Northern Italy: Cultural & Natural Treasures, with the Alps & Slovenia

Dates: Saturday, September 1, 2018 (13 Days)

Porta Udine, Palmanova. © Gianluca Baronchelli

Traverse northern Italy, with the grand Italian Alps as your backdrop, enjoying the depths of its history and the great diversity of architecture, traditions and gastronomy found in three distinct regions: Lombardy, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. On this west-east journey from Milan to Trieste you will explore classic old towns and discover off-the-beaten-track sites, including a stop at the site of Hannibal’s first major victory in Italy; visits to Roman villas and temples at Sirmione, Desenzano, Brescia, and Toscolano Maderno; and a day trip into Slovenia.
Visit seven UNESCO World Heritage sites: Valcamonica’s famous prehistoric petroglyphs, the Church and Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie (with da Vinci’s The Last Supper), Roman and early Christian Aquileia, the well-preserved city of Verona, landmarks of Lombard Italy in Cividale del Friuli, an example of prehistoric pile dwellings at Castel Venzago, and the astounding Škocjan Caves with their underground river canyons and waterfalls. Along the way, you will be treated to insightful discussions with your AIA lecturer/host and a variety of striking vistas: plains, lakes, mountains, and the Adriatic Sea; plus enjoy delicious cuisine and an ideal touring pace (including two hotel nights in Milan, five on Lake Garda, and four in Trieste).




**Advance information. Subject to change**

Day 1: Depart Home
Day 2: Milan, ITALY
Day 3: Milan
Day 4: Milan | Piacenza | Cremona | Desenzano del Garda
Day 5: Desenzano del Garda | Sirmione | Desenzano del Garda | Lonato del Garda | Desenzano del Garda
Day 6: Desenzano del Garda | Brescia | Toscolano Maderno | Desenzano del Garda
Day 7: Desenzano del Garda | Valcamonica | Desenzano del Garda
Day 8: Desenzano del Garda | Peschiera del Garda | Valeggio sul Mincio | Castel Venzago | Desenzano del Garda
Day 9: Desenzano del Garda | Verona | Trieste
Day 10: Trieste | Aquileia | Grado | Miramare | Trieste
Day 11: Trieste | Cividale del Friuli | Palmanova | Trieste
Day 12: Trieste | Škocjan Caves, SLOVENIA | Ljubljana | Trieste, ITALY
Day 13: Trieste | Venice | Home

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