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Parma, Cremona & Mantua

5 nights Price from £1,848 per person
Departs: 07 May 2022, 17 Sep 2022
Departs: 07 May 2022

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In the company of popular Kirker Tour Lecturer Andrew Allen, our second tour to this relatively unknown corner of northern Italy is based in Parma, a city synonymous with the very best food and produce in Italy, and includes visits to the art cities of Cremona and Mantua. Musically, too, the region has the finest credentials; Giuseppe Verdi was born in the small farming village of Roncole and Arturo Toscanini was born in Parma itself. This tour really is an exploration of the three elements associate with Italy – art, food and music. A number of fine lunches and dinners are included and there will be an opportunity to learn more about the two specialities for which the region is world famous, ‘parmigiano e prosciutto’.


Parma, Cremona & Mantua and Ravenna, Urbino & Ferrara run consecutively so why not book both for a 10 night tour of northern Italy’s art cities? The price to join both tours is £3,395 per person, single supplement £658 .

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Five nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Two dinners and two lunches
  • All entrances fees and gratuities as described
  • Services of the Kirker Tour Leader


  • Day 1 - Fly to Bologna

    We fly from London to Bologna, and transfer to Parma where we stay for the duration of the holiday at our centrally located 4 star Hotel Mercure Parma Stendhal.
  • Day 2 - Parma

    Parma was once the seat of the influential Farnese family, whose patronage allowed art and music to flourish. Together with a gastronomic reputation that’s renowned around the world, this makes Parma the most perfect of Italian cultural experiences. At the city’s art gallery and former Farnese residence, the Palazzo della Pilotta, we will see works by Correggio and Parmigianino, before continuing to the Teatro Farnese, the wooden theatre of 1628, the first to be constructed with a proscenium arch. We will also see the city’s exquisite opera house, the Teatro Regio, and the frescoes by Correggio at the cathedral.
  • Day 3 - Mantua

    Nearby Mantua was the base of the rival Gonzaga family, patrons of Mantegna and Romano. We will see works by both artists during our day in the city, as well as the family residence, the Palazzo Ducale, and the elegant Palazzo Te on the outskirts. In the evening we drive to the banks of the River Po for dinner at the magnificent Antico Corte Pallavicino, a distinguished restaurant, which was once a farmhouse on the Pallavicino estate.
  • Day 4 - Cremona

    In Cremona, birthplace of Stradivarius and where members of the Stradivari family created the world’s finest string instruments, we will see the Museum of the Violin. This museum has one of the world’s most important collections of historic musical instruments. Dozens of craftsmen still continue this tradition today and we will visit a working luthier’s atelier in the afternoon to see the craft in practice.
  • Day 5 - Guiseppe Verdi

    Today is devoted to the life and work of Giuseppe Verdi, who was born in rural Roncole and who lived most of his life not far away in Busseto. Here we will visit the Villa Verdi where the composer lived for many years. Lunch is included at I due Foscari, a hotel once owned by the son of the great tenor, Carlo Bergonzi. The day ends at the Museo Nazionale di Giuseppe Verdi where the composer’s creative genius and his importance in the world of opera can be appreciated to the full.
  • Day 6 - Flight back

    We return to Bologna airport for the flight back to London.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:


Depart London Heathrow 08.00 arrive Bologna 11.10

Depart Bologna 12.05 arrive London Heathrow 13.25


Depart London Heathrow 08.00 arrive Bologna 11.10

Depart Milan 13.20 arrive London Heathrow 14.20

Departure Dates and Prices

07 May 2022

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Price from£1848

Single Supp.£298

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17 Sep 2022

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Price from£1956

Single Supp.£390

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Andrew Allen.

Andrew Allen

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