Get involved with one of the most fascinating trips that Italian territory has to offer. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Piedmont lakes, enjoy the myth of Romeo and Juliet in the streets of Verona, the elegance and romance of magical Venice. All in a unique and wonderful journey that will stay forever in your memories.
The calm waters of a lake reflects the beauty of its surroundings; when your mind is serene, your self-beauty will reflect in it.
The Piemonte stretch of waters are little jewels settled in between a combination of hills, woods and villages. Piemonte lakes offer visitors a unique scenery: snow-clad mountains, characteristic small islands, artistic treasures which all together make these places locations worthy visiting and enjoying in all their aspects.
Maggiore Lake is an ideal destination for those who want to enjoy a relaxing holiday surrounded by nature, but not giving up visits to trendy bars along the lake shore and to admire the luxurious 19th century villas settled all around the lake. Since the 15th century and for nearly 3 centuries, the lake area is owned by the powerful family Borromeo, who built many villas, castles and gardens.
Not far from Lake Maggiore, surrounded by green hills, there is the famous Lago d’Orta, known as the most romantic lake in Italy.
The San Giulio Island, a place of peace and spirituality, dominated by the Roman basilica, which one of the most important Romanesque monuments of all Piemonte. From the island You can admire Orta, a small jewel leaning on the lake shores. San Giulio represents a unique scenery, thanks to the buildings huddled up one another, that overnight donate a charming yet enchanting lights tricks.
DAY 1 – ORTA SAN GIULIO
Arrival in Orta San Giulio, a beautiful town on the Orta Lake shores, and accommodation at the luxury hotel Villa Crespi. The amazing villa, including a wonderful minaret, at first used to welcome poets, captains of industry, princesses and the King Umberto of Savoy, nowadays is a hospitality landmark and a temple of Italian good taste. Tour of the town and the island of San Giulio. The small island is dominated by the Romanesque basilica, the bishop’s palace and Benedictine abbey. Here, San Giulio, founded a church, where he decided to be buried and that became a center of evangelization for the whole region. Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 2 – LAGO MAGGIORE
Departure for Stresa, a small jewel set on the banks of the Piemonte side of Maggiore Lake. Morning dedicated to wellbeing at Aminta Villa and Palace SPA. Lunch at the restaurant Calamondino. It is an informal place to relax while enjoying the delights of nature even in your bathrobe. You can directly ask the chef to prepare your meal, discovering the secrets of preparation. In the afternoon tour of the three Borromean Islands (Isola Madre, Isola Bella and Isola Pescatori). Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 3 – VERONA
Departure towards Verona, a wonderful city of art, surrounded by the traces of its ancient history, splendid in its mythical dimension handed over to the Shakespearean masterpiece of Romeo and Juliet. Verona is a man-sized city which fascinates visitors with its elegance and its welcoming atmosphere, in which ancient and modern times meet. It is a place of culture and art well renowned on a national and international level. For this reason Verona has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel Villa del Quar. Roman ruins, medieval vestiges, Venetian and Austrian traces can be seen all across the city, as well as antique palaces, squares, bridges and wonderful churches. In the historical centre, Piazza Bra and the Arena, Piazza Erbe and Piazza dei Signori, Via Cappello and Corso Porta Borsari lead to the Teatro Romano, Ponte Pietra, Castelvecchio, the Ponte Scaligero and the ancient churches of San Fermo and Sant’Anastasia, the Cathedral (Duomo) and San Zeno. Verona is a man-sized city which fascinates visitors with its elegance and its welcoming atmosphere, in which ancient and modern times meet. It is a place of culture and art well renowned on a national and international level. For this reason Verona has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel Villa del Quar.
Verona is the city that inspired the story of Romeo and Juliet, it houses one of the oldest Roman amphitheatres in Italy in addition to its many Middle Ages and Modern History masterpieces and monuments.
DAY 4 – VERONA
As testified by the coat of arms on the internal arch-way of the court-yard, this house belonged to the “Dal Cappello” or “Cappelletti”. The building, dating back to the 13th and renovated in the last century, features the balcony where Romeo promised his beloved Juliet eternal love in Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. Young couples are still very moved by the right of this house and unmarried people touch Juliet’s statue (a kind of good-luck ritual) in the hope of finding the love of their life. How many hopes and desires has this court-yard witnessed over the ages? The interior of the house can be visited and you can stand on Juliet’s balcony and relive the “ high-light” of the earthly life, as well as admire the furniture and the beautiful velvet costumes worn by the actors in the Metro Goldwyn Meyer’s colossal “ Romeo and Juliet”. Romeo’s house is situated in “Via Arche Scaligere”. It is an authentic medieval house which belonged to the 13th century Counts of Cagnolo Nogarola. The latter were part of the Della Scala entourage. The archway is gothic and is enclosed by crenellated walls. The interior cannot be visited but the nearby restaurant contains some of its rooms. The Montagu family is said to have occupied these rooms. The façade bears an inscription with the famous words: “Oh Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?…” “Tut! I have lost myself; I am not here: This is not Romeo, he’s some other where.” (Act 1, scene 1). Free time to walk the centre. Dinner and overnight stay.
The French writer Marcel Proust described Venice as “a city of childhood fantasy and adult melancholy, full of desires and a burst of memories.”A unique city, beautiful and magical at the same time, most of all due to its lagoon, its streets and its gondolas. Experiencing Venice in all its aspects, in each season, in every single moment of the day and night is indescribable and intangible emotion.
DAY 5 – VENICE
Breakfast and departure for Venice, La Serenissima. Arrival and accommodation at the Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Walk through the old town centre: Piazza San Marco, the heart of the city’s politics and justice, was defined as “the finest living room in the World” by Napoleon; the Saint Marco Basilica, which is a spectacular example of harmony between different art styles: the Byzantine, the Romanesque, the Gothic and the Renaissance details give the church a really fascinating atmosphere; the Clock Tower, one of the first watches with mechanical gear indicating the time, the moon, sun and the zodiac phases. Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY6 – VENICE / MURANO / BURANO / TORCELLO
Full day excursion to the lagoon islands. In the morning ferry to Murano, famous for glass processing and visit of the island and its glass factories. After lunch, transfer by boat to Burano, famous for the art of lace and visit of the island. Continuation to Torcello. Here the visitors are immediately enveloped by an atmosphere of motionless silence. It was one of the first islands in the Venetian lagoon to be inhabited by populations of Altino escaping the barbarian invasions. At each step, right after landing on the island, many beautiful landscapes open up to the visitors; panoramas are made of brambles, leaves shaken by the breeze of the lagoon, ruins, dense vegetation, paths that appear to have never been beaten before. Reaching the point where the channel forks, watching to the right, It is possible to admire a red house adorned with a large roof terrace. That is the house where Ernest Hemingway lived, worked and dreamed. Return to Venice. Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 7 – VENICE
Day to spend walking through Venezia. Discovery tour of the churches that the great architect Andrea Palladio’s donated to the city of Venice. Visit to the Jewish Ghetto and the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, just in front of Piazza San Marco. Dinner and overnight stay.
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