Peaceful lakeside villages, forests with celebrated white truffles, and bright towns overlooking the Ligurian Sea combine to bring your picture-perfect personalized Italy tour through the splendor of the north. The Italian Alps feature sparkling lakes and expansive vineyards that produce sophisticated wines. Dramatic cliffs plunge into Lake Garda while small bars in Venice offer enticing traditional cuisine. Whether enjoying everything from the rugged mountains to the quiet plains or indulging...
Venice – Arrive in the Fascinating City with an Introductory Tour
The legendary charm of Venice takes you back in time to the spirited height of the Republic with canals lined by marvelous marble palaces and piazzas hidden in the winding, labyrinthine lanes. The dramatic brick campanile soars above the skyline at 324 feet crowned with a golden figure of Archangel Gabriel. The scent of the pastries drifts through the doors of the countless pasticcerie while gondolas float along the tranquil waters. Your private transfer will greet you at Marco Polo Airport upon arrival and escort you to the edge of the Grand Canal, and then you will continue to the dock of your luxurious hotel by private vaporetto.
From the winding curve of the canal’s two-mile stretch, the city radiates exuberance and audacity. You can see the famous arching walkway of the Rialto Bridge and the distinctive façade of Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, which contains the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Your guide greets you in the hotel lobby, after you have had a chance to settle into the comforts of the hotel, and leads you through an extensive introductory tour of Venice beginning at the Santa Maria dei Miracoli.
Gondolas linger by the water often dropping off or picking up newlyweds after their ceremony, and the comings and goings for locals and tourists alike provide much to watch. In 2019, the celebrated Venice Film Festival will take place between late August and early September with a slew of international filmmakers vying for the coveted Golden Lion award, bringing even more interest to the already fascinating streets.
Venice – Enjoy the Island of Murano and the Rich Cuisine of Venice
Sirmione – Charming Verona before Arriving in Luxurious Lake Garda
Sirmione – Traverse the Charismatic Towns around Lake Garda
Stresa – Lake Maggiore for a Relaxing Ambiance around Stresa
Stresa – The Elegant Atmosphere spanning Celebrated Lake Como
Rapallo – Venture to the Ligurian Sea by way of Renaissance Pavia
Rapallo – Relish a Day Discovering the Five Towns of Cinque Terre
Rapallo – Delight in a Boat Trip Uncovering the Alluring Bay of Poets
Turin – Navigate the Delicacies and Fine Wines of Asti and Alba
Turin – Discover the Grandeur and Splendors of Turin at your Leisure
Turin – Depart for Home
- Indulge in the relaxing ambiance of the alpine air of Lake Maggiore when visiting the elegant gardens and villa of Isola Bella
- Navigate the famous five towns of Cinque Terre with welcoming charms found along the Ligurian Sea, including a private wine tasting in Corniglia
- Savor the flavors of Alba when sampling delicacies garnished with white truffle alongside the remarkable complexities of wines like Barbera d’Alba
- Enjoy a private glassblowing demonstration in an artist’s studio in Murano, the historical and iconic glassblowing capital of Italy
- Wander the captivating art nouveau and Baroque architecture of Turin featuring the fabulous Museo Egizio, home to the largest collection of Egyptian antiquity outside of Egypt
- Explore the wealth of history hidden inside the seaside castle at Lerici with ample views to reveal the diverse history
- Discover the enchanting ambiance of Sirmione on Lake Garde through the tranquil streets, serene shoreline, and magnificent castle grounds
- Traverse the calm streets of Como, a town along the eponymous lake where alpine woodlands, clear waters, and elegant history combine
- Sample the delicious and diverse cuisine of Venice’s customary cicchetti inside the classic bacari
Whether exploring the historic cities or the vine-covered hills, the famous monuments or the coastal villages, your 12-day tour of Northern Italy takes you from Venice to Turin. Amid quiet towns and gorgeous lakes teeming with enchantment, gems hide beneath the shadows cast by the Italian Alps while the larger cities retain a sense of individuality while still connected under the banner of a united Italy. Villas and towers reflect the power and prestige of the former aristocracy while iconic imagery like gondolas and Juliet Capulet’s balcony retain their mystique.
The region of Veneto embodies romance and sophistication emanating from the capital of grand Republic, Venice. Canals continue to shape the city embellished with marble palaces while the islands on the lagoon hold a sense of beautiful mystery. Whether sampling the cuisine that adds layers to the island culture or learning the art of glassblowing on celebrated Murano, you can dive deeper into the true heritage of the city. Verona enhances the ideals of beauty with a quiet central square, astounding Roman ruins, and a remarkable castle accentuating the legend of Romeo and Juliet first shared by William Shakespeare.
On the banks of Lake Garda, you can enter into the quiet charisma of the captivating villages where kitesurfers, windsurfers, and sailors take to the water while the local streets enjoy a graceful environment with low-lying castles and rocky cliffs isolating the meandering lanes. Lake Maggiore and Lake Como enhance the uncovered splendor of Northern Italy with shimmering waters reflecting the lush woodlands and soaring summits with little towns abounding with hints of Roman foundations and medieval allure. The Baroque opulence of Isola Bella of the Borromean Islands embodies the preserved exuberance of the past and their contemporary appeal.
The tiny villages of Cinque Terre are located along the Ligurian coast and sit at the edge of the Italian Riviera. The emblematic pastel hues of the houses, the quiet streets, and the gorgeous panoramas of the seaside are yours to enjoy. Sample local recipes, and then wine alongside traditional desserts for deeper insight into the local culture that has also been shaped by the terraced gardens, steep mountains, and lapping waters. The Bay of Poets lives up to its name both as a place inspiring celebrated authors and with scenery described only as poetic. Towns like Portovenere and Lerici possess authenticity amid the coastal luxuries with fabulous castles, rugged churches, and emblematic vistas.
Once in the region of Piedmont, your focus will shift from the panoramic views over the Ligurian Sea to vistas overlooking hills that are draped in vines as the towers of the towns Asti and Alba climb into the sky as representatives of the Middle Ages. Flavor and sophistication become central themes among the cobbled lanes and narrow alleyways with restaurants, wineries, and cafes serving indulgent confections, masterful wines, and recipes accentuated by the inclusion of white truffle. The glamorous city of Turin catches many visitors unaware of the sophisticated streets and handsome architecture. Palaces, museums, and favored confections like chocolates and gianduia provide a fascinating end of your Northern Italy tour. Interested in learning more by seeing some of our travelers’ Italy vacation tour reviews? Click here for more.
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