Parma & Verdi Land Gran Tour
Program 03 days 02 nights
1st Day Arrival of the guests to Parma with guided tour of the principal monuments: the Duomo and Battistero Roman architecture and sculpture masterpiece, the most important and innovative monument of the medieval period in Italy. The tour will go on visiting the St. Giovanni Church, a baroque building with its cupola frescoed by the great painter Correggio. Then is scheduled the visit of the Palazzo della Pilotta with a stop lunch nearby. In the afternoon timetable to accommodate at the hotel and in the evening typical “Parma” dinner at the restaurant with welcome and overnight.
2nd Day in the morning guided tour to visit the Reggia di Colorno, nearby Parma a Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassic palace. Some important restoration works were made after Ranuccio II Farnese's marriage with Princess Margherita Violante Savoy, who transformed the castle giving to it its present look. The plan was finished by their son, Francesco Farnese, thanks to architect Ferdinando Galli Bibiena's work. In 1807 it was declared "Imperial Palace" also when the dukedom, after the Congress of Vienna, was given to Napoleon's wife, Mary Louise of Austria. At the end of the visit, transfer with stop lunch to the Magnani Rocca Masterpiece Collection in Mamiano, a beautiful villa with a permanent exhibition of paintings of 1800 and 1900 world artists. At the end of the visit, coming back in Parma with dinner and overnight at the hotel.
3rd Day Full day dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi, the master of Italian music and Opera. We will visit the birthplace and little house in Roncole in the countryside Po Valley. Then Busseto where Giuseppe Verdi memories are everywhere. He spent many years of his life in the Province of Parma composing some of his most important works. Stop lunch in Busseto. The tour ends at Villa Sant’Agata a gorgeous place with park and museum created in the nobles rooms where the Master spent the last years of his life. Coming back to Parma with free dinner and overnight.
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