Independent arrival in Bologna.
Overnight in the heart of the city.
Meet your guide at your hotel and start your discovery of Bologna, the capital of the region of Emilia-Romagna and many say it the gastronomic capital of Italy. . The city is also the home of the oldest university in the western world. Bologna, is a city with a rich cultural life and intriguing historical legacy. First as an important urban center under the Etruscans, then the Gauls and Romans. We’ll visit the Piazza Maggiore, the home to the Basilica di San Petronio. We’ll walk through the tangle of tiny alleys behind the church getting a flavour of the city, one that is filled with music and a youthful energy. The afternoon is yours, free to explore the town. If you want , you can join a cooking class in the city. Learn how to made tortellini ortagliatelle al ragu. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a wonderful dinner in one of the cities great osteria’s or trattorias. It’s a city that begs you to discover the culinary culture of the region and you won’t be disappointed.
Overnight in Bologna.
Full day excursion to Ferrara and Ravenna with a driver escort.
We’ll stop in Ferrara for an independent visit of the city. Ferrara, city on the low Emilian plain surrounding the ford of the Po River, is an enchanting result of Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. During the Renaissance, some of the most important Italian maestros, in the service of the Estense Court, realized structures and monuments of exceptional value for Ferrara. The city’s history is profoundly tied to that of the d’Este Family, who made Ferrara (between the 13th and 16th Centuries) the magnificent place it is today.Ravenna is byzantine town, totally different from any other italian city, known for the colourful mosaics adorning many of its central buildings, like the octagonal Basilica di San Vitale, the 6th-century Basilica di Sant’Apollinare Nuovo and the cross-shaped Mausoleo di Galla Placidia. Return in Bologna late afternoon.
Overnight in Bologna.
After breakfast, your driver escort will meet you at your hotel you’ll head to Verona. We’ll stop along the way in Modena and Mantova for an independent visit. The Province of Modena , carries on the best of Emilian traditions, is a territory defined by flavors, nature and its love for everything related to cars. Its home to Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati. Modena, is a city with an important past. It was built along the ancient Via Emilia, and it seems to be Etruscan in origins. Later, the Celts and the Romans laid claim to it. It’s also home to Balsamic vinegar, in our view, one of the best condiments ever invented.We will stop to learn more about balsamic vinegar and have a tasting in a little traditional farm.
Mantua is one of the most beautiful jewels from the Renaissance. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in 2008. The city extends over three clear, reflecting lakes, created artificially as a defense for the city and designed using the curves of the River Mincio. Arrival in Verona late afternoon.
Overnight in Verona.
Today explore the city of Verona with a private guide. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000, Verona is a wonderful example of the urban, artistic and architectural blend that reflects the historical periods from the last 2000 years.Piazza Erbe is the best example: architecture from the Roman,Medieval and Renaissance periods combined along with the period of the 19th-Century palazzi.Near the Adige River,other buildings from the Roman period mark the most influential historical eras for the city: the fortress of Castelvecchio , now the site of the Modern Art Museum; the Scaliger Bridge , an outstanding example of Medieval architecture; and the Scaliger Arches, tombs built for the lords of Verona. On the other bank of the river, you can visit the remains of the Roman Theatre, where currently, performances of Shakespeare or the Verona Jazz Festival are heard.Not far away is the Giardino Giusti,one of the most beautiful Italian gardens of the Renaissance.
Optional tour : In the afternoon, you can visit the beautiful Valpolicella wine region with an expert driver guide. A land of history and flavors where, in addition to its numerous historic villas, wine tradition is the distinguishing factor. This area produces exquisite, world-famous wines using special and unique Italian techniques. Further to the south, the Basso Veronese area is a world of its own, with its slow rhythms, silent places, and changing colors; it offers a distinct way of life that welcomes the visitor with open arms.
Overnight in Verona.
In the morning after breakfast, meet your driver escort and transfer to Milan. En route stop in Franciacorta and Lake Iseo to discover this unique territory. Franciacorta stretches for over km 200 and encompasses 19 municipalities: every town and village has unique treasures and a double common thread: good wine and nature.
The landscape is characterized by fascinating hills covered in vineyards, which over time have replaced the original woods. The first vineyards appeared in Prehistory; this agricultural activity continued to expand under the Romans until well into the Middle Ages, thanks to favourable climate and soil conditions.
Lake Iseo is a real hidden gem, with its romantic charm and the unique natural world on Monte Isola. The atmosphere here is different from any other Italian lake. Nature regulates the time and places, such as the Torbiere Natural Reserve, declared a priority area for biodiversity, the workshops that create nets and wooden boats, the fishermen’s trattorias where they cook freshly caught fish. You will arrive in Milan late afternoon.
Overnight in Milan.
Independent transfer to airport.