, you’ll get your own dedicated music team who’ll work with you from start to finish. You’ll benefit from their unrivalled destination knowledge, and their experience gained from spending every day organising concerts for school groups. 

They’ll tailor-make your itinerary from scratch and take care of everything for you: 

  • Matching the most appropriate concert venus to suit your group's ability 
  • Pulling together a performance schedule and itinerary that runs smoothly
  • Planning the right balance of concerts and visits every day with realistic timings
  • Pre-arranging and pre-booking your visits, entrance tickets, passes and meals 


You’ll receive your final itinerary a full 4-weeks before you travel too.

Promoting your concerts

Promoting your concerts

We’ll go the extra mile in promoting your concerts for you too. We’ll:

  • Select venues that regularly attract good audiences, and we’ll schedule your concerts at the best times to maximise audience potential.
  • Locate A-board posters outside your venue, distribute promotional posters and leaflets ahead of your performances, plus promote your concerts in the local press, ‘what’s on’ guides, social media, and on radio where possible.
  • Invite local youth and cultural groups to your concert (where appropriate) and, where possible, we’ll organise joint concerts and festival participations to attract the largest possible audiences.

FREE music tour promotion pack 

FREE music tour promotion pack 

We’ll support you and provide everything you need to advertise your music tour around school and to parents. Our free promotion pack consists of: 

  • Parents’ letter & permission slip template for you to complete 
  • A3 posters to promote your trip around school
  • PowerPoint presentation templates which you can tailor to your own needs 
  • Parents’ leaflets covering how NST manage safety, financial protection and details of our travel insurance
  • Online parents’ video which showcases the benefits of taking a music trip


For selected destinations, we’ll provide a trip launch web page using video footage and imagery.  This web page is provided by a weblink and can be shared with pupils and parents in many ways. 

Risk assessment support including preview visits 

Risk assessment support including preview visits 

Risk assessment plays a vitally important part in the planning and organisation on any music tour. 

Our risk assessment guide aims to help you understand more about your obligations and how you can more effectively manage group safety on your next music tour and provide you with risk assessments for your trip. 

Planning first music trip

Planning first music trip

Organising your first tour can appear to be a daunting process. 

If you're planning your first school trip, our guide will help to take you through each step of the planning process, answering frequently asked questions and providing tips and support along the way. 

Our helpful guide covers the following: 

  • Choosing your destination 
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head 
  • Promoting your tour in school 
  • Confirming your booking 
  • Tailor-make your tour 
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment) 
  • Quick reference timeline 
  • Pre-tour checklist 


View our essential guide to a successful trip here.

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Locate My Trip uses GPS technology and is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your location whilst on tour. Specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers, NST will know where your group are 24/7. If your schedule needs to change, we’ll put plans in place to keep your tour on track. 

With Locate My Trip your group can also share photos and videos with the school and parents, via a secure link, to keep them updated on your experience whilst you’re away.

Watch our short Locate My Trip video here.

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager 

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Save time and stay on track with your school trip admin with our online organiser - designed to help busy teachers like you. 

With My Tour Manager, you'll be able to download FREE resources and access trip paperwork online and in one place. Your personalised checklist details what you need to do and by when, plus you'll receive fortnightly reminders too. 

What's more, you can take all your trip documents on the go whilst on your tour with our app, My Tour Manager-On-the-Go

Find out more and watch out short My Tour Manager video here.

FREE music resources 

Free music resources

We've created a range of free music resources and educational posters to brighten up your classroom! 

Take a look at our downloadable posters here.

Brexit & your school trip

Brexit & your school trip

How will Brexit affect my school trip?

Following the end of the transition period there are several changes that will affect groups travelling with us to the EU.

For more information on these changes, visit our dedicated Brexit page here.

If you're travelling with NST and have any specific questions. please contact your Educational Travel Advisor.

Speak to one of our music tour team

At NST, our dedicated team of music specialists work hard to make your tour a magical and unforgettable experience. From planning and promoting your performances, through to making all your arrangements, you’ll be in good hands with NST.

Why choose NST...

Here's why thousands of teachers choose NST each year...

  • Dedicated music tour team

With fantastic first-hand knowledge of our Tuscany destinations and concert venues, our music team will match the most appropriate options to suit your group's ability and requirements. 

  • On-tour support

We offer Concert Assistants, Tour Assistants and Tour Managers to give you all the support you need on the ground whilst you’re away.

  • Promoting your concerts

We’ll go the extra mile in promoting your concerts for you, selecting venues that regularly attract good audiences and advertising your concerts in the local area. 

  • Making it easier for you 

With our online school trip organiser, travel app, FREE classroom posters and trip launch resources to support your in-school promotion.

  • Offsetting carbon emissions

For every trip taken, we'll plant a Maya nut tree in Peru to support reforestation, local communities & biodiversity. Plus, we'll offset an additional tonne of CO2 to guarantee carbon emission reductions. 

  • Risk assessment guidance 

Our risk assessment guidance will help you to manage group safety on your next educational trip. 

  • FREE group leader inspection visits

We offer a free inspection visit to your chosen destination to support your risk assessment planning. 

  • Value for money

We’re committed to bringing you the best possible value trips to help make every penny count.

  • Peace of mind

Your group’s location can be followed with our trip tracking device - Locate My Trip - plus you’ll have 24/7 support from us whilst you’re away.

  • More than 50 years’ experience

With over 50 years’ experience, with NST you can rest assured that your group is in safe hands.

Looking for protection on your next school trip? 

Booking with a school travel company is the best way for you to protect parents’ money and give yourself peace of mind.  


Don’t forget – if your school arranges transport, accommodation and other services directly, you’ll be liable under the Package Travel Regulations – meaning you’ll have all the responsibilities of a travel company, both legal and financial. 


Financial protection from the moment you book

NST are fully bonded:

  • ABTA
  • ATOL
  • IATA

Managing safety on school trips

For your protection, NST's independently audited Safety Management System covers:

  • 24-hour emergency cover
  • Audited accommodation & transport
  • Excursions & school visit assessment
  • Group leader preview visits to assist with risk assessment planning

We're LOtC Council’s Quality Badge assured

The Department for Education advises schools to always look for the LOtC Quality Badge when choosing a school travel provider.