Italian Dolomites and Verona Dolomites Group Highlights
Explore the unique mix of culture and natural beauty of two UNESCO world heritage sites on this trip through Northern Italy. Guests will begin their journey exploring the rooftop of Italy, the Dolomites, which famed architect, Le Corbusier, called “the most beautiful work of architecture ever seen” and end their trip in Shakespeare’s Verona.
In the Dolomites, guests will enjoy the unique Mitteleuropean cuisine that is a wonderful blend of Austrian and Italian cuisine including smoke-cured ham known as speck, orange-infused ravioli, honey-glazed duck, an array of mountain cheeses, and much more. They will burn off the calories taking part in the wide range of activities that the mountains offer as they hike through Alpine meadows, summit peaks, or bike across high mountain passes. For the more adventurous, they can climb a Via Ferrata (Iron Way) which were first put in by Alpine soldiers in WW1 to allow them to navigate these steep mountains.
In the shadow of the Dolomites lies Lake Garda. At 50 km long it is the largest lake in Italy and it shores are studded with picturesque harbor towns. Guests will go boating on this famous lake and explore its shores in vintage cars.
Verona known as piccola Roma, or little Rome, in imperial times, was made world famous in three of Shakespeare’s plays: Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Taming of the Shrew. A must visit for any romantic is the dainty stone balcony at the 14th-century Casa di Giulietta. Guests will explore the cities ancient gates, forum and Roman Coliseum, which serves as one of the world’s great opera venues where they can see a live performance in this ancient venue.
This is truly an amazing itinerary that will uncover guests inner romantic, challenge them physically, and sate their hunger with world class cuisine while they are inspired by ancient history and natural beauty.
Venice which is easily accessible by private transfer to both the Dolomites (1:50 drive) and Verona (1:20 drive) has direct flights from cities in the US including New York, Atlanta, and Philadelphia. Verona has direct flights from European international hubs including Munich, Rome, London, Frankfurt, Paris, and Amsterdam.
In Verona, guests will be pampered in a 5-star boutique hideout in the center of Verona’s stylish shopping and historic district, where Roman-era ruins and Renaissance paintings are found next to pale leather sofas and concrete walls. The hotel’s restaurant boasts a Michelin starred chef. In the Dolomites, they will be based in a locally owned and operated 4-star hotel where they will experience truly authentic local hospitality