This trip takes you from northern to central Italy and immerses you in the fascinating world of winemaking. You will stay in beautiful estates, historic or recent, surrounded by vineyards and grown out of love for the trade. From Lake Garda to Tuscany, proud families tell you about their garganega, nebbiolo and sangiovese grapes, about tradition and innovation, about sustainability and taste. Their passion and experience give nose and 'body' to both award-winning, and acclaimed quality wines. This experience trip will also take you past Unesco World Heritage Sites, blissful villages and historic cities. But the question remains: what is the best wine? Chianti, Valpolicella, Amarone, Albano? On this trip, you'll discover the truth: in vino veritas.
Day 1 : Departure to Venice
After picking up your rental car at the airport, you will drive about 130 kilometres to Cavaion Veronese. You will stay 3 times near Verona in one of our hotels that also produce Valpolicella and Amarone wines.
Day 2 : Verona
In elegant Verona, with its beautifully preserved amphitheatre and its 'Piazza dei Signori', an open-air salon, you'll enjoy strolling past pretty shops. Don't forget to have a glass of 'prosecco' in the picturesque Piazza delle Erbe!
Day 3 : Lake Garda
Today you will explore the shores of Lake Garda with towns like Bardolino, famous for its red wine, and Sirmione, located on a peninsula. Then continue to Salò, one of the most beautiful villages on the lake and to Gardone Riviera with Gabriele d'Annunzio's 'Il Vittoriale'. You can return by ferry boat.
Day 4 : Mantua - Fiumana
The culinary region of Emilia-Romagna awaits you. Definitely stop in Mantua with its magnificent ducal palace of the Gonzagas. You will stay three nights in a beautifully located wine resort, where wine-making is a true passion for the family!
Day 5 : Ravenna
The lively Ravenna is a Unesco World Heritage Site. A pleasant walk will lead you past stunning Byzantine mosaics.
Day 6 : Cesena and Forlì
In Cesena, dominated by the Malatesta castle, and in Forlì, with its weekly market, you will enjoy the Italian atmosphere, fine shops and delicious food, far from mass tourism. Stop in the village of Bertinoro for a beautiful view and a glass of Albano wine.
Day 7 : Fiumana - Chianti region
Via Bologna, you will continue to Tuscany, where you will stay 3 nights in one of our wine-producing hotels in the Chianti region, north of Siena.
Day 8 : Siena
Visit the outdoor museum in Siena. It has a shell-shaped 'Piazza del Campo', where the famous 'Palio' takes place every year.
Day 9 : The Chianti region, San Gimignano or Florence
On day 9 you will discover the famous wine region with villages such as Gaiole, Greve and Castellina in Chianti. If you crave some culture, you can go to San Gimignano, city with the 13 towers, or the unsurpassed Florence.
Day 10 : Going home
Return your rental car and fly back home laden with great travel memories.
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