Verdi Festival in Parma

Museo Nazionale Giuseppe Verdi
Museo Nazionale Giuseppe Verdi
Duomo of Parma
Duomo of Parma
Teatro Regio
Teatro Regio
Teatro Giuseppe Verdi
Teatro Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi

The Verdi festival has been crowned 'Festival of the year 2018' by the International Opera Awards.

One of the few artists whose genius was recognised during his lifetime, Giuseppe Verdi is a true musical legend. This fact alone perhaps says all we need to know about his enduring appeal, but he also addressed the burdens of such fame, saying, “Oh, blessed a thousand times the peasant who is born, eats and dies without anybody bothering about his affairs”.

Treat yourself to a place on this tour as we chart the life of the artist and his emerging creative vision. We trace his ascent from his humble beginnings right through to his position as a cultural icon of ‘new Italy’. Maybe it is his versatility that has enchanted us for so long? As we will discover, his creative touch stretches far beyond opera to later religious works and even chamber music. Upon his death, 200,000 bystanders lined the streets of Milan to bid farewell to their hero. We prefer to celebrate his life musically, with a unique exploration of his career and legacy. So, why don’t you join us?

  • A private tour of the fantastic Teatro Regio
  • Pay an interesting visit to the Sound Museum, where you will enjoy a session on sound effects
  • Tickets to a series of performances at the festival
  • A private tour of the conservatoire with a recital at the fascinating Rare Instruments Museum


  • Cultural Excursion


  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

Fly to Milan from London Heathrow and upon arrival we transfer to Parma. Welcome drinks and a group dinner await at a local restaurant later.
Hotel: Stendhal, Parma
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

Today, we tour the Toscanini Museum. This is the house where the great conductor himself was born. After our visit, take a walk to Corale Verdi for lunch. In the afternoon, we return to our hotel.
Hotel: Stendhal, Parma
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

We begin at Roncole Verdi, where he was born in October 1813. After, tour the Church of San Michele Arcangelo, where the maestro was baptised. Continue to Busseto and visit Casa Barezzi, home to Verdi’s first concert. After lunch, visit the Renata Tebaldi Museum and the National Verdi Museum.
Hotel: Stendhal, Parma
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

We walk to the Conservatorio for an exclusive visit, taking in Piazza Garibaldi as we go. We stop for lunch in the piazza and the rest of our afternoon can be spent at leisure.
Hotel: Stendhal, Parma
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

A morning of culture awaits as we depart for the Casa della Musica museum, the Museo dell’Opera and the Casa del Suono. We sit down to lunch at a contemporary bistro and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Hotel: Stendhal, Parma
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

We depart Parma for a visit to the Villa Sant’Agata, where Verdi lived with his second wife. Afterwards, we enjoy our final taste of Italian cuisine at a trattoria, and then we fly home.
Meals: Breakfast & lunch included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Hotel
  7. Flights
  8. Opera Tickets - Entry to all performances in the programme. We request the seats in the centre stalls as these offer the best view although seats in boxes are usually more expensive. There is no guarantee that we will get the seats requested as availability is often limited. Where it is possible to avoid boxes as an alternative we will, but in some cases it may be the only option.

Travel Information

Travel Information

• Weather in October is generally still pleasantly warm with temperatures averaging 15 – 20°C during the day but storms, even if not local, can change this overnight. Although you are unlikely to need winter clothing you may wish to pack a jacket and shoes suitable for cooler weather.

• There will be quite a lot of walking around Parma although no more than about 20 minutes at a time. The hotel is about 5 minutes away from the opera house. There are no lifts to the upper levels at the Verdi Museum in Busseto.

• There is no particular requirement regarding a dress code to any of the performances but you may feel more comfortable with smart casual clothing.

• Because of the performance timings, most dinners will be in buffet form at 18:30.

• Parma is particularly renowned for its food and has many shops selling high-quality products. Cured meats and cheese can be brought back to the UK and some shops may be able to offer vacuum packaging.

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2019 Tour Details

Tue 8th October - Sun 13th October




sgl supp: £300


Led By: Professor Francesco Izzo

Guide Lecturer

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