2019 Northern Italy with Joe Tucci

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Tour Itinerary

  1. Lake Maggiore (Baveno, Grand Hotel Dino)

    Includes: Dinner

    • Travel to Lake Maggiore from Milan airport.
    • Spend the day relaxing and this evening enjoy dinner overlooking the stunning lake.

  2. Switzerland & Lake Como (Baveno, Grand Hotel Dino)

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Today, drive along the lake to visit Lugano in sophisticated Switzerland. Take in the mountains and dazzle at the Rolex watches.
    • Afterwards, travel to the top celebrity get away spot in Italy as we descend on Lake Como. Cruise the same beautiful lake that George Clooney admires from his house.
    • Arrive back to the hotel to relax before another great dinner.

  3. Verona/ Treviso/ Venice (Mogliano Veneto, Villa Braida)

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • After breakfast, say “Goodbye” to the lakes and “Hello” to the lagoon.
    • On the way, stop to visit the Romeo & Juliet inspired city of Verona and see the second largest Roman Amphitheater in the world.
    • Before checking in to the hotel, stop off to taste some exceptional sparkling wine at a local prosecco and wine factory.
    • Tonight, a beautiful dinner with Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon and local food specialties.

  4. Venice/ Treviso (Mogliano Veneto, Villa Braida)

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Today, watch the masters blow the famous Murano Glass.
    • Afterwards, cruise along Venice’s lagoon and the famous Gran Canal.
    • Take time to explore some of the most beautiful streets and squares. St Mark’s Square is where the Byzantine Basilica and Doge’s Palace stand. Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs, cross the Rialto Bridge to the markets, or just get absorbed by the local life with a superb Aperol Spritz!
      This afternoon, take a boat over to Burano, the pastel playground, for some free time. Enjoy some great food options and stunning views.
    • A fabulous dinner this evening at the villa.

  5. Tuscany/ Siena (Montecatini, Grand Hotel & La Pace)

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • After breakfast, cross the Apennine mountains and travel to the fertile island of Tuscany.
    • Stop off to visit San Gimignano, the Manhattan of the Middle Ages. Prepare to experience the most beautiful and well-preserved medieval town in the world!
    • Tonight’s Tuscan dinner will be served with Chianti wine.

  6. Siena/ Florence (Montecatini, Grand Hotel & La Pace)

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • This morning, prepare to visit Florence, city of the Renaissance and Art. This city is the home place of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Dante, and many more famous artists. With a local expert, visit unique squares like The Signoria, where the superb Palazzo Vecchio stands. Continue on to the spectacular Santa Croce Square, see the gold doors of the Giotto bell tower and the Cathedral in Santa Maria de Fiori.
    • Cross Ponte Vecchio and visit the residence and gardens of the Medici family, Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens.
    • Tonight, another great Tuscan dinner.

  7. Siena/ Pisa/Lucca (Montecatini, Grand Hotel & La Pace)

    Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

    • This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then depart for the Tuscan country side.
    • Admire Pisa, the birthplace of Galileo. Visit Miracle Square to see the Leaning Tower, one of the most unique church towers in the world.
    • Later, take a short drive to Lucca, hometown of the famous composer Giacomo Puccini. Take time to shop and explore. See the Roman amphitheater that has been transformed into the Central Square.
    • End the journeys of the day with a fantastic meal on the farm, featuring wild boar, Pappardelle pasta, meats, local products, and lots of wine.

  8. Assisi (Hotel Giotto)

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • This morning, leave the hotel and drive southeast to the mighty town of Assisi.
    • Stop to visit Santa Maria degli Angeli where the Saints built Porziuncola , the little chapel with a rich history and a place of many miracles.
    • Enjoy the Middle Age town. Head to St. Francis Basilica for a unique experience and a holy surprise.
    • Tonight, a nice truffle dinner!

  9. Sorrento (Villa Giovanna)

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • After breakfast, leave for the fruit filled hill of Sorrento where the family is anxiously awaiting.
    • On the way, stop off to Santa Maria Capua Vetere, a hidden treasure of the 2nd Century B.C. Enter the first Roman amphitheater ever built. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also the home of the first and most important Gladiator School in the ancient world. It is where Spartacus became “The Gladiator” and started the same revolution that almost ended the Roman Empire.
    • Discover the dungeons where the gladiators used to prepare to fight. Be prepared for some more surprises!
    • This evening, enjoy fantastic dinner and entertainment.

  10. Sorrento (Villa Giovanna)

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Take a complimentary walking tour in the morning and spend the remainder of the day as you choose – whether it be a visit to Capri, on the Amalfi Coast, a shopping trip in Sorrento, or enjoying the swimming pool at the villa.
    • Tonight, return to the restaurant for another great dinner!

  11. Cosenza (Rende, Hotel San Francesco)

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Breakfast, then depart for Cosenza.
    • Stop to visit some of the best preserved Greek ruins and temples in the town of Paestum. Taste some genuine Buffalo Mozzarella while in the area.
    • This evening, stay in the heart of Italy and enjoy a great local dinner with live music!

  12. Cosenza (Rende, Hotel San Francesco)

    Includes: Breakfast

    • Today is a free day filled with beautiful wine, food, and surprises.

  13. (Departure)

    Includes: Breakfast

    • Breakfast, then say “Ciao!” to Calabria.
    • Transfer to Lamezia Terme Airport and fly to Rome Airport.
    • Make the connection home or maybe stay few more days in the Eternal City.