DAY 1 MILAN
Arrival in Milan and meeting with the accompanying guide. Private visit of the backstage of the Scala Theater and the different pavilions of the theater. The tour will allow us to discover first hand the creation of the operatic show from its beginnings. Lunch. In the afternoon, we will head in coach to the Piazza Michelangelo Buonarroti to contemplate the statue dedicated to Verdi. Tour of the Casa di Roposo per Musicisti. Giusseppe Verdi decided, in the twilight of his days to creat a house for the less fortunate musicians, where they would be able to spend serenely the last years of their lives. He left the copyright of all of his works to this institution for its maintainment. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.
DAY 2 MILAN – SANT’ AGATA – BUSSETO – RONCOLE – PARMA
Breakfast Departure for Piacentini where we will see the Casa Sant’ Agata, where Verdi lived from 1851. Continuation to Bussetto, where we will visit the Collegiate Church of San Bartolomé where Verdi followed Fernando Provesi, organist and choir master after his death in 1833. For that, the composer had to interrupt his studies in Milan. Also we will see the Collegiate Church of the Holy Trinity, where here married his first wife, Margarita Barezzi, in 1836. Later, we will visit the Casa Barezzi, site of Verdi’s first public appearance in 1830. In the Giusseppe Verdi National Museum we will be able to listen to, learn about and get to know the master and his compositions. Lunch. Tour of the Giusseppe Verdi Theater. We will continue the trip to Roncole, where we will see birth home of Verdi and the Church of San Michele Arcangel, where he was baptized. Continuation to Parma. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.
DAY 3 PARMA – MANTUA – PARMA
Breakfast. Tour of Parma, the Plaza of the Duomo, a architectural masterpiece from the Middle Ages that makes up the artistic heart of the city. The square is dominated by the Cathedral and the Baptistery. Later, we will also see the House of Music, since we are in the capital of music par excellence. Lunch. In the afternoon we will head toward Mantua, scenery of the Opera Rigoletto by Verdi. Mantua was founded by the Etruscans. The city prospered under the government of the Gonzaga family (1328-1708). The city contains many works of art and architectural treasures that transport us to different periods. We will visit the Cathedral, the grand Basilica of San Andrés, the Ducal Palace and the Palazzo Te. Return to Parma. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.
DAY 4 PARMA – BERGAMO – MILAN
Breakfast. Departure for Bergamo, one of the most interesting cultural centers in the region. The city is divided in two parts: Upper Bergamo and Bergamo Baja. Guided tour of the city. Departure for Milan. Lunch. END OF TRIP