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The Good Life in Northern Italy

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Fly into: Milan Fly out of: Milan
Total Duration: 10 Days

No one has mastered the art of living well as successfully as the Italians. This itinerary highlights locales in northern Italy that are dedicated to pleasure, from a luxurious lakeside getaway to gorgeous wine country to a cliff-lined seacoast. The trip is proof that you can have a wonderful Italian vacation without seeing one Renaissance masterpiece or setting foot in a cathedral—though there are plenty of opportunities to do both if you want to.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Art and Culture
  • Food and Wine
  • Natural Beauty
  • Shopping
Days 1-2
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1 Lake Como

Villa gardens reflected in the azure of a glacial lake

  • Ferry to pristine villages nestled along the lakeshore to visit lush gardens and elegant villas
  • Learn about silk production from the area that produces almost three quarters of Europe's supply
  • If you're feeling energetic, swim, hike, or even wind surf in Europe's deepest lake
  • Natural Beauty
  • Art and Culture
  • Food and Wine
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Days 3-5
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2 The Monferrato and the Langhe

Wine and dine

  • This is wine country: the gently rolling landscape produces some of Italy's most noble reds and delectable sparkling wines, as well as the highly prized white truffle
  • Visit Asti, city of 100 towers
  • Hike the hillsides amid beautiful, age-old vineyards
  • Food and Wine
  • Natural Beauty
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Days 6-8
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3 The Cinque Terre

Five remote fishing villages

  • Whether relaxing at a café, hiking in the hills, or lounging on a beach, you'll never be far from a gorgeous Mediterranean view
  • Compare and contrast the five villages, each more charming than the last, that make up the Cinque Terre
  • Sample pesto Genovese in the land where it was born, along with the freshest of fish and the wines produced to accompany them
  • Natural Beauty
  • Food and Wine
  • Art and Culture
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Days 9-10
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4 Milan

Back to the present in style

  • Visit world-famous designer boutiques in their hometowns, or search for bargains at nearby outlets
  • Experience the opera at the legendary La Scala, or simply tour its celebrated museum
  • A rich and varied collection of art and museums means there's something for everyone, from Leonardo's Last Supper to the Triennale, celebrating contemporary design.
  • Shopping
  • Art and Culture
  • Food and Wine
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