We meet at the Hotel Accademia, in central Verona, for a welcome reception followed by a short city tour before dinner.
Each evening we will eat in a local restaurant close to the arena and soak up the unique atmosphere of Verona during the opera season. The temperatures are high during the day and the evenings are comfortably warm. The arena is a magnificent space with seating for almost 14,000. Seats are in the second tier which enables a very good view of the stage whilst being at the heart of the experience.
The day begins with an informative talk about tonight's opera given by our tour manager and musical director. After this we explore more of the city with our guide including the medieval Castelvecchio which houses an award-winning museum and the church of San Zeno with its Mantegna altarpiece.
There will be free time in the afternoon to enjoy the many pleasant streets and fascinating buildings or even take a bicycle tour.
Dinner will be at the hotel or at a nearby restaurant before the performance of tonight's opera, Puccini’s Turandot (26th July) or Rossini's Barber of Seville (21st August)..
An optional tour of the city follows this morning's opera talk. Guests may like to travel further afield, perhaps to Padua to see the Giotto frescoes in the Scrovegni chapel, to nearby Vicenca or to Lake Garda and Bardolino.
After dinner we move to the arena for a performance of Verdi's Aida.
After a leisurely breakfast and final opera talk we spend the morning touring the Romanesque cathedral, the tombs of the Scaligeri and the church of Sant'Anastasia.
Next, we cross the river to visit the Roman theatre and the Archaeological museum.
There will be time in the afternoon to explore the streets and piazzas of this beautiful city. Dinner will be in a restaurant close to the arena.
After dinner we take our seats in the arena for a performance of Verdi's Nabucco.
After a final leisurely breakfast guests are free to depart.
Single travellers are most welcome to join the tour manager and assistant for additional tours and lunches throughout the tour. We are keen that everyone feels involved and gets the most out of the tour. Guests are also free to join in as much or as little as they like.
There is free time in the afternoons during the hottest part of the day.