• Discovering The North East Of Italy

    An original tourist route that you can not find at the traditional travel agencies.

    Specially designed and edited by an Italian Incoming Operator to provide a unique mix of Art cities, historical locations, nature and events.
    Famous tourist destinations in the world but also the least known part of Italy and for this reason even more fascinating and reserved only for a few.

    Itinerary

    Day 01: Arrival and visit the historical center of Milan
    Day 02: Sirmione and Historical city of Verona
    Day 03: Garda Lake and the city of Trento
    Day 04: Bolzano, “the Door of the Dolomites”
    Day 05: The heart of Alto Adige-Südtirol
    Day 06: The Great Road of the Dolomites – from Bolzano to Venice
    Day 07: Venice
    Day 08: Venice – Departure

    Day-by-Day

    Day 1

    Arrival at Milan Malpensa with our welcome at the airport; Visit of the historical center of Milan: Piazza Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, Castello Sforzesco and passage to the shopping street Via Montenapoleone (3:30 hours); Transfer to Verona (199 km in 2 hours on the highway).

    Highlights

    The Church and Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the home of Leonardo’s Last Supper, is one of the most beautiful churches in Italy and a reference point of the Milanese architecture, tied up to the name of Leonardo da Vinci and Donato Bramante. In the ancient Dominican convent refectory is possible to admire the famous “The Last Supper” known also as “The Cenacle” of the Leonardo, initiated in 1495 and finished in 1498.

    Day 2

    Sirmione at Garda Lake and Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet.

    Sirmione

    Sirmione is located on a small peninsula that juts out into Lake Garda. It is a popular tourist destination and a must see for anyone in the area. The town is filled with tourist favorites like authentic Italian restaurants, cafe-bars, water sports, fishing, boating and archaeological sites from the time of the ancient Romans.
    The area has a rich history and is unique in many ways.

    Verona

    We start our city walk at Piazza Brà, one of the largest and most beautiful squares in Verona. The first destination is the magnificent Roman Arena just on the Piazza Brà. In summer the Verona opera festival takes place here, so alterations are made to the stage very often during the day. From the Arena di Verona walk down the famous shopping street Via Mazzini down to Via Cappello. At Via Cappello turn right, and after 50 metres enter the house of Juliet on the left-hand side through an archway. Here you can find the famous balcony and a bronze statue of Juliet. Back on Via Cappello go back the 50 meters you just walked and arrive at the Piazza del Erbe, the ancient centre of Verona. At Piazza del Erbe you will find the Torre dei Lamberti from where you can enjoy a magnificent view over the city. Then we will visit Piazza dei Signori and to the tombs of the Scala family which are right behind the Piazza.
    Back on the Piazza del Erbe, leave the square and walk down the Corso Porta Borsari to the ancient city gate of Porta Borsari. Further down the Corso Cavour you will finally reach the castle of the Scala family, the Castelvecchio and the connected famous Ponte Scaligero. The Via Roma leads back to the Piazza Brà.

    Day 3

    From Verona to Bolzano along Garda Lake, about 160 km: visit to the medieval villages of Lazise, Bardolino, Torri del Benaco, Malcesine and Riva del Garda – Transfer to Bolzano and short visit of Trento city during the transfer.

    Highlights
    Lazise, old Venetian harbor

    Lazise, a centre of 5.500 inhabitants, is situated in the widest point of the Lake and it is almost completely surrounded by medieval walls. It is one of the oldest towns of the Lake Garda, and it was inhabited since the Neolithic.

    Torri del Benaco

    The picturesque village Torri del Benaco is situated in the province of Verona, located about 38 km from Verona. The historical centre is surrounded by medieval walls and towers. In proximity to the small harbour there are the “Palazzo del Consiglio della Gardesana”, built in the 14th century today a well known hotel and the Castello Scaligero.

    Bardolino

    The enchanting village of Bardolino has ancient origins, testified by the old church of St. Severo, a small example of ancient romanesque architecture whose deepest layers date back to the centuries that followed the fall of the Roman Empire and first barbaric invasions. In Bardolino village you can still find signs of the Scala family control, in the towers and remains of fortifications.

    Malcesine

    Malcesine is a small fascinating Medieval village situated on the eastern coast of Lake Garda.
    This town was first a Roman village, and it was then fortified at the time of the barbaric invasions.
    With the dominion of the Franks, King Pipino, who had gone to Malcesine to visit the two hermits Benigno and Carlo, stopped awhile at the castle.
    The town became free city-state during the XII century but already in 1277 he belonged to Alberto della Scala and to the rule of Verona. The Scaligeri, Lords of Verona, rebuild the castle as it looks today.

    Riva Del Garda

    Riva del Garda is also called “the jewel of Lake Garda”. Lemon trees, palm trees as well as bay trees are very characteristic for this village at the lake shore. Lovers of culture can look forward to the historical palazzi in the inner city, dating back to a time when the Venetians were reigning the area. The “Rocca di Riva” castle originates in the year 1124 and is completely surrounded by water. Today it houses the urban museum and a picture gallery called “pinacoteca”.

    Trento, a city of art having all the hallmarks of Renaissance

    Trento is a city of art, history and cultural encounter between Italy and Central Europe. The city of the Council (1545 – 1563) preserves its Austro-Hungarian architectural heritage and is the only city in the Alpine area to show its former glory of the Renaissance today. Worth visiting are Castello del Buonconsiglio, Prince-Bishops of Trento’s residence for many centuries, the Cathedral of St Vigilius, also called Duomo and Piazza Duomo with the Fontana di Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune), Council churches, frescoed buildings and museums.

    Day 4

    Visit of the historical city of Bolzano with the Archaeological Museum, Roncolo Castle and shopping for those who want it! Bolzano, “the Door of the Dolomites”
    Bolzano is a clear reflection of a place where different cultures meet and intercultural exchange takes place. In art, for example, paintings by Giotto and works by the Gothic school coexist, while in architecture, the unusual contrast between the historic town and the modern one, divided by the Talvera river, is quite obvious. Visiting the city is discovering the peculiarities of the fusion between Mediterranean and central Europe. Uncover the city’s artistic and cultural treasures: churches, monuments, historical streets and squares, museums and castles.

    Highlights
    Roncolo-Runkelstein Castle

    In 1237 Alderich Prince-Bishop of Trent, authorized the Lords of Wangen to erect a castle on a rocky slap called “runchenstayn” located at a favourable strategic position. Runkelstein Castle is home of the largest cycle of profane-themed frescoes in the world.

    Ötzi – the Iceman

    The Iceman on display at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano is one of the world’s best-known and most important mummies.

    Day 5

    The heart of Alto Adige-Südtirol: Bressanone – Novacella Abbey – Brunico – Tures Castle

    Bressanone is among the oldest town in the Tyrol. A visit to the Baroque cathedral and its Gothic cloister is a must, while the medieval arch-lined walkways typical of the region are home to stylish bars and cafes.
    The Augustinian Abbey of Novacella is one of the most important monasteries in Tyrol. It houses a baroque monastery church, a library with precious manuscripts, an art gallery with an impressive collection of Gothic panel paintings and a historic monastery garden.
    In the afternoon we will visit the picturesque town of Brunico, the heart and soul of the Pusteria Valley and the most impressive and well-preserved castle in the region, the Tures Castle.

    Day 6

    The “Great Road of the Dolomites” – From Bolzano to Venice. From the magic of the Dolomites mountains to one of the most beautiful seaside city in the world

    Route:
    Bolzano – Carezza Lake – Fassa Valley – Pordoi Pass – Falzarego Pass – Cortina d’Ampezzo – Venezia

    The Great Dolomites Road runs through the Dolomites from Bozen to Cortina d’Ampezzo. The Great Dolomites Road project started at the end of the 19th century after trying for several years to cross over the canyons of the Eggental Valley using suspension bridges. The originator of the project was the Viennese Dr. Theodor Christomannos, who first proposed to connect the Austrian Dolomites with a road. In 1896 the road from the Eggental Valley to the Karerpass was fully developed and, since 1909, the 110-kilometers long road has run from Bolzano over the Eggental Valley to the Fassa Valley in Trentino and further on to Veneto and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
    Along the road it is possible to admire the most beautiful views of the Dolomites, the wonderful mountains that are one of the 50 Italian sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

    Day 7

    Venice

    No other city enjoys such worldwide fame as Venice only on account of its unique location. Directly on the water and distributed over more than 100 small islands, the city is located in the middle of the lagoon of Venice. Beautiful narrow streets, canals and an almost unchanged medieval city mark come together to create Venice’s incomparable atmosphere.
    In the evening of the eighth day: flight home from Venice Airport

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FAQ’s
When does it start the appropriate period for excursions, vie ferrate and climbs?

Usually during the end of May it is possible to climb the southern exposed faces and climb some railroads. In some cases, after winter with heavy snow, the snow on the top of the mountains can restrict the access to the vie ferrate.

Until when is it possible to go to climb, trekking and via ferrata?


You can go until the end of October. Usually autumn is an amazing season for all the activities on the mountains.
The weather is stabler than summer, which brings many dangerous storms. The colors of the forests and the fall’s lights make the Dolomites look even more beautiful!

Which are the best topographic maps for the Dolomites?


Tabacco Maps are arguably the best topographic maps in the Dolomites. They are scaled 1:25000 and cover the whole north-eastern part of Italy. You can buy the maps here.

What about the Alta Via of the Dolomites?


The “Alte vie” (High Routes) of the Dolomites are alpine trekking routes that connect various refuges. In general they are not particularly difficult, at least for those who are used to walking in the mountains. There are 8 routes provided with indications and marked with a characteristic symbol: a triangle with a number that labels each route.
The possibility to stay at a refuge – reservation is recommended – is guaranteed from the end of June to the end of September, but as bad weather is not uncommon in the mountains it is always better to be well equipped.

Is it possible to rent the technical equipment for via ferrata?


Yes, a lot of sporting goods stores you can rent climbing harnesses, helmets and ferrata set.
When you go on the mountains with a mountain guide, the guide is going to provide the necessary equipment, usually included in the price.