Thu 24 Oct
Arrive at noon at Milan Malpensa airport and transfer (approx. 1 hour) to the 4-star Hotel Cavour, situated in one of the most elegant parts of Milan and just a short walk to Teatro alla Scala. Spend the afternoon at leisure before dinner in a local restaurant.
Fri 25 Oct
Today is a special tour dedicated to opera and Verdi. Start with a private visit to the Ricordi Archive and study the manuscript scores, libretti, designs, letters and photographs that form the historic legacy of this hugely-important publishing house. Continue to the Teatro alla Scala museum to discover numerous treasures of the world of Italian opera and theatre and finish the tour with a private visit to Casa Verdi, home to retired musicians and opera singers founded by Verdi himself, and the resting place of the great composer and his wife Giuseppina Strepponi. The rest of the day is at leisure before the evening’s opera performance.
Sat 26 Oct
Travel the short distance to Monza for a guided tour of the 14th-century Cathedral with its black and white marble façade and adjacent campanile. Inside the Cathedral is the Zavattari chapel, dedicated to a family of local painters, which contains the legendary Iron Crown, supposedly cast from a nail taken from the Cross of Christ. Of particular note are the recently-renovated frescoes by the Zavattari brothers in the Theodelinda Chapel. Walk to Villa Reale where you will have lunch and time to relax in this stunningly beautiful Royal Palace. You will then transfer the short distance to Briosco and a private tour of the Villa of Lost Sounds which houses a collection of historic keyboard instruments. Enjoy a short concert before returning to Milan in time for the ballet performance that evening.
Sun 27 Oct
Check-out and transfer to Cremona, the City of Violins, where you will have a guided tour of the Violin Museum with a demonstration on ancient instruments made by the famed craftsman Antonio Stradivarius. Lunch will be in a local restaurant before the early evening flight home.
25 Oct 19.30
GIULIO CESARE HandelInc
D: Robert Carsen
C: Giovanni Antonini
Cast: Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky, Bejun Mehta, Sara Mingardo, Christian Senn, Renato Dolcini
Venue: Teatro alla Scala
26 Oct 20.00
Choreography: John Cranko
Venue: Teatro alla Scala
24 Oct London Heathrow - Milan Malpensa dep: 09:20 arr: 12:20
27 Oct Milan Malpensa - London Heathrow dep: 18:45 arr: 19:50
Flight schedules are subject to alteration.
Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.
Prices per person
|Single room supplement||£210|
|Club Europe flight upgrade from||£350|
|Business class flight upgrade from||£|
|Land-only tour price||£1875|
Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, one dinner, two lunches, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera and ballet synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the service of our local representative or tour manager.