The cuisine of a region explains much of its culture, tradition, and respect for the landscape. Sip a glass of indulgent wine with a view of the snow-capped peaks of the Dolomite Mountains, just before you sit down to a gourmet meal. Wander the cobblestone streets of a Renaissance city adorned with shining frescoes as the aromas of olive groves and grapevines sweep across the landscape that connects the foothills to the lakeshores. The marvels of the wine and food in Veneto are at your fingertips...
Venice – Welcome to Veneto
The region of Veneto is home to the Dolomite Mountains as they sweep down to the edges of the Venetian Lagoon. The stunning architecture and artistry of the Republic of Venice brush the towns and cities across the region. Your flight will land at Marco Polo International Airport, and your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim. The iconic image of the lagoon shores fades to the waterways that lead you to the commune of Mira, connected to the larger expanse of the Metropolitan City of Venice. Settle into a luxurious villa lined with lush cypress trees; the idyllic location will provide a touch of elegance to the remarkable countryside that surrounds the estate with views that overlook the banks of the Brenta River as it feeds into the Adriatic Sea.
You will pass the 17th-century grounds of the Villa Foscarini Negrelli, a neoclassical structure with Ionic columns that support a triangular tympanum adorned with statues and pinnacles along the façade. In the evening, you will venture to a celebrated restaurant famous for its connection to the Slow Food Movement and principled belief of local, seasonal cuisine. The untraditional location contrasts with the impressive dishes served from the kitchen. Once you enter the restaurant, the aroma of ragu and seafood fills the dining room. The sweet and savory combination of prawns served with black sesame and pumpkin puree creates an unforgettable dish you will wish to emulate for any dinner party you ever have. You will end your dinner with a flaky, cream-filled zabaglione, which offers the perfect introduction to a sweet Veneto treat.
Venice – Delight in the Iconic City
Verona – Explore the Cities of Padua and Vicenza
Verona – Indulge in the Beauty of Verona and its Celebrated Cuisine
Lake Garda – Visit a Local Olive Mill and Winery on the Banks of Lake Garda
Lake Garda – Discover the Medieval Town of Bardolino and the Local Wines
Bassano del Grappa – Enjoy Majesty in the Dolomites and Historic Towns
Venice – Depart for Home
- Discover the tremendous wines of Veneto with a tour of a wine museum and a private tasting of Bardolino vines
- Indulge in the succulent flavors of the slow food movement in the region, embraced by chefs eager to share seasonal and regional cuisine
- Visit the home of Juliet from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet you enjoy a pastry and sweets tour of a shop celebrated by locals
- Sample the flavors of grappa in a town along the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains
- Enjoy an in-depth tour of a historical olive mill to learn the process of olive oil production from soil to bottle, followed by an olive oil tasting
- Relish in the rich history of Venice embodied in the remarkable architecture and incredible artwork
- Witness opulent works of Giotto in the Cappella degli Scrovegni, often referred to as the Sistine Chapel of the North
- Bask in the majestic scenery of the shores of Lake Garda, from the vineyards and hills to the distant mountains that overtake the horizon
There is no better place to immerse yourself in culture than in Italy. The region of Veneto embodies the wealth of the cuisine and wine of the country, as well as the art and architecture. Your 8-day tour will take you to the lowland cities, and then highlight the villages and lakeside towns of the region. You will experience the vineyards, orchards, restaurants, and pastry shops that produce the mouthwatering foods of regional heritage. Arrive into Marco Polo Airport where your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim. You will then leave behind the lagoon for the inland commune of Mira, home to lavish villas and estates that overlook the Brenta River.
Relish your first taste of Veneto with a dinner at a celebrated restaurant that prides itself on its role in the Slow Food movement, which produces dishes based on region and season. Next day, your private guide will lead you on a tour of Venice to take you through the iconic architecture and piazzas of the city. At lunch, you will indulge in traditional fare at a local favorite. Next day, you will leave behind the Municipality of Venice for Verona. Stop at the city of Padua to see the medieval structures, remarkable palaces, and fabulous markets of the city. Witness the breathtaking frescoes in the Cappella degli Scrovegni before you continue to the town of Vicenza. The main street leads you to a local store filled with regional cheeses, cold cuts, and specialties particular to the province.
Next, you will explore the wonders of Verona, from a visit to the courtyard of Juliet from Shakespeare’s play of star-crossed lovers, to the sampling of sweet treasures at a pasticceria and gelateria in the neighborhood of San Zeno. Transfer next to the shores of Lake Garda with a stop at a popular olive oil mill along the way. Your guide will lead you through the groves to offer an in-depth tour of the production line. The tour ends with a selection of samples of the olive oils produced on the property. You will then continue with a tour of a winery closer to the shores of Lake Garda before you arrive in town late afternoon. Next day, immerse yourself in the wine culture of Lake Garda and begin with a tour of the wine museum.
A tasting will follow your exploration of wine’s history in the region, this time to highlight regional techniques and celebrated local flavor in the Bardolino. In the afternoon, you can enjoy a cruise on the lake or relax with a walk along the shore. Next, your private transfer will escort you into the foothills of the Dolomites to visit the town of Bassano del Grappa. Wander along the cobbled streets before you tour the Grappa Museum. Taste the variety of grappa produced around town and then stroll through the remarkable history of the palaces to relish the view of the mountains. Next day, your private transfer will lead you away from the mountains and back to Marco Polo Airport for your flight home.
$2,195 per person (excluding international flights)
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