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  • Day 1

    Verona

    Remarkable Landmarks
    Arena di Verona on Piazza Bra – one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind dating back 2000 years, and host to the historic annual Opera Festival.

    Castelvecchio, built in the 15th century to protect the city, now home to military artefacts, sculptures and paintings, and a connecting bridge - Ponte Scaligero – constructed as an escape route to the countryside which boasts one of the city’s most evocative views. 

    Check out beautiful Basilica di San Zeno for its magnificent Romanesque façade, stunning stained-glass rose window, elaborately crafted bronze doors, and many notable artworks. Marvel over the incredible Romanesque Duomo Santa Maria Matricolare’s gorgeously vaulted interior constructed from pink Verona marble, and its stunning medieval frescoes and Renaissance paintings. Don’t miss Galleria d'Arte Moderna Palazzo Forti’s extensive collection of artworks (reached by the Gothic Scala della Ragione or ‘Stairs of Reason’).

    Remarkable Restaurants
    One Michelin-starred Ristorante Il Desco (Via Dietro S. Sebastiano) – classic Italian cuisine in the heart of Verona’s historic centre.

    Stay: Due Torri Hotel (2 nights)​

  • Day 3

    Verona to Lake Garda

    Drive Time: 1 hour | Distance: 27 miles

    Remarkable Landmarks
    Discover unforgettable organic and biodynamic wines with intimate guided tours and tastings at Villa Calicantus Winery in Calmasino in the heart of the Bardolino Classico.

    It’s all about ‘kitsch’ at Il Vittoriale degli Italiani – the truly OTT estate of writer-turned-soldier Gabriele d’Annunzio – its mansion packed to the rafters with furniture, frescoes, eccentric objets d’art, plus over 30,000 books and 10,000 paintings.

    For something a little more light-hearted, take in the seriously stunning lake views while biking along the Ciclo-Pedonale from Lazise to Bardolino. Or take the kids to Italy’s biggest theme park, Gardaland, where Peppa Pig will be setting up home later this year.

    Remarkable Restaurants
    Creative Mediterranean cuisine at Ristorante Antica Trattoria La Speranzina, set directly on the lake in Sirmione.

    Stay: Villa Cortine Palace Hotel (2 nights)​

    Your Stay

    Villa Cortine Palace Hotel

    Having dominated Lake Garda since first opening its doors back in 1953, Villa Cortine Palace has been charming the socks off guests ever since. A gorgeous spot to recharge with your significant other.

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  • Day 5

    Lake Garda to Lake Iseo

    Drive Time: 1 hour | Distance: 40 miles

    Remarkable Landmarks
    Go back in time on Monte Isola, Europe’s largest lake island, where only the priests, doctors and the mayor have cars. Wander the backstreets of Peschiera, visit the two lost-in-time waterfront fishing villages; go by mule to the picture-perfect chapel at Isola’s peak; or take the nine-mile trail on foot or by bike around this entire gorgeous wooded isle.

    Up in the hills, between Bergamo and Lake Iseo, in the heart of the Valcalepio region, wine-lovers won’t want to miss Castello di Grumello, a castle dating back to the Middle Ages that now also produces around 100,000 bottles of wine annually.

    Remarkable Restaurants
    Ristorante Locanda al Lago, in the middle of the lake on Monte Isola, where you’ll feast on the area’s finest seafood.

    Stay: L'Albereta (2 nights)

    Your Stay

    L'Albereta

    Hidden away amongst the rolling Italian hills of Franciacorta, this wine-lover’s retreat is also listed among the country’s best luxury spa hotels.

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  • Day 7

    Lake Iseo to Lake Como

    Drive Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes | Distance: 75 miles

    Remarkable Landmarks
    The heavenly Villa del Balbianello – so picturesque in fact, it was cast as the Lake Retreat of Padmé and Anakin in Star Wars Attack of the Clones.

    In Como’s historic centre, the green-domed Duomo blends over 400 hundreds of years of styles, influences and inflections of copious artists and skilled artisans.

    ‘Pearl of the Lake’ Bellagio will have you smitten with its maze of tiny streets, steep stone staircases, red-roofed and green-shuttered buildings, and rhododendron-filled gardens.

    That’s not to say Bellagio has the monopoly on gorgeous grounds though. Villa Carlotta’s magnificent Botanical Gardens near Tremezzo are a modern theatre of greenery, awash with colour, and dotted with mythological statues.

    Remarkable Restaurants
    Como’s La Colombetta – a rich and modern interpretation of authentic Sardinian cuisine; and a family-run favourite with the likes of George Clooney and Robert De Niro.

    Stay: Villa d'Este (3 nights)​

    Your Stay

    Villa D'Este

    Enter Villa d'Este's wrought iron gates and discover a secluded world enjoyed by the fortunate few, widely praised for its beautiful gardens, exquisite cuisine, impeccable décor and extraordinary hospitality.

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  • Day 10

    Lake Como to lake Maggiore

    Drive Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes | Distance: 66 miles

    Remarkable Landmarks
    Loved by Ernest Hemingway and more recently the royal family, the Borromean Islands of Isola Bella and Isola Madre are unique little worlds of their own, bursting with flora and fauna: the former entirely occupied by the sumptuous 17th-century Palazzo Borromeo and its scenographic terraced gardens; the latter home to a magnificently romantic botanical garden rich in rare plants and where a collection of white peacocks, golden pheasants and parrots live freely in this splendid natural setting.

    Travel up Monte Sasso del Ferro on the on the Laveno Bucket Lift for picture-perfect panoramas (choose an open air ‘bucket’ for peak photo ops). And for the best view in town, head to Stresa for drinks at Hotel La Palma’s super-cool rooftop Sky Bar.

    Remarkable Restaurants
    Dinner in one of the charming restaurants on Isola Pescatori.

    Stay: Grand Hotel Majestic Pallanza (3 nights)​

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    Grand Hotel Majestic Pallanza

    A truly majestic Belle Époque villa resting on the shores of Lake Maggiore with glorious lake views and delightful English-style gardens., Grand Hotel Majestic Pallanza is a marvellous place to unwind.

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  • Day 13

    Lake Maggiore to Lake Orta

    Drive Time: 40 minutes | Distance: 19 miles

    Remarkable Landmarks
    Make a break for the largely pedestrian-only Isola San Giulio, dominated by its 12th-century Romanesque basilica, bishop’s palace and Benedictine abbey. Perfect for a romantic afternoon amongst its charming piazzas lined with markets, cafés and small family-owned restaurants.

    Another wonderfully tranquil way to pass a few hours is meandering from chapel to chapel on the Sacro Monte di Orta. Twenty small chapels dedicated to St Francis of Assisi dot the hillside; and the views down to the lake are completely captivating.

    Remarkable Restaurants
    Two-Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant at Villa Crespi (20 minutes’ walk from Hotel San Rocco on Via G. Fava) – a fusion of the Mediterranean flavours of Naples (chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo’s home town) and the traditions of his adoptive Piedmont.

    Stay: Hotel San Rocco (2 nights)​

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    Hotel San Rocco

    For direct lake access and a lovely waterside terrace, you can’t go wrong with Hotel San Rocco, a former 17th-century monastery with sublime gardens and stunning views of San Giulio Island.

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  • Day 15

    Depart Lake Orta

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