This four day tour, starting in Milan, whisks you to Verona, Padova, Triesta, Vicenza, and the Valpolicella region. You’ll float along the old merchant’s passage on the Brenta River, where you’ll visit small towns and ancient mills, pass under bridges, and take in views of picturesque villages and villas. You’ll also visit Trieste, once a part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and now influenced by Slovenian and Croatian cultures. Later, explore Valpolicella, famous for its wine, marble, and memorable villas. There, sip unforgettable local wines before journeying back to Milan
Experience the Magic of the Veneto Region
DAY 1: MILAN - VERONA - PADOVA
This morning we depart for Verona, a city universally known for the Arena, its coliseum, and the setting for the classic Romeo and Juliet. Yout tour begins in Castelvecchio, an old castle on the banks of the Adige River that belonged to the Scala family. After crossing a small bridge, you can admire the rest of the town: Piazza Brà, which houses the Roman amphitheatre; Piazza dei Signori, Palazzo dei Tribunali; Juliet’s house and her famous balcony. After lunch, we will depart for Padova, a rich and developed area that is home to one of the oldest Italian universities. Padova is best known throughout the world because of Fernando Martim, known as the venerated Saint Anthony of Padova. Your visit will start at the Basilica in the main square, built in the first half of the 13th Century and dedicated to Saint Anthony, who spent most of his life in this town. Nearby, you will see the charming Prato della Valle, one of the largest and most unique squares in Europe with its elliptical shape and island in the middle. Next, we will visit the cathedral; Caffé Pedrocchi, a symbol of 19th Century Padova; and Piazza dei Signori. Overnight for the evening.
DAY 2: PADOVA - BRENTA TOUR
After you’ve eaten breakfast, we will board a river ferry boat and travel on the Brenta River, passing Villa Giovanelli, a symbol of 17th Century Veneto architecture. We will disembark in Strà, a small town that houses Villa Pisani, a modern art museum. Next, you’ll be on to Dolo, where you will visit the town’s mills that date back to the 16th Century. After lunch at your leisure, we return onboard the boat and enter the Lock of Dolo, rising and falling as the capacity of the water slowly changes. Enjoy the views of the villages, villas, and bridges along your trip to Mira. There, you will visit Villa Widmann and Villa Foscari (optional visit). The boat tour will end in Malcontenta, where you will board a minibus for the trip back to your hotel in Padova.
DAY 3: PADOVA - TRIESTE - PADOVA
Enjoy breakfast before departing for Trieste, a multi-ethnic town once belonging to the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Here we visit some of the most important places in town: Castle Miramare; Piazza Italia on the wonderful Adriatic Sea; the Amphitheatre, a sign of the Roman Age; the so-called Red Palace; City Hall; and Victory Lighthouse. Then you can spend time at your leisure roaming the streets of the old town center, where you should stop at one of the many cafés for lunch. Return to Padova your overnight stay.
DAY 4: PADOVA - VICENZA - VALPOLICELLA - MILAN
After breakfast, dedicate your morning to Vicenza, internationally known as the home of Andrea Palladio, a master architect who created some of the masterpieces included in your trip: the Basilica, Piazza dei Signori, Palazzo Chericati, and Villa Capra. Walk through the old town on Corso Palladio and then depart to the agricultural region of Valpolicella, an area that owes its fame to the production of wine, the manufacturing of marble, and the charm of its villas. Taste some of the locally produced wines, such as Valpolicella and Amarone, at a typical wine cellar. You will pass through the constantly developing town of Negrar en route to Fumane, a small town of Roman origin. There, have some lunch and enjoy the unique architecture of its five churches and four villas. Next, depart for Milan via Sant’Ambrogio, a utopia for food and wine lovers. Upon arrival in Milan, your tour will come to an end.