Italy's Poetic Lakes, Bologna and the Veneto

Crystal clear alpine lakes, surrounded by the Italian and Swiss Alps, exceptional local specialties prepared by cooks and private excursions across northern Italy await you on this memorable trip. From a gorgeous villa located along the shore of Lake Maggiore, you experience easy day trips to Bellagio, Lake Como, the Centovalli, Bologna, Vicenza and Lake Orta. All of the places visited are to provide a focus on the magical combination of history, architecture, food and flavors of northern Italy. Clients spend a day on a private launch, with a guide, exploring the Borromeo islands. Clients also have the opportunity to relax in lake side villages or on beautiful ferries that cross the Lakes of Maggiore, Lugano, Como and Orta. A balance of flavorful food, unforgettable scenery and easy days are yours on this once a year exploration with Private Italy Tours Ltd. Accommodations: Our villa for this tour is located along the shore of Lago (Lake) Maggiore. From this spacious and comfortable base, offering incredible views of the Borromeo Islands, client enjoy easy day trips are across the area. In Bologna and Vicenza, we have selected unique boutique hotels located near the city center so that clients have easy access during free time and after dinner to explore these incredible cities on their own.
• Meet and greet at Milan Airport with private transportation from the airport to the villa
• Accommodations along the shores of Lago Maggiore in a lovely villa
• Private guides throughout the tour to add additional perspective to your time in the Lake Region
• Breakfast and Dinner most days at the villa, prepared by the villa’s cook
• Easy walking access to the lake side village near the villa
• Museum tickets included for those sites requiring
• Private modern van transportation throughout for day trips in the area/region
• Private transportation to/ from the villa to the Milan Malpensa airport (or Centrale Station) at the start and conclusion of the tour
• Custom bound itineraries created by Private Italy Tour’s staff for each client which feature details of each day’s activities, sites visited and services provided
(Note: Letters within parenthesis indicate meals included with your tour – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

Day 1: Arrival. Private transfer to villa. Welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2: Mottarone and Santa Caterina (B,L,D)

Day 3: Borromeo Islands – Bella and Pescatore. Villa Taranto using private launch for clients (B,D)

Day 4: Milan. Private Tour of city center (including Duomo, La Scala, Galleria) and visit to Da Vinci’s Last Supper (B,D)

Day 5: Transfer to Bologna. Afternoon tour of city center (private cooking lesson can be arranged-contact us for further details) (B)

Day 6: Prosciutto di Parma and Balsamico producer visits with private guide (B,L)

Day 7: Morning transfer to Vicenza. Private guided tour of city (B)

Day 8: Private transfer/return to villa. Afternoon at leisure at villa (B,D)

Day 9: Lake Maggiore to Lugano and Centovalli train (B,L,D)

Day 10: Private guided visit to Lake Como and village of Bellagio (B,D)

Day 11: Private guided visit to Lago Orta (B,D)

Day 12: Departure
Note:
A $1000.00 per person deposit secures space on this tour. The balance payment is due 120 days prior to the client's arrival date in Milan.
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