Italy: A Harmony of the Arts - Oct. 7-15, 2016

Italy is renowned for its magnificent contributions to the visual and performing arts! Come and see these influences as you visit Venice’s world-famous opera house, see a performance at the annual Verdi Festival of Parma, understand the origins of the Stradivarius violins and see an abundance of art, architecture, cities and museums.

Along the way you’ll visit beautiful Northern Italian cities that have made everlasting impressions on the culture, music, food and history of the world. A tour highlight is attendance at two operas—the ultimate collaboration of the arts. On these days, your University of Dayton host, Dr. Linda Snyder will give informative preview lectures before the performances. Don’t hesitate to join Linda on an exploration through one of Europe’s most beloved countries.

Program Sites

Venice - famous opera and theater center
Parma - known for architecture, music, and food
Busseto - home of Giuseppe Verdi
Cremona - city of violin makers
Florence – heart of Tuscany, birthplace of the opera, and home to Michelangelo

Itinerary and Registration

Program arrangements are assisted by Witte Tours and Travel. Space is limited. To be assured of opera tickets, please deposit by April 15.

In addition to two excellent tickets to professional operas, the program includes 8 nights lodging (double occupancy) in centrally located 3 and 4 star hotels, daily deluxe buffet breakfasts, 4 group dinners, all group ground transportation, museum admissions, and more. Along with your UD host, a multilingual tour manager will also accompany the group.

Download the complete brochure (pdf) which includes detailed itinerary, price, all inclusions, a mail-in registration form, and related information.  

Or, you may register on-line.

Special note: this adult educational travel program may be taken in conjunction with the "A Taste of Italy" travel program also offered through UD Continuing Education.

Program Host

Linda Snyder

Linda J. Snyder, retired University of Dayton Professor of Voice and Opera, is Director of the Dayton Celebration Chorus, member of the Dayton Opera Guild and National  Opera Association, and President-Elect of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  As a singer, conductor, and accompanist in the Dayton area, she has also performed professionally throughout the USA and in Europe in opera, musical theatre, church music and recital. A native of Dayton and a long-time travel enthusiast, Dr. Snyder studied and performed in Italy and has co-hosted 12 adult European travel programs including the 2011 “Italy: A Harmony of the Arts” program.

Contact Information

For “Italy: A Harmony of the Arts” program information, contact Professor Linda Snyder at lsnyder1@udayton.edu. OR contact Special Programs/CE at 937-229-2347.