A 9-day tour of Italy’s highlights: Turin, Venice & Rome
Welcome to Turin! At the airport, you will meet your private driver who will accompany you directly to your accommodation.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. We will provide a list of recommended activities and our favourite local osteria and bars to explore the Torino lifestyle.
Turin is the capital of Piedmont and is known for the refinement of its architecture and its cuisine. To the north-west of the city, the Alps rise up. Sumptuous baroque buildings and old cafes line the avenues and the great squares of Turin, such as Piazza Castello and Piazza San Carlo. Nearby is the high spire of the Mole Antonelliana, from the 19th century, which hosts the interactive exhibitions of the National Cinema Museum.
The Egyptian Museum of the city exhibits mummies, sphinxes and ancient papyri. In the nearby Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista there is the Turin Shroud, considered by some to be the funeral sheet of Jesus and rarely exposed. The National Automobile Museum exhibits historic cars and racing cars.
Via Garibaldi and Via Roma are the main shopping streets of Turin, while the Quadrilatero Romano district is characterized by boutiques, bars and restaurants. All over the city there are chocolate shops selling gianduiotti, made with hazelnuts, and other local sweets.
In the afternoon you will have an amazing chocolate experience. Turin is considered Italy’s capital of chocolate, where you can taste world-famous chocolate truffles and learn about their manufacture. Turin’s chocolate shops and patisseries date back to the 18th century and are precious establishments to the locals.
You will get to visit these establishments thanks to the knowledge of a local guide, that will accompany in this flavourful journey! Meet your guide and start exploring the beauty of the city and then stop at the famous chocolate shop that invented the Gianduiotto, an exquisite treat!
Today, after breakfast, you will check out from your hotel to be transferred to your next fabulous destination, the Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy!
Lake Garda, with its mild climate and perfect water temperature, seems but a patch of sea set between the Alps and northern Italy’s Pianura Padana. It which touches the three Italian Regions of Lombardy, Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto, is even surrounded by palms oleander, olive trees and vines, in addition to the picturesque villages, beaches and little ports, parks and nature reserves it is known for.
Enjoy your free time and immerse yourself in the marvellous landscape and architecture of Lake Garda!
Today, after breakfast, we suggest you visit the Sigurtà garden park.
This natural park is a real gem for all lovers of nature and has been awarded as the second most beautiful park in Europe by the European Garden Award.
In spring/summer this park provides a great variety of flowers: tulips, iris, roses, dahlias, lilies and lots of. Huge expanses of greenery, ponds, maze, giant trees, the Hermitage, the farm animals and other attractions will complete your visit.
The whole park can be visited on board your bike in about two hours. On foot, the visit will take about 3 hours.
Enjoy your free time and relax on the beach in front of the lake!
After breakfast, you will meet your private driver who will accompany you to the train station where you catch the high-speed Freccia train to Venice.
Overnight accommodation and free-time to relax after your journey and to start discovering this unique city.
The good thing about Venice is that everything is relatively close, so even a walk from Piazza San Marco to the Rialto Bridge is perfectly enjoyable at any time of the day; besides ‘getting lost’ here is such a wonderful adventure, with new things around every corner...
It’s just like being in one Big Maze, but you can get very wet if you step off the route!
After breakfast at your hotel, you will meet up with your Guide for a walking food tour in this unique city.
With this tour, you’ll get to the heart of the city through its stomach, dispelling those vicious rumours that there’s no good food in Venice. Of course, there is, you just need to know where to look! You’ll travel with a local foodie, learning, exploring and tasting the best food and wine that Venice has to offer!!
Will learn you how to savor the local street foods called “Cicchetti” such as marinated olives and polenta wedges topped with seafood.
This tour provides a great introduction to the distinct flavors of VENETIAN CUISINE, a delicious experience, mostly far away from the common touristy routes.
Taste as well as different varietals of regional wine and toast your Italian vacation in Venice with a glass of sparkling Prosecco.
You will close your Italian trip in style with an amazing Gondola Experience where you will glide through hundreds of years of world-renowned heritage while being serenaded.
Enjoy this special moment that will for sure bring unforgettable memories for the whole family!
Today, after breakfast, you will check out from your hotel to be transferred to your next fabulous destination, Rome, the capital of Italy!
You will make the transfer by first-class high-speed Freccia train. At the station, your private driver is waiting for you and will transfer you to your centrally located hotel.
Rome, such a fascinating city: feel the atmosphere of the Gladiators and start to take in the History and works of Art that are on every street corner. Overnight accommodation and some free time to relax after your journey and to start discovering at your own pace this ancient Metropolis.
The central position of your hotel will allow you to explore the city on foot, easily reaching sites of historical and artistic interest such as the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain besides many famous restaurants of course; therefore a stroll around, even at the end of a long day, is perfectly enjoyable, moving easily from one Piazza to the next: besides even just sitting around sipping an aperitivo, tasting some local vino or enjoying some great gelato whilst watching the locals speed by on their ‘vespas’ will soon awaken any tired spirits!Traditionally, Barbera was for everyday drinking, but about thirty years ago Giacomo Bologna with his “Bricco dell’Uccellone” gave Barbera wine a chance to step out of Nebbiolo’s shadow. You will visit a Barbera d’Asti producer. Barbera makes dark wines that are low in tannins, thus French oak lends wine tannins of its own, giving this newer style of Barbera the balanced structure it needs to support the added richness. After the visit you will taste this typical win Proceed to the visit of of the medieval city of Asti. Rich in monuments of the medieval period, it is known worldwide for its wines, in particular reds like Barbera, as well as for Asti sparkling wine.
Every year, in September, a series of events takes place in Asti, which is the heart of the city's historical identity and its link with the territory: the Douja d'Or, one of the most important wine competitions in Italy, the Festival of the festivals, "great restaurant" in the open air where the cooperatives of the various neighboring villages serve the traditional
dishes of Asti, and the Palio, one of the oldest in Italy that, after a rich parade in medieval costumes, culminates with a horse race mounted "bareback" (without saddle).
Starting from June 2014, the viticultural landscapes of the Asti Monferrato have been registered, along with the rest of Monferrato and the regions of Langhe and Roero, on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, thus becoming the 50th UNESCO site in Italy. Asti is also home to the institution's headquarters to monitor the Unesco site, the Wine Landscapes Association of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato.
Finally, move to Canelli, the homeland of Asti Spumante and Moscato d’Asti, where you will visit one of the so-called 'underground cathedrals', recognized by UNESCO as world heritage, i.e. spumante refining cellars of famous historic wineries like Contratto, Gancia, Bosca, etc.).
After breakfast at the hotel you will meet up with your knowledgeable your friendly English speaking guide who can offer you a unique experience whilst strolling through the ancient parts of Rome, taking you back about 2000 years to the glories of the Roman Empire to admire the Roman Forums and the Palatine.
At that time, the citizens of Rome were witnessing the construction of one of its now best-preserved buildings: The Amphitheatrum Flavium, better known as the Colosseum. Go through some of the most spectacular highlights of Imperial Rome and relive the days of the Ancient Romans.
Your Guide will also show you another interesting, different side of Italy... You probably know the saying that the Italians “live to eat” and not vice-versa... well today should give you a pretty good confirmation of that: – lots of things to see and even more to taste and sample, which will prove to you that ROMA is by no means just Art and History...
In fact, we believe that the best way to understanding the real Roman local life, is to look out for the small and historic food stalls; the local, lesser-known bars of the capital and possibly visit one of the most important, lively Markets of the Capital and much more, all whilst taking in the historical sights too.
After breakfast at your hotel, you will need to check out, because it is time to say “Arrivederci” to Italy! Your English-speaking driver will accompany you to Rome Airport for your flight back home.
We are sure you will have enjoyed your “Highlights of Italy” and we sincerely hope to see you again soon for another delicious experience!
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