Piemonte, Lombardia, and the Veneto

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Overview

Northern Italy is renowned for its exquisite scenery and culinary delights, and is the perfect setting for our award-winning journey combining lovely day hikes with elegant meals created by some of Italy’s legendary chefs. Our travels bring you on a breathtaking arc from Torino, nestled against the Alps, through Lombardia, with its dazzling mountain-ringed lakes, to Verona in the Veneto, whose towns are treasure troves of fine art and architecture. Glorious walks across rolling hills, around sparkling lakes, and through flourishing vineyards and lush woodland groves are perfectly paired with superb meals featuring a bevy of delectable wines, prosciutto and cheese tastings, a cooking class, and overnights in hotels of charm and elegance. It’s a delicious adventure!

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, we 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 / Antica Corte Pallavicina

After hiking across the gentle rolling hills of Piemonte’s Monferrato and along the Po River, we head to Antica Corte Pallavicina, a family farm producing fine salumi. We 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 / Lago d’Iseo / Lago di 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 Lago d’Iseo. Our trail along Lago di Garda leads to a Roman villa set on the Sirmione Peninsula, and we explore Verona, fabled home of Romeo and Juliet, before departing on Day 9.

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Highlights

Highlights

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

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $6095  
Arrive: Turin, Italy
Depart: Verona, Italy
Lodging: 8 nights 4- and 5-star inns, villas, and hotels
Meals: All meals, drinks, and wine 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)