academia barilla  August 2007

The Ultimate Italian Travel Experience: Verdi Opera and Gourmet Cooking – Part 2: The City, the Cooking and the Opera

Last week we started our virtual Italian gourmet cooking and opera tour, [...]

Festival Verdi in ParmaLast week we started our virtual Italian gourmet cooking and opera tour, on the path of the Ultimate Italian Travel Experience, the original travel package proposed by Academia Barilla to enjoy the Opera Festival dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi, while discovering the food culture of Parma and the Italian Food Valley.

Teatro Farnese in Parma, Italy

Here is part two – after the arrival of our tour guest on day one, day two starts with a guided cultural walking tour of the city centre. Now you will learn more about the places you explored the previous day, and will get immediately into the opera mood visiting the Farnese Theatre, the first theater in the world supplied with movable scenery entirely made of wood.

Teatro Regio in Parma, Italy

The group will explore then another pearl of the opera tradition of Parma, the precious Teatro Regio, a true temple of the lyric music with one of the best acoustics in the world. Teatro Regio has been home to Arturo Toscanini, the famed Italian and Parma-born orchestra leader from the 1950’s, when he directed the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Teatro Regio will also be one of the official concert venues of the Verdi Opera Festival.

Following the opera trail, the next visit is to the Arrigo Boito Conservatory, where it’s still possible to view Niccolò Paganini and Toscanini’s studios. The morning cultural guided tour will be concluded at lunchtime, when the group will be treated to a full lunch in a in a delightful local restaurant in the most historic part of the city.

The group will later head to an afternoon at the Academia Barilla Culinary School, the world’s premier Italian culinary facility, where tour guests will engage in a hands-on cooking class based on the traditional recipes of the time and territory of Giuseppe Verdi. The gourmet cooking class will be conducted by one of the Academia Barilla Executive Chefs Group, who will also organize the group dinner based on the yummy recipes the group prepared.

Teatro Regio in Parma, ItalySuch intensive day two of the Academia Barilla’s ultimate Italian travel experience meets a perfect ending in a theater, with the first of the two opera concerts at the Festival Verdi 2007 – the show will be based on the Festival calendar and ticket availability, and will include Verdi’s classic operas such as Luisa Miller and La Traviata.

After the show, our guests are free to return to their 4/5 star hotel or to have a night walk in the magic Parma, while possibly whistling opera’s arias.

The next day, which we’ll cover soon with another post, will be a very exciting gourmet tour in the land of Giuseppe Verdi, in the heart of the Italian Food Valley. If you can’t wait to discover what’s in the agenda on day 3, or want to know more details about the tour and its booking, just follow this link.

Explore Parma and all the featured locations of the guided tours from above, with the help of interactive Google Maps and the Academia Barilla blogging team, who spent weeks enriching Google Maps with photo, videos, descriptions and links of interest, to offer you the best Parma virtual guided tour experience.

Click on the image below to interact with the tour destination in Parma, and stand by for more Google Maps for all the other locations touched by the Academia Barilla gourmet opera tour.

Parma pictures and videos on Google Maps

Also check out our Parma photo album on to explore all the places you will visit during the Parma guided tour, and to discover new ones.

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Remember also we provided a couple of online slideshows of these pictures at Big Huge Labs and Enjoy our Parma slideshow and remember you can download it as free screensaver from, just click on the slideshow below!

Academia Barilla photo slideshow

Choose the slideshow you like, and import/embed it in your blog, website, of social networking web page.

And don’t forget to stay tuned with Italian Food Lovers for more virtual tours in the heart of the Italian Food Valley!

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