northern italian cuisine

Buon appetito!

Our hikes in Piemonte, Lombardy, and Veneto will be wonderful—and so will our multi-course meals, some in distinguished Michelin-starred restaurants.

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Great Hikes and Chefs of Northern Italy's Gourmet Trail

Piemonte, Lombardia, and the Veneto

Great Hikes and Chefs of Northern Italy's Gourmet Trail route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6195  
Length: 9 days
Arrive: Turin, Italy
Depart: Verona, Italy
Lodging: 8 nights 4- and 5-star inns, villas, and hotels
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners, wine with included dinners
Activity: Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: A mix of moderate walks and hikes, 2-4 hours a day, van support (for luggage or tired feet)
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Highlights

  • Piemonte, home to the Slow Food movement; Lombardia, with its sparkling lakes set beneath the mountains; the Veneto, renowned for its fine art and architecture—and Prosecco!
  • Savor delicious gourmet meals, several in Michelin-starred restaurants, stay in converted villas and exquisite hotels
  • Hike among rolling vineyards, taste fine wines including Franciacorta Brut


Great food, wine, and hotels!Yvonne S.—West Chester, PA

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Northern Italy is renowned for its exquisite scenery and culinary delights, and it’s the perfect place for our award-winning journey combining lovely day hikes and elegant meals created by some of Italy’s legendary chefs. Our travels bring you on a breathtaking arc from Torino, nestled against the Alps, to Verona in the Veneto, with glorious walks across rolling hills, around sparkling lakes, and through flourishing vineyards and lush woodland groves. Complementing our hikes are superb meals featuring a bevy of delectable wines and produce of each region, prosciutto and cheese tastings, an absolutely fun cooking class, and overnights in hotels of charm and elegance. Buon appetito!

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Torino / Ivrea / Orta San Giulio

Our culinary discoveries begin at a Michelin-starred restaurant set in an ancient castle. From enchanting Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta, hike in the Mottarone Mountains, with their marvelous panoramas of the Swiss Alps, and enjoy a memorable lunch at the Luigi Guffanti cheese grottos, family-run since 1876.

Days 4-5
Monferrato / Polesine Parmense

Skirting vineyards among the rolling hills of Piemonte’s Monferrato, head to Antica Corte Pallavicina to visit its cellar where prosciutto is aged, take part in a cooking lesson, and dine at its Michelin-starred restaurant.

Days 6-7
Franciacorta / Lake Iseo

Hike among the vineyards and woodlands of Franciacorta, known for its fine sparkling wines, and lunch at a wine producer’s restaurant. The next day, follow lakeshore paths on a serene island in Lake Iseo.

Days 8-9
Lake Garda / Verona

Our trail along Lake Garda leads to a Roman villa set on the Sirmione Peninsula. Explore Verona, fabled home of Romeo and Juliet, before departing on Day 9.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 2+, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. Besides our culinary forays, we enjoy day walks and hikes of 2-4 hours over variable hill and mountain trails, with occasional short, steep sections. We will carry just a daypack with trailside essentials such as jacket, water bottle, and camera.

All meals except two dinners are included on this trip, as well as wine at meals, and will be taken at the hotels where we are staying or at restaurants in nearby towns. Please note that some of our meals may take up to three hours and will be 8-9 courses, and that the dinner hour in Europe is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm. Our comfortable hotels are in exquisite settings.

For maximum enjoyment of the trip (and the wonderful scenery, food, wine, art, and history that are a part of it), you must be in fit shape and ready to walk. We strongly urge you to train for the trip with regular hiking, especially over hills or rough terrain, running, swimming, bicycling or other sports exercise.

After breakfast in our hotel, we’re generally off on the day’s walk by 9 am. Each day is a bit different. Some days encompass a full morning of country walking; others involve a half day or more exploring one of the towns or lake islands on foot. On many days, we drive to a starting point for our walk, and get picked up at the end of the walk and driven to our night’s lodging.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2014
Sep 27-Oct 5, 2014  Stefano Baldi
Oct 11-19, 2014

2015
May 14-22, 2015  Stefano Baldi
Sep 24-Oct 2, 2015  Gianluca Canalicchio
Oct 8-16, 2015  Gianluca Canalicchio

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$6195 (14-16 members)
$6495 (11-13 members)
$6895 (7-10 members)
Single supplement: $920
Forced single supplement: $720
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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Hotel accommodations
  • All meals included except 2 dinners, wine with included dinners
  • Entrances to all sites, museums, and ferries
  • Sightseeing and activities as noted in the Full Trip Brochure (wine tasting, cooking lesson, etc.)

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, arrival transportation to Turin, airport departure taxes, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expense of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance or passports, and other expenses of a personal nature.

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Cascina di Corte

Cascina di Corte

Day 1 (1 night), Venaria Reale, Italy

The Cascina di Corte is a beautifully renovated old country home overlooking the gardens of the Palace of Venaria Reale just outside Turin. We ...
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Hotel San Rocco

Hotel San Rocco

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Orta San Giulio, Italy

The Hotel San Rocco, superbly set right on the edge of magical Lake Orta, is within walking distance of just about everything in this picturesque ...
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Locanda del Re Guerriero

Locanda del Re Guerriero

Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), San Pietro in Cerro, Italy

Set on the park-like grounds of the castle of San Pietro in Cerro in the heart of the Emilia Romagna countryside is the elegant oasis of Locanda del ...
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I Due Roccoli

I Due Roccoli

Days 6 to 7 (2 nights), Iseo, Italy

The views just keep getting better and better as you make each turn up the winding mountain road to this fine hotel, set on 25 acres of lush gardens ...
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Hotel in Sirmione

Day 8 (1 night), Sirmione, Italy

In Sirmione, we stay at one of the following properties:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Giuseppe Aruta

Departure Dates: October 11-19, 2014

Giuseppe Aruta, born in Naples, earned his undergraduate degree in geology from the University of Naples and completed his studies in Florence, where he also worked for 10 years at the university. Giuseppe speaks English and Spanish along with his native Italian, plays the guitar, and loves to ...
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Stefano Baldi

Departure Dates: September 27-October 5, 2014, May 14-22, 2015

Stefano Baldi, of Tuscany, has led hiking trips in Europe for us for nearly 15 years. He has spent most of his life living in the beautiful rural countryside of Tuscany, except for a few years in Florence as a student. His love for nature led him to found an agricultural co-op with friends in the ...
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Gianluca Canalicchio

Departure Dates: October 11-19, 2014, September 24-October 2, 2015, October 8-16, 2015

Gianluca Canalicchio was born and raised in Rome, where his parents moved in 1960 from Umbria, when they left their life of hard work on their farm in search of new opportunities. He has a degree in accounting, speaks four languages (Italian, Spanish, French, and English), and loves dancing, ...
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Client Comments

Great food, wine, and hotels! Yvonne S., West Chester, PA This was a great trip: good food, wonderful hotels, great guides, scenic hikes. What more could you ask for? Rud and Mary Ellen B., Bloomfield Hills, MI The guides were wonderful, the food was incredible, the hotels first class and the views were beautiful. I would call this adventure "over the rainbow!" Martie T., Salinas, CA
This trip far exceeded my expectations. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. Virginia H., Frisco, TX A fabulous combination of hiking in gorgeous areas and out of this world gourmet food along with cheese producers, wineries, cooking lessons, and fabulous hotels and chateaus. A feast for the eye, nose, and stomach. William T., Los Angeles, CA