• $3,995
  • $850
  • Orbridge
  • Moderate
  • Land Only

Join our small group for an intimate, nine-day journey to the culinary and cultural heart of Northern Italy. Settle in to a beautiful, family-owned wine estate outside Verona within reach is a connoisseur’s pick of centuries-old wineries, artisan producers, and extraordinary historic sights. With each day highlighted by exclusive experiences, you’ll access authentic Italy, learn from local Italians, and most of all, revel in la dolce vita—the joyful celebration of food, friends, and life.

 

 


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Itinerary

Days 1–2

En route from U.S. / Arrive in Verona, Italy

Welcome to Italy! Transfer to your charming Italian farmhouse on a historic, country wine estate. Located just outside Verona, you will spend the next seven nights surrounded by olive trees and vineyards. Meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink followed by dinner.
Overnight: Borgo San Donino (D)

Day 3

Verona

Explore Verona, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a city with a long and colorful history and artistic architectural landmarks. Begin your guided sightseeing with views of the Renaissance Gates of the 16th century, the 14th-century Castelvecchio Bridge, followed by Roman monuments. Continue walking alongside your guide to the city center with stops at the Roman amphitheater, the Piazza delle Erbe, Juliet’s balcony, and more. Lunch is on your own, followed by free time to further experience romantic, bustling Verona. Finish the day by returning to Selva Capuzza for wine tasting and dinner.
Overnight: Borgo San Donino (B,D)

Day 4

Valeggio sul Mincio / Valpolicella

After breakfast, head southwest to the tiny town of Valeggio to spend time in a family run pasta factory and restaurant, learning the art of preparing fresh tortellini in a pasta filled shop. This morning will also include a visit to Parco Giardino Sigurtà—extraordinary and lush gardens that span 600,000 square meters, extending to the edges of the hills by Lago di Garda. Purchased in 1941 by Dr. Carlo Sigurtà, it presently features a maze, a sundial, 18 ponds and lakes, an herb garden, and countless blooming flowers and trees.

Following lunch, head to the small village of Marano in the hills of Valpolicella to meet winemaker Giuseppe Lonardi, one of the best producers of Amarone in Italy. His daughter, Silvia, assists in the wine production, while Chef Vittorio runs a tiny bistro near the winery. Enjoy a tasting where he will demonstrate a sumptuous, slow-cooked, Amarone-infused risotto. As it’s stirred over a wood fire, observe the finer points of making polenta, learn about other seasonal and regional fare, and then sit down to a freshly prepared meal that includes the Amarone risotto.
Overnight: Borgo San Donino (B,L,D)

You’ll access authentic Italy, learn from local Italians, and most of all, revel in la dolce vita—the joyful celebration of food, friends, and life.

Day 5

Vallagarina / Lago di Garda

This morning, head north to the de Tarczal estate in the mountainous Trentino region of Northern Italy. Renowned for centuries for the quality and variety of its distinguished grapes, this prestigious small, family-operated vineyard specializes in classic local varietals. Enjoy a tour of the cellars, wine tasting, and lunch in “la Vineria,” featuring the gastronomic products of Trentino. Your leisurely drive takes you along the shores of Italy’s largest lake, Lago di Garda. Later this afternoon, get your sweet tooth ready for a dessert-focused, cooking class at Selva Capuzza. Sample your hand-made treats after another delicious dinner.
Overnight: Borgo San Donino (B,L,D)

Day 6

Modena / Mantua

Today, set off for Modena to visit Simone Caselli. This award-winning producer of Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena will give a private tour before we compare the tastes of aged balsamic vinegars and sample a buffet of regional flavors. Afterward, visit beautiful Mantua and Palazzo Ducale, the former noble residence of the Gonzaga family. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this building is one of the most important Renaissance monuments in Italy. Tonight, enjoy a light dinner at Selva Capuzza.
Overnight: Borgo San Donino (B,L,D)

Day 7

Roncá

Today, discover the culinary delights of the Lessinia region, known for its lush pastures, olive groves, and cherry and chestnut orchards. Visit a family-run, artisan cheese maker in the Roncá municipality for a demonstration and sampling of some of the best local products. Visit the San Martino tower, marking the site of an important historic battle and providing views stretching to the waters of Lago di Garda. Enjoy some free time back at the estate before a dinner featuring a variety of slow foods—a food movement started in Italy emphasizing an integrated approach uniting the enjoyment of growing, preparing and eating food with responsibility, sustainability and harmony with nature.
Overnight: Borgo San Donino (B,L,D)

Day 8

Sirmione

This leisurely morning is highlighted by a pasta cooking class at your estate. Prepare and taste some typical dishes of the region. In the afternoon, you may relax and enjoy the Selva Capuzza property or venture into nearby Sirmione for last minute shopping or sightseeing. A special farewell dinner marks the end of a fabulous week.
Overnight: Borgo San Donino (B,L,D)

Day 9

Depart Verona

After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times will take a complimentary transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Itinerary subject to change


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