Piemonte, Lombardia, and the Veneto

Overview

Northern Italy is the perfect setting for our award-winning journey combining day hikes with elegant meals created by some of Italy’s renowned chefs. We explore from the foodie haven of Torino, nestled against the Alps, across the rolling hills of Piemonte and mountain-ringed lakes of Lombardia, and into the historic Veneto, with its walled towns. Glorious walks along lakeshore trails and through flourishing vineyards complement our superb meals featuring fine wines, and we enjoy prosciutto and cheese tastings, a cooking class, and overnights in elegant hotels. It’s a delicious adventure!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Torino / Orta San Giulio

Our culinary discoveries begin with dinner in a Michelin-starred restaurant in elegant Torino, with its celebrated food scene. Walking from the hilltop sanctuary of Sacro Monte di Orta brings us to the lovely town of Orta San Giulio, set on Lago d’Orta. In the Mottarone Mountains, we enjoy a panoramic walk with views of the Swiss Alps, then stop for lunch at the Luigi Guffanti cheese grottos, family-run since 1876.

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Days 4-5
Monferrato / Antica Corte Pallavicina

We’ll hike across the rolling hills of Piemonte’s Monferrato region, one of Italy’s most important wine districts, and head to Antica Corte Pallavicina, a family farm that makes fine salumi. We visit its venerable 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

The vineyards of Franciacorta, renowned for sparkling wines, are a great setting for our hike, and we ferry to an island in Lago d’Iseo for a lakeside walk and lunch of fresh fish. One of our visits is to the impressive Roman villa of Catullus, with its commanding views across Lago di Garda. Our final overnight is in the castle-town of Sirmione, with dinner in a Michelin-starred restaurant inside the city’s walled center. After a visit to Verona, legendary town of Romeo and Juliet, we depart 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, known for its art and architecture (and Prosecco!)
Savor 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: $6295  
Arrive: Torino, 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 (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
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)