Piemonte, Lombardia, and the Veneto


Northern Italy is the perfect setting for our award-winning journey combining lovely day hikes with elegant meals created by some of Italy’s Michelin-starred 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, with its artistic and cultural heritage. Glorious walks across rolling hills, along lakeshore trails, and through flourishing vineyards are perfectly paired with superb meals featuring delectable wines, 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 / Ivrea / Orta San Giulio

Our culinary discoveries begin at a Michelin-starred restaurant set in an ancient castle in elegant Torino. From enchanting Orta San Giulio, set on Lake Orta in the famed Italian Lakes District, we hike in the Mottarone Mountains, with their panoramas of the Swiss Alps, and lunch at the Luigi Guffanti cheese grottos, family-run since 1876 and named one of the 10 best cheese-producing operations in the world by the Wall Street Journal.

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Days 4-5
Monferrato / Antica Corte Pallavicina

After hiking across the rolling hills of Piemonte’s Monferrato, one of Italy’s most important wine districts, we head to the lovingly restored Antica Corte Pallavicina, a family farm producing 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

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, whose thermal springs have made it a spa destination since Roman times. Beloved by artists and poets through the ages, the peninsula has been called “a corner of paradise on earth.” We explore Verona, fabled home of Romeo and Juliet, before departing on Day 9.

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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


Length: 9 days
Cost From: $5995  
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).