Gabbiano Castle with vineyards and cypress trees in Tuscany, Italy

Cultural Immersion Tour of Northern Italy & Cinque Terre

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Turin, Gabbiano, Vercelli, Milan...

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Suggested Duration

9 Days

Northern Italy takes you out of the ordinary and into the exceptional, from the grandiosity of once noble families to the delicate flavors of balsamic drizzled over fresh strawberries. Rugged mountains run along the coast to turn fishing villages into secluded getaways. The Tuscan hills roll along the horizon and glow emerald in the sunlight. Castles rise out of old vineyards and monasteries hide between seaside cliffs. Your custom tailored tour will show you the unique and enveloping splendors...

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover historic opulence in the décor and architectural artistry in the palazzos around Milan and Turin
  • Witness the perfectly natural panorama of the Ligurian coastline and the colorful fishing villages of Cinque Terre
  • Enjoy a private boat ride along the Mediterranean Sea to visit the secluded ancient grounds of San Fruttuoso
  • Delight in the charm of Lucca’s historic walls and the grace of the central towers adorned with two trees
  • Taste the sweet flavors of precisely-aged balsamic vinegar on a tour of the grounds of an old-world producer
  • Indulge in a sampling of parmesan cheeses at a small dairy outside the city of Parma
  • Witness the burial monuments and elaborate décor of famous Florentines inside the Basilica of Santa Croce
  • View Michelangelo’s treasured final Pieta in the Sforzesco Castle Museum in Milan
  • Indulge in the view of the Tuscan hills and sprawling vineyards of Castello Gabbiano during your private wine tour
  • Relax in the often-overlooked elegance of Turin, home to wide cobblestone boulevards and the famous former House of Savoy

Detailed Description

Northern Italy and Cinque Terre feel a world away from the usual preconceptions if Italy.   The pleasures of Parmesan cheese and risotto are more abundant than those of pasta and pizza. Vineyards lead to massive mountains that frame the coastline as small yachts and fishing boats anchor in the harbor simultaneously. Sensational palaces and priceless works of art accentuate the lavish architecture of the quiet towns and hidden churches. Your 9-day tour takes you on an unforgettable journey along the streets, mountains, hills, vineyards, and waters to experience the real beauty of Northern Italy and Cinque Terre.

Your flight arrives in Milan, and your private transfer will meet you at the Malpensa Airport baggage claim. The city brims with fashionable locals and a youthfulness run beneath the historic city center. Wake up the next day and your guide will lead you on a remarkable tour of the city to take in the layers of architecture and artwork. Visit the town of Busseto and Giuseppe Verdi’s villa en route to Parma, where you will relish a cheese tasting at a local dairy. Discover the soft charms of Parma with a half-day tour of the Romanesque cathedral and quiet cobbled streets.

Indulge in the unique flavors of balsamic vinegar on a tour of Modena before you embark on a fabulous tour of the Ferrari Gallery in Maranello. Next day, travel to Lucca to discover the enchantment of the preserved city walls. Venture next into Florence for a memorable half-day tour of the art and architecture of a city once home to the likes of Dante, Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. At Castello Gabbiano, your guide will lead you on a magnificent tour of the vineyard and 12th-century edifice before you sample the wines produced on the property.

Treasure the scenery of the Ligurian coast the following day during your boat ride along Cinque Terre to visit the five towns famous for their beauty and seclusion. Over a couple of days, walk the trails that connect the churches and towns of Cinque Terre, or take a boat to the hidden Monastery of San Fruttuoso.  In the afternoon, travel to the lavish seaside town of Portofino to luxuriate in style. Your guide will escort you to Turin for an all-encompassing tour of the former capital of Italy and home to the Savoy family. Your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and escorts you to the Turin airport for your flight home.

Starting Price

$3,217 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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