Arrive in Milan and meet with your English speaking assistant. Milan is the second largest city in Italy and the capital of the Lombardy Region. Hotel check in, dinner and overnight.
Hotel breakfast. Start the guided city tour of this amazing city, which combines art, fashion, style and finance. See the Duomo, the Vittorio Emanuele Gal lery (called Milan’s lounge), the Scala opera House and the amazing Castello Sforzesco, once home of the Sforza family, and “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci, in Chiesa Santa Maria delle Grazie. Lunch is on your own. In the afternoon free time at disposal to enjoy the city. Return to hotel, dinner and overnight.
Hotel breakfast and transfer to Bergamo for a half day guided city tour. In the Alpine foothills, Bergamo is the most striking town in Lombardy. Structured in two levels, the lower city is more modern and dynamic, whilst the upper city boasts a stunning historic centre full of monu ments and works of art. Considered one of the ri chest and most elegant cities in Italy, Bergamo owes its splendor to the domination of Venice, which ruled the city from the beginning of the 15th century until the end of the 18th century. Travel to Brescia. Hotel check in, dinner and overnight.
Hotel breakfast. Visit of Brescia. You will see the Tempio Capitolino, the old Roman ruins, the last remains of what once was the city’s forum during the Roman Empire, built by the emperor Ve spasian, and then Santa Giulia’s cloister, a museum and former convent. Lunch at leisure. Transfer to Franciacor ta. Thanks to the proxi mity south to the Alps’ foothills and nearby important lakes , the ground of gravel and limestone is ideal for grapes, so on the rolling hills shaped by glacial ac tion many well known wines are produced. In the afternoon visit of a wine cellar. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Hotel breakfast. Depart towards Mantua, beautiful art city surrounded on three sides by lakes formed by the Mincio River, southwest of Verona. Start the guided tour: at the centre of the city stands its cathedral, which was rebuilt in the 16th century. The vast Ducal Palace, also called the Reggia of the Gonzagas, stands opposite the cathedral. You will also see the “Palazzo del Te’”, a spectacular building and masterpiece of art which still echoes Renaissance atmospheres. In 2008 Mantua was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lunch at leisure. On the way back stop in Borghetto, medieval village. Back to Brescia, dinner and overnight.
Hotel breakfast. Visit Riva del Garda, elegant and vibrant city right on the Garda Lake, the biggest lake in Italy, much loved by poets and writers of all times. Short excursion to Varone Falls, one of the most popular natural attractions. Go ahead on the panoramic route of the eastern part of the lake to Malcesine. Stop for lunch on your own. Panoramic tour of Malcesine, beautiful lake town governed from 1405 to 1797 by The Republic of Venice. Arrive in Lazise and visit (external) the famous Castle “Castello Scaligero” . Transfer to the hotel in the southern part of the lake. Check in, dinner and overnight.
Hotel breakfast and depart by ferry boat to Limone sul Garda, once one of the most productive lemon-growing spots in Italy! Lunch on your own. The day is dedicated to the visit of the north western part of the lake. Drive to ToscolanoMaderno for a short panoramic tour and then to Gardone Riviera to visit the Vittoriale degli Italiani (The shrine of Italian Victories), a hillside estate overlooking the Garda Lake. It is where the Italian writer Gabriele D’Annunzio lived after his defenestration in 1922 and until his death in 1938. The estate consists of the residence of d’Annunzio called the Prioria (Priory), an amphitheater, the light cruiser Puglia set into a hillside, a boathouse containing the MAS vessel used by D’Annunzio in 1918 and a circular mausoleum. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Hotel breakfast. Depart to Salò for a walk along the elegant lake front and for lunch on your own. Time for shopping and then transfer to Desenzano del Garda, where you will also get the chance to stroll along the narrow city centre streets full of shops and boutiques. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Hotel breakfast. Depart towards Sirmione, with its picture sque Scaliger Castle from the 13th century. The Roman poet Catullus had a villa here, and you will also see the ancient Roman Spa named “Grot te di Catullo”. Lunch at leisure and in the afternoon time for leisure or optional excursion to Parco Sigurtà. It started off as the gardens of Villa Maf fei, once the headquarters of Napoleone III. Today a flourishing and spectacular green area. Return to hotel, dinner and overnight.
Hotel breakfast. Transfer to Milan airport in time for your flight and end of services.