Musical instrument lovers: Join NMM on unique package tour of Cremona and Northern Italy

Monday, June 3, 2019

Among Italy’s many travel treasures is a must-visit destination for music and musical instrument lovers: the city of Cremona—hometown of violin-making giant Antonio Stradivari and the birthplace of classical stringed instruments. It is fitting then that the National Music Museum (NMM) in Vermillion, South Dakota, itself home to five Stradivari instruments, as well as numerous other Cremonese masterpieces, is sponsoring a very special tour to this historic cradle of music craftsmanship.

The seven-day guided tour, which also takes travelers to the cultural best of northern Italy, will happen September 20-27, 2019. It is scheduled to coincide with the opening of “Reunion in Cremona,” an exhibit partnership of the NMM and the Museo del Violino in Cremona. This exhibit will showcase eight Cremonese stringed instruments from the National Music Museum, including three rare Stradivaris, within the context of their birthplace. (The exhibit itself will run for a year, September 21, 2019-October 18, 2020.)

NMM fans and music-history mavens will love the tour itinerary. After exploring Romanesque and Renaissance Cremona and attending the exclusive opening gala for the NMM/Museo del Violino exhibit, as well as spending a music-filled day in the Museo and the historic Carutti stringed-instrument collection at the Civic Museum, the tour group will head by private bus to Sirmione on beautiful Lake Garda (and a tasting at local Lugana wineries). Next, the tour takes in the splendor of Mantua island and its Ducal Palace, followed by almost three days in cosmopolitan Milan to experience in person Da Vinci’s masterwork “Last Supper,” the Sforza Castle, the city’s extraordinary gothic cathedral, as well as the spectacular glass-arcaded architecture of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II mall, and the musical landmark La Scala Opera House, among much more. All accommodations will be 4+-star hotels. Gourmet and private-home meals, attraction fees, private bus service, winetasting, and boat ride are among the amenities covered in the trip’s package cost.

And this unique, once-in-a lifetime adventure also benefits the National Music Museum—through a tax-deductible donation included in the overall fee.

For trip details, package cost, and reservation information, call the NMM 605/658-3452. Spaces are limited; reserve soon.

While the National Music Museum in Vermillion is closed for architectural expansion (reopening slated for 2021), it has committed to continue displaying aspects of its holdings, through exhibits such as “Reunion in Cremona,” as well as through ‘pop-up museum’ sites in South Dakota, new NMM eMuseum web pages, and social media.