Wed 2 Oct
Early evening arrival in Bologna and transfer by coach to Parma (approx. 1 hour). Check in at the centrally-located 4-star Hotel Sina Maria Luigia then enjoy a welcome dinner.
Thu 3 Oct
Start the day with a tour of Parma, visiting the striking octagonal Baptistry and the 12th-century Romanesque cathedral with its famous ceiling fresco by Correggio, considered a masterpiece of Renaissance art. Further works by Correggio can be viewed in the sumptuous Camera di San Paolo. Also visit the stunning Teatro Farnese, built from wood and plaster and painted to seem like marble. The theatre was almost entirely destroyed during the war, but subsequently restored to become one of the most breathtaking in all of Italy. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure in Parma, offering the opportunity to experience the culinary delights of what is considered by many the gourmet capital of Italy. The performance that night at the opulent Teatro Regio is Nabucco, the opera Verdi claimed was the one with which his artistic career really began.
Fri 4 Oct
The morning is free for further independent discovery of the historic city of Parma, whilst the afternoon is dedicated to Verdi with time spent at Villa Verdi in Sant’Agata, the great composer’s home for more than 50 years. This is followed by visits to his birthplace in the village of Le Roncole and Casa Barezzi in Busseto, where Verdi gave his earliest public performance and also fell in love with his first wife Margherita Barezzi. Dinner is at the local restaurant ‘I due Foscari’, formerly owned by the great tenor Carlo Bergonzi. The evening performance is Aida at the ornate, yet intimate Teatro Verdi in Busseto, after which there is an approximate 45-minute coach journey back to Parma.
Sat 5 Oct
A late morning backstage tour of the Teatro Regio offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the workings of this magnificent theatre, one of the most beautiful in Italy. The rest of the day is at leisure for independent sightseeing and shopping before an optional final evening performance of Luisa Miller.
Sun 6 Oct
Transfer to Bologna for the homeward flight.
3 Oct 20.00
D: Stefano Ricci
C: Francesco Ivan Ciampa
Cast: Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Ivan Magrì, Pavel Shmulevich, Saioa Hernández, Annalisa Stroppa, Gianluca Breda, Manuel Pierattelli, Elisabetta Zizzi
Venue: Teatro Regio, Parma
4 Oct 19.00
D: Franco Zeffirelli
C: Michelangelo Mazza
Cast: Artists from the Verdi Voices Competition and pupils of the Verdi Academy
Venue: Teatro Verdi, Busseto
5 Oct 20.00
LUISA MILLER Verdi£230
D: Lev Dodin
C: Roberto Abbado
Cast: Angela Meade, Franco Vassallo, Amadhi Lagha, Riccardo Zanellato, Martina Belli, Gabriele Sagona, Veta Pilipenko, Federico Veltri
Venue: Chiesa di San Francesco del Prato
2 Oct London Heathrow - Bologna dep: 14.55 arr: 18.05
6 Oct Bologna - London Heathrow dep: 12.20 arr: 13.40
Flight schedules are subject to alteration.
Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.
Prices per person
|Single room supplement||£240|
|Club Europe flight upgrade from||£250|
|Land-only tour price||£1945|
Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, two dinners, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.