A travel in Verdi Homelands discovering the places and flavors sources of inspiration for the Maestro Giuseppe Verdi and the world’s biggest bamboo labyrinth of Franco Maria Ricci in Fontanellato, just outside Parma. A musical and cultural journey, marked by the unmistakable scents and flavors of Culatello di Zibello and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
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Where

Parma lowlands, which gave birth to Giuseppe Verdi and Giovannino Guareschi. The countries of Roncole Verdi, Busseto and Sant'Agata, deeply intertwined with the history of life and musical career of Giuseppe Verdi. The mystical and fascinating labyrinth of Franco Maria Ricci in Fontanellato. A musical, cultural and artistic unique journey that is also an itinerary of taste, marked by the unmistakable aromas and flavors of Culatello di Zibello and Parmigiano Reggiano.

Duration

2 days/1 night.

Validity

All year round

Suggested for

The choice of this tour is recommended for those who want to immerse themselves in the life of the Giuseppe Verdi without losing the opportunity to visit the extraordinary bamboo labyrinth of Franco Maria Ricci in Fontanellato, just outside Parma. A travel suggested if you are a foodie enjoying to mix the food pleasure with the love for culture and music: in addition to explore the theme of music and art, in fact, you can find out wich were the excellences and flavors of Parma most appreciated by the Maestro.

The price includes:

  • 1 night in a 4 star hotel with breakfast (or historical charming hotel on request )
  • 1 visit and tasting at Culatello’s cellar
  • 1 lunch on the first day, with drinks
  • entrance tickets at G. Verdi’s Birthplace, Barezzi House Museum, Teatro Verdi in Busseto, G. Verdi National Museum, Villa Verdi in Sant'Agata, Labyrinth of Franco Maria Ricci, Rocca Sanvitale
  • 1 visit to a cheese factory of Parmigiano Reggiano

The price does not include:

Transfers, guided tours, lunch on the second day at the Labyrinth’s restaurant (group quotations on request – individuals à la carte), tips, tourist tax when expected, what is not mentioned in "The price includes"

Participation fee

From 160 euro per person in a double room for min. 2 people. From 137 euro per person in a double room, for groups of minimum 20 participants.

The itinerary starts from visiting the places of birth and life of the great composer in Roncole and Busseto to get to Giuseppe Verdi’s National Museum whose depth tour will retrace his entire artistic career. Subsequently, the focus will shift to the mysterious and unique labyrinth of Franco Maria Ricci, to cross and get lost in the labyrinth of bamboo plants and admire the beautiful art collections kept inside. The program also includes a visit to the medieval village of Fontanellato and its Rocca Sanvitale without forgetting to discover and be enchanted by the food and wine of these unique lands.

First day

Arrival in Verdi’s Homelands and visit Giuseppe Verdi’s birthplace in Roncole with the small church of San Michele. Transfer to the producer of Culatello, cold cut loved by Giuseppe Verdi, to understand the secrets of production and have a little tasting. Transfer to Busseto and visit Teatro Verdi and Museo Casa Barezzi. Lunch in Busseto in a restaurant with a typical Verdi’s atmosphere. Afternoon dedicated to the visit of Giuseppe Verdi National Museum, followed by a visit to Villa Sant'Agata, last residence of the ‘Grande Maestro’. Return to the hotel and overnight.

Second day

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to a cheese factory of Parmigiano Reggiano to watch the stages of processing and aging. Transfer to the charming little village of Fontanellato. Visit the extraordinary labyrinth of Franco Maria Ricci. Free lunch. Then view of Rocca Sanvitale, charming castle surrounded by a beautiful moat that contains works of extraordinary beauty.