The allure of Italy beckons with saturated vistas that inspired the Masters. Discover a majestic wine country where vineyards dot the valleyed landscapes, calling you to enjoy the flavors of their soil ripe with vintage character. Discover Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance and home to Michelangelo's David. On a Vespa, zoom through olive groves, hillsides and vineyards to a castle for a wine tasting. Learn to make pasta in Bologna and see the city your way - on foot or from the seat of a bicycle. Discover the secrets of Parma's cheese making tradition and explore the Alps-laden Lake Como and its legendary villas. This is Northern Italy, where la bella vita is alive, well, and mandatory. From the cradle of the Renaissance to the romantic majesty of Lake Como, experience the historic and cultural gems Northern Italy has to offer.
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- Offer valid through 6/30/2018
- 8 Days
|Day 1||Florence||Overnight Flight: Ciao, Italy!|
|Day 2||Florence||Florence, Italy - Tour Begins: Benvenuti a Firenze! You arrive in Florence - 'Cradle of the Italian Renaissance,' home of the Medici, Gucci and il Duomo. Mangiare and mingle at one of the city's best local restaurants this evening and settle in for a true Italian experience - the aperitivo, when you learn to craft one of Italy's most famous cocktails, the Spritz.|
|Day 3||Florence||Florence: The streets and piazze of Florence await you. A walking tour through Florentine history showcases four pillars of life in this city: art, architecture, food and fashion. Then it's off to the Chianti Rufina region and the stunning Castelo di Trebbio, a countryside retreat once owned by the wealthy Pazzi family. Feeling adventurous? Join your local expert on a Vespa tour* through Tuscany's olive groves and vineyards. Or, stay back and explore the castle's family-run vineyard on foot. A trip to one of Italy's best wine regions wouldn't be complete without a tasting, so against a pastel sunset, enjoy a tasting of the very best Italy's wine region has to offer.|
|Day 4||Florence||Florence - Bologna: This morning, join your fellow travelers for a visit to the Galleria dell'Accademia (Gallery of the Academy). An expertly-guided journey through the museum's halls reveals perhaps the greatest collection of Renaissance art on Earth, not to mention Michelangelo's marble masterpiece, the David. Afterward, depart Florence on a train to Bologna, capital of the Emilia-Romagna Region. Upon arrival it's your choice! Whether you decide to join an expert-guided walk of this medieval city OR pedal the city streets on a bicycle tour, you will be immersed in the narrow lanes and winding alleys of this iconic market town. This evening, relax in the homey surroundings of a private apartment in Bologna's historic center during a home-hosted cooking lesson. Learn the secrets of making three traditional pasta recipes and enjoy the fruits of your labor over dinner, replete with locally-selected wines and the requisite espresso with dessert.|
|Day 5||Bologna||Bologna: The entire day is at your leisure to explore the region's thriving capital city, virtually unchanged since the Renaissance. Defined by its past but very much alive in the present, Bologna is an eclectic cultural city waiting to be explored.|
|Day 6||Bologna||Bologna - Parma Region: Bid arrivederci to Bologna and head north to Parma. Stop to experience the workings of a local cheese shop and sample the Parmigiano-Reggiano this region is famous for. Venture to the Castello di Tabiano, a medieval castle rising over rugged hills. Take time to explore the grounds on your own before embarking on a private tour. An expert guide leads you on an intimate sojourn through the castle's elaborate stuccos, frescos, private rooms and grand reception. Gain insight to the castle's rich history, including the role it played as one of the feudal period's most vital defensive monuments. Overnight on the grounds of the castle this evening.|
|Day 7||Parma||Parma Region - Lake Como - Bellagio - Lake Como: After a leisurely morning, depart for Lake Como, the world-famous resort area that's charmed visitors for over a hundred years with its legendary villas, monuments and Alpine vistas. At the lake, depart for an afternoon cruise to Bellagio, affectionately known as the 'Pearl of the Lake.' Learn the city's rich history during an orientation tour; then spend time independently exploring the cobbled streets, Romanesque churches, and traditional Italian trattoria. Enjoy the evening at leisure as you take in the picturesque shoreline guarded by the towering drama of the Rhaetian Alps.|
|Day 8||Lake Como||Lake Como: Relax amongst the natural beauty of Lake Como. For early risers, catch a sunrise funicular ride and watch the lake wake up. You may wish to join your guide to explore Como's lakeside trails and frescoed hamlets on foot or remain at the hotel to enjoy the amenities. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers over a farewell dinner to say Addio Italia!|
|Day 9||Lake Como||Lake Como - Tour Ends: Your tour ends today.|
- Hotel Pierre Florence, Italy
- I Portici Hotel Bologna Bologna, Italy
- Hilton Lake Como Como , Italy
- Antico Borgo di Tabiano Castello Parma, Italy
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.