Italian Opera Holidays

Having the opportunity to experience a live operatic performance in Italy is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Opera originated in Italy at the end of the 16th century and was founded by a group of Florentine intellectuals who became known as the Camerata who wanted to combine music and theatre to be like Greek drama. Opera has become a musical art form which has two sides to it. On one hand, it is sombre touching on death and love lost. On the other, it’s playful and light with a dash of dramatic talent. 

A Night at the Opera 

At Citalia we can help you to find tickets to performances by Italy’s legendary composers such as Verdi, Puccini and Rossini. We can also arrange access to exclusive opera festivals held throughout the year all over Italy.  

Head to Milan to visit one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world, Teatro alla Scala, or discover the operatic roots of Venice at Teatro la Fenice. Rome and the Teatro dell’Opera are also a must visit for any opera lover. Arena di Verona is also special, and even more so as it celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2023!  

We have 95 years’ experience and our Italy Experts are on hand to help you plan your perfect Italian opera getaway.  

Are you ready to enjoy a night at the opera? Close your eyes and get lost in the music, be transported on a journey through time, open up your heart and feel the power that the atmosphere has to drive your emotions.  
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Opera in Italy
A night at the opera is a truly wonderful experience. Take a look at our comprehensive guide to Opera in Italy below.
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Arena di Verona
Verona Opera Festival

Verona Opera Festival comes to the city every summer. Running from June until late August or early September, it hosts some wonderful performances by legendary composers including Rossini and Verdi.


Held at spectacular the Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheatre with a capacity of 15,000 spectators, it is the largest open-air opera house in the world. The setting and atmosphere is just magic and will leave you spellbound. 

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Milan Opera Breaks

Inaugurated in 1778, La Scala is a beautiful opera house in Milan. Verdi’s Othello and Puccini’s Madame Butterfly both had their first production here. In addition, there is a Theatre Museum which houses a number of paintings, costumes and busts. Are you ready to visit? 

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Venice Opera Breaks
Teatro La Fenice (‘The Phoenix’) located in the heart of Venice is one of Italy’s most famous and renowned landmarks. Founded in 1792 it has seen a wide variety of operatic premieres from the likes of Rossini, Verdi, Stravinsky to name a few.  
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Rome Opera Breaks

Rome’s leading theatre, Teatro dell’Opera was built in 1880 and has been pulling in crowds since its grand opening. Featuring operas from the likes of Puccini and Verdi, you do not want to miss this on your next trip to Rome! 

Aerial View of the open-air Giacomo Puccini Grand Theate located in Torre del Lago Puccini on Lake Massaciuccoli in Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy
Puccini Opera Festival

Dedicated to legendary composer Giacomo Puccini, the Puccini Festival is held during July and August every year. The open-air Grand Theatre in Torre del Lago fills with the sound of music and hosts performances of some of Puccini’s finest works including Madama Butterfly, La Bohème and Tosca. 

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