Monastery of Certosa di Pavia in Milan, Italy

Italy’s Vibrant North: A Cultural Immersion Tour of Veneto & Piedmont

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Venice, Padua, Verona, Gardone...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

Travel beyond the borders of the Venetian Republic to discover the splendors of Northern Italian culture as it emanates from the architecture, art, and their continuing way of life. Your custom tailored tour will immerse you in opulent villas and gorgeous gardens, towering mountains and amazing cathedrals. The aromas of pine and tulips will overtake a terraced, island villa as immaculate statues cast shadows over the open piazza. Medieval frescoes inspire artists and poets, and graceful rolling...

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Trip Highlights

  • Witness the grand monuments, palaces, and iconic images of Venice during a private tour of the Grand Canal
  • Venture deep into the secluded depths of the St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace when exploring the splendor of Venice
  • Bask in the waterside charms of Lake Garda to discover the diverse European community, along with a relaxed ambiance and celebrated local vineyards
  • Relish the unfathomable 14th-century artistry of Giotto’s frescoes inside Padua’s Cappella degli Scrovegni
  • Delight in the blend of ancient history and literary legend in Verona, as you stroll alongside A Roman Arena and see Juliet Capulet’s balcony
  • Enjoy the tranquil scenery in Hruska Botanical Garden grows at Lake Garda to view tropical foliage, waterfalls, streams, and lavish artwork
  • Experience the opulent lifestyle of the Borromeo family during a tour of their private islands and unforgettable villas
  • Relish the pristine view of Lake Maggiore and the Swiss Alps on the horizon from the top of Monte Mottarone

Detailed Description

From Veneto to the Lakes District, you will experience the true culture of northern Italy while you relish the magnificent landscapes and charming villages. Your 10-day tour will offer flowers and waterfalls, villas and gondolas. Whether visiting Italy for the first time, or for the 10th-time, you will enjoy unforgettable pleasures as you chart the canals of Venice and wander the cobbled streets of Varenna. Your cultural exploration will begin with your arrival at Marco Polo Airport in Venice. Your private transfer will escort you to the edge of the Grand Canal where you will board a vaporetto for an in-depth tour of Venice’s renowned waterways. After your tour, you will settle into the luxuries of your hotel situated inside a Venetian Palace.

Wake the next morning and your private guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and lead you on a remarkable half-day tour of Venice’s iconic St. Mark’s Square and lead you through the artistry, history, and opulence of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the splendors and culture of Venice, whether with a wander along the labyrinthine paths or with a visit to the glass blowing island of Murano. Next day, travel west to the shores of Lake Garda and visit the cities of Padua and Verona along the way. In Padua, visit the marvels of Giotto’s frescoes in Cappella dei Scrovegni. In Verona, you will experience the delights of visitors that bask in the presence of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet before you relax and settle on the tranquil shores of Lake Garda.

Venture next to Gardone to stroll through the gorgeous Hruska Botanical Garden. Indulge in the relaxed ambiance of the towns around the lake at Riva del Garda. Then, leave the pleasures of Lake Garda behind for the luxuries of Lake Como in the Italian Alps. Traverse the lanes of the homonymous town before you take a private boat to Menaggio to reach your enchanting hotel. The following day is at your leisure to enjoy the majesty around Lake Como as you desire. Visit the town of Bellagio or hike along the trails to see secluded villas that offer sensational views.

Next day, your private transfer will escort you to Lake Maggiore, the body of which crosses over the border to Switzerland. Take the time to relax in the charming atmosphere of the villages around the lakeshore, or you could also venture to the peak of Monte Mottarone by cable car for an exceptional panorama. Continue with a half-day cruise along Lake Maggiore to discover the lavish villas and gardens of the Borromean Islands. The remainder of the day is yours to indulge in the village and towns around the water.

The following day you will have a private transfer to Milan where you can wander around the city at your preferred pace to take in the Cathedral and the Teatro alla Scala. You can also see Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, located in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Conclude as your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and escort you to the Malpensa Airport for your flight home. 

Starting Price

$3,575 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.

What's Included

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

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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