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Northern Italy: The Lakes, Venice & Quaint Villages


  • Lake Como visit included Lake Como Italy (map)

Go beyond serenely ancient Venice to explore charming small towns as well as Italy’s spectacular northern lakes. The Lombardy and Veneto regions offer richly varied cuisine and a distinctive array of wines.

We’ll sample plenty of both as we enjoy the spectacular scenery along our journey. Spend 9 nights in beautiful and charming accommodations in the heart of charming Venice and lakeside retreats.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the medieval mountain town of Bergamo, the merchant city of Mantua, and the romantic town of Verona. We allow you plenty of time to immerse yourself in local pleasures.
  • Become familiar with wine and culinary traditions of northern Italy and indulge in the best of both that these regions have to offer.
  • Discover medieval Padua, known for its famous university (one of Europe’s oldest, established in 1222), the impressive 14th century frescos of Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel, and the 13th-century Basilica di Sant’Antonio and resting place of St. Anthony.
  • Wonder at the majestic northern lakes, Como and Garda. Wander impressive villas and lush gardens that line the stores of these beautiful lakes shimmering against a backdrop of alpine peaks.
  • Lose yourself amid the labyrinthine streets and canals of Venice. Visit the island of Murano to learn how artisans craft Venetian glass. Survey the ancient port from a chartered sailboat.
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Later Event: October 5
Chef's Tour: Tuscany & Umbria