Piemonte, Lombardia, and the Veneto

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Overview

Northern Italy is renowned for its exquisite scenery and culinary delights. 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, along with prosciutto and cheese tastings, an absolutely fun cooking class, and overnights in hotels of charm and elegance. Buon appetito!

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.
— Bill S. Boiling Springs, PA

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Torino / Ivrea / Orta San Giulio

Our culinary discoveries begin at a Michelin-starred restaurant in elegant Torino. From enchanting Orta San Giulio, hike in the Mottarone Mountains, with their marvelous panoramas of the Swiss Alps, and lunch at the Luigi Guffanti cheese grottos, family-run since 1876.

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Days 4-5
Monferrato / Polesine Parmense

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

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Days 6-9
Franciacorta / Lake Iseo / Lake Garda / Verona

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

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

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $5995  
Arrive: Turin, Italy
Depart: Verona, Italy
Lodging: 8 nights 4- and 5-star inns, villas, and hotels
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners
Activity: Walking, Cultural Adventures, Culinary
Trip Level:

A mix of moderate walks and hikes, 2-4 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day's hike)

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The Best Risotto in Northern Italy