Join us for an unforgettable journey, from Umbria to Northern Italy. Starting in the beautiful city of Assisi for three days of feasting, cooking and having some amazing wine and food. We continue to one of the world’s smallest countries, San Marino, for some unique shopping and dinner. On to the medieval town of Dozza to taste the wines of the province. Followed by Parma where we will partake in the cheeses and Prosciutto.
Estimated cost $3000 per person, for land Single supplement $1125.
(Cost may vary due to size of group and the value of the Euro)
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Depart the USA for your trip to Italy
Upon arrival your escort will welcome you to Italy and transfer to your hotel in Assisi. Enjoy a free afternoon for rest, relaxation, or exploration. Your tour escort can suggest sights or walks for you to enjoy. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner with wine pairings. (D)
Enjoy a guided tour of the sites related to St. Francis and St. Claire. Our tour starts in the stunning 3-level Romanesque/Gothic Basilica di San Francesco built in the 13th c. to house the body of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of Italy and most beloved of all saints for the Italians.The greatest fresco masters of the late 13th-c. and early 14th-c. – Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti – were called to this Basilica to fresco Francesco, rendering this church one of Italy’s most outstanding art museums. Then continue to St Claire (stunning 13th-c Gothic church). Learn about the treasures of the Basilica before we head to the main square of Assisi. All the history of Assisi and every architectural style is synthesized here. This afternoon you will have a cooking class in Assisi. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Full Day Excursion to Deruta and Perugia
A full day tour to 2 of Italy’s most interesting cities, Deruta and Perugia, known worldwide for their Ceramics and Chocolates. Deruta is a hill town and commune in the Province of Perugia in the Umbria region of central Italy. Long known as a center of refined maiolica manufacture, Deruta remains known for its ceramics, which are exported worldwide. In addition to housing the usual governmental offices, the municipal hall houses a museum of ceramics. Along the Tiberina road, at the foot of the old town, yet another church – the Madonna delle Piagge – is clad in ceramic tiles. Perugia, home to the famous Baci chocolates, is often called the Chocolate City. Perugia also has the world’s first hotel dedicated to chocolate, the Hotel di Perugia Etruscan Chocohotel. Of course, Perugia has much more to offer than just chocolate with history going back to the ninth century BC. Today Perugia, the capital of Umbria, is a lively walled hill town with plenty of modern culture making a good base for central Italy travel.
As is true of most Umbrian and Tuscan walled hill towns, one of the best things to do is to wander through the narrow streets and along the walls at the edge of town for views of the valley. Dinner on your own and overnight in Assisi (B).
Assisi to San Marino
Depart Assisi after breakfast for San Marino. Upon arrival in San Marino, you will check into your hotel. There will be an orientation tour of the city after checking into your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to wander around San Marino to make your own discoveries. Dinner in San Marino at local Restaurant. (B,D)
San Marino to Parma
After breakfast we travel to the Medieval town of Dozza. Here we will see and taste the wonderful wines of Emilia Romagna. Then on to Langhorne to see the production of Prosciutto di Parma, taste from the buffet of local products. On to Parma for dinner and overnight.
Parma to Sirmione
Breakfast in Parma, then to tour the production of Parmigiano Reggiano, see the entire process. Depart late morning for Sirmione, a half day tour, and time permitting a boat ride on Lake Garda.
Full day tour of Venice
Walking tour of the city, visit to St. Mark square and the Basilica, tour the Doge’s Palace and visit the Bridge of Sighs and the prisons. Lunch on own with free time to explore Venice. Return to Sirmione for the evening.
Simione to Stresa
After breakfast we depart Sirmione for Stresa. We will stop in Milan for an orientation tour. We visit the Cathedral, Galleria, La Scala Opera Square and the fashion district. Overnight in Stresa.
Morning orientation tour of Stresa with a local guide. Lunch and dinner on your own.
Morning excursion to the Borromean Islands, with stops at Isola Bella and Isola Madre
With a local guide, visit the Borromean Palace. Lunch on own, dinner in a typical restaurant. Overnight in Stresa.
Today depart for a visit to Lake Como
Take the funicular to upper Como, followed by a boat ride on the lake to Bellagio, stroll the ancient city center and its shops. Enjoy the views of Como’s famous Villas on your return. Overnight in Stresa.
Relax and enjoy the beauty of Stresa. Farewell dinner this evening.
Morning transfer from Stresa to Milan for your return flight to the USA.