I love talking about travel. Recently I’ve discussed how to find cheap holidays, weird and unusual things to do in Paris, the ideal destinations for history buffs ;even how to travel when you suffer with anxiety
I write a lot about travel and holidays on A Literary Cocktail, but this time I thought I’d talk about something a little different, a little bit more niche: luxury travel for opera lovers. Whether you’re a seasoned opera-goer or you want to broaden your horizons with some music and culture, read on to find out why it is Italy you should be visiting if you want to find the creme de la creme of the opera world.
Opera was born in Italy and France at the end of the 17th century. A form of popular entertainment for the royal classes, opera can be traced even further back to the 16th century, where an ‘intermezzi’ would be played in between acts in Roman plays. An intermezzi was a short, colourful musical play which included song and dance. The intermezzi became much more popular than plays and over time turned into what we now know as opera!
So, for a real authentic opera experience you must go to Italy. Here are the best areas to visit…
Ah, Verona, known by all Shakespeare enthusiasts: three of his plays were based here, Romeo & Juilet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Taming of the Shrew. Though the famous balcony from Romeo & Juliet is enough to entice you to Verona alone, it also has a rich musical heritage.
At the centre of this beautiful city is the Arena, a Roman ampitheatre built in 30 AD, one of many Roman remains that can be visited. Today, the Arena is used as a glorious setting for the summer opera festival.
Lucca is a stunning walled city in Tuscany and the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini – an opera composer who has been called “the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi”. The town has kept much of its original architecture and features, and is famed for its fine cuisine and wine.
Today, the operas of Giacomo Puccini are performed in front of Lake Massaciuccoli – the Festival Puccini is held in an open-air theatre a short distance from the villa in which he lived and worked.
For more information on luxury trips please visit Opera Tours Italy.
*This is a collaborative post*