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.
Verona Opera & Vineyards Available Departures:
- Fly direct from Edinburgh – departs various dates until September 2020 – from £959pp
- Dates and prices on this page are based on Edinburgh departures only
- Flights also available from UK airports – Bristol, London Gatwick, London Luton & London Stansted – click here for more information on dates & prices.
Verona Opera & Vineyards Tour Highlights:
- A famous opera performed in Verona’s Roman amphitheatre
- Explore “fair Verona”, Romeo and Juliet’s exquisite city
- Tastings at a famous Valpolicella vineyard and an olive oil producer
- Discover Padua on the elegant Riviera del Brenta
- 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
Single supplements apply. Subject to availability.
Verona Opera & Vineyards Itinerary
Day One – Fly to Italy
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.
Day Two – Included lunch and wine tasting in Valpolicella
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.
Day Three – Included walking tour of Verona, and a Night at the Opera
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.
Day Four – Included visit to the Riviera del Brenta and the Villa Pisani
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.
Day Five – Fly back to the UK
Bid “Arrivederci” to your hosts and transfer to the airport to check in for your flight home.