Location: Bergamo - Verona - Mantua - Sabbioneta - Cremona - Parma - Busseto - Milan

Bergamo, Verona, Mantua, Cremona, Parma and Milan enclose in just a few kilometers people, musical instruments and places, that have shaped the history of Italian classical music.
Bergamo is Gaetano Donizetti’s hometown; Verona and the Arena, a splendid Roman remains which still hosts the largest Italian musical events; Mantua is where Verdi set the myth of Rigoletto at the Gonzaga court; Cremona is the capital of violins and the ancient art of construction of violin and other stringed instruments; Parma is where Giuseppe Verdi was born and then Milan hosts one of the largest theatres in the world.

Day 1- BERGAMO

Bergamo is characterized by its peculiar division into two parts: the Upper City (Città Alta), the ancient centre, and the Lower City (Città Bassa), the centre of the new urban development and trade .
Music lovers will visit the Museum dedicated to Donizetti, one
of the most famous sons of Bergamo, born here in 1797. The most important theatre in Bergamo, Teatro Donizetti, is named after the composer.
Lunch at a restaurant.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2 – VERONA

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Verona, one of the oldest and most beautiful Italian cities. To visit Verona is to plunge into the ancient emotions of a town still keeping values and features related to an ancient past of medieval and Renaissance splendor alive.
In the old Verona you can feel the strongest emotion going into the largest outdoor opera theatre in the world: the Arena of Verona.
The amphitheatre can hold 15,000 spectators. Some of the greatest artists of the world put on shows in the Arena every year. An evening in the Arena of Verona is unforgettable, and justifies by itself a trip to Verona.
Lunch at a restaurant
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3 – MANTUA and SABBIONETA

Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day excursion to Mantua and Sabbioneta included among the World Heritage sites in 2008. Guided tour of Palazzo Ducale in Mantua, called “a city within a city”, the big palace where the governing families of Mantua lived, worked and conspired from the late thirteenth to the eighteenth century.
In the old town you can see its ancient squares and buildings: Piazza Sordello, Piazza Broletto, Piazza Erbe, Palazzi Bonacolsiani, Torre della Gabbia, the Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo della Ragione, the Rotunda of Matilda, S. Lorenzo and the famous Basilica of St. Andrew, one of Leon Battista Alberti’s masterpieces.After the visit, lunch at a restaurant.
Transfer to Sabbioneta.
Sabbioneta is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Lombardy. Within a few metres you can visit the first theatre built in Europe, the third-longest Gallery of Italy, the only Toson d’Oro exposed to the public, one of the few city walls substantially intact and the Mausoleum of Vespasiano Gonzaga.
In the evening return to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4 – CREMONA

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
Transfer to Cremona and guided tour of the town. In Cremona you can visit the Stradivari Museum and the Collection of the most famous Old Violins in the world. Late in the morning visit to a lutist shop to find out how violins, violas, cellos and double basses are made, today as in past centuries, with the opportunity to attend a private concert.
Lunch at a restaurant.
In the afternoon visit to one of the oldest manufacturers of nougat, which owes its origin to the marriage of Bianca Maria Visconti and Francesco Sforza on 25 October 1441. On this occasion, the Cremonese confectioners prepared a cake made of sugar and almonds, giving to the curious mixture the form of the Torrazzo, symbol of the city.
In the evening return to Mantua, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5 – PARMA and BUSSETO

Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Parma, guided tour of the town. You can visit medieval buildings such as Piazza Duomo, the cathedral, the Baptistery and Palazzo Vescovile. A few dozen meters from the cathedral you can see San Giovanni Evangelista, a Renaissance building which houses extraordinary paintings:
including the dome frescoed by Correggio in 1520-21, and some frescoes by Parmigianino. The visit continues with Parco Ducale, a magnificent example of French garden, which surrounds Palazzo Ducale.
Lunch at a restaurant.
In the afternoon departure for Busseto to visit the places where
Verdi lived. Giuseppe Verdi, one of the greatest composers of his time, wasborn in a small farmhouse in Roncole di Busseto on 10 October 1813. The house is now a national monument. Guided tour of the Casa Natale, Casa Barezzi Museum and the Theatre named after the composer himself.
In the evening return to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6 – MILAN

Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Milan, guided tour of the city. The visit must start from the Duomo, which is an undisputed masterpiece of Gothic architecture and the symbol of the city. The historical city centre incorporates the famous fashion district, as famous as the one of Paris and New York: Via Monte Napoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni and Via Sant’Andrea are
the symbol of the Italian and international prêt-à-porter, where you can find the most exclusive shops of the biggest names in the fashion world.
The old Milan still fascinates with its elegant Palazzo Reale, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a magnificent architectural style of the European Belle Epoque, made of glass and wrought iron, and the Castello Sforzesco.
Leonardo da Vinci left his most important artistic mark in Milan, in the universally famous Ultima Cena (The Last Supper, declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1980) kept in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
The temple of music, Teatro alla Scala, was built by the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa in the period from 1776 to 1778 and represents the love of Milan for music, opera and theatre. It is the most famous theatre in Italy and among the largest and most recognized in the world.
Lunch at a restaurant.