Veneto Wine + Culture Tour Itinerary
6 Days | 5 Nights
Start: Venice | Piazzale Roma or Tronchetto
Finish: Verona | Porta Nuova Train Station
(Please note: This is a sample itinerary. Each tour is unique.)
We’ll greet each other with an ebullient buongiorno! at our meeting point in Venice. After packing up our spacious van, we’ll head to the prosecco hills just north of Venice. The day will include visits and tastings at two prosecco wineries in Conegliano (one of the two most prestigious prosecco-producing regions in the world) + lunch and a hike through the vineyards. We’ll then head to our hotel in Valdobbiadene (the other famous prosecco region), settle in and have a wonderful dinner at a gourmet restaurant with fantastic views.
After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll head to one of our absolute favorite, family-run prosecco wineries in Valdobbiadene and have a tour and tasting. Lunch will be at one of the region's best kept secrets. Next, we’ll drive to the lovely Bassano del Grappa. After some free time to explore the town, we’ll have a tour and a mini tasting at a distillery that makes the town's potent grape-skin brandy grappa. Dinner will be at a gem of a restaurant in the city center.
Our third day begins with a drive to Vicenza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to 23 Palladian-built buildings. You’ll have a guided tour of the city center and then some free time to explore and have lunch on your own. We’ll then meet and head to Soave, where we’ll taste some deliciously dry white wine at one of the region’s most respected producers. Afterward, we’ll drive westward toward Verona and check in at our hotel. Dinner will be at an award-winning trattoria in a neighboring town.
Things are getting serious. Today is dedicated to a few grapes that, when processed and aged differently and blended at various ratios, produce six distinct wines: Bardolino Chiaretto, Bardolino, Valpolicella, Valpolicella Ripasso, Amarone and Recioto della Valpolicella. We’ll begin in the Bardolino region at a small winery that specializes in its namesake's light, fruity rosès and reds. For lunch, we will be wined and dined at a world-renowned, historical winery that produces Valpolicella and Amarone. After taking in its spectacular grounds, we’ll head to the vineyards of a truly special producer of Amarone. We’ll stay in the area for a walk and have a hearty meal at a restaurant loved by the locals before heading back to the hotel.
Our last full day winds things down with a day at a gorgeous spa overlooking Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake. You'll relax in the thermal waters that have been prized since the Romans, and explore the town of San Sirmione (technically part of Lombardy) before heading back to the hotel in the late afternoon for a group cooking lesson. We’ll have a wine tasting of Lugana, an excellent, full-bodied white wine, and a few others while we chop, mince and stir. Dinner will be the delicious fruits of our labor.
Before we say arrivederci, we’ll head to Verona for a guided tour, taking in the Roman arena, one of the most beautiful town squares in all of Italy, and Juliet’s (of Romeo and Juliet) supposed family home complete with balcony. Following the tour, we’ll have our farewell lunch at a local osteria. Our drop-off will be at Verona’s main train station, Porta Nuova.