Violins, Opera & Food

3 Days

Itinerary from the places of the famous composer Giuseppe Verdi to Cremona, town of Stradivarius who brought the craft of violin-making to its highest pitch of perfection. You will be able to appreciate these places by visiting historical sites, listeninig to a short performance on an historical violin, tasting local renowned food such as torrone nougat and Culatello ham. A perfect Italian break, that may be coupled with a night at the opera attending a live performance at an open-air arenas or an opera house

<p>Start by a guided visit of Cremona, the world capital of lutherie, the ancient craft of making violins and other stringed instruments having given birth to famous luthiers and composers like Antonio Stradivarius, Giuseppe Guarneri and Claudio Monteverdi. </p><p>This tradition is still alive: more than100 liutaio workshops continue to practice this skilled work. Piazza del Comune crowned by Torrazzo tower, cathedral, baptistery and the town Hall is the core of the historical town. The guided visit inlcudes the violin museum and ends by listening the unique “voice” of an historical violin played in the local auditorium.</p><p>Cremona is also home to the traditional torrone nougat and mostarda a kind of fruit preserve spiced with bittersweet sauce. You will taste the renowned local nougat from an historical producer, this sweet is made up of egg whites, honey, sugar and filled with almonds.</p><p>Time free for sightseeing and shopping through the best shopping streets in town. Overnight stay in Cremona</p>

<p>Breakfast. Get to Giuseppe Verdi's land: Roncole where he was born in 1813 and Busseto where he cultivated his talent. The great opera composer was born in a modest country building which was also used for the collection and distribution of the mail, he moved then in the house of Antonio Barezzi, a rich benefactor which allowed him, among other things, to undertake the study of music. Enjoy a guided visit of his birthplace, of Casa Barezzi and of Theatro Verdi theatre before reaching the flat countryside of Po, the Italian Great River. Here a 16th century country castle has been restored to be the ageing site of Culatello ham for some of the world's great kitchens and prestigious names from chefs to princes! Enjoy a guided visit of the ancient cellars and a brunch combined of local cheese, cold cuts and wine then enjoy the countryside. Dinner and overnight stay in a beautiful country location. </p>

<p>Breakfast. Your trip to this beautiful area comes to an end, To finish on a hight note this experience of sounds and flavors, you will visit a dairy where the most famous and renowned cheese in the world is produced: Parmigiano Reggiano</p>

Price includes

  • Price includes
  • - 3 day/2 night private tour in Italy
  • - accomodation sharing double rooms in central located 4 star hotel in Cremona and in luxury country-resorts near Po River
  • - breakfast
  • - private guided visit in Cremona, including visit to a luthier workshop where violins are made by the hands of experienced craftsmen
  • - admittance and guided visit to violin museum
  • - listening to a short performance on an historical violin such as Stradivarius or Guarneri
  • - tasting of local nougat in Cremona
  • - guided visit at a country-castle, including ancient cellars where they cure Culatello
  • - brunch based on local cold cuts, cheese, dessert, drinks included
  • - admittance and guided visit to Giuseppe Verdi birthplace in Roncole
  • - admittance and guided visit to Casa Barezzi in Busseto
  • - admittance and guided visit to Teatro Verdi theatre in Busseto
  • - typical dinner at a country castle

Price does not include

  • Price does not include: extras, items of a personal nature, transfers and anything not listed above at “Price includes”

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