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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, cruise to the yacht-filled harbor of Portofino, 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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MILAN Welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; guided walking tour, visit the Sforzesco Castle grounds and museum, and admire Duomo Square and the GalleriaBUSSETO See the birthplace of Verdi; parmesan cheese tasting at a local caseificioPARMA Guided sightseeingMODENA Balsamic vinegar tastingMARANELLO Visit the Ferrari MuseumLUCCA OrientationCINQUE TERRE By boat (weather permitting) with a Local Guide and by trainRAPALLO Boat cruise to PortofinoGABIANO Wine tasting and lunchTURIN Guided sightseeing, admire the Mole Antonelliana, walk through the historic center, and visit the cathedral that houses the Holy ShroudVERCELLI Visit a rice factory and enjoy a risotto lunch
Motorcoach; boat and train ride at Cinque Terre; boat ride to Portofino.
Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 lunches; 3 three-course dinners
ARRIVE IN MILAN, ITALY Welcome to Milan! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
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 a Parmesan cheese tasting at a local caseificio (cheese-making factory).
Breakfast99 mi / 160 kmLOCAL 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.
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 Balsamic vinegar tasting at the renowned Acetaia Leonardi.MARANELLO Visit the Ferrari Museum. Free time this afternoon and evening.
Breakfast 112 mi / 180 kmLOCAL FAVORITE CULTURE & TRADITION Creating classic Balsamic Vinegard 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.
PARMA–LUCCA Treasured Time in Tuscany LUCCA Orientation walk, followed by free time this afternoon and evening.
Breakfast 99 mi / 160 kmTOUR 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.
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.
Breakfast Dinner 124 mi / 200 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTEPIC 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.
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. Enjoy free time this afternoon and evening.
BreakfastTOUR 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.
RAPALLO–GABIANO–TURIN Carafes at the Castle GABIANO Enjoy wine tasting and lunch at the castle.
Breakfast Lunch 143 mi / 230 kmLOCAL 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.
TURIN Monumental Mysteries TURIN Guided sightseeing includes sights of the Mole Antonelliana and a visit to the cathedral.
BreakfastTOUR 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.
TURIN–VERCELLI–MILAN The Dish on Risotto VERCELLI Visit a rice factory followed by a risotto lunch.MILAN Farewell dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
Breakfast Lunch Dinner 130 mi / 210 kmLOCAL 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.
MILAN Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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