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A modest farmer (English version under construction)

Giuseppe Verdi: a modest farmer


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To the discovery of an unpublished Giuseppe Verdi between Bassa parmigiana and piacentina areas. Starting from the Emilian side of the Po river in Polesine Parmense (Parma), participants will visit the nearby Villa Verdi in Sant'Agata, where the famous musician wrote and lived for most of His life. Then transfer to a farmhouse dipped between the lands of the Maestro, for a fascinating listening of the most famous opera arias by Verdi...

1:00 pm | Meet in a place chosen by the group, introductory description of the itinerary and starting by coach to Polesine Parmense (PR).

3:00 pm | Arrived on the 'Big river' shore, participants will appreciate the atmosphere where it took shape the creative genius of Giuseppe Verdi.

3:30 pm| Transfer to the near Villa Verdi and guided tour at the estate where Maestro lived with His wife Giuseppina Strepponi and wrote unforgettable operas like «Rigoletto», «Il trovatore» and «La traviata».

5:00 pm | Short transfer direct to a charming nineteenth-century farmhouse on the Po river shore.

5:15 pm | In an authentic and original context, between fields and the bank of the river to act as a backdrop, listening of the most famous arias by Verdi.

6:30 pm | Conclusion and back transfer to starting point of the tour.

Optional: transfer in a trattoria in the Bassa Parmigiana countryside to taste the typical Emilian merenda.

8:00 pm | Conclusion (version with final merenda) and back transfer to starting point of the tour.

(Indicative timetable, see the detailed program).
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Giuseppe Verdi: skilled farmer, carpenter, magut (mason in local dialect), architect, «porter if necessary». Between the levee and the Tombone: the floodplain farmhouse. Culatello, torta fritta (fried cake) and Fortana: the Emilian merenda. The «Va, pensiero» in the lands of the Bassa.

Listening of the most celebrated arias by Verdi. (Multimedia support: amplifier).

The Emilian merenda

Tour program and Verdi arias texts printed on a valuable cover, theme gift to each participant.

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Tour active from May to October.

For organized groups from 40 to 52 people.

Start at 1:00 pm | End at 6:30 pm (8:00 pm if with final merenda).

Departure by bus from a place chosen by the group.

€49 per person. Reservation required with a minimum notice of 15 days.

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