01022008: Victoria’s Villa Marco Polo Offers Romanza Package

How about all the romance of Italy…and the convenience of Victoria, British Columbia?

The romantic Villa Marco Polo is, for the first time, offering the “Romanza” package for couples looking beyond the traditional ‘flowers and chocolates’ ritual. With tickets to the Opera, a fabulous Italian feast and an overnight at the Villa, this is one Valentine’s Day you’ll both remember.

The Package:

After taking some time to relax and prepare for the evening, dress in your finest and head into Victoria for an evening on the town. You’ll enjoy an early candlelit dinner at Zambri’s, one of Victoria’s most renowned Italian restaurants. Known for its extensive wine list, and sophisticated yet authentic bistro-style dishes, you’re sure to discover why Zagat rated it the “best Italian food in the city”.

After dinner, stroll the peaceful moonlit streets of Victoria on your way to Pacific Opera Victoria. The Villa Marco Polo has provided you with prime seats for the evening performance of Madama Butterfly, Puccini’s celebrated love story. One of the world’s most popular operas for over a century, this presentation is authentically performed in Italian with English subtitles, perfect for new and experienced audiences alike. When the show ends, feel free to linger over a glass of wine, or enjoy a late-night stroll through the Inner Harbour, before retiring to your suite at the Inn. It’s your special night to spend as you wish.

Back at the Villa, the library offers a selection of books, games, and a cozy fireplace to curl up next to. For those who prefer to relax in privacy, the pre-loaded iPod and docking station in each room is a sure favorite. Opening in February 2008, a full service spa upstairs will provide pampering massages and facials. In the morning, a gourmet four-course breakfast provides a decadent start to the new day.

Price: Rates for the package are $250per person (based on double occupancy), including one night’s accommodation, $100 credit per couple at Zambri’s, and two prime tickets to Madame Butterfly.

Dates: The Romanza package is available on Feb 14-15, 16-17, 19-20, 21-22 and 23-24.

To guarantee opera tickets, the package must be booked by January 10th, but tickets may be available closer to the date as well. Additional nights can be added on at $100 per person.

Why It’s Dreamy: The Italian Renaissance-style Villa was designed with romance in mind, as it was built as a gift to a young bride in 1923. The four enchanting suites each offer their own special charm, with double soaker tubs and separate tiled showers, fine European linens, hardwood floors, and premium king-size beds.

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