• UNESCO Sites Tour

    Twelve Days Tour visiting the most precious in Northern Italy

    • Day 01: Arrival in Milan Malpensa and visit to the historical center of Milan with the first UNESCO site, the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie with The Last Supper;
    • Day 02: Sirmione at Garda Lake and Verona, the City for Lovers
    • Day 03: Vicenza and the Palladian Villas
    • Day 04: Mantua and Sabbioneta.
    • Day 05: Modena and Bologna
    • Day 06: Ferrara and arrival in Padua.
    • Day 07: Padua with the Botanical Garden and arrival in Venice
    • Day 08: Venice.
    • Day 09: Caorle, Palmanova, Villa Manin, Aquileia with the ruins and the Basilica, Pordenone
    • Day 10: The Great Road of the Dolomites , the Rose-Tinted Mountains
    • Day 11: The Pile Dwellings of the Alps at Ledro Lake and Valcamonica, the Rock Art.
    • Day 12: Transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport with the visit of the the Historical Center of Bergamo

    Day 01: Milan and The Last Supper of Leonardo Da Vinci

    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 Sforzescoand passage in the shopping street Via Montenapoleone (3:30 hours);

    Transfer to Verona (199 km in 2 hours on the highway).

    Day 02: 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 Arean di Veronawalk 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 03: Vicenza and the Palladian Villas

    Vicenza possesses two criteria that were important in putting it on the map- that is, on UNESCO’s World Heritage List (1994): Palladio’s contribution to its art history; and its perfect integration of architectonic works with urban spaces, thus making it a model and significant reference for all of modern and contemporary Europe.
    Vicenza charms for the sophistication of its forms and proportions.
    Founded between the 6th and 7th Centuries B.C., the city bears a history interwoven with that of the Most Serene Republic of Venice, its ruler from 1404 until the end of the 18th Century.
    In the 1500s, the grand Palladio made himself known to the entire world by leaving a vast legacy to Vicenza that included the Palladian Basilica, Palazzo Chiericati, and the Teatro Olimpico; they are the highest expressions of the master’s artistic genius.

    Day 04: Mantua and Sabbioneta

    Rich in charm, art and history, Mantua and Sabbioneta were inserted onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008. The two cities are associated for the significant bequest left to them by the noble Gonzaga Family, that envisioned and realized their magnificent Renaissance downtowns. Indeed, Mantua is a constantly-evolving model of the Renaissance city, renewed on a continuous basis between the 15th and 16th Centuries (having undergone interventions urbanistic, architectonic and hydraulic). Sabbioneta, rather, built from the ground up during the epoch, is one of the points of reference for the ideal city, as proposed by humanism.

    Mantua

    Aristocratic, cultured, and surrounded by an extraordinary natural environment, Mantua was transformed by the Gonzagas (1328-1707) into a city-court of great splendor.
    In every pocket and corner of its historic center, the city offers testament to its prestigious history and rich traditions: porticoes, piazzas and courtyards, and enchanting places that have continued to transmit through time the pomp and circumstance of the 16th-Century court.
    The Renaissance palazzi, interspersed with Medieval constructions and imposing neoclassical edifices, are the monuments that best bear witness to the creative dynamism of the Gonzaga rule.

    Sabbioneta

    Today Sabbioneta preserves its urban structure – embraced by a defensive wall and refined Renaissance structures – intact. It is composed of three major points of interest: the Porta di Accesso Imperiale and Porta della Vittoria; the Galleria degli Antichi in Piazza d’Armi; the Teatro Olimpico, projected by Vincenzo Scamozzi and frescoed by Veronese; the Church of Santa Maria Assunta; the Palazzo Ducale and Palazzo Giardino.

    Day 05: Modena and Bologna

    Modena
    Capital of Romanesque art, Modena was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, attributed to its wealth of monuments, from Piazza Grande to the Ghirlandina Tower and its Cathedral, Medieval Christian masterpieces, unique representatives of a 12th-Century cultural-artistic tradition.
    Provincial Capital set inside the Region of Emilia Romagna, it lies within the Val Padana, and boasts Gallic origins.
    Site of a number of treasures and a central hub around which the urban fabric weaves, the quadrangular Piazza Grande has remained in a perfect state of conservation even up to today. This is where the city’s structures of civic and religious power have long held court. The celebrated Duomo, founded in 1099, is also in Piazza Grande. The city line is no less characterized by the Torre Civica or Ghirlandina Tower, that had the double function as both a religious monument and as defensive and lookout tower.

    Bologna
    City of art, culture and commerce is famous for its almost 40 km of arcades, the longest in the world.
Also called “The Learned” for its old University, and “The Fat” for its food tradition, the city is also a “UNESCO creative City of Music” and has one of the largest and most well-preserved medieval historical centres, full of restaurants, taverns, theatres and shops.
“Bologna la turrita” Bologna the “towered”. A route to immerse yourself in the medieval Bologna of the Two Towers described by Dante. Of the approximately 100 towers built in Bologna around the twelfth century now there are 24.

    Day 06: Ferrara

    Ferrara, in Emilia-Romagna, with its invaluable testimonies from the Renaissance, is one of 50 Italian sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, inserted in 1995.
    Rich in artworks and medieval architecture, Ferrara became a Renaissance jewel in its own right, thanks to the contributions of some of Italy’s most treasured artists – including Piero della Francesca, Jacopo Bellini and Andrea Mantegna – who were at the service of the House of Este. The Este Royals made an incredible and profound mark on the history of this city.
    Among Ferrara’s particularities are its enchanting network of streets making up the urban structure; based on a project commissioned by the Este Family, the so-called ‘Herculean Addition’ gradually developed from the 14th Century on. The project was the first modern example of city planning, and made Ferrara one of the few big cities on the Peninsula not to be based on a Roman plan. Instead of beginning in the center, the city springs up on a linear axis alongside the banks of the Po River, with its streets running lengthwise.
    Among some of the city’s most prized architecture, San Giorgio Cathedral, dating back to the 12th Century, is without a doubt the most important symbol from the Medieval era. Its façade, rather particular, features a lower portion originally begun in the Romanic style, while the upper portion was subsequently completed in the Gothic tradition.
    At the city’s heart lies Piazza della Repubblica, where one finds the majestic Estense Castle, exemplary monument of the opulence and pompousness of the Court. Built in 1385, the Castle – with its towers, crenellated walls and deep moat – dominates this urban panorama. To visit the inside – its ducal apartments, kitchens and prisons – is to take a tour through the Medieval Age itself.

    Day 07: Padua City and The Botanical Garden

    Padua is one of the most charming and dynamic towns in Italy. The historical centre boasts a wealth of medieval, renaissance and modern architecture; here a fascinating mix of historic and new, of centuries-old traditions and metropolitan rhythms creates a unique atmosphere. The medieval palaces, churches and cobbled streets emanate a sense of history and culture, the shops, markets and locals, a sparkling vitality and vibrant modern life.
    The Scrovegni Chapel, dedicated to St. Mary of the Charity, frescoed between 1303 and 1305 by Giotto, upon the commission of Enrico degli Scrovegni, is one of the most important masterpieces of Western art. The frescoes, which narrate events in the lives of the Virgin Mary and Christ, cover the entire walls. On the wall opposite the altar is the grandiose Universal Judgement, which concludes the story of human salvation.

    The Botanical Garden

    The Botanical Garden of Padua, in Veneto, was founded as a medicinal resource by the University of Padua in 1545, and it was the first-ever university botanical garden existence.“It is the origin of all the botanical gardens in the world, a cradle of science and scientific exchange, serving as the basis for the understanding of the relationship between nature and culture. It largely contributed to the progress of a number of modern scientific fields, the likes of which include, of course, botanicals, as well as medicine, chemistry, ecology and pharmaceuticals.” With this justification, UNESCO added Padua’s Botanical Garden to its World Heritage List in 1997.

    Venice

    The most famous place in Venice is, without a doubt, Piazza San Marco or St. Mark’s Square, the center from which rises the homonymous, five-domed St. Mark’s Basilica. The bronze horses that dominate its main entrance were brought to Venice from Constantinople after the Fourth Crusade of 1204. Its interior is covered in mosaics (mostly in gold) that recount scenes from the Bible. The Basilica originally served as the chapel for the Doges of the Republic of Venice.
    Next to the Basilica stands the Palazzo Ducale; these two buildings are joined by the monumental Porta della Carta. The Palazzo Ducale or Ducal Palace was, for several centuries, the most important government in Europe, administrated from inside the elaborate and lavish Higher Council Hall. The Campanile di San Marco (Bell Tower), realized in 1173, was reconstructed in front of the Palazzo Ducale after it collapsed in 1902. From the small loggia or gallery at the top of the bell tower (in the red marble of Verona) it is possible to admire reliefs depicting the ventures and undertakings of the “Republic of the Golden Lion.”
    Not only, but the bridges of this “Most Serene Republic” (Serenissima) leave a grand impression, particularly the Ponte Rialto and the Ponte dei Sospiri or Bridge of Sighs – as do other sites like the Arsenale (the Navy Yard, in fact the largest in the world) from the 12th Century, the Basilicas of Santa Maria della Salute and of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and the synagogues in the Jewish Ghetto. Important museum neighborhoods are Canareggio and the Giudecca, currently enjoying their own miniature renaissances, with numerous new artistic initiatives and innovations.

    Day 09: Caorle, Palmanova, Villa Manin in Codroipo and Aquileia with the Ruins and the Basilica

    Aquileia, with its immense archaeological site and its Patriarchal Basilica, is an artistic and historical treasure trove. Located in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia (Udine Province), it was added to Italy’s register of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1998. It was also one of the largest and richest Mediterranean cities within the Roman Empire, and eventually was made seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate that lasted until 1751. Thus, Aquileia became a dominant hub of the Christian world for Central Europe from the Middle Ages to the 18th Century.
    We will also visit Caorle, Palmanova, Villa Manin and Pordenone

    Day 10: The Great Road of the Dolomites, the Rose-Tinted Mountains

    The Dolomites constitute the eastern part of the Alpine Mountain Range, and are one of the 50 Italian sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
    The zone recognized as composing UNESCO covers 141,903 hectares and three regions (Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia) and five provinces (Trento, Bolzano, Belluno, Pordenone and Udine); it also includes 18 peaks that rise over 3,000 meters (9,843 feet).
    Itinerary: from Pordenone we will go in the direction Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Pearl of the Dolomites. Through the Dolomites passes of Falzarego and Pordoi (over 2200 meters above sea level) we will reach Bolzano passing by the most beautiful lake of the Dolomites, Carezza Lake.
    Le Corbusier, one of the most noted architects of the 1900s, defined them as the “most beautiful architectonic work in the world.”
    And indeed, the Dolomites offer up a magnificent panorama: mountains constructed with walls of rock, ice caps, karst systems, unbelievably high spires, towers and pinnacles – mountains molded and shaped by the elements, and where the cultures of Italy, Germany and the native Ladin community all meet and intertwine.
    The Dolomites take their name from the French geologist Dieudonné Dolomieu, who discovered the properties of the dolomite, a hard, chalky rock that is rich in the mineral dolomite, highly present in this mountain system.
    The rock evidently gives to the mountains a very distinct white cast (which is why they are also called the “Pale Mountains”), but the most particular tones arise every evening when the sun starts to set: the colors go from pinkish hues to fiery reds, the phenomenon referred to as Alpenglow.
    This entire process can be explained by the fact that up until 250 million years ago, these mountains were a mass of shells, corals and algae under the sea. They emerged only 70 million years ago. It is this combination of circumstances that make these structures, rich in Mesozoic fossils, the amazing geological formations that they are.

    Day 11:The Pile Dwellings of the Alps at Ledro Lake and Valcamonica, the Rock Art

    The prehistoric pile dwellings (palafitte in Italian) of the Alps are a series of 111 archaeological sites identified within the European Alps. These settlements, dispersed throughout Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.
    Of the 111 sites, 19 lie within Italy, located in five different regions: Lombardy (ten), Veneto (four), Piedmont (two), Friuli Venezia Giulia (one), and Trentino Alto Adige (two).
    These settlements were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List for constituting an exceptionally-preserved group of rich archaeological sites, one of the most important sources for the study of the region’s first agrarian societies.
    Particularly, the Italian zone of the archaeological finds testify to the prehistoric pile dwelling communities that existed here from 5,000 to 500 B.C. Not only, but the dwellings demonstrate the utilization of land and marine resources, quite representative of the period, comprised of the Neolithic and Bronze Ages of Europe.
    Among the most noted dwellings are the su bonifica or Bonifica realized along small stretches or flows of water and supported by stilts, and the “aerial pile dwellings,” erected so as to seem suspended over the water’s surface.
    Without a doubt, beyond these magnificent and evocative structures, the archeological discoveries made at all the sites, including fragments of vessels, tools for cutting, carving and chiseling, and other utensils have helped to document the pile dwellers’ daily activities.

    Valcamonica: the Rock Art

    Valcamonica and its rock drawings are the first of Italy’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites,
    having been inserted on the List in 1979.
    The Valley takes its name from the Camuni people, a population that – according to ancient Latin sources – lived in the zone during the Iron Age (I millennium B.C.). Nonetheless, the 250,000 rock engravings making the Valley one of the largest petroglyphic collections in the world were realized in the course of 8,000 years, from the Mesolithic period (VIII-VI millennia B.C.) until the Roman and Medieval ages, passing through the Neolithic period, the Copper, Bronze, and Iron Ages.
    The long arc of history that these carvings span, executed on over 2500 rocks (on both sides of the valley), render this place particularly moving; roaming among these rock incisions, one will find narrations regarding evolutions of customs and of the mentality of our prehistoric ancestors.

    Day 12: Transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport

    If the departure time of the flight allows, we will visit the Historical Center of Bergamo City

    Luxury Hotels – Four and Five stars

    Luxury lifestyle. Design, tradition and hospitality for a unique holiday! ItalyDolomites presents the most exclusive side of the Dolomites, rich of charm and tradition, able to satisfy even the most demanding visitor in terms of wellness, sport and relaxation. You will find luxury hotels rated 4 stars and more, carefully selected and guaranteed, hotels that stand out for charm, style and exclusive services (golf hotels, sport hotels, wellness hotels, design hotels), located in famous resorts of the Dolomites of South Tyrol, Trentino and Veneto.
    Price range: from € 150.00 to € 1.000,00 per day, per person – Breakfast included

    Families Hotels

    Experience, savour and appreciate nature with all the senses. The Families Hotels are true specialists in offering exciting holidays shared by the whole family amid stunning mountain landscape.
    Price range: from € 65.00 to € 110,00 per day, per person – Breakfast included.
    Three Star Hotels
    If you don’t have or don’t want to spend a huge budget for your holiday, without having to forego any comforts, a three star hotel may be just the right place for you. Here you won’t miss a thing, which belongs to wonderful holidays and that at reasonable prices! You won’t have to care about anything and just relax. The rooms are cleaned daily, the food is plentiful and varied and the staff is friendly and helpful in more than one language. Comfort in all areas and a certain bit of luxury three star hotels guarantee to arise the vacation felling in you.
    Price range: from € 50.00 to € 80,00 per day, per person – Breakfast included

    Bed & Breakfasts

    The stay in a bed and breakfast is relatively cheap. Nevertheless you will know the true promise of a homey and familiar atmosphere.
    Price range: from € 40.00 to € 70,00 per day, per person – Breakfast included

  • Italy counts 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites within its borders, the most of any country on the World Heritage List.

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FAQ’s
Which are the closest airports in the area?

The closest airport are Innsbruck (125Km) and Verona (143km).

Do i need travel insurance?

We recommended getting a travel insure policy which cover you for all medical expenses(including repatriention) and any expensive items you bring away with you such as laptops, smartphone, photo cameras, tablets, etc. Travel insurance should be taken out at the time of booking in case you have to cancel out travel because of unforeseen events.

What's the opening period of mountain huts?

During summer season, they open approximately their doors on the 10th of June and close them on the 25th of September. These dates depend on weather conditions.

Is it necessary to bring your own sleeping bag in mountain huts?

No. Usually the beds in the mountain huts have got a blanket and a quilt. Anyways it is better to ask for more information to the mountain hut.

Are there showers in mountain huts?


Usually the room has a shared shower, just a few rooms have a private shower. Using the shower has normally a cost because the water in the mountain huts is precious and it runs frequently out.

Do I need to book in forehand a room in a mountain hut?

No, but is highly recommended. Otherwise it is better to arrive early in the afternoon in order to have a better chance of getting the room.