Italian Indulgence | 2017


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TUSCANY, CINQUE TERRE, THE LAKES, VENICE Discover cities that have shaped the world’s culture. Regional flavours and renowned wines, celebrated around the globe. And pictureperfect landscapes that will capture your imagination and stay in your heart. Exploring Italy is truly an experience to be savoured. The Back-Roads Difference Cook up an Italian feast in a Tuscan VillaHunt for truffles in PiedmontTake in the tranquillity of Lake Orta, one of Italy’s hidden gems

Duration 12 days

Destination Rome

Company Back Roads Touring

Availability From 27/07/2017 to 07/10/2017


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What's Included?

  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • Back-Roads tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • Local guide in Florence
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • 6 x evening meals (D) 
  • Tuscan cooking class and lunch
  • Truffle hunt in Piedmont
  • Venice water taxi
  • Two wine tastings
  • One liquor tasting
  • Boat transfer to Borromean  Islands
  • Included Entrances:  Basilica  of St Francis of Assisi, Baptistery  of St John in Pisa, Cinque Terre  Card, Grinzane Cavour Castle,  Isola Bella, Madre on Lake  Maggiore and Sigurta Garden  Park

Availability

  • From 27/07/2017 to 07/10/2017

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HIGHLIGHTS:

ROME - PERUGIA - TUSCANY - TUSCANY - LUCCA - SANTA MARGHERITA - CHERASCO - LAKE MAGGIORE - LAKE MAGGIORE - VERONA - VENICE

DAY 1 ROME – ASSISI – PERUGIA

They may say all roads lead to Rome, but after meeting up, our route whisks us away to aweinspiring Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis. We marvel at the towering 13th century Basilica of St Francis, and lose ourselves in the labyrinthine lanes of this medieval village. Then we travel through the bountiful Umbrian countryside for a warm welcome and delicious dinner in Perugia, a buzzing medieval walled town where we’ll spend our first night. (D)  

DAY 2 PERUGIA – SIENA – TUSCANY

Introducing Siena: a gorgeous Gothic city bursting with history, art and fabulous architecture. After exploring the old centre, we venture deep into the verdant Tuscan landscape. Enjoy views of hills circled with vineyards and olive groves, crowned with golden-hued medieval villages. At the heart of it all: our idyllic villa in the world-renowned Chianti region. (B, D)

DAY 3 TUSCANY

Our host lets us in on a few secrets of Italian cooking today, as we prepare ourselves a classic rustic Tuscan lunch. After we’ve enjoyed the fruits, vegetables and fresh pasta of our labour, the afternoon is free to relax. 

Make the most of the pool, or lounge on the terrace with a good book. (B, L, D)

 

DAY 4 TUSCANY – FLORENCE – LUCCA

We turn our attention to Florence – birthplace of the Renaissance and home to the world’s most treasured masterpieces. A local guide brings the city alive as we stroll through the streets on a walking tour. As afternoon melts into dusk, we continue on to Lucca – held by many as the most spectacular walled town in Italy. We highly recommend classical music lovers and novices alike take up the chance to attend the Puccini Opera, a beloved tradition held in the town every evening. (B)

DAY 5 LUCCA – PISA – LUCCA

We come up close and personal to an Italian icon today, with a visit to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then we venture into the city itself, discovering the remarkable acoustics inside the Baptistery of St John, where even the faintest whisper echoes around the walls. Afternoon sees us back in Lucca, where you have a few hours to explore at your own pace. (B)  

DAY 6 LUCCA – CINQUE TERRE – SANTA MARGHERITA

It’s time to experience the glitz and glamour of the Italian Riviera. While here, we discover the five captivating villages of the UNESCO protected Cinque Terre. After uncovering the secrets and fascinating stories behind these gems, we venture to Santa Margherita. Enjoy an evening at leisure – strolling along the beachfront, lined with pretty, pastel-painted houses. (B)

DAY 7 SANTA MARGHERITA – BAROLO – ALBA – CHERASCO

Our compass points north and we travel inland to Piedmont, a region of rich red wines and luxurious cuisine. Our first stop is the village of Barolo, where we join a truffle hunt with a local farmer. All that searching is thirsty work, so we continue to Grinzane Cavour Castle for a wine tasting followed by a sumptuous slow-food dinner in Cherasco. (B, D)  

DAY 8 CHERASCO– ASTI – LAKE ORTA – LAKE MAGGIORE

A treat’s in store for the sweettoothed among us at a distillery near Asti, where we sip regional liquors, complemented by chocolate and hand-made nougat. Then it’s time to head for the hills, pristine lakes and soaring mountains of northern Italy. En route, we pass the rice-growing province of Vercelli and pause at the enchanting Lake Orta. Lake Maggiore marks the magnificent final stop of the day’s journey, and is our base for the next two nights. (B)

DAY 9 LAKE MAGGIORE

Leaving dry land behind us for the day, we set sail for the Borromean Islands – the ambitious summer retreats of the Borromeo family, on Lake Maggiore. We wander the terraces of the ornate Baroque Garden on Isola Bella, drop by the Renaissance Villa on Isola Madre and discover the pretty harbour of Isola dei Pescatori. The rest of the day is free for you to relax on the shores of Lake Maggiore. (B)

DAY 10 LAKE MAGGIORE – VERONA

Bidding farewell to Lake Maggiore, we discover the rural back roads of Lombardy. Our trail takes us through quintessential Italian villages and the beautiful Sigurta Garden Park near Lake Garda. Our final stop is Verona, where we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

DAY 11 VERONA – VENICE

Fair Verona beckons today, with its impressive Roman ruins and romantic hotspots such as Juliet’s Balcony. After exploring the city we continue to the Valpolicella region – the jewel in the crown of Italian wine making. Here we visit Tenuta Santa Maria Valverde estate to taste their reserve wines. Then it’s on to the show-stopping finale of our adventure: an evening in the floating city of Venice. After enjoying a little time to explore, we sit down to a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

DAY 12 VENICE

Wake to a leisurely breakfast, before we all go our separate ways and start on our journey home. (B)     Pick-Up & Drop-Off This tour commences from Hotel Domus Australia, Via Cernaia 14/B, 00185 Roma, Italy at 8.30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.   The tour finishes at 10:00am at Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal, Sestiere Santa Croce, 578, 30135

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