PARMA, MILAN, NAPLES
Il trovatore, Nabucco, Falstaff and I Lombardi at the Verdi Festival in Parma; Le nozze di Figaro at La Scala; Anna Netrebko in recital and an evening of Beethoven, Prokofiev and Gershwin at Teatro di San Carlo.
VIP Verdi tours (Sant’Agata, Busseto), The Last Supper, Pompeii and Ercolano. Stendhal Hotel in Parma; Mandarin Hotel in Milan; Grand Hotel Vesuvio in Naples.
This is an exclusive opportunity that delivers the finest Verdi experience possible. We will have preferred access to Verdi historical sites, and we will also have special events with the Club of the 27, the famous "Verdi fanclub" in Parma. These special events combined with superb art and historical tours, great cuisine and wine and the communal aspect of travelling with fellow opera, and Verdi, lovers makes for an unforgettable experience.
Our annual pilgrimage to the Verdi Festival in Parma is a trip to the soul of Italy, and also to the soul of Italian opera. In Parma, we hear three Verdi works. There are definitely many stranieri at the performances in Parma’s glorious Teatro Regio and Busseto’s miraculously tiny Teatro Verdi, but there are also locals, and although the peanut gallery at La Scala has the reputation, the Parmagiani are a tougher crowd. Yes, they can crush the spirit of a singer not yet ready for the big stage, but they can also warmly reward the deserving. Witnessing a performance at Teatro Regio is the ultimate Verdi experience—an orchestra and conductor with Verdi in their blood, singers born to sing the maestro’s lines, and an unforgettable electricity in the auditorium. This is a highlight in our year, every year. Our hotel is the central Stendhal, a short walk to all of the city's major sites.
Milan is the essence of Italian style, and is of course home to La Scala, opera’s mecca. We will hear Le nozze di Figaro from best orchestra seats, as well as a concert conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta. We will also enjoy private tours of the La Scala Museum and Ricordi collection, as well as a private viewing of The last Supper. Our hotel is the elegant and perfectly-located 5-Star Mandarin Oriental Milan.
In Naples, we hear Anna Netrebko in recital and an evening of Beethoven, Prokofiev and Gershwin at Teatro di San Carlo, which some say is the most beautiful opera house in the world. Our hotel is the elegant and "Old World" Grand Hotel Vesuvio (where I once rode an elevator with Maestro Mehta himself!), with views of the Bay of Napoli and Mount Vesivius. We will tour the regions antiquities at the Archeological Museum and enjoy a day trip to Pompeii and Ercolano.
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Tuesday, October 3
Independant dpartureas on overnight flights to Italy (flights should be booked to arrive at Bologna BLQ).
Wednesday, October 4
Arrive in Bologna and transfer to the Hotel Stendhal in Parma (45 mins). Tonight we meet for introductions over cocktails and then enjoy dinner a Welcome Dinner at Il Trovatore.
Thursday, October 5
10.00 Meet for a guided tour of Parma, including the Duomo, Baptistry and Teatro Farnese.
13.00 Lunch is included at Corale Verdi.
20.00 Il trovatore at Teatro Regio.
Leonora ELEONORA BURATTO
Manrico RICCARDO MASSI
Conte di Luna MARKUS WERBA
Azucena CLEMENTINE MARGAINE
Ferrando MARCO SPOTTI
Conductor FRANCESCO IVAN CIAMPA
Director DAVIDE LIVERMORE
Friday, October 6
Enjoy the morning at leisure in Parma.
13.00 Transfer for a reception with The Club of the 27, the famous local
Verdi fan club.
20.00 Nabucco (concert version) at Teatro Magnani di Fidenza.
Nabucco VLADIMIR STOYANOV
Conductor GIAMPAOLO BISANTI
FILARMONICA ARTURO TOSCANINI
CORO DEL TEATRO REGIO DI PARMA
Chorus master MARTINO FAGGIANI
Saturday, October 7
10.00 Today we enjoy a wonderful food tour of Parma and its surroundings.
13.00 Lunch is included.
20.00 I Lombardi at teatro Regio.
Giselda LIDIA FRIDMAN
Oronte ANTONIO POLI
Pagano MICHELE PERTUSI
Arvino GIOVANNI SALA
Conductor FRANCESCO LANZILLOTTA
Director PIER LUIGI PIZZI
Sunday, October 8
10.00 Meet in the lobby for a full-day Verdi tour (Roncole, Sant’Agata, Busseto).
12.45 Light lunch and tour at Antica Corte Pallavicina.
15.30 Falstaff at Teatro Verdi in Busseto.
19.00 Dinner at Trattoria Campanini.
Monday, October 9
09.00 Baggage pick up (have bags waiting outside your door).
10.00 Depart for Milan, where we check in at the Mandarin Oriental. We store our
bags and stroll through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, with a private
tour of the magnificent Duomo.
19.30 This evening we meet for a special dinner at Restaurant Boeucc.
Tuesday, October 10
10.00 This morning we meet for viewing of The Last Supper and a visit to the Casa Verdi, the retirement home for musicians that was Verdi's brainchild.
13.15 Lunch is included at Viva, followed by a short amble on the Corso Como.
19.00 Walk to La Scala for a performance of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (19.30).
Conte d’Almaviva Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
Contessa d’Almaviva Olga Bezsmertna
Susanna Benedetta Torre
Figaro Luca Micheletti
Cherubino Svetlina Stoyanova
Wednesday, October 11
Enjoy the morning at leisure in Milan.
13.00 This afternoon we meet for a special lunch followed by a backstage tour at La Scala and then the Ricordi collection.
20.00 Tonight we see the legend, Zubin Mehta, conduct the Filarmonica della Scala in a concert featuring superstar pianist Yuja Wang.
Turangalîla-Symphonie for piano, ondes Martenot and orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 38 in D major K 504
Thursday, October 12
09.00 This morning we take the fast train to Napoli, where we check in at the Grand Hotel Vesuvio. In the afternoon, we enjoy a coach tour of city.
19.30 Meet for an elegant dinner at the hotel.
Friday, October 13
10..00 Today we tour the stunning Museo Archeologico, enjoy the best pizza in the woprld for lunch, and then hear Anna Netrebko in recital at Teatro di San Carlo (Music by Michail Ivanovič Glinka, Sergej Vasil'evič Rachmaninov, Nikolaj Andreevič Rimskij-Korsakov, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and others).
Saturday, October 14
Today we tour to Pompeii, enjoy lunch at Bettola del Gusto, and return to Napoli for an evening at leisure.
Sunday, October 15
The final day is at leisure.
18.00 Tonight we hear a concert at Teatro di San Carlo and then enjoy Farewell Dinner at Il Ristorantino dell'Avvocato.
Monday, October 16
Transfers to the aiport are included.
Top Category seats for 5 operas and 3 concerts
12 nights in Deluxe rooms (5 in Parma, 3 in Milan, 4 in Naples)
Full breakfast plus 10 additional meals
Private tours as listed
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Comprehensive Tour Guidebook
Flights are not included in tour pricing. Return flights should be booked to arrive in Bologna (BLQ) on October 4, 2023, with departure from Naples (NAP) on October 16.
We provide airport/rail station—hotel transfers for arrivals and departures within within 3 days of the start/end of our tour. We also provide transfers for group meals and performances that are beyond a 10 minute walk.
There is minimal walking with some stairs and cobblestones during the guided tours. As for all of our tours, we are happy to accommodate you regardless of your mobility level. Please make clear your mobility concerns at the time of registration. We provide transfers for group meals and performances that are beyond a 10 minute walk.
We strongly recommend that all tour members purchase cancellation insurance upon registration. We can assist you with this, though you are welcome to purchase a policy at your own discretion. For more information about our travel insurance, click here.
Your Tour Director
Cristina Aimonetto was born and lives in her family home in Turin. After graduating in modern foreign languages and literature, she worked as an international liaison officer and has been a licensed tour guide since 2004. She loves her city and region of Piemonte, and works with tourists from all over the world who are fascinated by the historical-artistic beauty and landscape of Turin and the Piedmont region. She speaks five languages and has just in 2023 released Una casa di donne, a partly autobiographical work that is her debut novel.