This Italian food Lovers virtual tour of the Ultimate Italian Travel Experience proposed by Academia Barilla is really growing our excitement towards what the real tour experience will be, as the dates of the Verdi Festival are approaching (October 2007).
After covering day one and two with the previous ultimate Italian travel experience post we now enter day three, which is dedicated to the history of the Maestro Giuseppe Verdi in Parma and in the surrounding Italian Food Valley region.
Our tour guests will leave their hotels in the morning to visit the Terre Verdiane, starting with Roncole, where we’ll visit the home where Giuseppe Verdi was born (today a Verdi Museum) and the church where he received the first music lessons.
Next stop is the famous Verdi’s Theatre and a visit to the Barezzi’s House & Hall in Busseto, the headquarters of the Busseto Filarmonica, where Verdi emerged as a young composer. A typical lunch based on local and traditional antipasti has been arranged by Academia Barilla in a characteristic restaurant in Busseto where Verdi’s music is constantly played.
One of the highlights of the restaurant, beside its gourmet traditional Italian food, is the famous guest book with signature collections that include those of Giuseppe Verdi and his friends, the singer Teresa Stolz, the publisher Giulio Ricordi, Ottorino Respighi, Arturo Toscanini, Gabriele D’Annunzio and a variety of singers, painters, writers and gourmets from all over the world.
The afternoon will continue with a visit of Orlandi’s Palace, a building that the Maestro bought in the centre of Busseto, and to Villa Sant’Agata where Verdi, already rich and famous, had this beautiful residence built and where he lived for almost half century.
The cultural opera tour in the Italian Food Valley will end back in Parma for a gourmet dinner organized by Academia Barilla in a typical restaurant in the city center.
As we did with the previous post we have also designed the day’s itinerary on Google maps, so you can start looking from above at the beautiful places you will discover during this unforgettable gourmet opera tour.
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Also have a look at the pictures we published on Academia Barilla’s account on Flickr.com, so you can start familiarize with Roncole, Busseto, Fontanellato, and the precious Italian Food Valley. Just click on the image below to see the pictures.