Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Garda and the distant mountains.

Shakespeare & Masquerades: A Lovers’ Escape to Venice, Verona and Lake Garda

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Venice, Verona, Lake Garda, Dolomites

Suggested Duration

8 Days

Passion will never be sweeter than during your 8-day romantic Italy tour that will immerse you in decadent Venetian banquets, lakeside storybook towns, and the star-crossed romance of Juliet Capulet and her Romeo. Stroll hand-in-hand through the beautiful gardens and lavish villas as you share delightful meals and unforgettable moments together. Travel to the mountaintops and relax on pebbled beaches while indulging in the pleasures of Italy.

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Trip Highlights

  • Experience the grand life of the Venetian aristocracy during a lavish banquet inside the former palace of the Ducal
  • Capture the memories of your romantic journey through Italy with a private photo session in Venice as you ride in a gondola and enjoy the sweet life
  • Enjoy the love that abounds as you visit the home of Juliet Capulet in Verona, the heroine of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
  • Relish the immersive fairytale town of Sirmione as you enter through the castle gates by passing over a moat and a drawbridge
  • Visit the remains of a grand Roman villa located on a small peninsula for a spectacular 360-degree view of Lake Garda and the distant mountains
  • Travel into the Dolomites to visit the charming towns, sample the luscious hot chocolate, and relish the view at the top of to Alpe Cermis summit

Detailed Description

Experience the shared dream of lovers during your 8-day romantic Italian tour. Your arrival at Marco Polo Airport in Venice will begin your getaway that will encompass Venice, Verona, and the towns around Lake Garda. Your private transfer will escort you to the shores of the Grand Canal where you will take your reserved boat to your hotel’s secluded dock and then relax in the pleasures of your villa before an engaging walking tour of the neighborhoods of Venice. Discover the delicate flavors of the cuisine with your guide who will lead you to the romantic and cozy restaurants that serve traditional small bites of Italian favorites.

Wake the next day wander through the Rialto Market and visit the golden walls of St. Mark’s Basilica. Discover the hidden chambers in the Doge’s Palace, the stories of the real Casanova, and feel the history as your cross the Bridge of Sighs. In the afternoon, board your private gondola with a professional photographer eager to capture the beauty of the two of you in the city and the love you share. Cruise down the Brenta Canal the following day to find the preserved villas of former Venetian aristocracy, and then explore the gardens and interior before entering into the Ducal Villa for dinner.

The stunning banquet will offer a sample of the prestige and grandeur of the Venetian Republic’s legendary feasts and flirtations.  Enjoy a late night and then travel by private transfer to Verona the following day to visit the Roman arena and fabulous Renaissance Giusti Gardens. You also find the amazing home of Juliet Capulet and savor your time spent in the famous story. The next day, your private transfer will escort you to the quiet lakeside town of Garda, and the remainder of the day will be at your leisure to delight in the cozy ambiance of the medieval streets, preserved castle, and delightful restaurants while also indulging in the opulence of your renovated 19th-century villa.

The next day, your private driver will lead you to the towns that surround Lake Garda at your preferred pace, allowing you to linger as long or as little as you would like in each town. Spend time with your loved one as you embrace the storybook ambiance of Sirmione and visit the fabulous Roman villa located on a promontory jutting into the water. Travel next to the Dolomite Mountains with a private driver and visit the town of Cavalese, and then travel the Pordoi Pass to view the summits of Marmolada, Sella, and Catinaccio. Discover the famous woodcarvings of Ortisei before returning to Garda, and then conclude as your private transfer will greet you at the hotel and escort you to the Malpensa Airport in Milan for your flight home. You could also work with one of our partner Italy tour companies and extend your time in Italy.

Starting Price

$2,859 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

  • Accommodations
  • 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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