Wonders of Northern Italy

featuring Chef Matteo Di Rosa
Ambassadair original

  • Date

    May 19 – 30, 2023 | Fri / Tue – 12 Days

  • Location

    Rome | Chianti Valley | Modena | Venice| Lerici | Cinque Terre | Portovenere | Lake Como | Milan  

Overview

An Italian tour experience like no other! Exclusively hosted by one of Central Indiana’s very own Celebrity Chef’s, Matteo Di Rosa. This journey will explore the iconic treasures of Rome including those of religious and archeological significance. Take on the striking coastal villages of Cinque Terre, while tasting your way through some of the most decadent and world-renowned Italian fare. The Chianti Valley will feature a food and wine extravaganza while Modena, the heavyweight of Italian Foodie Destinations, will reveal the secrets of three of the world’s most popular Italian gastronomic treasures. Savor the unique charm, romance and artistry of beloved Venice and discover the captivating beauty of a true hidden gem in Portovenere along the Gulf of Poets. From the Mediterranean Sea to the Italian lakes, experience the natural beauty and opulence of Lake Como, your own way, before a day trip to fashionable Milan bids a toast and final Arrivederci!

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Private guided tour of Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Private Winery tour featuring Wine & Food Experience 
  • Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese Factory Tour 
  • Parma Ham Factory  & Prosciutto di Parma Lunch 
  • Acetaia Malpighi, Balsamic Vinegar Factory Tour
  • Charming Venice Day Trip
  • St. Mark’s Basilica 
  • Cinque Terre Boat Cruise
  • Portovenere and the Gulf of Poets 
  • Milan Day Trip
  • Duomo Cathedral
  • La Scala Museum Tour, Milan

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip air from Indianapolis to Rome, Italy and from Milan, Italy
  • Ambassadair Tour Director
  • Italian Tour Host Chef Matteo Di Rosa
  • 10 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE:

A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

This itinerary requires extensive walking capabilities. Some of the most unique sightseeing can include multiple stairs and uneven terrains with historic areas restrictive to motorcoaches.

Friday May 19:
Overnight flight from Indianapolis to Rome, Italy.

Sat, May 20: Rome
Following an overnight flight, arrive Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino Airport, Rome. Your Italy Tour Guide will be there to greet you. Board, a private transfer en route to Hotel Le Meridien Visconti. Unload luggage and Skirt off on a walking tour of Piaza Popolo, known to be one of the most famous and beautiful squares in Rome.  The Piaza itself is a work of art! Enjoy the local fare with a welcome lunch, then embark on our first of many ‘must see’ experiences.  Visit the smallest country in the world, Vatican City, and witness for yourself, the testimony of Rome’s sacred Christendom with an in-depth tour of the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Experience why Vatican City has been awarded an UNESCO World Heritage Centre honor. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or continue exploration of this Imperial City.  (Meal: Welcome Lunch)

Sun, May 21: Rome
Enjoy an included breakfast every day before jetting off. Today, explore Rome at your own pace, or opt in for an expert led, optional excursion through some of the most ancient sites of Imperial Rome.

Imperial Rome Option: Experience the Rome Colloseum and the Roman Forum Archeological Area including, Palatine Hill, the House of Vestal Virgins, Capital Palace, Senate House, and the Triumphal Arches. The remainder of the day is free to indulge in your own interests and culinary delights! (B)

Mon, May 22: Rome – Chianti Valley – Modena
Discover the magic of Chianti Classico as we visit the number one tasting attraction in Tuscany, the Castello di Verrazzano. Marvel at the location of the estate, finding the perfect conditions necessary to steward a beautifully balanced taste. A pairing of wine character and Tuscan delicacies will ignite the palate during an informative wine and food extravaganza prior to continuing to Modena. Known for its iconic Ferrari and three of the world’s most famous Italian foods, Balsamic Vinegar, Parmesan Cheese, and Prosciutto Ham, designates Modena, a favorite foodies destination. (B,L)

Tue, May 23: Modena – Langhirano – Modena
Today taste your way through the culinary excellence of two of Modena’s major exports— Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma. Our first introduction to this Italian trinity of tradition begins at Parmigiano Reggiano factory where secrets of this exquisite cheese are unveiled! Next, we proceed to Langhirano and witness the exclusivity and traditions of Parma Ham, responsible for the award-winning flavor of the most famous prosciutto in the world. Enjoy a spectacular lunch before returning to Modena for a free evening on your own. (B,L)

Wed, May 24: Modena – Venice – Modena
Today, journey to Venice for self-discovery of this charming Island. You may choose an optional water taxi to Murano Island, the center for luxury glass-making, or take in the romance of Venice on an iconic gondola serenade. The time is yours; the choice is yours, then come back together for a spectacular lunch and tour of St. Mark’s Basilica. (B,L)

Thu, May 25: Modena – Lerici
This morning, before departing Modena, we make our final, no-trip-complete-without-it, stop at the Acetaia Malphighi Balsamic Vinegar Factory. An epicurean tutor will chronicle the precise conditions and quality standards that certify the authenticity of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar (Acetaia) of Modena. There is vinegar, and there is real, artisan vinegar. Time will allow to purchase a take-home bottle of this famous, “Black Gold” of Modena; then off to Lerici, a lovely Riviera town and ideal starting point for our Cinque Terre adventure. (B)

Fri, May 26: Lerici – Cinque Terre – Lerici
This day begins with a breathtaking boat ride. On display, is Cinque Terre, one of the most beautiful places in Europe and named after the colorful, iconic houses of the five fishing villages sitting high on the Italian Riviera. Though each village boasts the best food in Italy; the award goes to the unique environment of these villages along the coastline and hillside that have earned Cinque Terre the UNESCO World Heritage Site designation for cultural landscape. A shift in vistas takes us into two of the five scenic villages offering another striking perspective, this time, from high in the hills overlooking the sea. (B,D)

Sat, May 27: Lerici – Portovenere – Lerici
If you dare to go left when everyone else goes right, you will find the “Secret” Cinque Terre gem, Portovenere! Romantically known as the Gulf of Poets, this is one of the most charming towns on the Italian Riviera. A boat ride unveils this medieval fishing village so charmed with brightly colored houses along its small, yet picturesque harbor. Portovenere is home to the stunning Castle Doria, Byron’s Grotto and Church of San Pietro. Today’s exploration provides witness to the awe-striking, pristine beauty of this evocative bay, leaving no question of its influence on the many famous writers, poets, and artists. Rest assured, there will be time in Portovenere for self-discovery before returning to Lerici. (B)

Sun, May 28: Lerici – Lake Como
From the Mediterranean Sea to the third largest of the Italian lakes, today beckons a free day for you to delve into the timeless appeal and opulence of Lake Como. The picturesque landscapes prove to be intoxicating to all. Learn how Como’s tranquility and grace continue to inspire to this day, just as it did the genius of Leonardo da Vinci during the Renaissance era. You may choose a private boat tour option offering magnificent views of the stunning villas along the shore. Revel in the aura of class and elegance that can only be found in handsome Como before retiring to the most perfectly situated hotel on the Lake! (B)

Mon, May 29: Lake Como – Milan – Lake Como
A day trip will affirm that even a short jaunt in Milan will play to its world-wide fame as a designers magnate. Explore the historical, cultural, and architectural landmarks of Milan. Visit the majesty of the Duomo Cathedral and the impressive collection of musical curios of La Scala Theatrical Museum. Take time to discover the rich culinary scene and shopping extravaganza at one of Milan’s major landmarks, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, before coming together for a last taste of Italy at your Farewell dinner. (B, Farewell Dinner)

Tue, May 30: Lake Como – Milan airport – USA
Transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport, the time has come to return home as this joyous journey comes to an end.


Hotel Le Meridien Visconti, Rome. This sophisticated, mid-century modern hotel is set on a tree-lined street near Piazza Novana, close to the Spanish Steps and Pantheon. This 4-Star hotel’s large roof terrace overlooks Rome’s chic Prati neighborhood. Hotel Amenities: Smoke-Free Property • Restaurant • Full & Self Service Laundry • .Business Center • Fitness Center •  Bicycle Rental   In-Room Amenities: Complimentary WiFi • Air Conditioning • Coffee Maker • Safe • Minibar


Phi Hotel CanalGrande, Modena. Situated in a low traffic area, this refurbished monastery is the only 4-star hotel in the heart of the historic city center. This elegant hotel received a prestigious seal of quality from the Italian Registry of Historic Houses of Excellence with its Fresco spaces furnished in period styles! A unique stay and experience is an understatement! Hotel Amenities: Complimentary WIFI • laundry service • restaurant • lounge and bar • bike rental • garden • reading room


Hotel Europa, Lerici. 
 This is an upscale hotel, situated on a cliff whose  commanding view is the perfect setting to be nestled away in the heart of the Gulf of Poets.  Hotel Amenities: Restaurant, Bar • Laundry Services & Dry cleaning • Garden & Terrace • Smoke-Free Property • Complimentary WiFi • Air Conditioning • Room Service • Bidet •  Safe • Flat-Screen TV • Soundproof Room • Minibar

https://www.europahotel.it/

Milan 4-star Hotel to be Announced

  • Package with Air*
  • Double P/P – $6,999
  • Single – $8,299

*subject to change due to governmental exchange rate or fuel surcharges

Deposit Per Person: $300

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