Northern Lakes & Dolomites

 

DAY 01: ROME - MILAN

Please be on time at Roma Termini train station in order to check the right platform and schedule according to the train booking. High-speed train to Milan (3 hours approx). Arrival in Milan and accommodation at the hotel.

 

DAY 02: MILAN - LAKE ORTA - STRESA - COMO

Departure at 08.30 am to Lake Orta, a small and charming lake situated on the North-eastern side of the region Piedmont. Stop in the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio for a short visit. Then, tour by private boat to reach the island of San Giulio, just in front of the village: it is the pearl of the lake, almost entirely occupied by the Monastery Mater Ecclesie, famous for studies on antique books. After a short visit, back to Orta and departure to Stresa, on Lake Maggiore, an international tourist resort situated in a central but also panoramic and picturesque position along the lakeside roadway, stands just in front of the 'Borromee' islands. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, tour of the Isola Dei Pescatori by boat. The island was named after the main activity which over the centuries has characterized this fishermen town. Admire its simple houses, the narrow lanes, the stone portals, and the attractive underpasses. We will continue to the Isola Bella. Return to Stresa and departure to Como. Overnight in Como.

 

DAY 03: COMO - BELLAGIO - BERGAMO

Breakfast at the hotel. Short visit to the city of Como. Lake Como has been famous for its setting at the intersection of the three branches of the Y-shaped lake, and it is also known as Lario. Board the boat to reach Bellagio, situated at the tip of the peninsula separating the lake's two southern arms, with the Alps visible across the lake to the north. It is a picturesque village with small streets, luxury hotels and villas and gardens. Visit. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, departure with a panoramic tour along the lake and arrival to Bergamo. City characterized by a division of the urban structure on two levels, the “Lower town” (Città Bassa), modern and dynamic and the famous “Upper town” (Città Alta), a truly historic and artistic jewel. After a short walking tour inside the old town with many beautiful churches and monuments, transfer to the modern town, with the best shops, and museums. Overnight in Bergamo.

 

DAY 04: BERGAMO - SIRMIONE - RIVA DEL GARDA - VERONA

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Lake Garda, the largest Italian Lake. Lake Garda offers the visitor a splendid natural scenery, full of colors, surrounded by the Dolomites of Brenta in the north and the gentle slopes of the hills in the south. A rich vegetation flourishes thanks to the Mediterranean climate: lemon trees, oleanders, magnolias and Bougainville. The cultivation of vineyards and olive groves produces good wines and olive oil. Arrival in Sirmione where the lake offers its best panorama, really sunny with the blue of its waters and the green of its trees. Boat tour to have a nice view of the Sirmione Cape, the castle and the Catullo's ruins. Departure to Riva del Garda on the Northside of the Lake. Its old town center shows the signs of the Venetian domain. Free time for lunch and then outgoing to Verona. Overnight in Verona.

 

DAY 05: VERONA - CANAZEI - CORTINA

Breakfast at the hotel and visit the famous city of Verona. This town is known all around the world for its Coliseum called Arena and the main symbol as Juliet balcony, which represents the most important love-story of the literature, written by Shakespeare and inspired by real facts of the two enemies Verona families. We’ll visit the old square of the market, Piazza Delle Erbe, surrounded by some of the most famous buildings, like Torre Lamberti, the City Hall, the tribunal. Free time for lunch. Next, departure to Cortina d’Ampezzo with route through Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa, some of the most wonderful valleys of the Dolomites area. This region includes many small villages: We stop in Canazei, an important place for tourism in all seasons, due to the wonderful view given by this part of the Dolomites that call thousands of tourists every month. Cortina d’Ampezzo, probably the most renowned one because of its historical importance. Depending on the arrival time, we invite you to a free tasting of two beautiful local products. Overnight in Cortina.

 

DAY 06: LAKE MISURINA & DOBBIACO - PUSTERIA AND BADIA VALLEYS - GIAU PASS

Breakfast at the hotel. Outing to Lake Misurina (situated in a perfect position among woods and the Dolomites tops, Three peaks of Lavaredo. Then, way to Lake Dobbiaco, with a strange and shining color emerald of its water that makes it as unique in the world. Visit of Val Pusteria and Val Badia, probably the most typical valleys of the region, having a stop in a typical village to have free time for lunch. After that, we will cross Gardena Pass coming back to Cortina through the amazing Giau Pass. Overnight in Cortina.

 

DAY 07: CORTINA – DOLOMITES PASSES - CAREZZA - MERANO - BOLZANO

Breakfast at the hotel. Travel through several Dolomite Pass: Passo Falzarego which is situated in the basin that surrounds Cortina. Between Val di Fassa and Val Gardena, it gives us a marvelous view, both in winter and summer. Through Passo Costalunga, we arrive at Lake Carezza. Free time for lunch. Then, departure to Merano, the second biggest city of the province after Bolzano. Famous worldwide for its Christmas market, Merano is also a charming and amazing cultural and historical center. Visit the old town and lunch at leisure.  The second half of the day is dedicated to Bolzano. An important commercial center in the Middle Age, it has increased its industry productions during the World War. Tourism still represents the first resource of the local economy.  Visit of Duomo: The Cathedral, with a gothic style, is considered as the symbol of the town; Dominican church, painted with frescos of Bolzano old school. Finally, we’ll visit the main central streets, as Via Dei Portici, the core of the Medieval town. Overnight in Bolzano.

 

DAY 08: BOLZANO - TRENTO -  MILAN - ROME

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Trento, capital of the region. The city is dominated by the castle, known as del Buon Consiglio, a symbol of the House of Habsburg which dominated the district for many centuries. Santa Maria Maggiore built in the XVI century and one of the first works of Renaissance and Gothic age. Palace Geremia, a building that represents the XVI century. Free time for lunch. Finally, back to Milan and transfer to the train station. Train back to Rome and end of services.

 

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