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Verdi Festival in Parma

10 Oct — 16 Oct 2017 | Tour Director: John Bryden

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Tour Director

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John Bryden , MA, ARCM, ARCO

international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 1025 on British Airways, arriving Milan Linate 1325. Transfer to Grand Hotel de la Ville for six nights. Introductory lecture.

Day

2

Morning excursions to Le Roncole for Verdi’s birthplace and San Michele Church, and Villa Verdi in Sant’Agata. Continue to Busseto for visit to Casa Barezzi Museum and Renata Tebaldi Museum followed by visit to Culatello di Zibello (traditional Culatello ham cellar). Evening opera at Teatro Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata.

Day

3

Morning lecture followed by guided walking tour of Parma including visits to Toscanini’s birthplace museum and Saint Paul’s Chamber (frescoes by Correggio). Free afternoon. Evening opera at Teatro Regio di Parma: Jérusalem.

Day

4

Whole-day excursion to Cremona (famous for its string instrument makers). Morning: guided tour of violin maker’s workshop with demonstration, 12th century cathedral, Romanesque baptistery and Piazza del Comune. Afternoon: visit to the new Museo del Violino (with instruments by Stradivari, Amati and Guarneri) with short private concert.

Day

5

Morning: guided tour of ancient organs in San Sepolcro and Santa Cristina with private recitals. Continue to San Giovanni for tour of library, Benedictine complex of San Giovanni Evangelista. Afternoon visit to Parmesan cheese and Parma ham factories. Continue to 15th century Castello Torrechiara for guided tour.

Day

6

Morning lecture followed by guided tour of Parma Baptistry, Cathedral and Opera Museum. Free afternoon. Evening opera at Teatro Regio di Parma: Falstaff.

Day

7

Some free time. Depart Milan 1320, arriving Heathrow 1430.

Tour Dates

10 Oct — 16 Oct 2017

Days

7

Cost

£2715

Tour Code

VERD-17

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Testimonial

"This was, I think, my 6th or 7th trip with ACE - that speaks for itself!"

ACE Customer October 2016

Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double-bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £240.

 
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