Gay Opera Tour: Venice, Milan, Verona

2022 Operas: Gioconda, Peter Grimes, TBA

2023 Operas: TBA

From €2690 or USD $2790

Deposit €500 or USD $540

25 June – 2 July 2022

24 June – 1 July 2023

Highlights

  • Discover Milan, Verona and Venice, home to the best Opera Houses of the world
  • Enjoy stunning performances at La Scala of Milan, the Arena of Verona, and La Fenice in Venice
  • 3 scintillating Operas: Gioconda by Ponchielli, Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten and Nabucco by Verdi
  • Relive the history of the greatest artists of all time and awe at their renowned works
  • Enjoy the exuberant gay nightlife of Milan, and experience Milan Pride
  • Eat like a local and palate the flavours of some of the best Italian restaurants
  • Experience the history of Italy through the ages
  • Learn the history and discover the highlights of the cities with our walking tours in English
  • Make new friends from all over the world
  • High speed trains between cities
  • Tickets to all three operas with good seats included in the price
  • Travel with your Italy Gay Travels hosts

Milan, Verona, Venice

€2690 or USD $2900 sharing in a double room.

At the moment of Booking a Deposit (€500) is required. Final Payment is due no later than 60 days before Departure.

If you prefer your own room, please add a Single supplement of €790 or USD $949.

Paying a single supplement is not required. We will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.

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Fly IN and OUT of MIlan airports (MIL):

  • Malpensa (MXP)
  • Linate (LIN)
  • Bergamo Orio al Serio (BGY)
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by Ron Steinacher on Gay Opera Tour
Perfect Enjoyment & Artistry

First, a bit of background is in order. I am not an "opera lover", but I do appreciate the talent and artistry involved. I was raised on pop, country, and folk music. Grandpa was a square dance caller. My husband, however was raised with classical music in the home, especially opera. His grandfather played them on his Victrola as far back as he can remember. My husband has had an opera subscription at the Lyric Opera in Chicago since 1977. So, expecting to just be able to "tolerate" the operas during this trip, we took the first ever opera tour in 2018 with Italy Gay Travels. ("Hubby" was gonna owe me "big time" for this one.) Not only did I absolutely LOVE each and every opera we saw, the opera houses themselves were opulently decorated, awe inspiring works of perfect acoustical craftsmanship. They gave us goosebumps! Since our local guide in Milan had worked at La Scala, she knew every nook and cranny intimately! The Arena in Verona and La Fenice were both equally as spectacular. Our hosts, Kendall and Sergio, saw to it that everything about this week was perfect in every way. We simply can't recommend the Gay Opera Tour with Italy Gay Travels enough. We're already making plans to do it again next year!

Price per person (based on shared double room)

  • €2690 or USD $2890 sharing in a double room

At the moment of Booking a Deposit (€500) is required. Final Payment is due no later than 60 days before Departure.

Single supplement of €790 or USD $990. Paying a single supplement is not required. We will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.

Services included

  • 7 Nights in 3/4 star hotels or bed and breakfasts (breakfast included)
  • High speed trains between cities
  • Private walking tours in English
  • All transportation and transfers between places
  • Tickets to all the Operas
  • 2 Aperitifs, 2 Dinners

Services not included

  • 3.5% Credit Card Commission Fee
  • Return flights
  • City Taxes
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Meals throughout the entire tour other than mentioned
  • Any other item not mentioned above
  • Tips
  • Insurance and everything not listed as Included

Single supplement per person

  • €790 or USD $990 in Double Room single occupancy

Paying a single supplement is not required. We will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.

Duration

  • 8 days / 7 nights (6 days of activities)
This tour is accessible to anyone.
En suite rooms in 3 / 4 star Hotels and B&B. 7 breakfasts, 2 Dinners, 2 Aperitifs included.
There will be a full briefing on the first day. You will have 24/7 support throughout the tour. You will be provided with an assistance number you can call us at any time during your stay.

Join Italy Gay Travels on our own Gay Opera Tour!

Join Italy Gay Travels on a not-to-be-missed Tour of the worldwide Gay Opera Capitals: Milan, Verona and Venice. Our Gay Opera Tour will start from the Fashion Capital of Italy, Milan of course, where we will discover the amazing history of the city. We will enjoy its exuberant gay nightlife and the fantastic Milano Pride and spend a night at La Scala Theatre for an unforgettable Opera night: La Gioconda by Amilcare Ponchielli is on. A day trip exploring Como and its lake is without a doubt a highlight on this tour. We will then move to Venice, the charming city on everyone’s Romance list that will fascinate you with its regal history and architecture. We will pay homage to La Fenice Opera House where we will enjoy Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten. We will end our Gay Opera Tour in one of the most fascinating yet less known cities in Northern Italy, Verona. The city hosts the best preserved open-air Opera theatre in the world, the Arena. Nabucco by Verdi in the enchanting atmosphere of one of the oldest Roman amphitheaters still surviving will be for sure an amazing night of our very own Gay Opera Tour! On this Gay Opera Tour you will have the opportunity to meet like-minded gay men from all over the world, as well as discover some of the most beautiful cities in Italy in a friendly, familiar, safe environment. You will also have free time to do what you like the most, shopping anyone?

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Day 1

Welcome to Milan – Milano Pride and La Scala Opera Night: La Gioconda

Welcome to Milan, the Italian capital of fashion and business! As well as the first stop of our very own Gay Opera Tour.

In the early afternoon we meet in the hotel. We take off for a welcome aperitif: a glass of Prosecco is on us of course! This is our opportunity to meet each other and have a full briefing on the Opera adventures that lie ahead. After, you can join Italy Gay Travels for the celebration of Milano Pride 2022: the gay area of Milan, surrounding Porta Venezia, will be rainbow colored.

In the evening you make our way to the theatre: it’s Opera Time! You will have a pleasant night enjoying the first opera included in the tour: La Gioconda, Amilcare Ponchielli’s masterpiece.

Meals included: Welcome Aperitif

Overnight in Milan

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Day 2

Around Milano – Welcome Dinner

After a hearty breakfast the Gay Opera Tour embarks on a tour of the best-known sights of Milan. Starting in Duomo Square, we will have the opportunity to visit Milan’s Cathedral (entrance fee not included). Next off is a stroll in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele before making our way to the Sforza Castle.

Enjoy lunch and stroll around Milan at your own pace for the rest of the afternoon. You can ask  your Italy Gay Travels hosts any help and tips about the city and what to do. They are here to help you!

A bit of time to relax, then it’s time to join our Welcome Dinner. You’ll love Milan cuisine!

An escapade of Gay bar hopping will end the evening nicely!

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight in Milan

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Day 3

Como and the Lake

After breakfast we will head to Como for a tour of the city and its lake. Our exclusive Gay Opera Tour allows a relaxed pace to take in the picturesque landscapes and beautiful landmarks of this city. Enjoy ‘la Dolce Vita’ among villas of delight and gardens.

We will take the ferry in Como and discover the lake and amazing villas around it.

Enjoy a delicious lunch (your expenses) by the lake with incredible views. At the end of the tour, we will make our way back to Milan.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight in Milan

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Day 4

Milan – Venice. 

After breakfast, we take a train to reach the second destination of our Gay Opera Tour: Venice.

Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world!

After checking into your hotel, feel free to explore this historical city at your own pace. But do not forget that tonight is Dinner night on us in one of the charming small bars of this fantastic old city!

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight in Venice

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Day 5

Venice Walking Tour – La Fenice Opera night: Peter Grimes

After breakfast, we take a walking tour of the enchanting city of Venice. We will explore San Marco Square, as well as the typical narrow alleys and over stone footbridges characteristic of the city. Discover the sordid secrets and thrills and spills of Venice.

In the afternoon, do as you please. Why not explore some of the colorful islands nearby? Murano, Burano and Torcello are just a short boat ride away.

In the evening we will enjoy the second Opera night of our very own Gay Opera Tour at the iconic Fenice theatre in Venice: Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten is on stage.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight in Venice

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Day 6

Venice – Verona

After breakfast we take the high speed train to reach the last stop of our unforgettable Gay Opera Tour: Verona.

After checking into our accommodation, do as you please: this is a free afternoon to explore the city at your own pace.

But remember tonight Pizza dinner is on us: savor one of the best Neapolitan Pizzas around.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight in Verona

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Day 7

Verona Walking Tour – Opera night

In the morning, our Gay Opera Tour undertakes a guided tour of Verona.

Meander through the streets, squares and bridges of Verona in the words of the great Shakespeare. Visit Juliet’s tomb, Romeo’s house, and Juliet’s balcony. Get the true sense of the historical background of the legend. Not stopping there, we will also explore the palaces and places of the Scala family, rulers of Verona at time of the Romeo and Juliet romance.

The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the city at your own pace. Shopping anyone?

In the evening we will enjoy the opening night of one of the most famous and iconic operas by Verdi, Nabucco. The setting is spectacular: the biggest Open Air Theatre in the world, the Verona Arena.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight in Verona

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Day 8

See you soon!

After breakfast, we all say goodbye (no tears hopefully) and hope that we see you the next time! If one week with us is not enough, why don’t you stay longer? You can join us for the next big adventure: the Sensational Naples, Capri and Amalfi Coast Tour takes place the following week.

Meals included: Breakfast