Romantic view of San Giulio island at Lake Orta, Piedmont, Italy.

Visions of Northern Italy: Hiking and Touring Lake Maggiore, Dolomites, Italian Riviera

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Countries Visited

Italy

Places Visited

Lake Maggiore, Bolzano, Portovenere, Lucca...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

The Italian landscape offers endless surprises, from soaring mountaintops to tranquil lakes, sapphire seas to vast vineyards. Your customizable Northern Italy itinerary incorporates the charms of village life with the enchantment of the natural scenery. Austro-Hungarian architecture adorns the cobbled lanes of Bolzano. The homes of Cinque Terre nestle into the cliffs of the Maritime Alps. Stunning renaissance walls tower above the valley floors of Tuscany and wildflowers blossom along the alpine...

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore the unique Sacro Monte Trail, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to view the stunning historic chapels and captivating views of Lake Orta
  • Wander along the wildflowers and framing peaks of the Italian and Swiss Alps while traversing the Bullaccia Ring Trail and Seiser Alm meadow
  • Discover the distinctive blend of Austrian and Italian culture in the town of Bolzano, embodied in the Austro-Hungarian architecture and delicious cafes
  • Traverse the trails connecting the beautiful villages of Cinque Terre for insight into the culture and fabulous panoramas of the Ligurian coastline
  • Sample delicious wines of the Valpolicella DOC while on a tour learning the history of winemaking and the pride taken in cultivation
  • Listen to the monks of the San Miniato Abbey, located above Florence, chant in the early evening while enjoying the spectacular views of the city
  • Indulge in the luxury and elegance of the villages along the shores of Lake Maggiore in the Alpine Lakes District
  • Wander the galleries of the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology to find Ötzi the Iceman, the oldest preserved mummy in the world discovered to date
  • Follow the historic walls of Lucca and scale the elaborate towers for views of the treasured Tuscan landscape

Detailed Description

Explore the splendors of mountains, lakes, and sea along exciting trails and historical streets during your active 10-day itinerary in Northern Italy. The journey begins with your arrival at Milan-Malpensa Airport. Your private transfer greets you and escorts you into the Alps at Lake Maggiore in the town of Baveno. Indulge in the luxuries of your hotel with views of the water, taking the remainder of the day to settle into the charms of the lakeside city. The following morning, your guide leads you to Lake Orta to visit the streets of the town and take to the Sacro Monte Trail. Explore the 20 chapels and enjoy the panoramas of the lake before taking a boat to visit the abbey on San Giulio Island.

Travel to the Dolomites Mountains, stopping to tour the vineyards around the Valpolicella DOC wine-growing region. Traverse the trails lined by vines and sample the delectable creations before arriving in Bolzano for the evening. Next, you venture into the peaks of the Dolomites, taking a cable car to reach the town of Compatsch. Follow the Bullaccia Ring Trail around the high-altitude plain of Seiser Alm for spectacular panoramas. You experience the Austro-Hungarian and Italian culture of Bolzano, known for straddling the border between the countries. You can also visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology to view an ancient Bronze Age mummy.

Your guide greets you at the hotel and escorts you to the seaside town of Portovenere, located on the Gulf of Poets. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the serene ambiance of the cobbled lanes and views of the water. You take to the fabled Cinque Terre trail, discovering the charisma of the five villages connected by a former herder’s path. Then, you travel to the walled city of Lucca in Tuscany.

Traverse the historical protective ramparts and climb the various towers of the city for views of the countryside before arriving in Florence. Your guide leads you on a spectacular tour of the renaissance city. Visit the Duomo and Santa Croce. Witness the endless displays of artwork. Listen to Gregorian chants at San Miniato and enjoy panoramas of the cityscape. On the final day, your private transfer greets you at the hotel and escorts you to Florence International Airport for your flight home. 

Starting Price

$2,745 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.

What's Included

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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