Music and Art

Verdi Festival in Parma

6 days From £2,495

8 October 2019

The Verdi festival has been crowned 'Festival of the year 2018' by the International Opera Awards.

One of the few artists whose genius was recognised during his lifetime, Giuseppe Verdi is a true musical legend. This fact alone perhaps says all we need to know about his enduring appeal, but he also addressed the burdens of such fame, saying, “Oh, blessed a thousand times the peasant who is born, eats and dies without anybody bothering about his affairs”.

Treat yourself to a place on this tour as we chart the life of the artist and his emerging creative vision. We trace his ascent from his humble beginnings right through to his position as a cultural icon of ‘new Italy’. Maybe it is his versatility that has enchanted us for so long? As we will discover, his creative touch stretches far beyond opera to later religious works and even chamber music. Upon his death, 200,000 bystanders lined the streets of Milan to bid farewell to their hero. We prefer to celebrate his life musically, with a unique exploration of his career and legacy. So, why don’t you join us?

What's included?

  •  Flights
  •  Local transport
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Accommodation
  •  Expert guide
  •  Professional tour manager

Led by...

Professor Francesco Izzo

Professor Francesco Izzo

Professor Francesco Izzo is Co-Director of the American Institute for Verdi Studies and general editor of the critical edition The Works of Giuseppe Verdi.

Book Now £2,495

Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £300

Tour highlights:

  • A private tour of the fantastic Teatro Regio
  • Pay an interesting visit to the Sound Museum, where you will enjoy a session on sound effects
  • Tickets to a series of performances at the festival
  • A private tour of the conservatoire with a recital at the fascinating Rare Instruments Museum

Tour details

Dates 8 October 2019 - 13 October 2019
Duration 6 days
Cost £2,495 Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £300 Balance due by 16 July 2019
Activity Level Easy-Going
Tour code ZOV19A

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8 October 2019: Itinerary

Fly to Milan from London Heathrow and upon arrival we transfer to Parma. Welcome drinks and a group dinner await at a local restaurant later.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Stendhal, Parma

Today, we tour the Toscanini Museum. This is the house where the great conductor himself was born. After our visit, take a walk to Corale Verdi for lunch. In the afternoon, we return to our hotel.

All meals included

Hotel: Stendhal, Parma

We begin at Roncole Verdi, where he was born in October 1813. After, tour the Church of San Michele Arcangelo, where the maestro was baptised. Continue to Busseto and visit Casa Barezzi, home to Verdi’s first concert. After lunch, visit the Renata Tebaldi Museum and the National Verdi Museum.

All meals included

Hotel: Stendhal, Parma

We walk to the Conservatorio for an exclusive visit, taking in Piazza Garibaldi as we go. We stop for lunch in the piazza and the rest of our afternoon can be spent at leisure.

All meals included

Hotel: Stendhal, Parma

A morning of culture awaits as we depart for the Casa della Musica museum, the Museo dell’Opera and the Casa del Suono. We sit down to lunch at a contemporary bistro and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

All meals included

Hotel: Stendhal, Parma

We depart Parma for a visit to the Villa Sant’Agata, where Verdi lived with his second wife. Afterwards, we enjoy our final taste of Italian cuisine at a trattoria, and then we fly home.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

8 October 2019: Additional Info

8 October 2019: Accommodation

Mercure Parma Stendhal is a four star hotel, situated in the heart of the old town of Parma, opposite the Palazzo della Pilotta and a close walk from the station. Rooms are furnished with wooden period furniture and have TV with cable channels and free WiFi. The hotel is a short distance from the cathedral and approximately 10 minutes drive from the airport. A buffet breakfast is available.

8 October 2019: Enquiries

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