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Northern Italy: Food, Wine & Lakes


Experience the splendors of Northern Italy during this 10-day tour that explores the Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna and Veneto regions—areas that offer richly varied cuisine and a distinctive array of wines. We’ll sample plenty of both as we journey. Trip highlights include:

  • Explore the medieval town of Bologna, home to Europe’s oldest university and to some of Italy’s best restaurants. Learn why Bologna is considered a “foodie’s paradise” and taste the local fresh pasta, tortellini, lasagne and tagliatelli.

  • Travel to the gastronomic meccas of Modena and Parma. Visit local food producers and sample regional cheese, ham, wine, and balsamic vinegar, and learn how Parmigiano-Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma is made.

  • Relax at the majestic Lake Garda (or Como). Marvel at the impressive villas and lush gardens that line the shores of these beautiful lakes by boat.

  • Explore the medieval towns of Verona and Padua-. Visit “La Casa di Giulietta” in Verona, and relax in Piazza dei Signori, sipping on an iconic spritz.

  • Visit magical Venice and walk its ancient, narrow streets that line the canals. Stop at quaint trattoria to sample the local seafood specialties.

  • Stay at special places, such as boutique hotels and country villas.

  • As always, participants can expect to immerse themselves in Italian culture with opportunities to learn secrets of Italian chefs, visit small towns off the tourist track and sample varied foods and wines.