On this 11-day tour of Italy in November, you will be able to discover the properties of Italy that have kindled romance for so many years. From enjoying a pampered spa treatment in a cozy Alpine hamlet to strolling along cobbled alleys past idyllic villas in Sorrento, this itinerary has been customized for the romantically inclined and will offer a side of Italy rarely seen.
Alagna – An Alpine Arrival
You will arrive with grace and comfort on your first day of this Italian tour. When your flight lands, a private guide will greet you at Milan’s international airport before swiftly transferring you out of the city toward the imposing range of mountains in the distance. This winding road will lead you to the source of the Sesia River and the charming town of Alagna. Upon your arrival, you will immediately notice the crisp and fresh air that is carried down from the breathtaking peaks.
Alagna – Walking Tour of a Geologic Paradise
Alagna Valsesia will provide an excellent launchpad for your intimate exploration of Italy. Your November arrival will provide you with a unique combination of experiences as the town transitions from summer to winter. November also marks the beginning of the ski season. For your first full day, you will enjoy a guided tour of the numerous trails and paths that extend from the village. As your knowledgeable guide will explain, it was glaciers that determined much of the current topography, which will be evident through hanging valleys and glacial moraines.
Alagna – A Thermal Spa with a View
November marks the beginning of the winter snow season for Alagna, and the comfortable resorts and hotels nearby will begin to fill. Rising from the Sesia Valley, the Pianalunga tram and gondola soars into the thinning air, and, on this, you can begin your exploration of the higher elevations above Alagna. Depending on your preferences and the seasonal level of snowfall, you can rent snow equipment and take to the slopes. You can also participate in a course taught by one of the many certified instructors or hire your own guide to introduce you to the spectacular views and slopes of the local ski resort.
Milan – Visit to the World-Famous La Scala
It is with a sense of hesitation that you will depart from your cozy Alpine accommodation and make your way to Milan. First, you must enjoy dawn as it breaks over the dramatic scene, first striking the uppermost peaks of the towering mountains. This event is best enjoyed when accompanied by a shot of espresso or a cup of Italian coffee. After you have enjoyed a satisfying breakfast, a private car will transfer you to lower elevations for the remainder of your Italian tour. Contrasting the solitude of the mountains, your destination will be the bustling Italian city of Milan. After you have arrived and had a chance to settle in to your conveniently located and luxurious accommodation, you will enjoy a guided visit to one of the most famous opera venues in the world.
Milan – Discover Europe’s Third-Largest Cathedral
After you enjoyed a leisurely wake up and delicious breakfast from your hotel staff, you will depart feeling fortified and anxious to explore the city center. Meeting you at the entrance to the cathedral, your charming guide will ensure that your journey through the history of this unique structure will include all the exciting details and ensure that no question is left unanswered. At the conclusion of your tour, your guide can provide you with suggestions for local restaurants and eateries before leaving you and your partner to enjoy the remainder of your evening together.
Florence – Roll Up Your Sleeves during a Cooking Course
Your tour of landlocked Italian cities will continue as you descend further into the rolling hills of Tuscany. Rather than checking off the typical list of sites and attractions, today, you will visit the source of much joy and notoriety for Italy: the Italian kitchen. Italy has long enjoyed a reputation for sumptuous dishes and savory ingredients, and nowhere is this reputation best displayed than on the tables and cutting boards in Tuscany. Once your private instructor has given you a basic orientation to culinary perfection, you and your partner will dive into a world of aromatic spices, cured meat, homemade pasta, local wine, and an array of other ingredients that make the Italian kitchen an excellent ambassador of the country’s culture.
Florence – Witness Inspired Art at the Uffizi
Today, it will be your eyes and not your mouth that lead you on your exploration of Tuscany. The Renaissance was largely fueled by the economic prosperity that was also sweeping through the region and providing the livelihoods for numerous sculptors, painters, and architects. A few steps from your hotel, the Uffizi gallery presents viewers with the inspired artwork from authors such as Michelangelo, Botticelli, Caravaggio, and numerous other masters. Nearby, you can witness the towering figure of Da Vinci’s David and his uncompleted sculptures of muscle-bound figures emerging from the stone that entombs them.
Sorrento – A Journey to Land’s End
Today, you will break your pattern of landlocked cities and make your way by train to the seaside city of Sorrento. A comfortable journey through Central Italy will carry you from Florence to the Gulf of Naples and the thriving metropolis of the same name. Known for its quaint boutique shops and sun-drenched resorts, Sorrento in November may not provide the usual amount of sunshine that is typically enjoyed by a summer traveler, but you can rest assured knowing that the crowds will be drastically reduced. After you arrive at your conveniently located accommodation, you will have the remainder of the day to explore the city center and the labyrinth of cobbled streets and alleys that crisscross the town at your leisure.
Sorrento – Steal Kisses in a Doomed Roman City
Whether fans of the grim atmosphere of Pompeii or not, you will be able to appreciate the intact columns and arches of ancient Roman architecture that are still visible today in addition to the mosaics and frescoes that would have most certainly been destroyed had they not been preserved under the falling ash. You will have the chance to witness all of this in on a guided tour of this incomparable archaeological site. A private car will then transfer you speedily through the rural countryside of Sorrento toward the looming mountain before you.
Sorrento – Share in the Splendor of Capri
A trip to Italy is best enjoyed by abandoning your alarm clock and allowing for the possibility of a natural awakening. Perhaps, it will be the gulls crying off in the distance or the murmur of two ancient neighbors as they swap gossip on the cobbled street beneath your window. After a restful night and fortifying breakfast, you will embark on a voyage to the nearby island of Capri. Waiting for you at Sorrento’s harbor, you will be conveyed across the waves to the island where your adventure will begin. Features of the Island include a trip to the Blue Grotto, a submerged sea cave, a stroll through Capri’s shopping district, and a trip to the viewing platform of Monte Solaro.
Sorrento – A Rekindled Romance
Today, you will emerge from the covers on your final morning in Italy determined that no army of Italian police will be able to pry you away from the country with which you have fallen in love. From the snow-capped peaks of the Alps to the placid shores of the Mediterranean, you have enjoyed the decreased crowds and increased privacy of an Italian tour in the fall; however, as a private car conveys you back to Naples for your departure home, you and your partner can rest assured that you have enjoyed a wholly unique encounter with this multifaceted country and the many treasures that it contains.
- Recline in watery comfort at the thermal pools of an Alpine Spa, where you can enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding mountains while having every comfort satisfied
- Discern the unique geologic shapes and hanging valleys of the Alps on a walking tour on the many paths and trails that crisscross the luscious meadows and glacial terrain of the Sesia Valley
- Venture to the elegant world of stringed quartets, ballet, and opera in the gilded beauty of Milan’s La Scala theater, where, on any number of nights, you can attend shows from the world’s leading performers and musicians
- Ponder the vastness of Europe’s third-largest church on a journey to the Milan’s centrally located cathedral
- Immerse yourself in the steam, smell, and seduction of an Italian kitchen during a Florentine cooking course that will teach you the intricacies of Tuscan cooking
- Break out of your landlocked visits with a trip to the charming, seaside cliffs of Sorrento, where you will encounter spectacular views of the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius, and a stretch of coast, which is considered to be one of the best in the Mediterranean
- Share in the seduction on a day trip to exotic and romantic Capri, where imperial Roman villas stand, and terraced gardens provide the perfect place to steal moments with your partner
- Indulge in a trip to the doomed city of Pompeii, where an eruption caught residents unaware as the landscape was blanketed in a lethal and preserving layer of pyroclastic debris
It should come as no surprise that Italy continues to rank among the top destinations for honeymooners; however, marriage is not a prerequisite to making your way to these pristine shores to enjoy the intimacies of a handcrafted tour with your partner. From the Amalfi Coast in the South to the lights of Rome that twinkle on the Tiber river, Italy presents the romantically inclined with an avalanche of options of how to best share travel with a loved one.
This luxurious 11-day getaway to Italy in November is designed to provide you with just that. Your entrance to Italy will come in the form of a pampered and intimate stay at the foot of the Alps’ second-largest mountain. Alagna Sesia presents visitors with a paradise of recreation in both the summer and winter months, and you will be able to enjoy the rugged hiking trails and luxurious spas available at this mountain resort. You will continue your exploration of Northern Italy with a detour through the bustling capital of industry and fashion in Milan before making your way to the birthplace of inspired classical art in Florence. Between witnessing the delicate touches of Caravaggio’s paintbrush and testing your own creative skills during a Tuscan cooking course, this leg of your journey has been designed to unlock your inner romantic. Your tour of inland destinations will conclude as you make your way to the stunning coast of Sorrento. It should come as no surprise that this seaside setting has attracted celebrities and emperors over the centuries and provides a reliable source of comfort and exhilaration to ignite your passions.
This North to South journey will involve primarily rail travel and transfer by private car, all of which can offer you first-class accommodations. Likewise, your November arrival will introduce you to a side of Italy free from the oppressive temperatures of summer and the hordes of travelers that appear annually in August. As you immerse yourself in the luscious forest of the Alps, the mirth of an Italian kitchen, and the Mediterranean comfort of a seaside resort, you and your partner will have little to distract you from making the most of your shared journey together.
$3,020 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.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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