Northern Italy’s Highlights & Cinque Terre ( LV)

10 days from Milan to Milan

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Parmesan and prosciutto. Ferraris and Fiats. Ruins and the Riviera. Some of Italy’s greatest indulgences can be found up north. Italy’s “Fabulous Five,” the pastel-hued cliffside fishing villages along the Mediterranean, start the count of the numerous joys you’ll experience on this Undiscovered Tour of Northern Italy. In addition to finding the freshest seafood along the coast, you’ll relish a balsamic vinegar tasting in the epicurean city of Modena, a parmesan cheese tasting near Verdi’s hometown of Busseto, a risotto lunch at a Vercelli rice factory, and a wine tasting in vineyard-dotted Gabiano. To spice things up, you’ll speed over to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello and strut your stuff down the streets of Milan. Leading you to the fabulous, the famous, and the fashionable, this tour is the way to see Northern Italy in style.

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 Meals & Itinerary

 Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 lunches; 3 three-course dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE IN MILAN, ITALY Welcome to Milan! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Dinner Dinner

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Day 2

MILAN–BUSSETO–PARMA Style & Taste in Northern Italy MILAN Guided walking tour includes sights of the Sforzesco Castle, the Galleria, La Scala Opera House, and the Duomo. Free time before continuing to Busseto.
BUSSETO See the birthplace of composer Giuseppe Verdi with free time for lunch before LF a Parmesan cheese tasting at a local caseificio (cheese-making factory).
Breakfast Breakfast
99 mi / 160 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES Bite into 1,000 years of Italian tradition with a Parmesan cheese tasting in Busseto. Learn about the rich history that has passed the test of time with authentic ingredients of passion and perfected recipes in local caseifici (cheese making factories) of the Italian pastoral landscapes.


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Day 3

PARMA. EXCURSION TO MODENA & MARANELLO Cathedrals & Classic Cars PARMA Guided sightseeing includes sights of the cathedral, bell tower, and octagonal baptistry. Free time to visit the cathedral.
MODENA Enjoy a LF Balsamic vinegar tasting at the renowned Acetaia Leonardi.
MARANELLO LF Visit the Ferrari Museum. Free time this afternoon and evening.
Breakfast Breakfast
112 mi / 180 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
CULTURE & TRADITION Creating classic Balsamic Vinegar requires the patience learned through four generations of devotion and respect for the 18th-century traditions at Acetaia Leonardi farm. The farm sits on 27 acres of vineyards where Trebbiano and Lambrusco grapes are grown to produce this delicate balance of sweet and sour Modena specialty.


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Day 4

PARMA–LUCCA Treasured Time in Tuscany LUCCA Orientation walk, followed by free time this afternoon and evening.
Breakfast Breakfast
99 mi / 160 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURAL GEMS Within the walls surrounding the medieval city of Lucca, the modern world fades away. Whilst you walk, see the Piazza Anfiteatro, San Michele Square, the Roman Amphitheatre, the soaring clock tower, and the Guinigi Tower topped with a hanging garden roof – just to name a few of the impressive sights you’ll find in this historic city in Tuscany.


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Day 5

LUCCA–CINQUE TERRE–GENOA Sights to Sea Scenic drive en route to La Spezia.
CINQUE TERRE Take a guided boat ride (weather permitting) to Monterosso. Free time before continuing the journey by train.
GENOA Dinner at local restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
124 mi / 200 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
EPIC RIDE Take a stunning cruise on the coast of Cinque Terre and take in fascinating views of the sea, sky, and centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline.


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Day 6

GENOA The Italian Riviera GENOA Join the guided tour to discover the highlights of the Old Town, including sights of San Lorenzo Cathedral, the Ducal Palace and Christopher Columbus’ childhood home followed by a pesto demo and tasting. Enjoy free time this afternoon and evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURE & TRADITION Genova may be less well known than other Italian cities, but it never fails to surprise and delight. It has one of the largest medieval city centers in Europe, and its wonderful location, between the mountains and sea, set it up to be a longstanding maritime power. It is the birthplace not only of Christopher Columbus but also of one of the world’s favorite pasta sauces – pesto! This delicious sauce created from garlic, basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and olive oil, is proudly present on the menu of many restaurants and is traditionally served with the “trofie” pasta.


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Day 7

GENOA–GABIANO–TURIN Carafes at the Castle GABIANO Enjoy LF wine tasting and lunch at the castle.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch
143 mi / 230 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
CULTURE & TRADITION Gracing the hills above the Po Valley, the Castello di Gabiano has made history as early as the 8th century. Once the site of sieges and wars, the castle has passed through noble families through time to become one of the oldest and largest manors in Monferrato. Today, its tradition of winemaking is shared with tastings of vintages aged in its cellar barrels in the tradition passed down since the 12th century.


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Day 8

TURIN Monumental Mysteries TURIN Guided sightseeing includes sights of the Mole Antonelliana and a visit to the cathedral.
Breakfast Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ART & ARCHITECTURE Turin abounds of a wealth of Baroque, Rococo, Neo-classical, and Art Nouveau treasures. Stroll the elegant squares to see the monument of Mole Antonelliana – a former synagogue with its 87-meter-high panorama deck. Visit the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which houses the most holy relic in the Catholic Church – the Shroud of Turin.


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Day 9

TURIN–VERCELLI–MILAN The Dish on Risotto VERCELLI LF Visit a rice factory followed by a risotto lunch.
MILAN Farewell dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner
130 mi / 210 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES Visit Vercelli, the heart of Europe's rice production, where the tradition of delicious risotto is born. It’s here that the round rice grain called japonica is grown. This round grain keeps its shape during the cooking process to release that beautifully creamy texture of risotto that we all know and love. The fine art of rice farming in Italy now combines tradition with technology to tend these fields with loving care.


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Day 10

MILAN Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

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 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

SIMONETTA PELLICONI

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

" With its wide variety of scenery, historical background, and famous works of art, Italy is a little world of its own. I enjoy being a Tour Director in Italy, because every day brings a surprise!"

Tour Director -  SIMONETTA PELLICONI

SILVIO CACACE

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

" Travelling that leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. This is what happened to me travelling around my home country of Italy, a place renowned for its remarkable architecture, fine artworks, delectable food and wines, and superb hospitality. Showing people my country, enthralling them with captivating stories, sharing with them my passion and enthusiasm, and making them happy has become my main goal in life. Join me on a Globus tour so you can see for yourself how life is beautiful in Italy."

Tour Director -  SILVIO CACACE

 Accommodations

PARMA

STARHOTELS DU PARC

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

LUCCA

BEST WESTERN GRAND HOTEL GUINIGI

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

GENOA

NH COLLECTION GENOVA MARINA

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

TURIN

STARHOTELS MAJESTIC

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

MILAN

CROWNE PLAZA MILAN CITY

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

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