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Enjoy Like a Citalian: The Ultimate Guide to Opera Holidays in Italy

Nowhere does opera like Italy. Originating here in the 16th century, a night at the opera is one of the most authentic Italian holiday experiences. 

It’s time to enjoy like a Citalian, with our ultimate guide to opera holidays in Italy. From the romance of Venice to the historic amphitheatres of Rome, Italy opera holidays are simply unbeatable.

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Melodies in Milan

Milan is one of the fashion capitals of the world. Simply walking the streets of this historic city evokes feelings of glamour and luxury. From the gorgeous piazzas, filled with chic cafes for the perfect morning coffee to the exclusive boutiques dotted on the streets, Milan holidays have a unique atmosphere that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. 

One of the most iconic sites in the heart of the city is La Scala, a legendary opera house that has seen some of the most famous operas performed since the late 18th century. The historic theatre is something you have to feel for yourself to know what the true sense of opera means. While a lot of it has to do with the performance, the theatre plays a big role in the overall ambience of your night at the opera, and truth be told, La Scala’s historic feel adds a sense of wonder unlike anywhere else. 

From the velvet-rich boxes and plush chairs to the gold-adorned finishings and chandelier, La Scala offers the true opera experience. Fitting nearly 2,000 spectators, this mammoth opera house invites you on a luxury night of pure operatic magic, where white-gloved ushers direct visitors, similar to the conductor of the sensational orchestra. Citalia’s Milan Opera Break offers the ultimate opera experience, something you won’t soon forget. 

If a night at the opera isn’t your cup of tea, then a trip to the La Scala museum is a must. Filled with stories and troves of Milan’s history, you’re in for a real treat, exploring the infamous history of music in Milan.

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Vibrato in Venice

Venice holidays are all about romance and history. Combined, you get the pure experience of Venice opera. Teatro La Fenice provides the picture perfect Italian opera experience. Offering a renowned line up of famous operas throughout the year, Citalia’s Venice Opera Break invites you to savour one fantastic night at this historic theatre, with two full days to explore the sensations of Venice. 

Venice is one of those cities where simply walking the streets takes you back in time. Offering feelings of wonder and excitement, Venice has so many things to do. Whether you want to explore the fantastic range of museums, feel the romance of being serenaded on a gondola through the infamous canals, or simply people watch from one of the cafes, Venice has it all. 

Did you know that what we know as Italian opera today all began in Venice? The first opera house opened in the mid-1600s, so it’s fair to say that Venice truly knows what it's doing when it comes to all things opera. Whichever performance you attend, enjoy the opera like a Citalian, with an evening of pure operatic bliss on your holiday in Venice.

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Rhapsody in Rome

As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was the magnificent Teatro dell’Opera. Built in 1880, this historic opera house offers a mesmerising experience. The red plush seating and golden features take you to days gone by when opera was done in true luxurious style. 

Rome holidays take you on the historic Italy holiday of a lifetime. While a bustling city, there are numerous historical sites that invite history hunters to days of pure excitement. From the incredible Colosseum to the picturesque Pantheon, Rome offers a world of wonder. 

To truly experience the iconic history while enjoying the art of magical opera, the Baths of Caracalla open during the summer months, offering a historical haven. For an unforgettable night of opera under the stars, this magnificent archaeological site will have you feeling like a true Citalian, with opera and history coming together for one monumental performance. Citalia’s Rome Opera Break invites you to savour the best of Rome and a night of pure operatic delight.

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Famous Festivities in Verona

Romance comes alive on Verona holidays. Home to the most legendary romantic story ever told, Romeo and Juliet, it’s easy to see how romantics get swept away in it all. During the summer evenings in Verona, the streets light up, offering the best time to take a stroll in the warm air, wandering through the historic city. 

Running from June to September, the Arena di Verona hosts a magical celebration of opera, featuring a variety of performances. The 2024 Verona Opera Festival will be held from June 8th to September 7th, providing ample opportunity to experience some of the world's most famous operas in the country they originated. 

Savour being serenaded by the sweet sounds of operatic masterpieces filling the arena. The Verona Opera Festival will transport you to a magical place, invoking feelings of wonder, and love, and possibly causing a tear or two. For even the hardest hearts are moved by the art of Italian opera, it’s truly that good. 

The setting for these magical evenings is the Arena di Verona, a 1st-century Roman amphitheatre. This historic venue adds a special charm to your opera night, where romance and sublime music meet in the heart of historic Verona. Citalia's 3-night Verona Opera Festival offers the ultimate way to enjoy these Italian operatic masterpieces.

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