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Music, history & fine wine

Experience a performance in one of the world’s most astonishing open-air venues – a magical night to remember.

Take your seat at the world-renowned Arena di Verona, the almost perfectly preserved Roman amphitheatre at the heart of the exquisite Romeo and Juliet city of Verona, on this very special break to Italy. In addition to a ticket for an opera performance, your break will include a stay at a city-centre hotel, a memorable day amongst the vineyards of famous Valpolicella with a memorable lunch, and a tour of the beautiful Brenta Riviera that includes a visit to ancient Padua and its beautiful Venetian-style villas.

What does this price include?

  • Four nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at the four-star Leon D’Oro Hotel, Verona
  • A guided tour of Verona
  • A gourmet lunch and wine tour in Valpolicella
  • Visits to the Riviera del Brenta and Villa Pisani
  • Return flights to Italy
  • Comfortable coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Your Itinerary

  • Your tour manager will meet you when you arrive in Italy, and you'll transfer by coach to your four-star hotel, which will be a beautiful, elegant base for your stay. Settle in to your surroundings, perhaps enjoying a drink at the hotel's piano bar before dining in or heading out into the glorious city, where you'll find countless restaurants and trattorie (many lining the famous, sweeping Piazza Bra) to choose from.

  • Today sees you journey into the heart of the rolling Valpolicella wine-growing area, taking in the beautiful of village Fumane and visiting the wine estate of Costa degli Ulivi. Learn about the production of high-quality wines and olive oil, and sample three of the celebrated Valpolicello wines – Classico, Ripasso and (most famously) Amarone – over a three-course lunch of delicious regional specialities.

  • Enjoy a guided introduction to Verona, during which the city’s ancient, colourful squares and buildings fashioned from pink marble will be brought to life. After the tour, you'll have the rest of the day free. Lose yourself in the maze of 13th-century streets that form the backdrop to Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers, or take a seat in a café sweeping Piazza Bra, in the shadow of the great amphitheatre, to watch the world go by.

    This evening, take your place inside the amphitheatre and soak up the atmosphere as darkness begins to fall and the grand sweep of the Arena's vast stage is set for the performance of your opera. Here, on balmy summer nights, often with the stars twinkling overhead or the moon shining brightly, some of the world’s best-loved works are performed in front of a rapt audience drawn from all four corners of the world, by some of opera's brightest talents.

    For opera buffs, enthusiastic amateurs and lovers of special occasions, a night at the Verona Opera Festival provides a memorable experience to treasure forever.

  • After a relaxed breakfast, board the coach and explore the bucolic countryside of the Riviera del Brenta, a 25-mile route that runs along a 16th-century canal built to connect the Venetian lagoon with Padua, and that is lined with some extraordinarily beautiful and ornate villas.

    Discover renowned Villa Pisani, the Queen of the Brenta villas and a national museum that includes a stunning fresco on the ceiling of its grand ballroom and a famous maze in its formal gardens. A perfect day is completed with a visit to lovingly restored, fun-loving Padua. Once a Roman stronghold, this delightful, enchanting university city is home to the famous Scrovegni Chapel and its Giotti frescoes. Explore its museums, great churches and colourful markets, and wander colourful Prato della Valle - Italy’s largest town square - then return to Verona for a last evening.

  • Bid “Arrivederci” to your hosts and transfer to the airport to check in for your flight home.

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Hotel Leon D'Oro

Wonderfully located for Verona’s exquisite heart, the imposing four-star Leon D’Oro, with its striking façade, is a perfect base for your stay.

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Further Information

  • Your break includes a night at the opera to experience one of the great operatic works of all time performed by some of the world’s most talented artists. The opera you will see will vary depending on the departure date you choose.

    Aida (22nd July departures)
    Giuseppe Verdi’s vast, sweeping tale of doomed love is set against the background of ancient Egypt, with the soldier/hero Radames the object of affection for slave-girl Aida and princess Amneris. It's Verona’s signature opera, and is always performed at the Festival.

    Turandot (24th June departures)
    With a production created by the great Franco Zeffirelli, which makes use of the vast stage to recreate the grandeur of Imperial China, Giacomo Puccini’s final opera (actually completed after his death) is a sweeping tale of love and cruelty set against the glittering court of the Chinese emperor in ancient Peking, and is perhaps most famous for the aria Nessum Dorma.

    Nabucco (2nd September departures)
    Verdi’s magisterial Biblical epic is set against the siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonian King, Nabucco (better known as Nebuchadnezzar). It has a plot that takes in the great themes of love, jealousy, betrayal and redemption, and is famed for its sacred aria, Va Pensiero - a lament for a lost homeland sung by the Hebrew slaves.

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes from Verona and two hours from Venice.

  • We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

  • If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

  • The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
  • Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

  • Please note: Since some attractions visited offer free admission to visitors at certain times of the year, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable.

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