After the grape harvest
Beniamino & Anne
Dopo la Vendemmia
Dopo la Vendemmia
12 days (11 nights)
NZ$10,734pp (small group max 10 persons - single supplement may apply)
On this tour, you will:
gain real insight into Italian life and customs
feel free to do what you want to do while being appropriately looked after
enjoy very high-quality accommodation in stunning surroundings. No boring high rises for us!
NOT be getting up every day at 7am and moving on to your next stop
have the opportunity to learn lots of Italian from Beniamino and put your learning into practice
explore regions of Italy renowned for their gastronomic products and their wine-producing tradition
stay at a wine estate and sample some outstanding wines.
learn about the regional cuisine from an experienced Italian restauranteur and enjoy local delicacies.
spend time in medieval towns and villages soaking up centuries of history
visit Mercato di Mezzo, the oldest and the most fascinating market of Bologna
NOT have absolutely everything mapped out for you – there will be surprises along the way that you will want to tell all your friends about when you get home and MOST IMPORTANTLY you will have fun!😊
Start date: 4 October 2020
End date: 15 October 2020
TRAVELLING THROUGH THE REGIONS OF:
PIEMONTE – LIGURIA – EMILIA ROMAGNA – TOSCANA
Tour starts in Milan and ends in Rome
Note: The tour package is a land package only. Flights to suit your individual needs can be arranged for you through us or you can make your own flight arrangements if you prefer.
The tour group will be picked up in Milan and transferred to a charming setting deep in the heart of the Monferrato district, where the party will stay for four nights. This is a hilly region of Piedmont renowned for its gastronomic products and great wine-producing tradition.
We will explore the surrounding area and sample some of the most famous wines from this area such as Barolo and Barbaresco.
We’ll visit Alba, which is considered the capital of the UNESCO Human Heritage hilly area of Langhe, famous for its white truffle, peach and wine production.
White truffle fairs are held regularly here in Autumn. We may want to take a side trip to the small city of Cuneo to try ‘Cuneesi al rhum,’ the scrumptious chocolates with a unique rum-based filling.
We will also not be far from the elegant city of Torino (Turin) and a trip there will be a must for us. Torino is home to some fabulous museums including the world famous Egyptian Museum and the National Car Museum (the letter T in Fiat stands for Torino) and the famous Shroud of Turin is housed there in a beautiful 15th century cathedral.
When we leave Piedmont, we will travel down to the Golfo di Genova in the Ligurian Sea and then along the coast road to Genova (Genoa) and beyond. We will make a short detour to Portofino, where pastel-coloured houses, high-end boutiques and seafood restaurants fringe la piazzetta, a small cobbled square overlooking the harbour lined with super-yachts.
We’ll drive through the popular area known as the Cinque Terre to La Spezia, where we will turn inland for Bologna, the capital of Emilia-Romagna and our base for the next 3 nights. Our accommodation in Bologna will be in a beautiful hotel right in the historical centre of the city within close walking distance of all the main sights.
Bologna is known as “la dotta” (the learned one), “la grassa” (the fat one because of its renown as the food capital of Italy) and “la rossa” (the red one – originally because of the red roofs but more recently because of its association with socialism and communism). Bologna is home to the oldest university in the world, founded in 425AD and it has a colourful social and political history. The food markets are legendary and a must see.
We will then leave Bologna for our final base in the Tuscan countryside. We will travel via Lucca, a city founded by the Etruscans and later a Roman colony. Lucca is protected by a medieval city wall twelve metres high and over four kilometres in length. From a tree-lined footpath on top of the wall, you can enjoy fantastic views of the centro storico (historical centre) and the Apuane Alps.
We will head to the southern region of Tuscany where we will spend 4 nights at a most exquisite location surrounded by vineyards covering thousands of acres overlooked by medieval spires and castles. From our base we will visit the gorgeous city of Siena, where the famous wild horse race Il Palio is held in the stunning Piazza del Campo every July and August. It is a city renowned for its colourful pageants and we are likely to see young men parading in historical costume and carrying their local district banners.
Not far from Siena is the picturesque walled hill town San Gimignano with its 14 towers. There were 72 at one time as building a tower higher than one’s neighbour’s was a popular way for the town’s prominent families to demonstrate their wealth and power. Film buffs will recognise San Gimignano from Zefferelli’s film “Tea with Mussolini.”
There will be ample opportunity to visit ancient villages ancient villages and prestigious wine estates. This is the home of wines such as Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile and one of the world’s great wines, Brunello di Montalcino. Naturally we’ll have to have a glass or two with the locals at one of the enoteche lining the medieval streets of this attractive hill town.
It is going to be difficult to leave this gastronomic paradise but sadly we must depart for Rome, the end of the tour. We can take you to a central point in Rome or Rome International Airport depending on your onward travel plans.
All accommodation costs sharing a double or twin room including breakfasts. Note - a single supplement may apply for single travellers wanting their own room. We will discuss this with you prior to confirmation
All tour travel costs including de-luxe coach or minibus transport and associated charges such as fuel, tolls, taxes, with a local driver.
Daily sightseeing: It will be completely up to you whether you want to participate or spend the day at leisure
- Pick up in Milan at the start of the tour and transfer to Rome International Airport or a central point in Rome at the conclusion of the tour
One group dinner including wine and soft drinks at a specially chosen venue
Local tour guides – Torino, Bologna, Siena
Meals and beverages other than those included
City taxes, room service meals and mini bar refreshments
Individual sightseeing not undertaken as part of the tour
Expenses incurred on sightseeing trips other than transport costs