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Tour Description

Italians are known for the amazing tradition and their passion for arts, culture and music. A great example of that are the acoustic monuments and opera houses which still see the light of day - and where you can enjoy with our exclusive tour.

Let us take you to the cornerstones of the Italian opera and theatre scene in Milan, introduce you to the great mural paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, let you see the finest private art collection with paintings from Botticelli, Mantegna and Tiepolo and have lunch in the most charming and artsy restaurants in Milan.

The theater and opera experience then continues with a visit to the Scala Ansaldo workshops where designers make clothes and accessories for the opera performances as well as the Fashion District in Milan and the SPA experience the city offers.

Pavia, Verona and Mantua are the next stops in this tour where you will see everything connected to opera and theatre - from Roman amphitheaters to amazing 18th century villas, museums and theaters.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Milan Arrival | Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival at Milan airport please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Just outside this area meet your driver who will transfer you to your Hotel in central Milan. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Milan.

Day 02: Milan | After breakfast, meeting with the guide and visit the Last Supper, the 15th-century mural painting by Leonardo da Vinci, one of the world's most famous paintings, included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites list. Visit San Maurizio ancient monastery and its wonderful frescos by Bernardino Luini; the site include a cloister and two ancient towers, part of the roman walls and circus. Lunch at leisure. Guided visit to the Teatro alla Scala, the world-renowned opera house, and to its beautiful museum where it is possible to admire rare music instruments dating back to 17th, 18th and 19th century, porcelains, opera costumes and many other objects related to the theatre. Theatre performance at La Scala: opera, concert or ballet (depending on performance dates). Overnight in Milan.

Day 03: Milan | After breakfast, guided visit to Poldi Pezzoli, one of the most significant house-museum in Europe, enriched by a finest private art collection made of paintings from the 14th to the 18th century by Botticelli, Mantegna, Piero della Francesca and Tiepolo. Besides the paintings, the collection includes about 3000 items of wonderful jewelry, Murano glass, porcelain, arms and armours, tapestries and carpets, furniture and archaeology. Lunch in a charming restaurant. Visit to the Scala Ansaldo workshops where it is possible to admire handmade works for the production of the opera performances like set design, sculptures, carpentry works, mechanics workshop, set assembly, costume workshop, costume design and over 60,000 stage costumes. Guests can spend some time to visit show rooms of the great Italian fashion brands, like Giorgio Armani, Dolce&Gabbana, Versace, Prada, in the Quadrilatero della Moda (Fashion District), escorted by a personal shopper that will unveil the best of Italian luxury. Later they can spend some time in an exclusive SPA environment to enjoy individual treatments and massages, personal fitness, Finnish sauna, Steam bath and a heated relaxation pool with panoramic views overlooking the city. Theatre performance at La Scala: opera, concert or ballet (depending on performance dates). Overnight in Milan.

Day 04: Milan - Pavia | After breakfast, private transfer to Certosa di Pavia, a 14th century historical complex renowned for its architecture, in both the Gothic and Renaissance styles, that includes a church, a monastery and some beautiful cloisters. Lunch at leisure. In the afternoon visit of the ancient and fascinating city of Pavia with its vast amount of artistic and cultural treasures, its medieval towers and one of the oldest university in the world, where - according to the legend – Christopher Columbus made his studies in the 15th century. Theatre performance at Teatro Fraschini, one of the most prestigious monument of the city, so-called after the Italian tenor Gaetano Fraschini. Overnight in Pavia.

Day 05: Pavia - Verona | Private transfer to Verona. Meeting with the guide and visit ancient palaces, squares, bridges, churches of this beautiful city, shrouded in history and delivered to the myth of Shakespeare's masterpiece "Romeo and Juliet". The tour begins at the Arena, the Roman monument widely known around the world for its magnificent opera performances. The walk will lead you to the old market square, the center of economic and social life of Verona since the Middle Ages, defined by the Guardian “Italy's most stunning piazza”. Lunch at leisure. A walk will lead guests through the old castle and the stone bridge that cross the river to the Basilica of San Zeno. In this thousand year-old church, upon the tradition, the Romeo and Juliet marriage took place. Lunch in a charming restaurant in the old town. In the afternoon, a private transfer will accompany you to Sirmione on Lake Garda for a Private Boat Tour: With an English speaking Captain, enjoy a 4 Hours Private Boat of Lake Garda, one of the beautiful lakes in Northern Italy. Lake Garda has a wealth of beauty that reveals its best secrets to those who decide to explore it from a different perspective. During the Sirmione peninsula boat tour we will show you many places of interest and take you on a journey of discovery. A visit to the fairy-tale Isola del Garda (Garda Island) is one of our most popular boat trips: the Countess is often there to welcome visitors in person. Gardone, a pleasant and much appreciated lakeside resort, attracts eccentrics: here, during our boat tour, we will enjoy a short coffee break, while admiring the view. Late afternoon return to your hotel to have a little rest and to get ready for an unforgettable experience: enjoy the opera in an unmatched scenario, a well-preserved Roman Amphitheatre, the Arena (depending on performance dates). In case the Arena season should be over, our clients will enjoy a private concert in a spectacular 18th century villa, surrounded by an English-style garden, nearby Verona. After the performance, dinner in a charming restaurant. Overnight in Verona.

Day 06: Mantua | After breakfast, private transfer to Mantua, the city of Rigoletto. Meeting with the guide and visit the Palazzo Ducale, the famous residence of the Gonzaga, the ducal family that ruled the Duchy of Mantua until the 18th century. In this astonishing palace, one of the largest in Europe, it is possible to admire Renaissance masterpieces, including the famous “Bridal Chamber” by Andrea Mantegna. Lunch at leisure. In the afternoon visit of the Bibiena Theatre, a masterpiece of late baroque period, an exquisite jewel for the balance between movement and elegance. Just over a month after its inauguration, in 1770, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart gave a memorable concert in this theatre. A walk among the most beautiful squares of the city will lead guests to visit the house of Rigoletto. The itinerary ends at Palazzo Te, shining example of a Renaissance palace of delights. Late afternoon return to Verona and overnight.

Day 07: Vicenza | After breakfast, private transfer Vicenza to visit Teatro Olimpico, the first and oldest covered theater of the modern era, designed by the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio in 1580. The theatre, built in a pre-existing medieval building, was opened in 1585, after the construction of the wooden structures, which have come down to us in an excellent state of preservation. Lunch at leisure. In the afternoon, walking tour along the old city of Vicenza, to discover its monuments and its beautiful palaces designed by Palladio. Transfer at Villa La Rotonda, the 16th Century masterpiece by Palladio; along the centuries this monument has been visited by poets and artists, sovereigns and statesmen, art amateurs and travellers. “Maybe never architectural art has reached such a level of magnificence” said J. W. Goethe, the German writer, after the visit at La Rotonda. Exclusive dinner and private concert at Villa La Rotonda(depending on performance dates). Return to Verona. Overnight.

Day 08: Venice | After breakfast, private transfer to Venice. Visit the very heart of the city: Piazza San Marco, the basilica and the Palazzo Ducale; this itinerary allows to unveil the history, the power and the tradition of the Repubblica Serenissima. Lunch at leisure. In the afternoon, theatre itinerary “Paramour and promiscuity in 14th century”, a walk to find the places that tell the history of courtesans and debauchery in Venice, starting from the 14th century until the fall of the Republic in 1797. Later, clients can relax enjoying SPA treatment, sauna, Turkish bath, emotional showers and Jacuzzi in an exclusive and refined sanctuary of wellness and relax located in the very heart of Venice. Light dinner. Opera performance in a 15th century noble Venetian Palace, facing the Canal Grande, enriched by frescoes of great Venetian painters like Tiepolo (depending on performance dates). Overnight in Venice.

Day 09: Venice | Breakfast at the Hotel. Today visit Ca Rezzonico, a magnificent palace, now seat of Museum of 18th century, designed by the greatest Baroque architect of the city, Baldassare Longhena; through the centuries many important painters in Venice – among them Tiepolo - were called to decorate the palace. Lunch at leisure. In the afternoon visit Teatro La Fenice with an expert guide that leads guests to discover the theatre and its spaces: Foyer, Hall Theatre, Royal Box and Sale Apollinee. After the visit, guests are ready for the performance: in one of the Apollinee Hall, reserved exclusively for them, they will enjoy a cocktail before the performance and during intermission (depending on performance dates). Overnight in Venice.

Day 10: Venice Departure | After breakfast, depending on the departure time, clients will enjoy shopping and other activities. Private transfer to the airport.

Tour Inclusions
  • 3 nights Milan
  • 1 night in Pavia
  • 3 nights Verona
  • 2 nights Venice
  • Assistance & Porterage
    at Airports and Hotels
  • Private excursions by
    car and English speaking driver as per program
  • Door to Door Service
  •  Professional
    Local Guides
  • Private Boat Tour on
    Lake Garda with English Speaking Captain
  • All Breakfast and most
    lunches
  • Dinner Reservations but
    cost not included (Dinner A La Carte)
  • Opera and Concerts
    Performances Reservations but tickets cost not
    included
  • Details up on request
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  • Thank you for coordinating such a wonderful trip in Italy. Terence and I learned many things about Italy. The weather was great and we had so much fun. All hotels, staff and guides were superb! We especially appreciated our driver who served us from Venice through our time in Florence, I believe his name was Lorenzo. Again, thank “you” for doing such a great job in planning our vacation.
    Melissa R. xxxxx.Wassenaar, NL
  • Hope, you are doing well. My wife and I had a great trip to Italy. The place, the people, and the food and wine were out of this world. Warm and kind people including hotel staff, tour guides and drivers went beyond their ways to help us and make this visit very special for us. It was very hard to leave Italy. You, your staff and company did an extraordinary job. You over delivered. Bravo!
    Barry and Paula J. xxxxxx. Omaha, Nebraska
  • We have just returned from our trip to Italy since we took a cruise after the program you and I put together. I just wanted to let you know that everything you planned worked out perfectly. Both hotels were excellent and the rooms were fine. All the drivers were on time and got us to our destinations promptly. We were especially glad to have someone meet us at the train station with the tickets in hand and directions to our car in Milan. The best part of the trip was the all day private boat trip in Bellagio with the great restaurant on the private island. So thanks for your help and hopefully we can do it again.
    John B. xxxxx. Collegeville, Pennsylvania