Autumn Conference in Parma: Opera Pilgrimage

Opera Europa's autumn conference which will take place during Festival Verdi between 12 and 15 October 2017 and which includes a choice of four operas in three different theatres during four days.

Festival Verdi in Parma has established itself as a favoured destination for those who wish to explore the richness of Italy’s premier composer in the region where he was born and made his home. It offers a choice of four new productions in three beautiful and historic theatres, plus a curated programme of day-time events, concerts and imaginative content to welcome young audiences.

Parma offers an ideal and hospitable location in which to meet and debate current issues about attracting and educating audiences and devising plans which drive them towards your chosen destination. For, though Verdi and Parma are site-specific, our Pilgrimage theme is equally applicable to your programme and your location.

The conference also coincides with the launch of Opera Europa’s reimagined and redeveloped digital opera platform, which will double its partnership and expand its reach to create an Online Destination for Opera.

You may register from now on, but mostly YOU ARE URGED TO RESERVE HOTEL ACCOMMODATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE >> , because most hotels in the charming and historical city of Parma are not large and their rooms sell quickly during the popular festival period. So do opera tickets. We have reserved allocations for all four performances, including all 279 seats in the magical Teatro Verdi in Busseto, but advise you to register as soon as possible in order to secure your choices.

Discover the programme here >>
Download the registration form here >>
Download the list of participants here >>

Practical information

Teatro Regio di Parma

Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 16/a,

43121 Parma PR, Italy

Getting there

Via Airport Giuseppe Marconi of Bologna

by bus: 34 mins from Bologna airport to Stazione Centrale of Bologna, one-way ticket €6
then by train: 50 mins from Stazione Centrale of Bologna to Stazione Centrale of Parma.

Via Airport Amerigo Vespucci of Firenze

by bus: 15 min from airport Amerigo Vespucci of Firenze to Stazione Santa Maria Novella
then by train: 2 hours from Stazione Santa Maria Novella to Stazione Centrale of Parma.

Via Airport Milano Malpensa

by bus: 50 min from Milano Malpensa Airport to Stazione Milano Centrale, one way ticket €8
then by train 1h10 from Milano Centrale to Stazione Centrale of Parma.

Via Airport Milano Linate

by bus: 25 min from Linate Airport to Stazione Milano Centrale, one way ticket €5
then by train: 1h10 from Milano Centrale to Stazione Centrale of Parma.

Trains in Italy

Tickets can be purchaised directly at the train station or on

- Regionali Veloci: fixed price, slow trains. Tickets can be bought on the same day.
- Intercity: faster trains. Only a few per day. Tickets have to be bought in advance.
- Frecce Rosse, Bianche, Argento: fastest trains. Price depends on availability, tickets have to be bought in advance.


There are many small hotels in Parma that will accomodate us. An online booking system is available >>, which provides the necessary information. For any further assistance please contact Parma Incoming directly via
Further, this hotel can only be booked by sending an e-mail to

Park Hotel Pacchiosi *****
Strada del Quartiere, 4
43125 Parma
Double single use deluxe: 169€, double use: 229€
Junior suite single use: 189€, double use: 269€

Rooms will be limited so please book quickly!