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Destination: Northern Italy

Flavors of Northern Italy

May 10 – May 18, 2024

Embark upon a cultural and gastronomic journey to the enchanting region of Northern Italy—an area renowned for spectacular landscapes, world-class wine, and a rich heritage. This meticulously crafted itinerary offers the unique opportunity to live like a local, featuring guided tours, private artisan visits and tastings, and the ability to deeply connect with the beauty of Northern Italy's culture, cuisine and gracious hospitality.

Tour map for Flavors of Italy

Highlights

– With your small group (maximum 19 guests), enjoy seven nights accommodations at a historic country farmhouse amidst a wine and olive oil-producing estate.

– Join intimate cooking classes with locals who share their families’ histories and favorite recipes.

– Take in the area’s layered history, with visits to Verona’s 2,000-year-old Roman arena and the magnificent medieval Castelvecchio Bridge.

– In the famed Valpolicella and Trentino wine regions, visit family-owned and -operated vineyards, meeting the esteemed vintners and discovering their unique varietals. Partake in exclusive tastings and presentations, and learn how wine-making traditions have been passed down through generations.

– Admire the panoramic beauty at captivating Lago di Garda—Italy’s largest lake.

– Delight in a cheese-making demonstration and tasting in the heart of Lessinia, home to a delicious variety of Italian cheeses.

– See Palazzo Ducale di Mantova—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—which was the royal residence of the Gonzaga family from 1328 to 1707.

– Meet a renowned winemaker who specializes in creating Amarone. Then retreat to a nearby restaurant for a polenta-making demonstration, featuring Amarone, and dinner.

– Enjoy a special excursion near Modena for a tasting of aged balsamic vinegar during a convivial meal with the property’s owner and his family.

– Relax during a boat tour around Lago d'Iseo, featuring mesmerizing clear water and stunning mountain scenery, followed by touring on land.

– Explore the winery cellar at Al Rocol and learn how painstaking attention to detail produces wines of consummate elegance and complexity. 


What's Included

  • 7 nights accommodations
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 7 dinners served with wine, each incorporating a variety of Northern Italian preparations and ingredients
  • All lessons, private tours and tastings, and unique small-group excursions noted in the 9-day itinerary
  • Full guiding services of an Orbridge Travel Director and expert local guides
  • Private motor coach transportation
  • Luggage handling
  • Gratuities to Orbridge Travel Director, local guides, drivers, and wait staff for included meals
  • Airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times