On this unparalleled experience, you will enjoy the finest art, culture, and cuisine that Italy has to offer! Your experience begins in Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance and home to some of the great historical patrons of the arts. Enjoy a private operatic recital featuring performers from the Puccini Opera Company, take in a presentation on West African Ghanaian Ewe music by Professor James Demby, and get behind the wheel of an Italian icon at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello.
In Milan, you'll have the chance to learn about Ambrosian chant, one of the world's oldest choral traditions, from an expert in the very church that inspires its name. Visit the Museo del Violino in Cremona where two virtuosi will perform a private concert on instruments hand crafted by Stradivarius himself and back in Milan enjoy privileged access behind the scenes before attending an opera production at Teatro alla Scala! This program offers a truly unique experience of Italian musical and cultural highlights. We hope to see you there!
Cremona is a city in northern Italy that has become famous for its production of its collection of high quality violins. Featuring a beautiful and historic city center, participants consistently name Cremona as one of their favorite day trips. Cremona has been a famous music center since the 16th century, and is still renouned for their artisan workshops procuding high-quality string intruments.
Antonio Stadivari, an iconic luthier, produced over 1100 violins which are widely considered to be amonst the finest ever produced. Not only will you hear a private concert on one of these beautifully crafted instruments, but you'll also be able to enjoy sights like the Palazzo Comunale, Loggia dei Militi, and the Torazzo -- the second tallest brick tower in Europe which offers magnificent view of the city.