The cultural richness, natural beauty, and historic legacy of Northern Italy are yours to enjoy on this 12-day tour of Piedmont, Liguria, and Lombardy. From Milan to Cinque Terre and back again, you will be able to focus your attention on the rural treasures and panoramic perspectives of each region through a blend of guided excursions and leisure. Handcrafted for your enjoyment, this tour allows you to experience much of the best that Northern Italy has to offer.
Acqui Terme – Long-Awaited Arrival
Situated on the fertile land at the foot of the Alps, Acqui Terme is an excellent place to start your tour of Northern Italy. After a transfer carries you from Milan's main airport to the heart of Piedmont, you will have a chance to acquaint yourself with this spectacular town on a walking tour. As you tour this charming town along with the famous springs that earned its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014, your guide will be happy to answer any questions you have before leaving you the afternoon to enjoy at your leisure.
Acqui Terme – Luxury Treatment at a Spa
Inspiration and relaxation will be the themes of your first full day in the Piedmont region. In the morning, you will make your way to the villa and residence of Count Arturo Ottolenghi, who enjoyed a prolific career as a painter and sculptor. He also put Piedmont on the map in regard to early 20th century Italian art. After enjoying an active visit to this villa, you will return to the center of Acqui Terme for a visit to the famous spas. Past will meet the present in this comfortable setting as modern Spa facilities coalesce with a historical ambiance, offering you plenty of ways to bask in thermal splendor.
Alba – A Thousand Year-Old Castle
As you will undoubtedly learn, Piedmont possesses many of the hallmark cultural and gastronomic characteristics that are often associated with Italy. The fertile plains that slope down from the Alps provide ideal wine growing conditions, and you will have plenty of opportunities to sample delicious local varieties. Today, you will be able to visit the remarkably well-preserved Castello di Monticello that has stood the test of time since its construction over a thousand years ago. After enjoying a view from the ramparts, you will make your way to the adjacent town to enjoy a local chocolate tasting before departing for Alba.
Alba – Famous Piedmontese Cheese
Like so many towns across Italy, Alba is complete with ornate palaces and mesmerizing villas in addition to sitting atop the ruins of an ancient Roman settlement. This subterranean world will be yours to explore during a morning walking tour of the city center. This tour will provide you with a private guide who will regale you with stories from Alba's illustrious past. Later, you will visit a local dairy farm where you can sample the abundance of delicious cheeses on display before concluding your day with an authentic Piedmontese dinner at the famous Grinzane castle.
Alba – The Slow Food Movement
Few cultural institutions across Italy are considered more sacred than the kitchen. In this sensuous world of simmering sauces and softening pasta, both process and presentation are essential in creating the perfect dish. Part of this process is utilizing only the freshest ingredients. On a day trip to the town of Bra, you will visit the birthplace of the Slow Food movement and a community that respects the rich heritage of the Italian kitchen. After enjoying a walking tour of the town, you will immerse yourself in this world with a three-course lunch before continuing your culinary adventure.
Alba – A Castle-Hopping Experience
Deeper into the heart of the Piedmont Region you will venture today on your last full day in Alba. Your first stop will be at the town of La Morra, which is known for its attractive ambiance and remarkably well-preserved Baroque architecture. Your exploration of this UNESCO World Heritage Site will give you plenty of time to explore the city at your own pace before visiting one of the most notorious castles in the region. Castle FallettiIs is believed to have been constructed in the 10th century. As you stroll past the ramparts and buttresses of this imposing fortress, Italy's turbulent past will come to life.
Camogli – Italy's Love Affair with Olives
After turning your back on Italy's landlocked interior, you will make your way to the sun-swept shores of the famous Italian Riviera. After checking out of your accommodation in Piedmont, a comfortable transfer will convey you to an olive press. Here, you can enjoy an olive oil tasting and delicious lunch. Along with wine, Northern Italy has long enjoyed international fame as being a top olive oil producer. Before making your way to your final destination of Camogli, you can explore this oily reputation on a tour of the facilities of this family-run business.
Camogli – Exploring the Italian Riviera
Easily one of Italy's main attractions for both locals and visitors, the coastline of Liguria is an excellent location to bask in the temperate climate or to take a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean. The coastline is also dotted with quaint villages that cascade from the rugged mountains down to the crashing waves. After enjoying a leisurely morning, you will acquaint yourself with this dynamic world through a guided tour of the nearby Abbey of San Fruttoso before making your way to the picturesque village of Portofino.
Camogli – Italy's Famous Five Lands
Arguably one of Italy's most remote yet sought-after destinations, Cinque Terre has enjoyed growing popularity for visitors in recent decades. Owing its name to the five communities that link this stretch of coastline, it was once only a dirt path that connected the villages. Today, you will enjoy a boat cruise along the scenic shores. This cruise will provide you with a unique perspective and gorgeous trip along this rugged stretch. In the evening, you will return to Camogli to enjoy the rest of your day at your leisure.
Camogli – Taking a Turn for the Artisanal
The captivating charm of Chiavari will be yours to explore on a trip that includes comfortable transfers as well as a tour of an authentic Italian palace. After you enjoy a leisurely morning in the plush comfort of your hotel, you will make your way to the productive artisanal neighborhoods of Chiavari for a walking tour of the workshops that can be found here in great abundance. Next, you will plunge into the regal brilliance of a Licurgian Palace for lunch under the beautiful frescos and crown molding of this elegant escape.
Milan – Walking Tour of all Things Da Vinci
For your final full day on this Italian adventure, you will depart the seaside brilliance of Liguria and venture inland to the bustling boulevards and stunning architecture of Milan. As the capital of the Lombardy region, Milan enjoys special prominence as an ambassador of the regional art and culture of Italy. After you check in to your new accommodation, the city center will be yours uncover during a guided walking tour of some of the major sites. Afterward, you will encounter the personality of Leonardo da Vinci on a visit to his estate as well as his famous portrayal of The Last Supper.
Milan – A Reluctant Departure
With the faded impressions of Da Vinci's Last Supper still dazzling your imagination, you will awake to your final morning on this Italian tour with a sense of satisfaction. From the understated elegance of the architecture at Acqui Terme to the warm hospitality of Cinque Terre, you will have seen a side of Northern Italy that is often missed by those who view the country as just one more box to check off on their European vacation. After enjoying a final breakfast at your hotel, a transfer will ensure your timely arrival at Milan's main international airport for your international departure.
- Splash into the renowned spa in Acqui Terme and bask in the thermal bliss it has been delivering to visitors for centuries
- Stroll the cobbled alleys and rustic neighborhoods of the Piedmont region, where cultural and historical legacy will be waiting around every corner
- Visit the impressive villa of Count Arturo Ottolenghi, who almost single-handedly spearheaded Italy's early 20th-century painting and sculpting achievements
- Survey the countryside from the ramparts of the famous Castle of Monticello, where it once defended the land against enemies and invaders
- Enjoy the romantic ruins of Alba on a tour that explores the city's Roman origins, modern attractions, and the seamless blend of past and present
- Munch on a variety of local cheeses during a visit to an authentic Italian dairy where centuries of tradition contribute to an abundance of culinary skill
- Continue your gastronomic revelry on an exploration of the Mediterranean love affair with the olive on a tour and tasting at a family-run olive press
- Discover the scenic villages of the Cinque Terre, where rustic villages provide a splash of color to the otherwise green landscape of the lush Italian Riviera
- Explore the artisanal splendor of Chiavari, where expert craftsmen continue to produce some of the finest examples of furniture, frames, and other woodwork
- Plunge into the vibrant city center of Lombardy's capital of Milan, where head-turning architecture is the norm, and you can pay a visit to Da Vinci's famous Last Supper
$3,379 per person (excluding international flights)
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