Sampling of Slow Food Presidia products, delicious and authentic traditional foods
Grappa and other spirits of Bassano del Grappa
Experience the decadent charm, ancient history and diverse landscape of the Veneto region during this fabulous, 7-day self-drive tour. The Veneto region offers countless of natural wanders and breathtaking landmarks. Venice is the region’s biggest draw due to its intricate canals, opulent palaces and beautiful squares. Explore the city’s main attractions such as the Doge’s Palace, Piazza San Marco and St. Mark’s Basilica. Drive to the beautiful town of Belluno until you reach Bassano del Grappa, a city known for its wooden bridge. Drive to Padua, one of the oldest cities in Italy. Explore the city at leisure. We recommend you visit the Basilica of St. Anthony, Prato della Valle, Ragione Palace and Scrovegni Chapel. Continue the charming city of Verona, known as the setting of William Shakespeare’s works, Romeo and Juliet and The Two Gentleman of Verona. Visit the Arena ampitheatre, the Ponte di Pietra and Juliet’s famous balcony. After Verona, head to Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. Enjoy wine tastings in Peschiera del Garda and Bardolino.
This tour is available daily from 1 April to 31 October.
- Car hire
- Road tolls
- Parking fees
Depart for Venice and enjoy time at leisure to explore the city. In the afternoon, meet your guide for a tour of the exclusive Venetian Ateliers and discover Venice's top handicraft traditions: velvets, brocades, marbleised paper, books and leather bindings, papier-mâché carnival masks, gold and silver jewelry, beads and other wonders.
Head for the hills of the Belluno Dolomites and arrive at Bassano del Grappa at the base of Mount Grappa where the River Brenta flows into the Po. Stroll across the alpine bridge built by Palladio in the 16th century. Lunch will be served at a typical Trattoria, which will consist of a simple menu made up of the local seasonal produce. Afterwards, enjoy a tour of the Grappa Museum and taste some grappa and other spirits. This afternoon, we recommend visiting Marostica, the city of chess.
Drive to Padua, known for the Giotto frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel and the vast 13th century Basilica of St. Anthony, and enjoy time at leisure. Continue to Verona. Visit the market held in the Piazza delle Erbe e della Frutta where the season’s fresh produce is sold. Proceed to the old centre to see the Arena amphitheatre, the Ponte di Pietra (“stone bridge”), the Arco di Gavie arch and the Basilicas of San Zeno and San Fermo. Also see the Scaligeri graves, Castel Vecchio and Juliet’s famous balcony. Near San Zeno, stop at the Pasticceria Zeno Gelati e Cioccolato for an ice cream and chocolate pralines. Continue to your next hotel and enjoy dinner.
In the morning, continue to Bardolino to visit a traditional cellar that produces quality red, white and sparkling wines. Then, enjoy lunch in a typical local restaurant. The afternoon is at leisure and we recommend taking a boat trip on Lake Garda
Return your car to Verona or a pre-arranged car depot of your choice.
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