Typical food, emotional journey, private guide, focus on opera
AVAILABLE: Tuesday to Sunday
WHERE: Busseto (40 km north of Parma)
FROM: Parma, Reggio Emilia, Bologna, Modena, Piacenza, Milan, Forte dei Marmi
DURATION: 5 hours
TYPE OF TOUR: private, educational, emotional, foodie, opera
TOUR TIME: 10:30 am in Busseto
MEETING: Directly in Busseto (if self-drive); Your hotel / train station (if car&driver selected)
If you are both food enthusiasts and opera lovers, the charming lowlands of Parma, aka Terre Verdiane, is where you should go to follow the traces of the life and first education of Maestro Giuseppe Verdi, one of the greatest composers of all times and a real pride for Parma and Italy!
10.30 am: Meet your private guide directly in the hamlet of Roncole Verdi and start your visit at the Maestro’s birthplace: a really emotional moment for all those who didn’t have a clue about his humble origins in a small village of the Parma countryside back in 1813, when the land was administratively part of the French empire.
11:15 am: Head on to Busseto
11:45 am - 12:30pm: Guided tour of Casa Barezzi, home to young Verdi during his professional musical studies, his first love nest and now headquarters of a cozy museum dedicated to his unique personality and his utmost troubled career start.
Lunch: Typical lunch in Po-river-valley style at one of the local trattorias, possibly the popular osteria where Verdi himself used to go to have his cup of Fortana wine.
02:45 pm: Guided visit of Teatro Verdi, a peculiar opera theatre in miniature built by the locals to celebrate their fellow citizen while he was living his glorious moments around the world.
03:30 pm: End of activities and back to Parma / head on to your next destination.