Experience the passion behind the history of classical music with Thomson Lakes & Mountains as Verona celebrates 100 years of Opera

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Thomson Lakes & Mountains, part of TUI Travel PLC, is the largest holiday company in Europe, delivering memorable and outstanding holidays. And now, they are making it possible for their customers to visit Verona, Italy to enjoy the celebrations of 100 years of Opera.

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The arena can fit 15,000 people in each of the 58 performances giving 870,000 people the opportunity to experience this one in a lifetime celebration.

The festival will be held at the Arena di Verona, the world’s largest open air opera house: a record it still holds today, and has seen 91 festivals since 1913. This year’s festival will see six operas being performed inside the arena from June through to September 2013. The arena can fit 15,000 people in each of the 58 performances giving 870,000 people the opportunity to experience this one in a lifetime celebration. The first operas were performed in 1913 in celebration of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi which has since seen 597 performances of Aida; an opera of four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto which saw a water pool created in 1953 for Aida to go on stage to resemble the River Nile.

The arena has seen Puccini and Mascagni attend as well as performances from Giuseppe Di Stefano, Maria Callas and Tito Gobbi. Over the years the arena has been used as a stage for Pink Floyd, Duran Duran, The Who, Rod Stewart, Sting and Muse. In 1981, 1984 and 2010 it hosted the podium and presentation for the Giro d’Italia; the annual cycle race held in Italy.

From 14 June to 8 September 2013, 58 performances for six titles and four Gala nights welcome customers to the Arena di Verona, dedicated to the great composer Giuseppe Verdi, on the occasion of the bicentennial of his birth. Prices for the opera start from £44 for un-numbered seats and £99 for numbered seats. Thomson Lakes & Mountains give the opportunity to pre-book performances before departure as well as city add-ons to experience the contrasts between Verona, to the serenity of Lake Garda.

Book the Grand Hotel from £815 per person for seven nights, based on four sharing. The hotel has a central location looking out on to the main street leading to the Plazza Bra; the largest piazza in Verona with claims that it is the largest in the country. Facilities within the hotel include a bar and lounge area, sun terrace and free bicycle hire. A stay here includes a complimentary Grand Hotel VIP card which entitles customers to discounts at selected shops and restaurants.

For those who want to be closer to the romantic history behind the greatest love story a stay at the three-star Hotel Giulietta & Romeo will provide a central location with a short 10 minute walk to Juliet’s house. From £869 per person for seven nights, discover the historical surroundings of the Castlevecchio, Roman Arena Piazza Bra and Piazza Erbe.

To find out more information or to book an Italian Lakes holiday, contact Thomson Lakes and Mountains on 0871 231 2256 or visit http://www.thomsonlakes.co.uk.

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