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Fall in love with Northern Italy over 9 days in Milan and Mantua, with stops to Lake Como and Sabbioneta: Little Athens of the Renaissance.
With a country as beautiful as Italy, traveling by train is a great way to cover as much ground as possible while also taking in the breathtaking sights. Let the smooth ride, great service, and amazing vistas transport you from city to city.
The train tickets and hotel stays are included in the package, along with some meals and many other travel essentials that will help make this trip easy, fun, and unforgettable.
Private transfer from MXP to hotel in Milan. Today’s time at leisure will give you the freedom to do whatever you want.
Begin your tour from outside the great, medieval “Castello Sforzesco,” one of the most impressive urban castles in Europe! Your guide will dive into its eventful history: once a residence of the ruling Sforza family of Milan and a military fortress, it was partly destroyed in times of war. Next, your guide will head towards the majestic Cathedral of Milan, a fantastic expression of Gothic art in Italy. It is home to the famous, copper “Madonnina” as well as more than 3,200 statues in the center of its incredible facade. Inside the cathedral, you can find wonderful stained-glass windows and priceless masterpieces from the fourteenth century until present day. After discovering the Cathedral of Milan, you can enjoy a relaxing walk inside the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, full of trendy cafes and shops. Wander throughout the boutiques of Italy’s most renowned fashion designers and allow them to inspire you for the next season. The tour end at La Scala Theatre, where some of the world’s greatest musicians and opera singers performed, such as Pavarotti, Maria Callas and Giuseppe Verdi and continues to be one of the symbols of Italy and Europe.
Time at leisure
Visit the charming cities of Como and Bellagio and take a cruise on the Lake. Enjoy a walking tour of Como city center, then admire the splendid lakeside villas and gardens on a boat cruise across the lake. Reach by boat the famous village of Bellagio, the so-called “Pearl of the Lake”, and enjoy your time in this idyllic and relaxing place. Return then to Milan and relax at your hotel.
After breakfast take your train to Mantova. Make your way and check in at your hotel.
In the afternoon take a private tour of this tiny medieval city today listed as UNESCO heritage site, discovering its many jewels such as the impressive San Giorgio Castle and Duke’s palace, and of course the magnificent Palazzo Te. The rich heritage of Gonzaga family still remains in its cuisine, that we suggest to not miss!!
Stroll this perfect example of the ideal Renaissance city, enclosed in its outstanding walls. Built in just 30 years by order of Vespasiano Gonzaga, Sabbioneta is an outstanding example of a fortified city planned and built from nothing, at the same time military and residential city, town and rural court. Several works of art make Sabbioneta a unique place: the Teatro all’Antica , the first built in Europe to perform this function; the Gallery of the Ancients, the longest in Italy after the one of the Carte geografiche in the Vatican and the Uffizi in Florence. Among other important buildings, Palazzo Ducale mansion of the Duke when he was in government and Palazzo Giardino a place of leisure and relax. Sabbioneta is a beautiful natural setting in the middle of the Po Valley, a few kilometres from the confluence of the Po with the Oglio.
After breakfast take your train to Milan. Today’s time at leisure will give you the freedom to do whatever you want.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.