Gardens and Gastronomy of the Veneto

Art, architecture and culinary traditions

Tour Summary

A walk through the public squares of any of the splendid cities of the Veneto will unveil the tell tale signs of Venetian domination, namely the famous lion of Saint Mark. Starting with the beginning of the 15th century, in quick session, 3 Venetian doges, Michele Sten, Tommaso Mocenigo and the exceptional Francesco Foscari conquered much of Northern Italy, from Gorizia in Friuli to Lodi in Lombardy, most of which they ruled until the advent of Napoleon in 1797. Such was the scale of their territorial expansion in the 15th century, that the main European powers united, including the Holy Roman Empire, France, Spain and the Papal States to wain Venetian ambitions during the War of the League of Cambrai. The cities of the Veneto were shaped by this Venetian domination: the elites of the Veneto cities had greater access to trade, while the Venetian elites were given access to farmland which enabled them to diversify and increase their sources of income. Evidence of this wealth can be seen to this day by the region’s cityscapes.

In this tour, we explore the development of this splendid region, including detailed examinations of their beautiful city centres. We venture to Vicenza, a little gem of a city given World Heritage status for its Palladian architecture, as well as Verona, a veritable palimpsest of monuments dating from the Roman to the Renaissance periods and finally Padova, famed for its University as well as its exquisite Cappella Srovegni. Along the way we view lesser known sites including Asolo, once the fiefdom of Catarina Corner, which hosted a very important court, and later a hub of English expats which included Browning and Freya Stark.

Departure Dates

February - June and September - November
7 Days / 6 Nights

Activity Level

Moderate
Small Groups (8-20 pax)
Flexible dining options
Dedicated Tour Manager
Strict Covid-19 Safety Protocols

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Tour Highlights

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Exclusive private lunch in Villa Arvedi
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Wine tasting opportunities in Valdobbiadene
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Dedicated Tour Manager for the duration of your stay
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Carefully selected 4-star+ hotels in the historical centres of Verona and Asolo

Three nights in 4- or 5-star hotel in Verona and three nights in 4- or 5-star hotel in Asolo

- Three nights in 4- or 5-star hotel in Verona and three nights in 4- or 5-star hotel in Asolo
- Six lunches and four dinners in carefully selected restaurants or in privately owned villas and gardens
- Experienced licensed local guides for all your visits
- Comprehensive services of a dedicated Tour manager
- Wine-tasting experience in the hills above Verona
- All ground transportation
- Entrance fees to selected venues

This tour requires a moderate fitness levels with a few hours of walking on each day.

Terms and Conditions.
For all of the holidays that we offer, we require a minimum number of 8 travellers to have booked on to each holiday, in order for us to be able to operate it.
Prices shown are for groups of at least 20 travellers, and are variable dependant on the final group number.
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Day 1 - Verona

Independent flight from London Gatwick/Heathrow to Verona /Venice.
Dinner in a historical restaurant and first of three night in a 5-star hotel in Verona.

Day 2 - Verona

Villa Arvedi near Grezzana is a splendid 17th century Villa situated on a terrace overlooking the garden built in the shape of a sophisticated double fan motif. The Villa was bought by count Giovanni Arvedi in the 19th century and it still belongs to the family. Exclusive private lunch in the Villa. In the afternoon private visit to an olive oil producer which still uses an artisanal methods both in harvesting and in the pressing of the olives.

Day 3 - Verona - Isola della Scala

Isola della Scala. Visit the Riseria Ferron, founded in 1650 and still in the hands of the Ferron family. After a guided walk through the rice fields, a cooking demonstration will take us to lunch with special dishes, all prepared with rice. Return to Verona for some free time.

Day 4 - Verona - Asolo

Verona is not only a major Roman settlement , but also a city that flourished in the middle ages under the rule of the della Scala dynasty. Our walk today we’ll take us to the Romanesque basilica of san Zeno with its celebrated alterpiece by Andrea Mantegna, followed by a light lunch in a nearby restaurant in the centre of town. In the afternoon visit Giardino Giusti, an obligatory stop for the Grand Tour travellers, including Mozart and Goethe. Late afternoon drive to Asolo for the first of 3 nights at the Hotel Cipriani.

Day 5 - Asolo - Valsanzibio

Drive to Valsanzibio to visit one of the most spectacular gardens in the Veneto. Built in 1665 by the powerful and wealthy Barbarigo family, is now owned by the Ardemanni family. The garden is designed around and allegorical scheme blending together Art and Nature and it includes a 400 years old Boxwood Labirinth. Light lunch in the Villa. Return to Asolo for a leisure afternoon either in the gardens of the hotel or walking around the charming small town of Asolo. Dinner at the hotel

Day 6 - Asolo - Maser

Maser. Leave for a special private visit of the famous Villa Barbaro at Maser, designed by Andrea Palladio and frescoed inside by Paolo Veronese. On the way to lunch we will drive past Villa Emo at Fanzolo, also by Palladio.
Lunch at a sumptuous private Villa decorated inside with 18th century frescoes.
Continue to Castelfranco Veneto, birthplace of Giorgione, to admire his alterpiece of the Virgin in the Cathedral
Return to Asolo
Dinner independently

Day 7 - Venice

Drive to Venice and by water taxis to Mazzorbo for lunch at the Venissa restaurant (1-star Michelin), tasting wine produced in their vineyards.

Alternatively:
On the way to Venice airport private visit to the celebrated Villa Malcontenta, a masterpiece of the architect Palladio.

Independent flight from Venice arriving in London G/H in the early evening.

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