The tour starts from Parma, birthplace of Arturo Toscanini, with a walk in the old town to discover art wonders such as the Romanesque Duomo and the Baptistry and places of great musical tradition, such as the Teatro Regio and the Conservatory. It then moves towards Parma Low lands, to Roncole, Sant'Agata and Busseto, strongly linked to Giuseppe Verdi’s personality. This territory is also the production area of Culatello di Zibello.
2 days/1 night. Validity: All year round
The choice of this tour is recommended if you are a fan of opera and if you long to discover the cultural background that allowed standing out of great Maestros like Giuseppe Verdi and Arturo Toscanini.
Transfers, guided visits, entrance fees, tickets for operas or concerts, musical aperitif, tourist tax (if foreseen), anything not expressly mentioned under “The price includes”
From 106 euro per person in double room, for groups of minimum 15 people. FIT prices available on request.
The small villages of the Verdi Homeland, Roncole, Busseto, Sant’Agata, which today more than ever exist cocooned in the music and memories of the Great Maestro, the passion for Opera which lingers in the characteristic alleyways of central Parma, the immense tradition of the Teatro Regio built in the XIX century for Maria Luigia, the birth house of Toscanini, the Conservatoire music school with the studies of Boito and Toscanini, the Farnese Theatre, the House of Music, magical musical evenings in the brilliantly lit theatres or set in places as diverse as historical city squares and castles, have all endowed Parma with the title of “ Music Capital”. Let us discover it through this itinerary which touches all the places close to Verdi and Toscanini and is completed by a charming private concert.
Arrival in Parma and visit to the Casa Natale Arturo Toscanini (house where Toscanini was born), stroll through the Ducal Garden, visit to the Farnese Theatre, Verdi Monument and to the Teatro Regio di Parma. Lunch in a downtown restaurant featuring local Parma cuisine. Afternoon: continuation of Parma’s old town tour and musical itinerary with the House of Music, the Cathedral and the Baptistery. Stroll through the historical centre and visit to Toscanini and Boito studios inside the Arrigo Boito Conservatory. Musical evening with private operatic performance or musical aperitif with famous Verdi opera arias. Dinner at a restaurant or in a Verdi haunt featuring typical Parma cuisine. Return and overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast and leave for Verdi Homeland. Tour of Roncole Verdi (House in which Verdi was born, St. Michael’s Church) and of Sant’Agata (Villa Verdi). Transfer to Busseto and to Teatro Verdi and Casa Barezzi Museum. Lunch in a typical restaurant with a characteristic Verdi atmosphere. In the afternoon walk through Busseto along Via Roma as far as Villa Pallavicino and visit to the National Giuseppe Verdi Museum and to the new Renata Tebaldi Museum. Departure.