Grand Palazzi of Tuscany, Bologna & Venice

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Experience a bygone era of opulent palaces and noble country estates as you discover the artistic and artisanal treasures of Tuscany, Bologna & Venice. From the fine craftsmanship of Florentine artisans and Chianti vintners, to the gastronomic triumphs of Bologna’s most celebrated makers of taste, to the wonders of Venetian architecture and design, the bel paese will truly inspire you on this grand getaway to central and northern Italy.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Florence where your private chauffeur will transport you to the postcard perfect countryside outside of the city. Check-in to your luxurious five-star villa estate nestled along the banks of the Arno River and be welcomed with an exclusive wine tasting in the estate cellar. In the evening delight in an elegant Tuscan dinner overlooking the Arno at your hotel’s gourmet restaurant.

Day 2

Travel by chauffeur to the very heart of Florence where your local expert will help you uncover the city’s exceptional artisanal heritage. Begin at the famed Mercato Centrale to discover handmade Florentine creations, before visiting a historic apothecary celebrated for their traditional methods of perfumery. Visit an exquisite Renaissance palazzo dedicated to 20th century art before experiencing Florence’s artisan enclave of Oltrarno. Along the way enjoy lunch at an authentic “buca” before admiring the 16th century Boboli Gardens with its splendid Renaissance configuration. End your day at a noted enoteca where an expert sommelier will pair exceptional regional wines with your delectable tasting menu.

Day 3

Today you will let your creativity come to fruition either on the plate or the canvas. Enjoy a private cooking course in the gourmet kitchen of your hotel, learning how to prepare regional Tuscan specialties under the tutelage of the property’s Executive Chef. Or if preferable, you can delight in capturing the Florentine landscape with a private painting course led by a renowned local artist.

Day 4

Travel to Tuscany’s Chianti Classico wine producing zone for a day spent appreciating the region’s iconic wine making heritage. Arrive at the 11th century estate of a famed producer for a privately guided tour of the vineyards and a cellar tasting of their premier vintages, before enjoying an al fresco lunch of Tuscan delicacies. Next, travel to one of Italy’s oldest wineries, considered to be the very birthplace of Chianti Classico. Your private visit of the estate will take you from its 11th century castle to its sprawling gardens, culminating with a special seated tasting of the producer’s esteemed vintages. In the afternoon your chauffeur will transport you to the lovely hilltop town of Fiesole, offering gorgeous views of Florence and its countryside, for free time to explore the town at your leisure.

Day 5

Bid farewell to your Florentine country retreat and depart for the fertile plains of Emilia-Romagna. Arrive at a sprawling estate celebrated for its production of organic extra virgin olive oils. Set off an exclusive tour the property’s olive groves and organic farm, before sampling their prized olive oils. Depart for the very heart of Bologna where you'll check-in to your illustrious five-star hotel housed within one of the city’s most treasured historic palaces. For dinner, enjoy an introduction to authentic Bolognese cuisine with a creative tasting menu inspired by the city’s iconic culinary roots.

Day 6

Led by the astute insights of your local expert, embark on an in-depth exploration of the capital of Emilia-Romagna, with a particular look at Bologna’s most exquisite historical palaces, such as the Palazzo d’Accursio o Communale and the Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio. During your private tour you'll visit the city’s most important cultural sights, including its famed University, Due Torri, and the Piazza del Nettuno. For lunch, you will turn from the historic to the delicious with a gourmand expedition through Bologna’s most premier purveyors of artisanal food products, from pasta makers offering handmade tortellini to antique cheese shops, and iconic salumerie showcasing the region’s prolific array of signature cured meats.

Day 7

From the heart of Emilia-Romagna’s capital you will travel to the sophisticated city of Ferrara. Your local expert will guide you on a history-focused private tour of the city, beginning with its medieval Castello Estense. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon bike ride through Ferrara’s center before arriving at the Palazzo Diamanti, the Renaissance residence of Ferrara’s former ruling family, the noble Este. Along the way, savor lunch at a charming tavern beloved by the locals. From Ferrara you will depart by chauffeur for the Adriatic splendor of Venice. Check-in to your opulent five-star 15th century palazzo before embarking on a private boat ride through the city’s most scenic canals. In the evening, delight in an sumptuous dinner of classic Venetian fare.

Day 8

Delve into a bygone period of Venetian history with a privately guided tour of some of the city’s most glorious palazzi, including a visit to the Palazzo Ducale and Ca’ Rezzonico. Stop for a lunch of typical Venetian cicchetti at an authentic bacaro, before enjoying an afternoon visit to the Peggy Guggenheim collection housed within the 18th century Palazzo Venier dei Leoni.

Day 9

Today you will whisk away by private boat on an exploration of the Venetian lagoon. Start the day with a visit to the island of Burano, a fishing enclave famed for its lace making traditions and brightly colored dwellings. Continue on to the island of Mazzorbo for a special visit to an organic farm, winery and epicurean retreat dedicated to preserving the authentic food traditions of the lagoon and its ancient Dorona grape. Enjoy an exclusive tasting of the estate’s signature vintage followed by an inventive lunch highlighting farm grown and locally sourced ingredients.

Day 10

Bid Venice adieu and depart via private boat and chauffeur to Venice Marco Polo Airport for your return flight or the next leg of your adventure.

Experiences We Recommend

  • Expert-led farmer's market tour of Mercato Centrale
  • Visit to historic perfumer dating back to the 13th century
  • Privately guided interior design tour of Renaissance palazzos
  • Sommelier-led food and wine pairing at local Florentine tavern
  • Private cooking class at picturesque countryside villa
  • Expert-led al fresco painting course
  • Private tours of historic Chianti wineries with premium tastings
  • Visit of olive oil mill with sampling of prized extra virgin oils
  • Art history expert led tour of Bologna's historic city center
  • Scenic bike ride alongside Ferrara's medieval walls
  • Historical walking tour of Ferrara UNESCO designated center
  • Scenic nighttime private boat tour through Venice's canals
  • Expert led visit of the Palazzo Ducale and Peggy Guggenheim collection
  • Private boat tour to the islands of Burano and Murano
  • Exclusive Venetian winery visit and Michelin-starred dining experience

Pricing

The recommended tour length for this sample itinerary is 10 days/9 nights with pricing options beginning at:

  • $8,800 / person* based on double occupancy and a travel party of two
  • $6,700 / person* based on double occupancy and a travel party of four
Please note that the “Share Bred With Friends” preferred pricing program is applied to travel parties of four or more.

*The final price of your custom tour will be determined by your travel party size, departure dates, trip length, amount of meals included, percentage of guided time requested, cities chosen in your itinerary and signature CountryBred excursions selected. This sample itinerary can also be crafted for solo travelers.


Encounters Include

  • Stays at five & four-star boutique luxury hotels
  • Chauffeured transport for touring & transfers
  • Private touring with professional local guides
  • Engaging activities led by cultural experts
  • Signature experiences with insider access
  • Regionally authentic dining
  • Traveler Welcome Package
  • Taxes & base gratuities

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