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Italian Indulgence with Back-Road Touring

12 Days

Italian Indulgence with Back-Road Touring

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Tuscany, Florence, The Lakes

12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS / UP TO 18 GUESTS

Discover cities that have shaped the world's culture. Taste regional flavours and wines that are celebrated around the globe. Experience picture-perfect landscapes that will capture your imagination. Exploring Italy is truly an experience to be savoured.

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

Cook up an Italian feast in a Tuscan villa

Hunt for truffles in Piedmont

Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting near Tirano

Inclusions

  • 11 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily European-style breakfast (B), 2 lunches (L), 6 evening meals (D)
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Isola Madre and Isola Bella, The Pisa Baptistery of St John

Itinerary

Italian Indulgence

DAY 1 ROME – ASSISI – PERUGIA

They say all roads lead to Rome, but after we meet today, our route will whisk us away to the awe-inspiring Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis. Tonight, we’ll come together for a delicious dinner in Perugia. (D)

DAY 2 PERUGIA – SIENA – TUSCANY

Introducing Siena: a gorgeous Gothic city bursting with fabulous architecture. After exploring the Historic Centre, we’ll venture to our villa in the world-renowned Chianti region. (B,D)

DAY 3 TUSCANY

Our host will let us in on a few Italian culinary secrets today as we have a go at preparing a classic Tuscan lunch. Later, the afternoon is yours to relax or explore as you wish. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 TUSCANY – FLORENCE – LUCCA

Today we turn our attention to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. A local guide will bring the city alive as we stroll through the streets on a walking tour. As the afternoon turns to dusk, we’ll continue on to Lucca. (B)

DAY 5 LUCCA – PISA – LUCCA

We’ll get up close to an Italian icon today with a visit to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Later, the afternoon will see us back in Lucca, where you’ll have the rest of the day and night to explore at your own pace. (B)

DAY 6 LUCCA – CAMOGLI – SAN FRUTTUOSO – PORTOFINO – SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE

Make sure you have your camera ready – today we’ll be ticking off Camogli, San Fruttuoso and the glittering village of Portofino, before settling in Santa Margherita Ligure. The evening will be yours to explore at your own pace. (B)

DAY 7 SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE – BAROLO – CHERASCO

Today we travel inland to Piedmont, a region of rich red wines and luxurious cuisine, before continuing on to the village of Barolo. A treat is in store for the sweet-toothed at a distillery near Asti, where we’ll sip regional liquors complemented by handmade nougat. Finally, we’ll end our day with a sumptuous dinner in Cherasco. (B,D)

DAY 8 CHERASCO – LAKE ORTA – LAKE MAGGIORE

This morning we’ll join a truffle hunt with a local farmer. After a risotto tasting lunch, it’s time to head for the hills, pristine lakes and soaring mountains of northern Italy. Lake Maggiore will be the magnificent final stop on today’s journey. (B,L)

DAY 9 LAKE MAGGIORE

Today we’ll leave dry land behind and set sail for the Borromean Islands. We’ll have plenty of time to wander the terraces of the ornate baroque garden on Isola Bella and discover the pretty harbour of Isola dei Pescatori. (B)

DAY 10 LAKE MAGGIORE – LECCO – TIRANO

After bidding farewell to Lake Maggiore, we’ll discover the sights of Lecco. After an indulgent afternoon of wine tasting on the way to Tirano, we’ll return to our hotel and meet for dinner at a local restaurant to continue our culinary adventure. (B,D)

DAY 11 TIRANO – LAKE MOLVENO – TRENTO

This morning we’ll turn our attention to the majestic Lake Molveno, which lies at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites. We’ll continue to Trento for a walking tour and meet in the evening for a farewell dinner. (B,D)

DAY 12 TRENTO – VERONA – VENICE

Fair Verona beckons today. Then, it’s onwards to the show-stopping finale, the floating city of Venice, where we’ll bid farewell to the group. (B)

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