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Great Hikes and Chefs of Northern Italy's Gourmet Trail

“Great food, wine, and hotels! ”
Italy, Europe

from $5,895* per person 8 Days May, October
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Wilderness Travel 20 people max
  • Turin, italy
  • Active & Adventure trips
National Geographic Traveler's Tours of a Lifetime 2011
Northern Italy is renowned for exquisite scenery and culinary delights. Itís the perfect place for our unique journey combining delightful day hikes and elegant meals created by some of Italyís most legendary chefs, including Gualtiero Marchesi, the father of modern Italian cuisine. With veteran Trip Leader and dedicated ďfoodieĒ Gianluca Canalicchio, we enjoy hikes in the most beautiful settings in the Piemonte, Lombardy, and Veneto regions along with an array of unforgettable meals, including several at distinguished Michelin-starred restaurants, complemented by wines specially chosen to pair with our meals. Overnights are in hotels of charm, concluding at the 5-star Villa del Quar, a Relais & Chateaux property in the rolling vineyards of Valpolicella just outside Verona. Buon appetito!

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Italy, Europe

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Days 1-3
Turin / Ivrea / Orta San Giulio

After dining at the Michelin-starred restaurant of chef Alfredo Russo in Turin, we head to the Italian Lakes District for a hike from the hilltop sanctuary of Sacro Monte díOrta into enchanting Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta. With Piemonte on one side and the mountains of Switzerland on the other, our next hike offers marvelous panoramas and ends with a descent to Lake Maggiore and lunch at the Luigi Guffanti cheese grottos, family-run since 1876.

Days 4-5
Franciacorta / Lake Iseo

In Lombardy, we hike among the woodlands of Franciacorta, ferry out to Monte Isola, a serene island in Lake Iseo, to follow meandering paths to a chapel crowning the islandís peak, and dine at Ristoranti de LíAlbereta, where Gualtiero Marchesi, the first Italian chef to win three Michelin stars, serves his masterpieces.

Days 6-8
Lake Garda / Valpolicella

Our walks in the Veneto bring us along Lake Garda to a Roman villa and through vineyards that produce prized Amarone della Valpolicella. At our hotel, Villa del Quar, we feast at its Michelin-starred Ristorante Arquade and depart on Day 8 from Verona, fabled home of Romeo and Juliet.

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