There’s something magical about a musical performance under the stars and the setting of the Roman Arena in Verona is hard to top. This year’s Summer Festival promises an unforgettable experience with a series of performances and a Gala Concert featuring the great Placido Domingo. Combine that with the opportunity to enjoy tours to some of Italy’s finest cities, the delights of Italian food and wine along with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the summer sunshine and you have a winning combination.
Fly from Gatwick to Bologna and transfer by coach to Mantova where the rest of the day is at leisure. Accommodation is in the family run, Albergo Bianchi hotel right in the heart of Mantova and within walking distance of all main sights.
A morning walking tour of Mantova followed by an afternoon at leisure.
A relaxing morning before the transfer to Verona in the early afternoon and time to explore the city and have dinner before the evening opera performance of Turandot.
A full day excursion to Modena and Reggio Emilia.
A full day excursion to Parma and Busseto. Optional second opera performance of Aida at Verona.
Transfer to Bologna with plenty of time to explore before heading to the airport for the return evening flight to Gatwick.
NB Exact order of excursions may vary according to opera performances or tour manager’s discretion
IMPORTANT NOTE: In the unlikely event of the total cancellation of either opera due to ill-health, adverse weather or any other reason or change of cast, the ticket price will only be refunded if the entire performance is cancelled. Only the ticket price will be refunded under such circumstances and no reimbursement made for travel expenses such as flights, hotels, meals etc.
Situated opposite the station in the heart of Mantova, the 3-star Albergo Bianchi is a friendly, family run hotel ideally placed for exploring the city and the surrounding area. Facilities include a bar, quiet inner garden and comfortable air-conditioned bedrooms with satellite TV, telephone and private bath or shower. Nearly all rooms face away from the road so are very quiet. There is no restaurant at the hotel but theer are a wide range of options within a short walk. Albergo Bianchi hotel website.