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!
We really enjoyed the food adventures, the tours of the cheese places, cooking with the chef, and the art and historical tours. The group of people and guides were terrific as well, adding up to a memorable trip!
— Diane Y., Gainesville, FL
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.
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.
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.