Parma: its great opera tradition can find full expression in an opera evening at the Teatro Regio di Parma, one of the most fascinating traditional theatres in Italy.
Cremona: it is Stradivari’s home town and the ideal destination to discover the art of violin makers and attend a violin performance in an historical city center rich in attractions.
Modena: home town of Maestro Pavarotti, land of the Ferrari and the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. A mix of art, culture, music, shopping, tastings and motors.
4 days /3 nights.
All year round; the best periods are during the Festival Verdi and the Opera season.
The tour is suggested for people fond of Toscanini, Verdi, Stradivari and Pavarotti and who love, while visiting a city, to celebrate its music tradition, art masterpieces, food&wine culture and excellent industrial productions, such as, in this case, Ferrari.
Transfers, guided visits, tips, tourist tax (if foreseen), anything not expressly mentioned under “The price includes”.
From 215 euro per person in double room, for groups of minimum 15 people. FIT prices available on request.
Parma, Emilia-Romagna and the nearby art cities: a well rounded territory which will spoil your eyes, your ears and your taste buds with its culture of music and art, not forgetting wellness and a passion for fast cars.
Arrival in Parma and start the visit with the birth house of Arturo Toscanini in a characteristic area of the ‘Oltretorrente’ or beyond the river; walk through the recently and splendidly restored Ducal Park, arrive in the historical centre. Visit the Farnese Theatre, the Teatro Regio Opera House and the St. Paul’s Chamber wonderfully frescoed by Correggio. Lunch at your choice. Afternoon, step back in time into medieval Parma as you visit the Cathedral and the Baptistery. The evening is dedicated to music with opera either at the Teatro Regio or another theatre. After theatre dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
Breakfast and transfer to Cremona. Tour of the old-town centre: Piazza del Comune, Cathedral, Baptistery, Torrazzo, the Loggia dei Militi. Visit to the Town Hall with its hall of historic violins and demonstration of Stradivarius violins. Lunch in a downtown restaurant. Afternoon: Visit to an atelier of a violin maker’s workshop. Visit to the Ponchielli Theatre and to the Art Gallery. Return to Parma. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast. Morning available for shopping in the town centre, checking out the elegant boutiques, the small markets looking for Parma violets...or else pamper yourself with some wellness treatments in an exclusive specialised centre. Lunch at your leisure and of your choice. Late afternoon transfer to the Palace of Colorno to see the palace and its magnificent gardens, followed by a visit to the ageing cellars of Culatello di Zibello with tasting and dinner in a gourmet restaurant of the Parma lowlands. Overnight stay in hotel.
Breakfast and visit to a dairy farm where Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is made. Revealing of the secrets involved in its production and aging. Transfer to Modena and visit to the Galleria Ferrari Museum, keeper of the Ferrari myth, to retrace the history of the Ferrari company and its founder. Visit to a loft where Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena (Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena) is made. Light lunch at the “acetaia” with tasting of local products. Afternoon, visit of Modena, Pavarotti’s birth town. Free time and departure.
Add a visit to another city with strong musical links, like Verona or Bergamo. You might also like to consider a short cooking course on the preparation of local pasta dishes or on the salumi tradition. These can be organised in historical houses or farm kitchens.