Great Hikes and Cuisine of Northern Italy

Lombardia, Piemonte, Emilia-Romagna, and the Veneto


Northern Italy is perfect for our journey of walks and hikes paired with savoring the region’s famed culinary bounty. We’ll explore historic towns along the mountain-ringed lakes of Lombardia, the Lake District, the gastronomic heartland of Emilia-Romagna, the Po Valley, and the Veneto, with its Valpolicella and Bardolino wines, and a rich heritage derived from the trading links of the Venetian Empire. Glorious walks bring us along lakeshore trails and through ancient vineyards, and we’ll sample local delicacies everywhere we go, with prosciutto and cheese tastings and a cooking demonstration at a historic estate. Join us for a delicious adventure!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Milan / Orta San Giulio / Verbania

After a lakeside walk at enchanting Orta San Giulio, we head to elegant Verbania set on Lake Maggiore, with a Welcome Dinner in a Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking Lake Mergozzo. A cable car brings us up Monte Mottarone for a hike with gorgeous views over Lake Orta and Lake Maggiore, and we enjoy lunch at a family-run cheese grotto to sample artisan-made cheeses from nearby mountain villages.

Grand Hotel Majestic
Verbania, Italy
Days 1 to 2 (2 nights)
Days 3-4
Monferrato / Emilia-Romagna / Antica Corte Pallavicina

Our hikes bring us through Piemonte’s Monferrato region, one of Italy’s renowned wine districts, and along the Po River in Emilia-Romagna, with a lunch of fresh-caught fish in a fisherman’s hut. On our visit to the venerable Antica Corte Pallavicina estate, we’ll tour the 14th century cellar where prized salumi lines the walls and enjoy a delightful hands-on cooking demonstration.

Locanda del Re Guerriero
San Pietro in Cerro, Italy
Days 3 to 4 (2 nights)
Days 5-6
Franciacorta / Monte Isola

In Lombardia, we hike in the vineyards of Franciacorta, where Italy’s best sparkling wine is produced, and ferry out to Monte Isola for an island hike and a lunch of fresh local lake fish.

Relais Mirabella
Clusane sul Lago, Italy
Days 5 to 6 (2 nights)
Days 7-9
The Veneto / Lake Garda / Sirmione

From the historic lakeside town of Desenzano, we hike along Lake Garda for views stretching to the snow-capped Alps, and explore a Roman-era private home whose thermal springs have been in use for over 2,000 years. Our final overnights are in the castle-town of Sirmione, with its intact city walls. Depart on Day 9 via Verona.

Hotel Flaminia
Sirmione, Italy
Days 7 to 8 (2 nights)
Hotel Catullo
Sirmione, Italy
Days 7 to 8 (2 nights)



Savor a special dinner in a Michelin-starred restaurant
Enjoy cheese and prosciutto tastings, taste the finest local wines
Discover classic lakeside towns, wine estates, and off-the-beaten path eateries
The best hikes, walks, and expert Trip Leaders to unlock the secrets of this enchanting region


Length: 9 days
Cost From: $5995  
Arrive: Milan, Italy
Depart: Verona, Italy
Lodging: 8 nights inns and hotels
Meals: All meals, drinks, and wine included except 2 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (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