Our annual summer Tour to Northern Italy remains among our most popular offerings. Following another sold-outprogram, our 2019 July dates will encompass two performancesat Milan’s legendary Teatro alla Scala and the opportunity of three consecutive evenings in the spectacular Verona Arena – including Verona’s signature production of Verdi’s Aida. Between these two prime operatic destinations, we will enjoy a two-night respite in the idyllic village of Bellagio on the shores of Lake Como. It is difficult to imagine a more breathtaking site than the Grand Villa Serbelloni, where we will relax without any performances. For anyone who has not discovered the beauty of Lake Como. Bellagio is always the favorite destination of this Tour. 

Our itinerary will begin with three nights in the Lombardian capital of Milan, with accommodations at the deluxe Hotel de la Ville only a short walk from famed La Scala. Our pair of popular performances in Italy’s most prestigious theatre will be a new production of Verdi’s rousing ‘early period’ rarity, I Masnadieri (‘The Bandits’); and an unusual double-bill of Puccini’s hilarious Italian comedy, Gianni Schicchi being paired with Antonio Salieri’s lighthearted Prima La Musica poi Le Parole (‘First the Music and then the Words’). La Scala’s experienced interpreters will feature Lisette OropesaFabio Sartori, Michele Pertusi and Massimo Cavalletti as Verdi’s protagonists. The title role of ‘Gianni Schicchi’ promises to be a ‘tour-de-force’ for the Italian baritone Ambrogio Maestri, who will also portray Salieri’s pivotal Composer. The exceptional conductors will be Michele Mariotti for Verdi and Adam Fischer for the double bill. Of particular note, the director for Puccini’s opera will be Woody Allen

Continuing to Lake Como for two nights at Bellagio’s Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, our leisurely schedule will allow ample time to explore one of Italy’s most beautiful small towns. The magnificent views and the intoxicating charm of the village have evoked unanimous enthusiasm from our travelers over the past two decades.

Our itinerary will culminate with a weekend in the Northern Italian city ofVerona, which has long been among our most important summer destinations due to the Renaissance beauty of the architecture and the overwhelming experience of the outdoor opera performances in the Roman Arena. Our three nights will include a trio of the season’s grandest and most revered operas: Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s La Traviata, and the Festival’s signature staging of Verdi’s Aida. Each of these works will be mounted in the Arena’s vast outdoor stage which affords the opportunity of truly spectacular productions. Our choice of the five-star Due Torri Hotel is within walking distance of the Arena.

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Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

Double Occupancy: $6,980
Single Occupancy: $8,180