Itinerary

Wed 7 Oct

Early evening arrival in Bologna. Transfer to Parma (approx. 1 hour) and check-in at the elegant 5-star Grand Hotel de la Ville. The welcome dinner that evening is in the hotel’s aptly-named restaurant ‘Parmigiano’, where you will have a chance to sample some of the famous cuisine for which Parma is rightly proud.

Thu 8 Oct

Start the day with a walking tour of Parma, seeing the striking octagonal Baptistry and 12th-century Romanesque cathedral with its famous frescoes by Correggio, the most important Renaissance painter of the school of Parma. Further frescoes by this great artist can be viewed in the sumptuous Camera di San Paolo, a room in the former monastery of San Paolo. You will also visit the early 17th-century Teatro Farnese, a stunning baroque-style theatre built entirely of wood and plaster and painted to seem like marble. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure before transferring to the Teatro Regio for that evening’s performance.

Fri 9 Oct

A half-day excursion to Mantua. Known affectionately by the locals as “La bella addormentata”, Mantua is a true sleeping beauty that has scarcely changed since the middle ages. Visits include the huge Ducal Palace which boasts two particular highlights: a room decorated by Pisanello and the extraordinary and witty frescoes by Mantegna in the Camera degli Sposi (Bridal Chamber) that demonstrate the artist’s masterful use of perspective and trompe l’oeil. You will also visit Palazzo del Te, one of the most beautiful villas in Italy, before having lunch in a local restaurant. Return to Parma for the evening at leisure or the optional performance in the recently restored Chiesa di San Francesco del Prato.

Sat 10 Oct

This morning is free for you to spend as you wish. After an independent lunch you will transfer to Sant’Agata, Verdi’s home for more than 50 years, then head to the composer’s birthplace in the village of Le Roncole and finally to Casa Barezzi in Busseto, where Verdi gave his earliest public performance and also fell in love with his first wife Margherita Barezzi. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the local restaurant ‘I due Foscari’, formerly owned by the great tenor Carlo Bergonzi, followed by the evening performance at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Busseto. Return to Parma.

Sun 11 Oct

Transfer to the airport for the flight home.

Programme

8 Oct time tbc

I LOMBARDI ALLA PRIMA CROCIATA VerdiInc

D: tbc

C: tbc

Cast: tbc

Venue: Teatro Regio di Parma

New production

9 Oct time 20.00

ERNANI Concert215

C: Michele Mariotti

Cast: Roberto Aronica, Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Roberto Tagliavini, Eleonora Buratto, Carlotta Vichi, Paolo Antognetti, Federico Benetti

Venue: Teatro Regio di Parma

10 Oct time tbc

RIGOLETTO VerdiInc

D: tbc

C: tbc

Cast tbc

Venue: Teatro Giuseppe Verdi di Busseto

Flights

British Airways

7 Oct London Heathrow - Bologna dep: 14.45 arr: 17.55

11 Oct Bologna - London Heathrow dep: 12.05 arr: 13.25

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

SHOULD YOU WISH TO EXTEND YOUR STAY BEFORE OR AFTER THE GROUP TOUR, PLEASE CONTACT US.

Prices per person

Tour price £2325
Single room supplement £240
Club Europe flight upgrade from £300
Land-only tour price £2245
Deposit required £400
Tour code PMF1

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, two lunches, one dinner, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the service of our local representative or tour manager.