Northern Italian Tour – September 3 to 14, 2020
Padua, Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza, Lake di Garda, Lake di Como, Milan.
Great Palladian, Renaissance, Baroque Villas.
INCLUDED IN THE TOUR:
1 night in Padua – 2 nights in Bassano del Grappa – 1 night in Vicenza – 3 nights on Lake Como - 3 nights in Milan
6 Dinners – 10 lunches – 10 breakfasts
All entrances to whatever we visit, plus special visit of La Rotonda Villa, private boat on Lake Como on first day there.
Books and map
Pick-up and drop-off at Airport or Train Station
Transportation while on tour
Accident & Medical Insurance
Day 1 - Thursday September 3: fly from US to Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) (Airfare not included)
Day 2 - Friday September 4 – L1-D1: arrive Venice Airport (VCE) - go to Padua. (PADOVA)
Afternoon, depending how late you arrive at airport, we will have lunch and then visit:
Loggia and Odeo Cornaro:
Built in 1524, it is a work by the architect Giovanni Maria Falconetto for Alvise Cornaro for guests to enjoy theater performances and concerts. It is important because it was visited by a young Palladio who later got inspired by its design. Cornaro was a great arts’ sponsor.
“I am so agile that I can still ride and climb steep stairs and slopes effortlessly. I’m in a good mood and I’m not tired of life. I accompany myself with men of genius, who excel in knowledge and virtue. When I cannot enjoy their company, I devote myself to reading and writing. I sleep well, and my dreams are pleasant and relaxing. I believe that most of men, if they were not slaves of their senses, passions, greed and ignorance, could enjoy a long and happy life, in the name of moderation and prudence.” Discorso sulla vita sobria (Speech on the sober life) by Alvise Cornaro, aged 74.
visit the Scrovegni Chapel / Giotto’s Frescoes. An absolutely amazing, fantastic experience about one of the precursor of perspective in painting. (The visit last about 15mn depending how many people are waiting to enter. The entrance is via automatic access doors opening only once on entrance and exit, to allow stabilization of the interior micro-climate. You can take pictures without flash).
- The world's first university botanical garden was created in Padua in 1545, which makes the Botanical Garden of Padua the oldest surviving example of this type of cultural property. Botanical gardens have played a vital role throughout history in the communication and exchange not only of ideas and concepts but also of plants and knowledge. The Botanical Garden of Padua is the original of botanical gardens in Europe, and represents the birth of botanical science, of scientific exchanges, and understanding of the relationship between nature and culture. The University of Padua was created in 1222.
Dinner in Padua - Night in Padua
Day 3 - Saturday September 5 – B1-L2-D2:
We will go to Villa Malcontenta designed by Palladio, about 40 mn away.
Lunch in Villa Pisani about 40 mn away. Visit the superb late-Baroque palace on River Brenta designed by Francesco Maria Preti in the mid-1750s. It was owned by Napoleon I and Josephine de Beauharnais, and later remodeled for a meeting between Mussolini and Hitler.
Visit the Brion Cemetery designed by Carlo Scarpa
Dinner in Bassano del Grappa - Night in Bassano del Grappa
Day 4 - Sunday September 6 – B2-L3:
visit Villa Barbaro by Palladio, 20 minutes away
We will then drive to the top of the Grappa Mountain for lunch and to visit the Mausoleum and Monument to the Battles of World War One between Italian and Austrian-Hungarian Forces.
In Bassano, we will have a look at the bridge designed by Palladio on the River Brenta in 1569
Dinner on your own - night in Bassano del Grappa.
Day 5 - Monday September 7 – B3-L4-D3:
Drive to Vicenza and look at some of monuments, although on Mondays, monuments and museums are closed.
Dinner in Vicenza - night in Vicenza.
Day 6 - Tuesday September 8 – B4-L5-D4:
Visit Vicenza’s Teatro Olimpico – then Palazzo Chiericati, both designed by Palladio.
visit Chiesa di Santa Corona's amazing decor before lunch on Piazza dei Signori, famous for the Basilica Palladiana and the Palazzo del Capitaniato, both by Palladio.
After lunch, visit Palladio Museum in Villa Barbara da Porto designed by Palladio. Very interesting museum with models.
Then walk around Vincenza streets to look at other magnificent town house designed by Palladio and other architects, before going to Villa Rotonda for a private visit with the Owner.
After the visit, we will drive to Lago di Garda, for the night. Dinner in Gardone - night in Gardone.
Day 7 - Wednesday September 9 – B5-L6-D5:
Visit the bizarre, Villa Vittoriale degli Italiani, at one time the residence of controversial prolific lover, writer, poet, play-writer and soldier, Gabriele d’Annunzio.
After the visit we will drive to Lago di Como. Dinner in Tremezzo – Night in Tremezzo
Day 8 - Thursday September 10 – B6-L7:
Visit Villa Carlotta and its magnificent gardens, then on a boat to view the villages and the stunning landscape of Lake Como before visiting Villa Balbainello on top of a promontory overhanging the lake. This is a stunning villa in an incredibly beautiful setting kept immaculate by an army of gardeners. We will have lunch in a small local restaurant then we will be visiting Villa Melzi d’Eril at Bellagio, with one of the best English gardens of Northern Italy. Dinner on your own - night in Tremezzo.
Day 9 - Friday September 11 – B7-L8:
A day of discovery of more stunning landscapes, quaint villages and beautiful villas, all the way to Switzerland.
Dinner on your own - night in Tremezzo
Day 10 – Saturday September 12 – B8-L9:
We will arrive in Milan and will go to visit Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper,” followed by the visit of Villa Necchi Campiglio, a gem of an art deco house, designed in 1935 by Italian architect Piero Portaluppi. We will have plenty of time to wander the streets of the design quarter.
Dinner in Milan - night in Milan
Day 11 – Sunday September 13 – B9-L10-D6:
We will admire the Modern Milan, by looking at all the interesting buildings like the Pirelli Skyscraper by Gio Ponti, Generali Tower by Zaha Hadid, Vertical Forest, residential tower by Studio Boer, PwC Tower by Daniel Libeskind and the new Milanese modern neighborhoods with more interesting buildings, many LEED recipients, like the Allianz Tower by Arata Isozaki, Palazzo Lombardia by Pei-Cobb or Solaria Residential Tower by Arquitectonica.
Have lunch in Galleria then on to visit the Cathedral (Duomo), including the amazing roof loaded with amazing sculpture.
Dinner in Milano - Night in Milano
Day 12 – Monday September 14 – B10:
You will be driven to Milano Malpensa Airport. You should be home in the late afternoon.