Northern Italy is perfect for a WT-style journey of walks and hikes paired with sampling the region's famed culinary bounty. We'll explore historic towns along the mountain-ringed lakes of Lombardia as well as in the gastronomic heartland of Emilia-Romagna, and finish in the Veneto, with its Valpolicella and Bardolino wines and rich heritage as part of the powerful Venetian Republic for more than 1,000 years. Wonderful 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!
Arrive: Milan, Italy
Depart: Verona, Italy
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Days 1-2 (2 nights)
Panoramic views of Lake Maggiore stretch far and wide from the historic Grand Hotel Majestic. Air-conditioned guest rooms are decorated with solid wood French furnishings, chandeliers, and colorful fabrics. Beneath its summer portico, the restaurant serves traditional Italian cuisine and a buffet-style breakfast. Enjoy lounging in a chair by the...
San Pietro in Cerro, Italy
Days 3-4 (2 nights)
Set on the park-like grounds of the castle of San Pietro in Cerro in the heart of the Emilia Romagna countryside is the elegant oasis of Locanda del Re Guerriero (“Inn of the Warrior King”). This renovated 18th century residence offers spacious and modern guest rooms with views over the...
Clusane sul Lago, Italy
Days 5-6 (2 nights)
With absolutely breathtaking views overlooking Lake Iseo, this elegant hotel is surrounded by acres of beautiful gardens and forest. It is a historic former family estate, exceptionally well maintained, with a warm and welcoming staff. The breakfast is amazing, the pool is inviting, and the open-air terrace is the place...
Days 7-8 (2 nights)
The Casa Scaligeri, set in the heart of the historic center of Sirmione, is a renovated 15th century building just a stone's throw from the castle. Guestrooms are simple but modern and comfortable, each with a private balcony overlooking the street. The staff here is particularly welcoming, friendly, and efficient.
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"The trip was well run, wrinkle-free, everyone well cared for, all expectations met or exceeded... just as we have come to expect from WT."
Boiling Springs, PA
"It's not possible to overstate the food and wines on this trip. I have never experienced anything like this."
Redwood City, CA
"Simply an excellent trip: fun hikes, excellent food, and great chefs."
"We greatly appreciated the opportunity to explore Northern Italy and view the beautiful lakes. The emphasis on culture and food with opportunities to explore cheese making and caverns of prosciutto provided a memorable experience, while the multi-course gourmet meals were simply incredible."
"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!"
"A wonderful trip! Great food, good people, and excellent leadership and organization."
Los Gatos, CA
"Highest quality all around. Beautiful scenery, great walks, amazing food, and superb hotels. A well put together trip with a very nice balance of hiking, cultural activities, and culinary adventures."
"The trip was great; I would recommend it to anyone. I was surprised at the quantity and quality of the food and wine. I really enjoyed the various food related excursions. It was a great group. Everyone seemed to get along fine. Being a first-time traveler with Wilderness, I was amazed at how many times the other members had traveled with your company—it certainly is a testament to the quality of your trips."
Park Ridge, IL
"I have taken other 'trips of a lifetime' with WT and this one was no exception! One cannot help but live in the moment on such a wonderful journey. Very well done!"
Bainbridge Island, WA
"The variety of cultural experiences woven in was great—from historical sites to cheese making!"
"This was a great trip—well designed and smoothly carried out. The food on the trip was terrific—from formal dinners to excellent pizza at restaurant with locals."
"The guides were wonderful, the food was incredible, the hotels first class and the views were beautiful. I would call this adventure ‘over the rainbow!’"
"The trip was thoughtfully designed and smoothly executed. We appreciated the lovely and varied hikes, the variety of cultural activities (especially the visits to Guffanti and Antica Corte Pallavicina), the fabulous dining, and the overall atmosphere created by our guides. This was our second WT trip and we are looking forward to more."
Newton Center, MA
"The trip rates very high. Hikes were varied in level of difficulty, length, location. Hotels were very nice: excellent locations, vistas, food, and amenities. Activities were excellent...castles, cheese, wine, prosciutto—interesting and good choices for the overall experience. Loved meeting Mario in our vineyard tour!"
Sandy Hook, CT
"This was a great trip: good food, wonderful hotels, great guides, scenic hikes. What more could you ask for?"
Rud and Mary Ellen B.
Bloomfield Hills, MI
"This trip far exceeded my expectations. It was truly a trip of a lifetime."
"A fabulous combination of hiking in gorgeous areas and out of this world gourmet food along with cheese producers, wineries, cooking lessons, and fabulous hotels and chateaus. A feast for the eye, nose, and stomach."
Los Angeles, CA
"Great food, wine, and hotels!"
West Chester, PA
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.