April 6-17, 2024
Highlights include: Italian Lakes Region, Stresa, Wine Tasting, Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre, Carrara Marble Quarries Off-Road Excursion, Tuscan Countryside, Italian Cooking Class, San Gimignano, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Venice
Come on an exclusive adventure with me limited to 24 travelers! I travel all over Italy bringing Coco’s guests on tours several times a year and this is one of my favorites because, on this trip, the romantic part of Italy comes to life. This tour will tickle all of the senses: your eyes, ears, nose and taste buds. Another great reason to chose this trip is that it is harvest time in Italy, plenty of foods are at their peak freshness. The vineyards will be bustling with production, a site you can only see this time of year with a special focus on visits to artisan salumi producers and makers of Parmigiano-Reggiano where you can taste cheeses aged from 16 to 65 months. My mouth is watering as I write this because it really is a seasonal treat and I can’t wait for you to partake in this with me. During our free time I will guide or join you on my top picks for restaurants, suggestions for ordering foods and favorite cocktails. You will love every moment of this very special tour and you will find out why so many people want to move to Italy when you are done with this this romantic, culinary and cultural adventure.
-Chuck Cinelli, Owner of Coco’s
As Low As $4,949* All Inclusive
12 day package that Includes Air
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After September 7, 2023 please call for rates.
Call Chuck Cinelli at (615) 678-6318
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Travel along breathtaking landscapes and venture into metropolitan meccas ripe with culture and history. Discover Italy on an unforgettable journey that delves into its most cherished treasures.
DAY 2 Stresa – Borromeo
Begin on the arresting shores of Lake Maggiore, surrounded by the peaceful beauty of the Alpine lakes region. This evening, cruise to Isola dei Pescatori*, the most picturesque of the Borromean Islands, where you’ll engage with new friends at a dinner welcoming you to Italy.
DAY 3 Stresa – Mottarone
In an ancient village nestled in the mountains, a local family welcomes you to sample their very own artisanal cheeses, paired with the region’s best wines. The remainder of the day in Stresa is at your leisure. Explore the piazzas, flower-lined cobblestone streets, and lakeside promenades. Or enjoy your breathtaking surroundings during an optional cruise to Isola Bella, known as the “beautiful island.” Here an expert will guide you into the Borromeo Palace,** a lakeside Baroque beauty adorned with an exotic garden. As the day draws to a close, visit a family-run wine shop and enjoy a cocktail party with some antipasto snacks.
DAY 4 Stresa – Orta – Italian Riviera
Witness picture-perfect views from Lake Orta, an ancient glacial lake in the Alpine foothills. A boat delivers you to the island of San Giulio, dominated by its working convent. Journey to the Italian Riviera and discover its immeasurable grandeur along the Liguria coast.
DAY 5 Italian Riviera – Cinque Terre
Travel by rail today as you discover the colorful Cinque Terre (UNESCO), a string of medieval villages perched on the edge of the sea. Feel like you have stepped back in time as you traverse the rugged coastal area dotted with terraced vineyards. Spend an afternoon independently exploring this awe-inspiring landscape.
DAY 6 Italian Riviera – Lucca – Tuscany
Veer off the beaten path to visit one of Italy’s great natural wonders: the Carrara marble quarries. During an off-road drive in the Apuane Mountains, you’ll follow the roads the cavatori (quarrymen) carved into the mountains while extracting the precious stone. Over the centuries, Carrara marble was used by artists such as Michelangelo to carve his Pietà in Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as his legendary Statue of David. Enjoy some free time to explore Carrara’s old town on your own; view the town’s cathedral, the Duomo, built in white marble, or search for Michelangelo’s bust marking his former home. Continue on through the rolling hills of Tuscany, ending the day in a historic Tuscan villa for a rejuvenating 4-night stay.***
DAY 7: Tuscany – San Gimignano-Tuscan
This morning, journey into the heart of the Chianti countryside, where a family-owned villa welcomes you. After a tour of the house and grounds, you’ll engage in a hands-on cooking lesson. Break bread during an authentic Tuscan lunch and toast to your host with local Chianti wine. Later, take in Tuscany’s landscape, a spectrum of verdant vineyards and endless groves en route to San Gimignano. Nicknamed the Manhattan of the Middle Ages, San Gimignano’s 14 towers soar distinctively over the landscape making this iconic hilltop village stand out against the rolling hills. Taste authentic Italian gelato from an award-winning ice cream parlor while you wander the cobbled streets and gaze up at the imposing towers during time at leisure in this Tuscan gem.
Day 8 Tuscany – Siena
Today we take a scenic drive to Siena, where Romanesque and Gothic architecture surround us within this UNESCO World Heritage site. We meet up with our local guide and walk the narrow medieval streets and see all the beauty within Siena. We’ll take a walk to the Gothic cathedral – Duomo di Siena – an architectural marvel featuring frescoes by Pinturicchio and masterpieces by Pisano, Donatello, and Michelangelo. Visit Piazza del Campo, where Palio di Siena (famous horse race) takes place every year, or roam the city and try to find all 17 plaques that represent the 17 districts “Contrade of Siena” that race in the Palio di Siena. Then we retreat to your Tuscan villa for a relaxing afternoon.
Day 9 Tuscany -Florence
Welcome to Florence – the birthplace of the Renaissance and the beloved home of the Medici family, Galileo, Botticelli and da Vinci. Set out on a walking tour of Florence’s treasures and monuments, highlighting the Piazza del Duomo and the famous Gates of Paradise on the Baptistery. You’ll also wander past the Palazzo Vecchio, the Signoria and Santa Croce squares. Enjoy time to explore Florence independently before returning to your villa.
Day 10 Tuscany – Bologna – Venice
On a walking tour, discover the culture of Bologna, a city barely changed since the time of the Renaissance and Italy’s food capital. Browse the city’s specialty food shops and sample local delicacies such as Parmigiano cheese, mortadella – the Italian progenitor of baloney – and lasagna. Arrive later in Venice, the “Queen of the Adriatic,” and settle in for a 2-night stay in one of the most romantic cities in the world.
Day 11 Venice
We will spend our last day in Venice, home to lavish art collections, architectural wonders and where marbled palaces tower over gondola- laden canals. We will travel by boat to Murano – the “City of Glass” – for an expert glass-blowing demonstration, a renowned tradition on the island. After touring through Murano and finding a few treasures, we will journey back to St. Mark’s – Venice’s iconic main square. During our free time, I’ll point out some great lunch spots. After lunch, a local guide will take us on a tour of the city’s incredible sites, including the Bridge of Sighs, the Clock Tower, and St. Mark’s Basilica. We’ll say “Arriverderci” to Italy at a savory farewell dinner I have planned for everyone.
Day 12 Venice
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