Authentic Northern Italy
- Duration8 Nights
- StylePrivate Tour
- When to GoApr - Oct
- Price GuideFrom $5,058 Per Person
At a Glance
- Arrival into Milan & private transfer to hotel
- Private city tour of Milan
- Entrance to Santa Maria Delle Grazie Church - home to da Vinci’s Last Supper
- Private transfer to Benevello in Italy's Piemonte Region
- Full day tour Monferrato Wine territory
- Wine tasting & lunch
- Cooking Class at a local farmhouse, nestled among picturesque vineyards
- Private transfer to the historic lakeside town of Como
- Bellagio & lakeside villages tour, including 19th-century Villa Melzi
- Free day to enjoy Lake Como
- Private transfer to Milan Airport
Meet Our Expert
From the snowy peaks of the Dolomites to the sun-kissed coasts of Puglia, my European journey has been nothing short of diverse and immersive. Now based in the chic ambience of Milan, this deep connection with Italy and Malta ensures that I bring unmatched authenticity to every travel itinerary I curate.
- 8 nights in 4 or 5-star accommodation
- Daily breakfast at all hotels
- Private arrival and departure airport transfers, including VIP fast track immigration on arrival
- All mentioned airport transfers and road transport on a private basis in Air Conditioned minivans
- All mentioned tours and sightseeing on a private basis with private driver and English-speaking local guides
- Entrance fees for any mentioned sightseeing, permits, local taxes, etc
- 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
- Flexible, personalized itinerary based on your interests
What's not Included
- International flights from your country of origin
- Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, hotel staff
- Any meals, tours, or activities other than those specifically mentioned in itinerary
- Incidental local expenses - souvenirs, laundry, taxis, etc
- Visas for Italy. Your consultant will advise of any required visas and how to obtain them.
- Travel insurance - we strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as you have booked your trip.
Day by Day Itinerary
- DAY 1
Milan: Arrival into Milan, Italy
Your Authentic Northern Italy getaway begins with your arrival into Milan Malpensa Airport. Your private driver will be there to welcome you and provide transfer to your hotel in the city, an international capital of fashion, architecture, and industrial design as well as Italy’s hub for commerce and finance. It’s a mix of 21st-century modern and Renaissance, home to everything from Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper to a treasure trove of contemporary works. After settling in you might head to Milan’s grandest square, Piazza del Duomo which hosts its largest gothic cathedral to soak up the scene while unwinding at one of the enticing cafes. For an amazing view over it all, head to one of the rooftop terraces at the Duomo.
- DAY 2
Milan: Milan City Tour with Last Supper
Today you’ll be met by an expert guide for a tour of the city, including a visit to Santa Maria Delle Grazie church where you’ll see da Vinci’s famous mural, The Last Supper. Delve into Renaissance times, the city’s golden era, when the powerful Sforza family hoped to turn it into northern Italy’s artistic capital, inviting some of the greatest artists of the period, including da Vinci and Bramante. When you marvel at da Vinci’s remarkable mural, you might look for hidden messages in the painting as so many others do, having been inspired by the thriller novel/film, The Da Vinci Code. Your tour also includes a visit to Castello Sforzesco which holds da Vinci’s Sala delle Assi and the last unfinished masterpiece by Michelangelo, Rondanini Pietà. Conclude at Milan’s horse racetrack to see the highly celebrated Horse of Leonardo with free time to shop, enjoy lunch or just wander around afterward.
- DAY 3
Benevello: Transfer from Milan
This morning you’ll head out into the Piemonte countryside, a region that offers natural beauty similar to Tuscany but without the crowds. You’ll be met by your private transfer for transfer to your hotel, located just outside of the small village of Benevello. Enjoy the atmosphere of the converted 19th-century farmhouse tucked among rolling vineyard landscapes. You might want to relax at the poolside, enjoy the views while sipping a glass of Barolo, and then take the relaxation up a notch in the wellness area which includes a Finnish sauna, whirlpool, and steam room. While there are many outstanding restaurants throughout the area, a gourmet feast at the Michelin-starred eatery on-site is highly recommended. You might want to request a peek inside the wine cellar, located in the former chapel of the farmhouse.
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- DAY 4
Benevello: The Monferrato Immaterial UNESCO Heritage
Journey to Canelli, a bustling town in the heart of Monferrato Wine territory with your private sommelier driver/guide. It’s best known for its network of galleries and tunnels that were dug out between the 16th and 19th centuries. The UNESCO-listed Underground Cathedrals are where the top sparkling wines and Champagnes are produced using the Méthode Champenoise which requires a secondary fermentation in the bottle instead of a tank. You’ll learn all about how the wine is made and enjoy a tasting of local wines, sparkling wines, a typical Vermouth, and dessert wine. At that point, you’re bound to have worked up an appetite, so it’s the perfect time for a light lunch in a rural estate. Afterward, you’ll visit the village of Barbaresco and stop at a wine bar that sits within the deconsecrated church of San Donato. Conclude with a tasting at a Barbaresco-producing winery in NEive, Treiso, or Barbaresco.
- DAY 5
Benevello: Cooking Class at Farmhouse & Winery in La Morra
A highlight on any authentic Northern Italy tour, today you’ll head to a farmhouse and winery to learn some new cooking skills. Your private driver will transfer you from your Benevello hotel to La Morra, a medieval hilltop village with centuries-old buildings nestled among picturesque vineyards, about a half hour’s drive away. Once you’re there, you’ll put on an apron and get a recipe book so that you can prepare a full meal with a little help from the talented chef. It includes two courses and a dessert, plus plenty of tips from the farmhouse matriarch you’ll be able to take back home and put to use, perhaps showing off your new skills to family and friends. Once your delicious dishes are finished, you’ll get to sit down and taste the results.
- DAY 6
Como: Transfer from Benevello
The final leg of your Northern Italy escape takes you to Lake Como. Your private driver will transfer you to the town of Como which sits right on the most famous of Italy’s lakes with its sparkling waters and the Italian Alps backdrop spotlighted in many films, such as James Bond’s “Casino Royale.” After settling into your Como hotel, you might enjoy a walk around the city with its many important museums, historical buildings, and fine restaurants. The archaeological museum is well worth a look with various finds and artifacts dating as far back as ancient Greek times. It’s a fascinating look at the history of the town and its inhabitants over the centuries with stonework, pottery, jewelry, and more. There are plenty of shops to browse if you want to give your wallet a workout too.
- DAY 7
Como: Bellagio & Lakeside Villages Tour
Today you’ll take a tour with your private driver/guide to Bellagio, traveling the inner shore along the narrow, winding roadway that stretches from Como to Bellagio, known as the “Pearl of Lake Como.” The panoramic views that feature the lake’s western side make this an especially pleasant journey, something referred to as the “Amalfi Coast Road of Lake Como.” It takes about an hour to get to Bellagio, and once there you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of the ancient historic center. Afterward, visit magnificent early 19th-century Villa Melzi, a private villa with gardens that are open to the public. The garden’s axis ascends the slope from the lakeshore to a high point above the villa and is crossed by multiple meandering paths. The Roman statues, Egyptian sculptures, and Japanese ponds add to the romantic atmosphere. Return to Como via public ferry from Bellagio followed by a drive into the city.
- DAY 8
Como: Day of Leisure
Como, a captivating city in northern Italy, offers a perfect day of leisure. Its picturesque location on Lake Como, surrounded by the Alps, is perfect for strolling through the charming old town with its medieval architecture and quaint streets. Must-visit attractions include Como Cathedral and Villa Olmo. Enjoy local cuisine like risotto alla milanese and gelato. Como is a glamorous destination that attracts jetsetters, celebrities, and superyachts. Beyond its glitz and glam, there are museums, galleries, and parks for a peaceful retreat. In summary, Como is an unforgettable experience of natural beauty, delicious food, and a touch of glamour.
- DAY 9
After eight magical nights exploring Northern Italy, the most difficult day of your journey has arrived. It’s time to depart, with your private driver picking you up from your hotel for transfer back to Milano Malpensa Airport. With so many spectacular destinations in Italy and beyond, if you aren’t ready to return home just yet, ask our travel experts about creating a bespoke addition to your itinerary. You might discover Puglia in the “heel of the boot,” Sicily, Rome, or combine this trip with one in Greece. The options are practically endless. If not now, we wish you safe travels home and would love to help you create more memories in the future.
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