Ciao Bella Tour to Northern Italy
29th May - 11th June, 2017
The romantic lakes of northern Italy are waiting for you. There is a Cinque Terre extension immediately following this tour.
Sometimes finding travelling partners can be difficult but with a small group women’s tour to Italy you have the added benefit of being in a group of women, just like you. Join us for a holiday of a lifetime, travelling solo but never alone. New friends are just around the corner.
Ciao Bella Tour for Women to Northern Italy
1 night Milan
2 nights Stresa (Lake Maggiore)
3 nights Menaggio (Lake Como)
2 nights Verona
3 nights Bologna
2 nights Florence
What a fantastic way to experience more of Italy. Whether you have already been on our original Ciao Bella Tour for women to the south, or not, this is an exciting new tour to discover more of the beautiful north of Italy. We visit the divine lakes along with the best and most picturesque towns of the area. We touch our foot into Switzerland and then visit the romantic city of Verona with its amazing arena and the exciting city of Bologna where we indulge in the most delightful cuisine of the area. We finish this fantastic tour in the beautiful renaissance city of Florence where Michelangelo called home. To top all of this, we have an extension tour to the stunning area of the Cinque Terre !
Number of Days14
Number of Nights13
Single Supplement$ 1720
Your Ciao Bella Tour to Northern Italy Includes
- 13 nights accommodation with breakfast in 3 star and 4 star hotels
- Two dinners with wine, one lunch with wine
- All land transportation including private minibuses, ferries, trains and taxis when needed.
- Entrances into places mentioned in the itinerary
- Walking Food Tour of Bologna – best way to get to know a place – through your stomach!
- Visit to historic Ravenna to view the amazing mosaics with a registered guide for Ravenna
- Walking tour of beautiful Verona with its historic arena with a registered guide (you might be able to secure tickets to the many concerts available)
- Entrances in Florence to the Opera Del Duomo, the tower of Duomo with the most spectacular views and also Giotto’s tower.
- Walking tour of historic Bergamo, with an official guide.
- Visit to Isola Bella and the impressive Villa Borromeo (tiny island near Stresa on Lake Maggiore)
- Visit to Varenna and Bellagio by ferry
• Items of a personal nature
Milan (1 night)
After lunch departure for Stresa
Stresa - Lake Maggiore (2 nights)
Menaggio - Lake Como(3 nights)
Menaggio is the perfect place to base ourselves while we discover Lake Como and the gorgeous towns of Varenna and Bellagio. Bellagio is seen as the ‘pearl of the lake’ and really is spectacular. We will have plenty of time here to take one of the self guided historic walking tours and of course, lunch in the one of the lakeside restaurants or cafes. Varenna is also a wonderful lakeside town, maybe not as pretty as Bellagio but definitely worth a visit. Time permitting we will also visit the town of Tremezzino and Villa Carlotta and its lovely gardens.
Verona ( 2 nights)
Arriving into Verona late afternoon, we’ll visit the centre of the town, Piazza Erbe with its stunning architecture and the amazing arena (think Colosseum, just smaller).
Verona has the best little bars and there is nothing better than to enjoy an aperitivo (with the accompanying tasty little morsels) in front of the arena.
The following morning we’ll take a walking tour:
Verona has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is famous for its Roman amphitheatre, the third largest after the Colosseum in Rome and still used for operas and other cultural entertainment also the many other buildings that have survived since Roman times... as well as for its outstanding wine and cuisine. Our walking tour this morning reveals the many charms of the city, and we’ll be introduced to Juliet’s balcony along with the association of locals who reply to the many letters written to Juliet - how romantic!
Bologna (3 nights)
Get a taste of Bologna’s enviable food scene on a walking tour around the old medieval market streets. In the company of a food-obsessed guide, learn about the culinary heritage of Bologna, which is the cradle of famous Italian foods such as tortellini, mortadella and its namesake Bolognese sauce. Browse the cobbled lanes of Quadrilatero, a cornucopia of culinary treats and tantalizing products. Visit family-owned stores and artisan producers. Along the way, taste delicious food samples, such as prosciutto and cheese, chocolate or gelato and espresso.
Day 2 - A visit to Ravenna
We’ll take a train to Ravenna to visit this fascinating town and its amazing 1500 year old churches and mosaics.