A taste of northern Italy: Wine, grappa, oil and much more…
The intensity of a red wine like the Valpolicella to the elegance of the white Lugana or Nosiola, the color of the Olive oil. Fantastic landscape, cultural cities, lakes, mountains and good food
Itinerary 8 days / 7 nights
Day 1 Arrival at Verona Airport and transfer to the reserved Hotel in Verona / Lake Garda Area. Dinner and overnight stay
Day 2 Visit Verona & Valpolicella,
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000, Verona is a wonderful exemplar of urban, artistic and architectonic integration of the historical epochs from the last 2000 years. Piazza Erbe is the best example: architecture from the Roman, Medieval and Renaissance periods harmoniously conjoined with the period of the Della Scala Family and 19th-Century palazzi.
Not far away, Piazza dei Signori, Verona’s drawing room, is another example of perfect historical stratification, adorned by the monument dedicated to Dante Alighieri, the Scaliger Arches, superb tombs built for the lords of Verona, the Arena and Juliet’s House. In the Province’s heart is Valpolicella, land of history and flavours where, in addition to its numerous historic villas, the wine tradition is the distinguishing factor. This area produces exquisite, world-famous wines using special and unique Italian techniques. Back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay
Day 3 Visit Vicenza and Grappa Area
In the old city center, the wonderful Piazza dei Signori is dominated by the superb Loggia del Capitano, and by the impressive Basilica Palladiana, where the architect, unknown at that time, realized the double order of arches and loggias. The streets and piazzas of Vicenza are dotted with impressive works by Palladio, such as Palazzo Chiericati – one of the most beautiful buildings of the 16th century- and the Teatro Olimpico, originally designed by Palladio and later developed by Vincenzo Scamozzi. A visit of a distillery is a must! The flavor of grappa, like that of wine, depends on the type and quality of the grapes used, as well as the specifics of the distillation process. Grappa is made by distilling the skins, pulp, seeds, and stems (i.e., the pomace) left over from winemaking after pressing the grapes. It was originally made to prevent waste by using these leftovers. A similar drink, known as acquavite d’uva, is made by distilling whole must. Back to the Hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Visit Sirmione, reach Salò by boat and have a taste of Lugana wine in the south part of Lake Garda
Sirmione, famous since antiquity for its generous thermal waters, stretches along a thin peninsula that protrudes into Lake Garda for about 4 km. It’s one of the most beautiful places of the lake, from which one can enjoy the splendid views of both shores: the villas arose since roman times, including poet Catullo’s one, who celebrated the beauty of these places in his verses. Nature and history: from Scaliger Castle to the archaeological site, located on the end of the peninsula, Sirmione contains matchless treasures of art and history. By boat you will reach Salò (it takes approx. 1 hour) The historic center, between Piazza Carmine, the ” cleansing ” and the lakefront, is a dense network of streets, alleys and squares with stately homes, elegant shops, restaurants and bars. Numerous hotels, even excellent, rooms to let, taverns and clubs of various kinds.On the way back to the Hotel stop into a wine cellar. The south part of Lake Garda is famous for its Lugana white wine, but not only…Back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5 Lake Garda East Side, Oil Museum & wine cellars
Along the Lake Garda, through marvelous small village you will reach Lazise, free time in the city. Continuation to Bardolino Area, famous also for the Olive Oil Production, like the whole Lake Area. Here you will visit a small olive oil museum and taste some specialties. Afterward continuation to Malcesine and direction Region Trentino were you will reach a wine cellar. Along the Lake Toblino, Santa Massenza you will reach the Highway direction Bolzano. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6 Bolzano with Ice Man museum and Merano
Bolzano, the gateway to the Dolomites, is an enviable picture not only just of hillside but also of vineyards contributing its urban architecture. Bolzano owes its unique atmosphere and hospitality to other factors too: the lively streets and squares, the footpaths for those who like walking. Interesting the Iceman Museum, with its Oetzi mummy. Continuation to Merano generally best known for its spa resorts, it is located within a basin, surrounded by mountains standing up to 3,335 metres (10,942 feet) above sea level, at the entrance to the Passeier and the Vinschgau. In the past, the town has been a popular place of residence for several scientists, literary people, and artists, including Franz Kafka, Ezra Pound, and Paul Lazarsfeld, who appreciated its mild climate. Back to the Hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7 The Dolomites
Wonderful excursion to discover the beauty of the most famous mountains in Europe. An unforgettable day in the middle of nature, history and culture of the dolomitic valleys. The first stop will be at the Carezza Lake, a small lake between an unforgettable landscape. You will reach the altitude of 2.240 Mt. above sea level at the pass Pordoi where you will be able to enjoy the view of the famous peaks such as the Marmolada, the Sella and the Catinaccio chains. In the afternoon we will visit also some other typical resorts such as Ortisei (well-known for the wood-carvings). The itinerary might be changed according to the weather forecast and the traffic. Back to the Hotel. Dinner and overnight stay
Day 8 Departure, Arrivederci Bella Italia
After breakfast transfer to Verona Airport.