One of the benefits of this time of year for Italian Short Breaks, is having a bit of a breather in the spring season, and being able to spend that time planning some new fantastic breaks. Sometimes these come from travel workshops, sometimes from personal experience and sometimes from our clients. This new break has been the latter and I have been very excited to extend Italian Short Breaks’s current multi city opera offering, to now include Verona and Lucca combined.
So, let me tell you about the break! This is perfect for those opera connoisseurs, but also for those just wanting a great experience at the opera. Around 50% of our clients travelling to Verona do so because they love the idea of attending a summer opera in a Roman open-air arena. It’s certainly very scenic and the acoustics are amazing! It’s also a good starting point as an intro for the opera, as the Verona arena focuses on the most well-known and loved operas, so a vast opera knowledge is not required.
Whilst most opera evenings take place in a stunning opera house, this break offers two open-air arenas. The first is in a Roman open-air arena in Verona, the second is overlooking Torre del Lago, which is the arena next to the lake.
Once you get to Lucca, your opera experience continues with attending the Puccini Opera Festival. Whilst Verona offers Aida as the yearly guaranteed opera, a usual cross section of other operas can include La Traviata, Nabucco and many others. The Puccini Festival then, performs La Boheme, Turandot and of course firm favourite Madame Butterfly.
Another perk? I often have clients who can’t choose between two operas. With many operas crossing over from Verona and Lucca, for example Aida, Tosca, Turandot and Madame Butterfly, you can enjoy one in Verona and one in Lucca. Alternatively, you could use this as a good reason to extend your trip, as our 2 nights in Verona, 2 nights in Lucca break affords the option of a long weekend, but can be tailor-made to suit you.
In both cities we include centrally located hotels within an easy 5-10mins walk from the main sites, and with private airport transfers, you are not waiting for others to join you. Whilst some of our clients will most likely cross paths with you, you probably won’t even know it! Many of our competitors offer outside of the city accommodation and big buses to take you to your hotel, the towns and the opera. This is not us.
As well as you private airport and train transfers, we also include a private return transfer for your night on the lake in Lucca. This saves you worrying over car hire and parking and means your evening is a smooth transfer from hotel to opera venue and then back to your hotel after. With a 10mins walk to the arena in Verona and restaurants en route, you don’t need a transfer for this night.
The hotels we use in both cities represent a traditional, authentic experience and are right where you need to be, so you can step out and explore. In Verona this includes a Verona Pass Card which provides free, beat the queues access to the main local sights including the arena during the day, the castle, the museum and being Italy; various churches. The card also comes with a map so you can get your bearings, see where the sites are and the opening hours. You are then free to prioritise your time efficiently and be as active or sedate as you wish.
The dates for this break are quite limited as whilst the Verona opera season runs from late June to early September, the Puccini Festival takes place from July to August only.
So, hopefully this has made you curious! If you want to find out more about our Verona & Lucca La Dolce Diva break, click here.