Italy Bella!

Join WUSF & WSMR for a Deluxe Cultural Journey to Italy

WUSF and Classical WSMR are going on a deluxe cultural journey to the heart of Italy this spring, and we want you to join us! We'll be surrounded by masterpieces of Italian art as we enjoy wonderful meals at top restaurants in city and countryside and tastings of the local wines, cheeses and proscuittos.

And of course, our visit will be highlighted by music, with performances of two marvelous Italian operas: Verdi’s late masterpiece of love and intrigue Don Carlo led by Zubin Mehta at Florence’s new opera house, and Rossini’s quirky comedy La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie) with its famous overture at the most famous opera house in the world, La Scala in Milan. Three more concerts, two of them private and exclusively for the group, complete the music program.

The tour begins in Milan, the world capital of fashion, and also home of La Scala. We continue on to the charming city of Parma, in the heart of the Emilia Romagna and the breadbasket of Italy – and Verdi country – and finally arrive in Florence, a city unrivaled in the West as a treasure of art and architecture, and a favored stop on The Grand Tour for centuries. Guided by experts, we will visit several of the great artistic monuments of all three cities, including Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, the Uffizi Museum, Michelangelo’s David, and many others, as well as the homes of Verdi and Puccini.

Tour participation is strictly limited as hotel space allows. Deluxe accommodations, fine cuisine, stirring opera, and plenty of free time make this an unforgettable trip you won’t want to miss!

Special Guests

  • Sylvia Poggioli, popular NPR Senior Correspondent, based in Rome
  • Health permitting, Simonetta Puccini, the composer’s granddaughter and last living heir.

JoAnn Urofsky, Host

JoAnn Urofsky  is General Manager of WUSF Public Media and Associate Vice President at the University of South Florida. She
has led the WUSF stations since 2002; serving the community with PBS and NPR programming on WUSF TV, WUSF 89.7, Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9 — and digital media.

She is a national leader in the public media industry, serving two terms on the PBS board of directors and two terms on the NPR board of directors. She is the immediate past Chair of the Board of the National Educational Telecommunications Association and she is the Immediate Past Chair of FPBS, Florida’s association of public media stations. At USF, JoAnn is on the Faculty Advisory Committee for the Institute for Research in Art/Contemporary Art Museum and Graphicstudio and on the Community Leadership Council of USF Sarasota-Manatee.

JoAnn began her career as a classical music announcer and is looking forward to hearing the world’s most inspiring music in iconic venues and sharing this special cultural experience with you.

Tour Highlights

  • Deluxe accomodations in four-star hotels in Milan, Parma, and Florence
  • Prime tickets to three major performances, including operas at La Scala and Florence, and an orchestral concert conducted by Zubin Mehta
  • Two private concerts performed exclusively for the group
  • Visit to the longtime homes of Verdi and Puccini
  • Private guided tours of major artistic sites, including the Uffizi, Accademia (David), Leonardo's Last Supper and many others, with expert guides
  • Exclusive tastings of fine wines, parmesan cheese, and prosciuttos
  • Plenty of free time to relax, shop or for additional sight-seeing!


Tour Cost: $5,950 per person, double occupancy, ground only; Group limited to 20 participants or as hotel space allows
The Italy Bella tour is an exclusive presentation of WUSF and WSMR, and is organized by The Grand Tour Travel Company, Peterborough, NH

Please print the registration form, fill it out and mail it to the provided address, in order to complete your registration.

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