Location: Verona - Garda Lake - Brescia - Franciacorta - Iseo Lake - Mantova - Cremona - Parma - Busseto - Reggio Emila

A different Italy. A tour to enjoy the true value of that part of Northern Italy that is not only industry and work, but also traditions, history, art and culture.
A different Italy will become an unescapable destination for foreign tourists.

 

 

 

Day 1 – VERONA AND GARDA LAKE
Meeting in Verona and guided tour of one of the oldest and most beautiful Italian cities.
To visit Verona is to plunge into the ancient emotions of a town still keeping values and features related to an ancient past of medieval and Renaissance splendor alive.
Verona is the favourite destination for lovers and tourists seeking emotions thanks to the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet, which Shakespeare situates here.
In the old Verona you can feel the strongest emotion going into the largest outdoor opera theatre in the world: the Arena of Verona. The amphitheatre can hold 15,000 spectators. Some of the greatest artists of the world put on shows in the Arena every year.
Lunch in a restaurant.
After lunch, transfer to Sirmione, meet your guide to visit the beautiful town.
In the town of Sirmione, on the tip of the peninsula, we find the largest and most important Roman villa in northern Italy, called “Grotte di Catullo”, built between the first century B.C. and the first century A. D.
In the evening, transfer to Padernello, famous for its castle, built at the end of 1400, and still keeping its beautiful lines of a manor surrounded by its moat.
The castle has its undoubted charm, to which certainly contribute the beautiful environmental setting, and the still intact agricultural village in the nearby.
The rooms of the castle were enriched with stucco and frescoes in the past centuries, and furnished with valuable furniture and ornaments.
Dinner in one of the rooms of the castle.
After dinner, transfer to the hotel and overnight stay.

Day 2 – BRESCIA
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for a guided walking tour of Brescia.
In the heart of the city is one of the most interesting archaeological areas in the north of Italy.
You can see the imposing ruins of the Forum, the Capitoline Temple (73 AD), the Basilica (I century AD), but also those of private houses with mosaics and frescoes. The III century theatre is nearby. Leaving behind Via Musei, within minutes you will reach the splendid view of the Cathedral Square (Piazza Paolo VI).
The old Cathedral (Rotonda) is one of the few circular Romanesque churches, its shape goes probably back to that of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
The New Cathedral was built between 1604 and 1825. With its 80 meters internal height the dome is the third largest in Italy after St. Peter’s in Rome and Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence.
Leaving Piazza del Duomo and walking under the characteristic arcades, you will reach Piazza della Loggia.
Lunch in a restaurant.
After lunch visit to the Museum of the Mille Miglia, “the most beautiful race in the world.”
The museum of the legendary race car is located within the historic Monastery of St. Euphemia, a splendid architectural complex on the outskirts of Brescia.
Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3 – FRANCIACORTA AND ISEO LAKE
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Rodengo Saiano.
Upon arrival visit of the Olivetan Abbey of St. Nicholas.
Founded by the monks of Cluny before 1050, the Abbey is certainly one of the most majestic and rich religious complexes in northern Italy. The greatest Brescian artists, Foppa, Romanino, Moretto, Gambara and Cossali, worked in the monastery between 500 and 600.
Transfer to one of the cellars of Franciacorta, considered by many to be the only area of Italian sparkling wine production that reached levels comparable to those of Champagne.
Guided tour of the cellar for a tasting of the best products from Brescia, naturally accompanied by a flute of Curtefranca wine.
After lunch, transfer to Lake Iseo for a private ferry cruise.
Inside the Lake Iseo stands Monte Isola, the largest lake island in Europe.
The cruise will include the visit to the two private islands of the lake.
In the evening, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4 – CREMONA AND MANTUA
Breakfast at the hotel.
Guided tour of Cremona where you can see: the charming medieval square where Palazzo Comunale is located, the Baptistery, the Cathedral and Torrazzo, one of the highest bell-tower in Europe, the Stradivari Museum and the Collection of the most famous Old Violins in the world.
Late in the morning visit to a lutist shop to find out how violins, violas, cellos and double basses are made, today as in past

centuries, with the opportunity to attend a private concert.
Lunch in a restaurant.
In the afternoon transfer to Mantua.
Guided tour of Palazzo Ducale, called “a city within a city”, the big palace where the governing families of Mantua lived, worked and conspired from the late thirteenth to the eighteenth century.
In the old town you can see its ancient squares and buildings: Piazza Sordello, Piazza Broletto, Piazza Erbe, Palazzi Bonacolsiani, Torre della Gabbia, the Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo della Ragione, the Rotunda of Matilda, S. Lorenzo and the famous Basilica of St. Andrew, one of Leon Battista Alberti’s masterpieces.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5 – PARMA AND BUSSETO
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Parma, guided tour of the town.
You can visit medieval buildings such as Piazza Duomo, the cathedral, the Baptistery and Palazzo Vescovile. The Cathedral (XI-XII) is one of the highest expressions of Pianura Padana Romanesque architecture.
A few dozen meters from the cathedral you can see San Giovanni Evangelista, a Renaissance building which houses extraordinary paintings: including the dome frescoed by Correggio in 1520-21, and some frescoes by Parmigianino.
The visit continues with Parco Ducale, a magnificent example of French garden, which surrounds Palazzo Ducale.
Lunch at a restaurant.
In the afternoon departure for Busseto to visit the places where Verdi lived.
Giuseppe Verdi, one of the greatest composers of his time, was born in a small farmhouse in Roncole di Busseto on 10 October 1813.
The house is now a national monument.
Guided tour of the Casa Natale, Casa Barezzi Museum and the Theatre named after the composer himself.
In the evening return to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6 – REGGIO EMILIA
Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure for Reggio Emilia, guided tour of the town.
Reggio Emilia is a city with a long history, its birth can be dated to the second century BC by the Romans.
The main feature of its historical center is the hexagonal shape, where many buildings and monuments of great artistic interest are located.
The Giardini, the neoclassical gardens, are definitely worth visiting for their beautiful structure and fountains.
Lunch at a restaurant.
In the afternoon, tour of the town.