Updated: Mar 3
Fly Air Transat to Italy and cruise canals, peruse piazzas, veer towards the Vatican and polish off the perfect pizza – this truly is la dolce vita.
It's not a surprise Italy is one of the world’s most-visited countries, but navigating the Venice’s canals, choosing the best gelato eatery in Rome, and knowing your agnello from your agnolotti are skills best learnt from locals. I've booked an Intrepid tour to help find the best strolls down cobbled lanes and past ancient ruins to city backstreets and rural walled towns in search of the essence of Europe.
One thing's for sure: you won’t be going hungry.
Once in Italy, the opportunities are boundless – tasting balsamic vinegar in a traditional acetaia in Modena. Hiking pass the jagged trails leading to towering vista, wineyards and pastel-painted villages of the Cinque Terre sampling pesto, it's birthplace. Visiting vineyards in Tuscany to sample the local wine and admiring the the olive groves.
The enduring phrase ‘la dolce vita’ – or the good life – truly captures the essence of Italy. I've spent 14 days discovering the heart of all things Italian on a culturally rich adventure from the piazzas of Rome to the canals of Venice. Tour the Tuscan countryside on a leisurely cycle along Lucca’s Serchio River, peer into Pisa and marvel at its Leaning Tower, take to the trails of the Cinque Terre for some stunning coastal views, and walk the Portofino Peninsula to be one with its glamourous residents. With time spent wine tasting in rural villages, ferry catching along Lake Como and relaxing among the vibrant centres of Milan and Venice, you’ll soon understand why Italy remains in the hearts of all who visit. Intrepid Travel Trip Code [ZMSV]
Take to the Tuscan countryside and cycle along the Serchio River in Lucca, working up an appetite for the region’s delicious local food and renowned wines.
Spend the day exploring the beautiful villages, estates and gardens dotted around Lake Como, criss-crossing the lake by ferry, and consider exploring the grounds of Bellagio's grand Villa Melzi.
Head with your local leader to a quaint rural village in the heart of Piedmonte to sample world-class local wines from unique grapes grown only in this region – saluti!
Test yourself on the hilly trails of the Cinque Terre, stopping by the picturesque pastel colour villages of Manarola, Riomaggiore and Vernazza. If you get tired, just jump on the train for the rest of your day!
Italy’s iconic Rome, Florence and Venice are a haven of renaissance architecture and historic sights. With plenty of time to discover at your own pace, you have the power to decide what you’d like to see.
Here’s more info about Italy.
Language: Italian. But, English is widely spoken.
Currency: Euro (EUR, €)
Modes of Payment: Cash and Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard and AMEX is still the most common)
Electricity Info: 220 volts
Train Travel: Trainline