Private Northern Italy  Tour

We offer a suggested itinerary of a Northern Italy tour. This can be modified as per your interests.

Northern Italy has many major attractions which are protected by UNESCO. Home of the Italian Riviera, a typical Northern Italy tour includes Portofino, Sanremo, and of Cinque Terre. There are many historic cities in this part of Italy. The cities most travelers wish to visit are: Milan and the important port of Genoa; the canal-filled city of Venice, the cities of Verona, Vicenza, Padua, Trento, Bolzano, Cremona, Bologna, Ferrara, Parma, Ravenna, Cesena, Rimini and Trieste.

Other cities like Aosta, Bergamo, Brescia, Como and Mantua have a rich cultural heritage. Then there are beautiful landscapes such as the lakes Garda (with Grottoes of Catullus and Gardone Riviera), Como (with Bellagio and Varenna) and Maggiore (with Borromean Islands and Angera).

There are also several mountain ranges such as the Dolomites, the Carnic and Julian Alps and first-class ski resorts like Cortina d’Ampezzo and Madonna di Campiglio. Important ski resorts include Sestriere, Courmayeur, Breuil-Cervinia, Livigno and Bormio.

Excursions from Siena

Besides participating in a walking tour of Siena, there are several day excursion that can be accessed. One day excursion to Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, includes lunch at typical restaurant and wine and cheese tastings. Another day excursion to Monteriggioni and San Gimignano. On the thrid day we suggest an excursion to Castiglion del Lago (Trasimeno Lake) and Cortona. All excursions by private car with English speaking driver.

Excursions from Portovenere

Embark on a full day excursion to Cinque Terre, including Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.

NORTHERN ITALY TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Arche Scaligere (the aerial tombs of the della Scala family)
  • Boat excursion to Isola Bella
  • Excursion to villages from Siena
  • Enjoy diverse geography and wonderful landscapes
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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  • 1
    Venice
    Day 1-3: Arrive Venice

    Enjoy two or three days in Venice. Suggest a guided day of sightseeing and a free independent day, as you wish. Or if you have never been to Venice you may like two full days of touring with a guide.

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    Bolzano
    Day 4: Venice-Bolzano

    Pick up at 8:30 am and transfer from hotel to Venice Piazzale Roma, by private motor launch with English speaking assistant.

    Then transfer from Venice to Bolzano, approx 3.5 hr drive by private car with English speaking driver only.

    Arrival in Bolzano, check-in at hotel. Balance of day at leisure.

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    Bolzano
    Day 5: Bolzano

    Full day walking tour of Bolzano, with local English speaking guide, including Piazza Walther, the Cathedral, Domenica Church, Piazza delle Erbe with its fruit and vegetable market, Via dei Portici, Piazza del Grano, Archaeological Museum of Alto Adige, where the famous Mummy Otzi is kept, the oldest mummy found in Europe; and round-trip on the funicular, the oldest funicular in the world.

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    Verona
    Day 6: Bolzano-Verona

    Drive 1.5 hrs to Verona, by private car with English speaking driver. Arrival at hotel, check-in.
    Some independent time.

    This afternoon meet your guide for half day walking tour of Verona including Piazza Bra, Arena di Verona (the Roman amphitheater), Piazza Erbe, Piazza dei Signori, Arche Scaligere (the aerial tombs of the della Scala family, a true masterpiece of the international Gothic style.

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    Bologna - Florence
    Day 7: Verona- Bologna - Florence

    Drive to Bologna approx 1hr 45 min by private car with English speaking driver.
    On arrival meet your guide in Piazza Cavour. Half day walking tour of Bologna, with local English speaking guide, including San Petronio Basilica, Asinelli Tower, Garisenda Tower, San Domenico Basilica.

    Afternoon depart to Florence, approx 1 hr 45 min drive. On arrival, rest of the day at leisure.

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    Siena
    Day 8: Florence- Greve in Chianti - Radda in Chianti - Castellina in Chianti –Siena

    Morning departure to Siena by private car with English speaking driver. En-route stops in Greve in Chianti, Radda in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti; one wine tasting and typical lunch.

    Arrival in Siena, check-in at hotel. Rest of day independent

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    Day 9: Siena

    Full day walking tour of Siena including San Domenico Basilica, the Cathedral, Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Pubblico, Torre del Mangia, Loggia della Mercanzia, Santa Caterina Sanctuary.

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    Day 10: Day Excursion: Montepulciano (65 km/1 hr) – Pienza (15 km/22 min) –Montalcinco

    Full day excursion to Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, by private car with English speaking driver. Includes lunch at typical restaurant and wine and cheese tastings. Return to Siena for overnight.

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    Day 11: Day Excursion: Monteriggioni - San Gimignano

    Full day excursion to Monteriggioni and San Gimignano, by private car with English speaking driver. Includes lunch at typical restaurant and wine tasting.

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    Day 12: Day Excursion: Castiglion del Lago (Trasimeno Lake)

    Full day excursion to Castiglion del Lago (Trasimeno Lake) and Cortona, by private car with English speaking driver.

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    Portovenere
    Day 13: Siena – Lucca – Portovenere

    Departure to Lucca by private car with English speaking driver. On arrival in Lucca, meet the local guide, in Piazzale Verdi. Tour including the Renaissance walls, Piazza Anfiteatro, the Cathedral, Church of San Michele in Foro and San Frediano Basilica.

    Continue to Portovenere. Arrival, check-in at hotel. Rest of day at leisure.

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    Cinque Terre
    Day 14: Day Excursion Portovenere - Cinque Terre – Portovenere

    Full day excursion to Cinque Terre, including Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, partially by private car and partially by boat or train (it depends on weather, the guide will decide on the spot).

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    Portofino
    Day15: Portovenere – Portofino

    Morning at leisure in Portovenere. This afternoon, 1.5 hr drive to Portofino by private car with English speaking driver.

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    Day 16: Day excursion: Santa Margherita Ligure – Rapallo

    A full day excursion to Santa Margherita Ligure and Rapallo, by private car with English speaking driver only. Return to Portofino for overnight.

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    Stresa
    Day 17: Portofino – D’Orta Lake – Stresa

    Morning departure to Stresa by private car with English speaking driver. En-route a stop at D'Orta Lake; time at leisure for a walk (2 hr stop).

    Arrival at hotel in Stresa, check-in. Balance of day at leisure

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    Day 18: Excursion to Isola Bella

    This morning walk 50 metres to the port on your own (hotel concierge can direct you). Your private boat departs at 10:30 am from Stresa Port (Piazza Marconi) to Isola Bella. The boat will drop you off behind the Palazzo Borromeo. Go inside to meet your English-speaking guide at 11:00 am (entry tickets included) for a 1 hour visit.Afterwards, time at leisure to visit on your own Giardino Barocco and for eating at local restaurant. Late afternoon transfer back to Stresa by private boat and walk back to your hotel

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    Day 19: Depart Milan

    Transfer from Stresa hotel to Milan Malpensa Airport (50 kms/50 min).

  • Trip Length

    14-18 days

  • Dates

    Best season April-October

  • Land Cost

    Example: $13,785 per person based on 2023 prices

  • Group Size

    1-6

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