academia barilla  August 2007

The Ultimate Italian Travel Experience: Verdi Opera and Gourmet Cooking – Part 3: The Land of Giuseppe Verdi

The Italian Food Lovers virtual tour of the Ultimate Italian Travel Experience [...]

Festival Verdi in ParmaThe Italian Food Lovers virtual tour of the Ultimate Italian Travel Experience proposed by Academia Barilla is really getting us excited about what the real tour experience will be, as dates for the Giuseppe Verdi Festival 2007 are approaching fast (October 2007).

After covering day one and two with the previous posts, we now enter day three, which is dedicated to the history and the places of the Maestro Giuseppe Verdi in Parma and in the surrounding Italian Food Valley region.

Italian Food Valley: a countryside view

Our tour guests will leave their hotels in the morning to visit the Terre Verdiane, starting with Roncole. All transportations are obviously already included in the Italian opera and gourmet cooking travel package, so just jump on a bus for about half an hour, and Academia Barilla will take you to discover the land of Maestro Giuseppe Verdi.

Check out the interactive Google Map we created for the day trip, just click the image below to interact with it, and discover more Italian Food Valley and Roncole pictures.

Italian Food Valley
In Roncole, today Roncole Verdi, we’ll visit the home where Giuseppe Verdi was born, now a Giuseppe Verdi Museum, and the church where he received the first music lessons.

Roncole, where Giuseppe Verdi was born

Discover more pictures from Roncole Verdi on, we created an entire photo album on Giuseppe Verdi’s birthplace. Click on the image below to reach the photo album.

Roncole Verdi, Italy

Next stop is Busseto, home to the famous Verdi’s Theater and to the Barezzi’s House & Hall, the seat of the Filarmonica di Busseto, where Verdi emerged as a young composer.

Busseto in the Italian Food Valley

Verdi's land: BussetoA 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 a 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.

Busseto in the Italian Food Valley

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 4 miles outside Busseto where Verdi, already rich and famous, had this beautiful residence built, and where he lived for almost half century.

Sant'Agata Verdi, Italy

Do you like our interactive Google Maps? Here is another one full of pictures of Busseto, that you can also find as a photo album at our brand new account.

Click on the Google Maps and images below to discover Academia Barilla’s online rich content.

Busseto Google map
Busseto in the Italian Food Valley

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.

We will cover soon day 4 of the Ultimate Italian Travel Experience with another post – in the meanwhile, you can get more details, including booking info, on

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