8 Days: Southern to Northern Italy
A series of unique and unforgettable experiences will take you off the beaten track in Italy, to a world where time is on your side and culture is on your doorstep, all drawn together by common threads of a pure authenticity, complete exclusivity, and genuine hospitality.
- Take in the millennial history from the Magna Graecia of the Basilicata region at a luxurious palace
- Experience the genuine hospitality of Bernalda’s people, untouched by tourism, that makes every guest feel like a local
- Revel in the cuisine, wines, and history of the Basilicata region – visit ancient wine cellars and historic, fortified farms, or participate in intimate cooking classes!
- Enjoy unpretentious luxury and natural comfort of Petrella Guidi – a private retreat nestled in an ancient village in Montefeltro, where nature, culture, history, and pleasure are at center of your experience
- Discover strongholds, castles, monasteries, and churches dotted around Montefeltro
- Explore Verona, the “Italy door” in the north which anticipates the beauty, the history, the characteristics, and the appearances of Italy
- Experience the fairy tale mountain landscape of the Dolomites – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with astounding panoramas around every corner
Discover the sensuality of Basilicata in the small hilltop town of Bernalda, hidden historical territory of Montefeltro by Petrela Guidi, and the magnificent Dolomite Mountains – the Italian Alps, culturally vibrant Verona, and even drive in a classic convertible around Lake Garda as you travel from central to northern Italy on our 11-day Dante Alighieri itinerary. You’ll travel back in time to an Italian heyday – the 18th and 19th century rite of passage “The Grand Tour.”
DAY BY DAY
Day 1 ~ Arrival – Palazzo Margherita, Basilicata
Arrive at the Bari Airport (BRI) in southern Italy. From the airport, a private transfer will take you to the town of Bernalda (1 hour 30 minutes).
Depending on your arrival time, option to enjoy a stop for lunch en route.
Palazzo Margherita is a luxury hotel in Southern Italy, situated in the small hilltop town of Bernalda, near the Ionian Sea in the Basilicata region. While the nearby region of Puglia has become popular for sightseeing, Bernalda is one of a few beautiful towns where the food and wine have remained authentic and untouched by mass tourism. The townspeople welcome visitors with a genuine hospitality that makes every guest feel like a local.
Palazzo Margherita is just twenty minutes from numerous pristine, white-sand beaches on the Ionian Sea and just 40 minutes from Bernalda is Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the 2019 European Capital of Culture in Italy. Here ancient cave dwellings and other rock-cut structures, known as Sassi, have been reclaimed as picturesque churches, homes, museums, and restaurants.
Compliment your stay in Bernalda, by experiencing our customized excursions for food and wine lovers. Visit ancient wine cellars and Masseria (historic, fortified farms) for a full immersion in the everyday life of local farmers. Or participate in intimate cooking and pizza classes, followed by preparation and tasting at the property.
Days 2 & 3 ~ Palazzo Margherita
During your stay, choose and enjoy one of the experiences proposed for your journey at the Palazzo Margherita, (experiences may vary by season):
- Discover the Crypt of the Original Sin and trekking in the Ravine of Matera
- Visit ancient cellars
- Visit the Fortified Masseria
Day 4 ~ Petrella Guidi Lodge, Montefeltro
In the morning take a private transfer to the Bari airport (BRI, 1.5 hours), and from here take a 1-hour flight to the Rimini airport (RMI, flight not included). You will then have a private transfer to Petrella Guidi (1 hour 30 minutes).
En route, enjoy a short visit and lunch at Sarsina, an ancient city founded by the Umbrian people between the 600-300 b.c. in a strategic geographic position between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic seas. Tito Maccio Plauto, the most important of the Latin playwrights, was born here.
Arrive at Petrella Guidi Lodge & Historical Hideaway, a small luxury private retreat, located in the heart of the small medieval village of the same name. “Rediscovered” and renewed, Petrella Guidi is set in the Montefeltro historical territory between the Romagna, the Marches, and Tuscany. This is truly a paradise for lovers of nature, culture, history, and the great outdoors. You can discover itineraries of strongholds and castles, monasteries and churches dotted around Montefeltro.
Petrella Guidi is an oasis of inspiration for thinkers and dreamers, for its breathtaking views and great sense of serenity. There are no roads, only bricks and grass paths. A sort of “back to simplicity,” there are three suites placed in three independent houses, linked by small charming gardens and pergolas.
With experience and skill, Galya and Paolo Trento have restored the medieval houses, creating an intimate, idyllic atmosphere. Over 18 years this was their holiday retreat, opened in 2011 to welcome guests. Enjoy unpretentious luxury and natural comfort of Petrella Guidi Lodge!
Days 5 & 6 ~ Petrella Guidi
During your stay, choose and enjoy one of the experiences proposed for your journey at Petrella Guidi Lodge (experiences may vary by season):
- Visit one of three nearby borghi, and discover past and present culture of these Medieval villages
- Taste local gourmet heritage at “Celli’s Bottega della Carne”
- Visit Antica Stamperia Carpegna
Day 7 ~ Verona
In the morning, take a private transfer north to Verona (3 hours). En route, enjoy lunch at the Wine Resort Casino di Caccia (Casino of Hunting) near Verona. After lunch, continue to Verona and check in your hotel.
Enjoy a two hour guided visit of this wonderful city, and let yourself be seduced by the charm of this UNESCO World Heritage Site! For Italians, Verona is considered the “Italy door,” because it is the first city that people coming from the north see. It anticipates the beauty, the characteristics, and the appearances of Italy. Verona is full of artistic, historical, and cultural histories. In the collective imagination, Verona is the background of the tragic love story between Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare’s tragedy made the fortune of this city, thanks to a sort of “romantic tourism” that attracts hundreds of tourists.
The Roman amphitheater (better known as the Arena) is, along with Romeo and Juliet, the primary symbol of this city. It was built by the Romans in about a.d. 30 and, like all the amphitheaters, housed gladiator spectacles. Today the Arena is the stupendous background of concerts, opera, and other musical manifestations. Between June and September, the Opera Festival draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city. This World Heritage Site has such brilliant acoustics that 14,000 people flock to the opera every night and there’s not a microphone in sight. (On request: entrance to the Arena for one opera, depending on program availability).
Optional Experiences: Lake Garda (additional fee)
- Drive in a classic convertible car around Lake Garda. You’ll enjoy rediscovering the authentic sensation of driving that only a vintage car can give you.
- Experience a relaxing and awe-inspiring boat ride on Lake Garda. The boat tour lasts about an hour and a half.
At the end of the afternoon, transfer from Lake Garda back to Verona (30 minutes).
Dinner on your own in Verona.
B,L… Palazzo Victoria Hotel in Verona (5-Star)
Day 8 ~ San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge, Dolomites
Free morning to explore Verona and lunch on your own.
After lunch, private transfer to the San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge in the Dolomite Mountains (2 hours 30 minutes).
The San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge is a romantic chalet with incomparable style, charm, and panorama. It all begins with a simple little road. It is this enchanting forest lane that transports guests into a rare and stylish world of San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge. Within the heavy walls of this former hunting lodge, you have the feeling of being afloat in a warm and sumptuous world. Luxury and elegance make up this charming lodge that is unique within the Dolomites. Giorgia and Stefano have recreated the atmosphere of a cozy dwelling immersed in nature among the Alpine peaks where everything is sensuous and adrift.
The hosts have given elegance and harmony to this mountain residence, with serene and uncanny luxury and ecological style, where you can find refuge and cradle yourself within the sweetest pleasures. Here you can find unaltered tradition and noble craftsmanship that is wisely kept and taken care of by the hosts. Being at San Lorenzo is being at one with Mother Nature, in the regal company of her Alpine peaks.
Days 9 & 10 ~ San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge
During your stay, choose and enjoy one of the proposed experiences at the San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge, (experiences may vary by season):
- Wood-chopping with Stefano in the lodge’s woodlands
- Gathering mushrooms and picking berries and with Stefano in the lodge’s woodlands
- Visit the stall at the Maso Oberramwald, where the lodge’s cows and goats are kept
Day 8 ~ Depart
In the morning, take a private transfer to the Venice (VCE) or Munich (MUC) International Airport International Airport (3 hours).
- In / out airport transfers
- All transfers (except flight from Bari) between properties and to Lake Garda and Verona, with a stop for lunch, if applicable
- 3 nights accommodation at Palazzo Margherita
- 3 nights accommodation at Petrella Guidi Lodge
- 1 night accommodation at Hotel Palazzo Victoria in Verona (5-star)
- 3 nights accommodation at San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge
- 1 “Experience” at each property
- Guided walking tour of Verona
- Welcome aperitif at the properties
- Meals as noted in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Soft drinks at the properties
- Digestives after dinner at the properties
- Local tourist tax
- 22% VAT Italian tax
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