Verdi, Stradivari and Monteverdi, a land of Maestros and much more


Parma, Busseto, Cremona and Piacenza were the living towns of the great Maestros Verdi, Stradivari and Monteverdi, milestones in the history of music who brought about fundamental changes and immortal masterpieces. In these sites their lives, music and expertise live again while visiting the theaters, the museums and listening to their music.

FIRST DAY

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 theFarnese 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.

SECOND DAY

Breakfast and transfer to Cremona. Tour of the old-town centre: Piazza del Comune, Cathedral, Baptistery, Torrazzo, the Loggia dei Militi. Visit to the new Violin Museum and to its “Treasure box” 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 theArt Gallery. Return to Parma. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

THIRD DAY

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 the National Giuseppe Verdi Museum and the new Renata Tebaldi Museum. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay in hotel.

FOURTH DAY

Breakfast and visit to a Parmigiano-Reggiano dairy farm. Transfer to Piacenza and town visit: Piazza Cittadella and Palazzo Farnese, Piazza Cavalli with the Palazzo Gotico and Palazzo del Governatore, Piazza Duomo and the Cathedral, Santa Maria di Campagna. Lunch at leisure. Afternoon visit Palazzo Farnese museums: Pinacoteca, Museo Civico, Museo delle Carrozze… then Teatro Municipale. Departure.

Price per person in double room, minimum 15 people, from:

Hotel Area Euro Suppl Sgl.
3 stelle In Parma 244,00 48,00
4 stelle In Parma 296,00 81,00
5 stelle In Parma 352,00 72,00

Reductions available on request for triple or quadruple occupation.

To enrich your programme, it’s possible to attend to the operas, concerts and events in program during the “FESTIVAL VERDI” (October, Parma and Busseto) and the “MONTEVERDI FESTIVAL” (15-31 May, Cremona).

Quota di partecipazione

 Included

3 nights in the hotel B&B, 2 dinners in hotel drinks included, first day dinner drinks included, second day lunch drinks included, third day lunch drinks included, visit to the diary farm.

 Not included

coach, transfers, guided tours, entrance tickets, tips, extras and anything not expressly mentioned under “The tariff includes”.

 Best suited for...

Min. 15 people. For single travelers, couples, families or groups under 15 people: ask for a customized quotation.