Soothing blue lakes, classical villas, and quaint towns. This northern Italy trip combines the traditional sense of slow-paced Italian living with a modern twist.
In the northern lake region, deep relaxation and slow living are the key. You’ll sample a variety of regional plates while enjoying the lake views, and stroll the quaint villages nearby. While in Milan and Venice, go off the beaten path and experience the local living in Italy’s two vibrant cities.
Start the journey in Castadiva Resort, a rare property with a pool floating on the shore of Lake Como. Take a private boat to Bellagio, a lake-side town filled with street gardens and classical villas. Nature loves and families can head to the private island of Comancina, and have lunch over ruins of bleached white stones with the mountains as backdrop. For vibrant urban life, head to Milan for an insider tour of the designer district and a pilgrimage to Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper”.
Transfer to Lake Garda and stay in Lefay Spa Resort, a property surrounded by rolling hills, green olive groves, and Zen gardens. Sip in special cocktails in their infinity pool with sweeping lake view, and tour around the islands in a classic Italian woodened speedboat (like the movie stars from the sixties and seventies!).
On the way to Venice, stop in Sirmione for a stroll of the medieval, fairytale-like castles and ruined villas. Continue to the Valpolicella region, home to the famed Amarone wine, and sample wine with gourmet plates in local wineries.
While in Venice, explore the city’s architectural wonder on water with a life-long Venetian. Arguably Italy’s most multicultural city, Venice is both Italian and exotic. Take a private gondola boat and tour around the city’s winding streets, stone bridges, and lesser-known churches rich in stories. From Venice, take a boat to four islands on the Venetian Lagoon. You’ll visit world’s best glass factories, meet lace artisans, walk around pastel-colored villages.
“Northern Italy has a special place in our heart and Jiaqi, our marketing director,actually moved to Italy because of here. It has the best of two worlds: slow quality living in a stunning nature, and a vibrant city life around the corner. This trip is perfect for returning Italy visitors looking to relax in nature, and see the contemporary, multi-cultural part of Italy.
Few people know that, yet northern Italy has always been a secret go-to place for Italian celebrities and politicians. The historic villas and gardens give the area an exclusive feel. The old town Bellagio, Villa Balbianello are our absolute favorites: a perfect escape from modern day frenzy.”