Northern Italy: Milan & Parma: October 2 - 10, 2017
For the eleventh consecutive year, our fall Northern Italy Tour will focus on the thrilling Parma Verdi Festival, which is committed to a complete survey of the Verdi canon. This year’s return to Parma will be highlighted by no less than FIVE VERDI PERFORMANCES – an unprecedented Verdian plethora compared to the recent experience of only two or three operas each year. In terms of chronology, we will begin with the ‘early period’ Jérusalem (1847), which will be staged in Parma’s Teatro Regio, followed by Stiffelio (1850) in Parma’s unique Teatro Farnese upstairs in the Palazzo della Pilotta. Third will be Verdi’s ‘middle period’ La Traviata (1853), which will take us to the intimate Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in the composer’s hometown of Busseto. The highly operatic Verdi Requiem (1874) will be performed in the Teatro Regio with four international soloist, and the fifth work will be Verdi’s last work for the stage, the peerless Shakespearean comedy Falstaff (1893), also at the Regio. All five will be presented in refreshing new productions.
Parma’s friendly cafés and restaurants all serve the world-famous ‘prosciutto di Parma’ and ‘Parmigiano Reggiano cheese’. In honor of Italy’s undisputed operatic giant, a visit is planned to Verdi’s gracious home of Villa Sant’Agata in his hometown of Busseto. We are fortunate to have confirmed reservations for five nights at everyone’s first choice in Parma, the Stendhal Hotel.
PRIOR TO PARMA, our Tour will begin with two nights in Milan for a performance at the renowned Teatro alla Scala, an essential operatic experience for any of our travelers who have never been to La Scala. After 24-hours to adjust to the time change, we will enjoy a new production of George Frideric Handel’s Baroque landmark, Tamerlano (1724). Our accommodations will be at the Hotel de la Ville, our preferred hotel in Milan because of its ideal location a few minutes walk from La Scala.
In Milan, accommodations for two nights with a generous European buffet breakfast included at the Hotel de la Ville, a deluxe property centrally located on the Piazza Fontana only a short walk from La Scala and the exclusive shops of the via Montenapoleone. The stunning Gothic spires of the Duomo are viewed from the hotel’s higher floors, and dining facilities include the Visconeo Bar and a fashionable restaurant appropriately named L’Opera. The premises also offer a fitness club and solarium roof terrace. (We have chosen the Hotel de la Ville because of its unbeatable location near La Scala and the city’s major sights and museums.)
Accommodations for five nights with buffet breakfast included at Parma’s four-star Stendhal Hotel, named for the city’s illustrious classical author. Because of its location within easy walking distance of the Teatro Regio, the Teatro Farnese, the Piazza Duomo and the Palazzo della Pilotta (now home to several museums), the relatively small Stendhal is always our first choice when we visit Parma. The 62 rooms are classically furnished, and the restaurant La Pilotta offers an excellent breakfast. The historic center of Parma offers many small shops and attractive trattorias for relaxed browsing and dining. We are fortunate to have secured our reservations during the sought-after Festival period, as there are only a few hotels near the historic centre. IMPORTANT: The Verdi Festival is notoriously sold out to subscribers and Parma’s local aficionados. While we are very fortunate to obtain tickets in the Festival’s venues, some of our tickets may be in side boxes and/or upper tiers.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $6,150
Single Occupancy: $7,020