From the garnet hue of a rich red wine to the delicious aromas of garlic and onion sizzling in olive oil, Italy’s food scene is characterized by a richness unlike any other. If you can’t get enough of your local trattoria’s ravioli or always push for pizza from the neighborhood parlor; if you drink Chianti by the liter or revel in the summertime pleasure of a fresh Bellini; if you’ve ever longed to experience food in a truly one-in- a-kind way, this trip is for you.
Arrival in Northern Italy
This morning, you arrive on the outskirts of Venice, the romantic and incomparable Queen of the Adriatic, the City of the Canals and the home to some of the most awe- inspiring architecture and finest food in the country. A private water taxi will collect you and your bags and take you to the door of the fantastic Hotel Londra Palace, mere minutes from the incredible sights and sounds of the Piazza San Marco, where you’ll be thrilled by the modern amenities and delighted by the incredible views from your lavishly appointed hotel room.
Spend the afternoon touring Venice, stopping at one of the bars near the Piazza San Marco for a first-hand look at the sensual experience that is a Venetian cocktail: the Bellini, a delicious peach concoction named after the Renaissance painter because of its gorgeous hue, was invented right here at Harry’s Bar, the Venetian haunt of writers like Hemingway and European royalty alike. Dinner this evening is at the splendid Do Leoni Restaurant back at the Hotel Londra Palace, where traditional Venetian fare is given a unique twist from the executive chef, and where the wine and champagne list is truly world-class.
Winding Your Way Through Miraculous Venice
Exploring Venice’s Environs
A Day in the World’s Oldest University Town
The Incomparable Offerings of Italy’s Best Culinary Region
Visiting the Home of Shakespeare’s Famous Lovers
A Unique Tour of Italy’s Wine Regions
Luxury and Grandeur on the Shores of Lake Como
The Prettiest Resort Town in Northern Italy
Cruising the Lake
- Encounter the romance and magic of captivating Venice, from the gondolas that line the Grand Canal to the Byzantine masterpiece of St. Mark’s Basilica, and from the fine lace of Burano to the delicious seafood that can be found throughout the city
- Set out for the countryside to experience the true culinary greatness of Italy, from Trattoria Leonida in the primeval college town of Bologna to the cheese makers and vinegar producers that dot the landscape of Emilia Romagna
- Visit the hidden gems of Northern Italy as you make your way through charming towns like Verona, the incredible wineries of the Veneto and the sumptuous accommodations that line the shores of Lake Como
- Enjoy a day of northern Italian luxury as you cruise Lake Como and spend the night at an incredible hotel in the famed resort town of Bellagio
While other countries (read: France) may claim to be the end-all be-all when it comes to cuisine, no culinary tradition captivates our sensibilities and tantalizes our taste buds quite as well as that of Italy, where down-home flavor and high-class techniques mix beautifully to create fare that is truly in a class by itself. This 11-day tour will introduce you to all the best food and drink that Italy has to offer, from the bold red wines of the Veneto to the delicate seafood of Venice; and with friendly locals guiding you all along the way, you’re sure to discover why Italians don’t eat to live, but live to eat.
Explore the heart of the Italian north and encounter artisans who are producing some of the finest ingredients around, from the cheese makers churning out world- class Parmesan to the butchers and smokers that offer a unique take on classic Italian prosciutto. Revel in the romance and charm of Venice and enjoy the singular pleasure of freshly caught seafood. Sample some of the best vintages and varietals at a local wine maker, and finish your trip in grand style as you stop by the shores of glamorous Lake Como and walk the streets of beautiful Bellagio.
This is the trip for foodies and oenophiles, gourmets and chocoholics, those who love to cook and those who love to eat and those who love to do both. It is dedicated to one of the finest cultural traditions of the world, a food legacy that stretches over centuries and across oceans, and it is delighted to introduce you to some of Italy’s
best bar owners and restaurateurs. And, of course, with marvelous museums and exciting activities, this is a country that is just as memorable after the bill has come.
$3,020 per person (excluding international flights)
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