From elegant palaces and opulent castles to magnificent lakes and rolling-hill vineyards, the passion of Italy and its emotion echoes through Verdi's greatest and most popular operas: 'La Traviata', 'Rigoletto', 'I Vespri Siciliani' and 'La Forza del Destino'. This volume of the Naxos Musical Journey soars on the overtures and ballet music of Verdi's beloved works. Explore the medieval town of Assisi and the origin of its holy St. Francis. Revel in the ripe natural wonder of the Tuscan countryside and its fertile vineyards. Wander the Orsetti Palace and marvel at the great art masterworks adorning the walls. Echoes of past operatic greats haunt the walls of Lucca's Teatro Communale del Giglio. The hill-town Montepulciano offers the perfect escape with its tranquil country life and its impeccable wines, while the majestic lakes of Lake Trasimene and Lake Bracciano resonate with Italy's rich history. This indelible tour carries you away with all the riches of Verdi's enduring and passionate music.