The Metropolitan Opera Guild

The Jewels of Northern Italy

2011-10-15 - 2011-10-25

Top Highlights:
•Top Category seats for 4 operatic performances, as listed
•9 nights deluxe accommodations (Venice: Ruzzini Palace; Parma: Palazzo dalla Rosa Prati; Bologna: Grand Hotel Majestic)
•Full breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
•Private, guided tours in each city, plus Torcello and Burano, Padua and Busseto
•Private airport/hotel transfers
•On site Tour Direction
•Comprehensive Tour Guidebook/Itinerary

Parma, home of the Verdi Festival, is what you imagined Italy would be like before ever having gone. We will surprise you with outstanding art and architecture, predictably perfect cuisine and performance experiences that, for the beauty of Teatro Regio and the sheer electricity in the audience, are quite possibly the most fulfilling to be had anywhere. As well, we see sights associated with the patron saint of Italian opera, Maestro Verdi himself.

Yes, in Bologna we will sample some of the finest food and wine in Emilia‐Romagna and Italy, to be sure. But there is plenty more here that many pass over: thousand‐year‐old churches, a university that dates to 1088, gorgeous piazzas, stunning architecture (including not just one but two leaning towers), and have we mentioned the food? But of course, we would not bring you here without attending the opera, and we will attend a performance at Teatro Comunale, a venue perhaps underrated and thus undiscovered by those who travel to Italy for opera. There is a reason that many of the finest international stars of opera appear in Bologna, even before Venice and Torino, and we will find out why.

What can be said about Venice that hasn’t been said before? We begin our tour in the most magical city in the world, and, in addition to a performance at Teatro La Fenice (in its reconstructed glory, one of the most beautiful opera houses anywhere), we will focus on three not‐to‐be‐missed sights in Venice: the Rialto market, where each vendor’s stand of fresh seafood is worthy of a photograph, Burano, with its colorful homes and perhaps the finest restaurant in the city, and the Scuola di San Rocco, where the Tintorettos will astound you.
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