Innovative and fancy travel itineraries around Northern Italy.

Realize your private customized travel to Lombardia, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige, Piemonte Valle D’Aosta e Liguria. The first step to realize your dream tour to Italy is contact us to meet your Taste and Slow Italy private travel Advisor. This is a very easy, smart and positive experience for all our Clients. Your travel to Italy starts just meeting our Team, telling us your personal tastes and interests. We will guide you to organize your personal travel project to Northern Italy.

A Travel around Northern Italy is perfect for food, history and art lovers, an authentic way to visit these Italian regions.

Northern Italy’s is vast, varied, and interesting to discover, from art-packed museums and mosaic-filled cathedrals to Roman ruins and hill towns amid vineyards that produce the best wines of Europe. You can dine at refined restaurants, or chow down in a typical osteria (small local eateries) finding traditional recipes. You can spend the night in a Renaissance villa on Lake Como in the Alpine foothills, or in a converted 17th-century Venetian palazzo where the room opens directly onto the Grand Canal.

From the dreamy canals and Byzantine mosaics of Venice to the crowded streets and high-fashion boutiques of Milan, the fishing villages and resorts along the Liguria Riviera to chalet ski resorts in the Alps and Dolomites. Romeo and Juliet memories of Verona to the vine-draped hills of Piedmont.

Sumptuous villas along the shores of the Lakes: Lago di Como, Lago Maggiore, and Lago di Garda. Medieval castles and towns in the valleys of Aosta and the Tirolean Upper Adige.

Northern Italy will surprise you with everything that makes Italy so seductive, from the grand old port cities of Genoa and Trieste to the Palladian architecture art cities of the Veneto. Our duty is to help you to make sense of it all, planning the details of your authentic vacation.

Please consider that we can adjust and customize the tour plan in Northern Italy for groups or individuals following your travel expectations and personal interests.

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Piedmont & wine routes

Cinque Terre

Lucca, Evo oil & wine

Florence & Accademia and Uffizi Gallery

Val d’Orcia & wine





1 night accommodation in Alba (Hotel Calissano, or similar), in B&B treatment

2 nights accommodation in Portovenere (Grand Hotel Portovenere, or similar), in B&B treatment

2 nights accommodation in Lucca (Hotel Alexander, or similar ), in B&B treatment

3 nights accommodation in Florence (Hotel Balestri, or similar), in B&B treatment

1 nights accommodation in Milan (Hotel The Square Milano Duomo, or similar), in B&B treatment

Private transfers as per itinerary described

Guided tours as per description

Ticket entrance fees as per itinerary

Cooking lessons, lunches and tastings as per description



x Medical-luggage insurance

x Optional tours/experiences


PIEDMONT, 1 night


Arrival in Alba or Barolo and check in at your Hotel, in B&B treatment.

Full day tour with English speaking driver to Barbaresco, Neive, Barolo, Grinzane Cavour and the surrounding areas (Monforte D’Alba, Castiglione Falleto and Serralunga d’Alba). Wonderful wine tasting at a majestic wine cellar.

Barbaresco dates back to the Roman Empire. In that period the vines from which the village takes its name were already famous. This grape is obtained from the grape local cultivar Nebbiolo, but the wine is characterized by a lower volume of alcohol and is milder than Barolo. In the village there is also a castle with a 36 meter high tower directly over the Tanaro river. Neive, the most important center in the Tinella valley, is 12 kilometers away from Alba. It is a charming ancient village and has many culinary specialties, such as Piedmont meat and DOCG wines such as Moscato, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera.

Monforte, the name itself reveals the strategic function of the settlement (Monte = mountain, forte = strong), and over the centuries it was frequently besieged in the many conflicts between local lords and the town of Alba. Monforte’s castle was built in the eighteenth-century. Some of the most illustrious and world famous names in Italian winemakers have their wineries in the area around Monforte. The village of Castiglione is one of the most beautiful in the Alba area. The castle looks like a typical medieval fortress, with three towers and a great central courtyard. It is possible to visit the castle with permission and authorization of its owners. The church devoted to San Lorenzo is a sample of minimalist local architectural style. There is another church inside the old graveyard’s walls. In the village there is an old wine cellar named “Terre del Barolo”.

The town of Barolo lies at a lower level than La Morra. The road runs towards the district of Vergne along a ridge-back hill and then passes the ruins of the Volta Castle. Slightly further on a fork in the road there is a sign for the Barolo wine area. Famous vineyards lie both on the right and left hand, including some of the best known cru sites, such as Cerequio, Sarmassa, Cannubi, and Brunate. Houses cluster around the majestic castle that was once Marchesi Falletti’s home. The history of Barolo wine began here when the wife of Marchese Carlo Tancredi, the last of the Fallettis, asked the French enologist, Louis Oudart, to change the way wine was produced. The experiment was so successful that King Carlo Alberto himself asked the Marchesa for samples when he heard about it and subsequently bought the castle and estates of Verduno to produce Barolo wine for his own private use.


Lunch and dinner at leisure. We will provide all the local assistance to reserve a unique authentic local restaurant


CINQUE TERRE, 2 nights


Breakfast and check out from your Hotel in Alba.

Private chauffeured transfer towards Portovenere (3 hours). Check in at your Hotel in Portovenere, in B&B treatment.

Meeting with your private guide and half day guided tour of Portovenere and the island of Palmaria (just in front of Portovenere, it is a National Park with no cars, few people and the most beautiful sunset you can dream of. In front of you the magnificent beauty of Portovere and the sea of the Poet’s Gulf) ferry boat go/back from/to Palmaria.

Or in alternative visit the five villages if Cinque Terre by the famous minitrain with your guide

Lunch at leisure, Dinner at leisure.



Breakfast and full day cruise. (minicruise included in quote).

A nice boat will take you to discover this beautiful scenery: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia and Vernazza. You will stop (with time at leisure) in Riomaggiore. Here you can have lunch at Cappun Magru, an “enoteca” that propose a superb version of a typical fish dish of Le Cinque Terre. Then walk around the other pearls, with free time to enjoy some shopping, too.

Lunch and dinner at leisure.



LUCCA & FLORENCE, 5 nights

Day 4 | LUCCA

Breakfast and morning private chauffeured transfer from your Hotel in Portovenere to Lucca (1 hour 30 min).

Check in at your accommodation, 4 stars hotel in B&B treatment (in the historical city center).

Afternoon private guided tour of Lucca.

In Lucca there is the possibility to mix gastronomical excellences with cultural experiences. You can visit “Pasticceria Taddeucci” where you can taste the traditional cake “buccellato lucchese” and “Antica Bottega di Prospero”, which is famous for the quantity of  tuscan gastronomical excellencies. Lucca is really an elegant pearl, that you will admire rounded by its ancient city walls remarkably still intact. You can visit Cattedrale di San Martino and Chiesa di San Michele, all the beautiful squares and fountains. Cross Via Fillungo and stop in Piazza Anfiteatro, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy.


Dinner at leisure.



Breakfast and half day tour at the discovery of the hills and castles around Lucca. Today you will be invited in a family Villa dating back to the 16th century.

Here the owner will introduce you in his agricultural activities. He produces wines the excellent Montecarlo DOC and a superb Tuscan extra virgin olive oil. After the visit in a wonderful panorama, you will have a great light lunch which includes an hand made first course, Pecorino cheese, salami, seasonal side dishes, Bruschette with extra virgin olive oil, all matched with 4 different Montecarlo wines! Afterwards you will have the pleasure to taste the famous Vin Santo with Cantucci!!!

Transfer towards the wonderful village of Montecarlo, where you will have time at leisure around the wonderful medioeval village with the smallest theater in Italy! In this hamlet you will have the possibility to taste the typical “Tagliere” with hams, salami and cheese in one of its rewarded Osterias.

In the afternoon you will stop at a wine cellar that boasts a perfect balance between tradition and modernity. You will visit a wonderful fifty years old wine cellar that uses the best technologies and enjoy a beautiful tasting of another DOC wine of Tuscany.


Back to your Hotel.


Light lunch included, dinner at leisure.



Breakfast and private chauffeured transfer from your Hotel in Lucca to Florence (1 hour).

Check in at your Accommodation, in B&B treatment.

Afternoon half day private tour of Florence’s treasures: a 3-hour walk through the center of Florence searching for the most fascinating sites and special spots... You will be taken through the most famous squares and streets of Florence with the chance to enter some very unusual locations which only locals know... The known: - Signoria Square - Ponte Vecchio - Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore - Santa Croce Church.

The unexpected experience: Florence’s oldest pharmacy. Founded in 1866 is located in Santa Maria Novella Convent. Many of the Officina’s preparations have made history and have marked an epoch: the essences, as well as the famous and much requested perfumes, are still prepared here following the formulas studied in 1500 for Caterina de’ Medici. Here they created the well-known Acqua di Colonia: it seems that it was the essence that Caterina de’ Medici, Queen of France, took with her to Paris, where it acquired the name of Eaude la Reine. Later on, the Italian alchemist Giovanni Paolo Feminis, who moved to Cologne in 1725, changed its name to Acqua di Colonia, as a tribute to the city where it was produced. It boasts a great collection of antique pharmacy jars. You will have the chance to visit the little medieval frescoed chapel which is normally closed to public. Meet with the artisan perfumer Do not be misled, it looks like a small door but it will take you into a world of scents and fragrances still made with antique techniques. And it is all framed in an old palace living room. It will give you the possibility to relax and step out of the city chaos. Ask also to take a look at the laboratory and the inner cloister. A real treat for few. Breath in and enjoy! Chocolate & wine in the oldest cellar in central Florence: In the heart of the historic center of Florence, just a few steps away from the Duomo, it is situated in a medieval street. It’s an elegant wine vault where clever structures of wood and terracotta are used to display the most valuable wines. You can sit down and chat while enjoying an excellent glass of wine in front of a marvelous counter. Downstairs in the cellar there is a large room of about 300 sq. m. where the temperature and level of humidity are perfect for wine storage and where the clever distribution of lights allows you to admire over 2500 different types of wine. Here you will have the chance to have a special tasting of chocolates with Grappa, a well-known Italian spirit. Lunch at leisure.


Dinner at leisure.



Full day group tour discovering Florence

An entire day to discover Florence countryside. Try the savory unique Tuscan cuisine. This is an all-in tour that gives you the chance of visiting the main sights of Florence as well as enjoying a typical Tuscan lunch - just the perfect way to feel like a Florentine! A worthwhile experience which includes both a full immersion in Florence’s artistic treasures with two of its greatest museums and the hills! Dinner at leisure.



Breakfast and full day private guided tour of Pienza, Montepulciano, Bagno Vignoni.

You will stop at first in Montepulciano (2 hours at leisure), and then you will move towards a wonderful estate that produces an organic wine Nobile DOC in an innovative and environmentally sustainable way. Visit of the wine cellar and wine-food tasting. You will then be taken to Monticchiello, along the most photographed street of Tuscany -among olive trees and cypresses.

You will stop in the most famous Osteria of the area for a sample of Vin Santo and Cantucci special biscuits. Finally you will reach Bagno Vignoni, with time at leisure in this wonderful “open air spa”.

Transfer back to your hotel in Florence.


Lunch at leisure. Dinner at leisure.



Breakfast and private chauffeured transfer from Florence Hotel to Milan.

Check in at your accommodation in Milan, in B&B treatment. Private walking tour of “the best of Milan” (1 hour 30 min): Piazza dei Mercanti, Piazza della Scala, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Duomo. This walking tour is the best way to discover the most important highlights of Milan: Piazza dei Mercanti, a nice square away from the crowded streets. Here, in the medieval heart of Milan, you can breathe the Renaissance atmosphere and live the illusion of space created by Bramante. Our tour goes ahead with Piazza della Scala, home of La Scala Theater, one of the most important Opera Houses of the world, erected in 1776. Some of the most famous singers and musicians have performed here. Among the others, Giuseppe Verdi, Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. We will cross Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a wonderful glass vaulted arcade built in the 19th century rich of fashion shops and cafés, also known as the “Milan’s drawing room”. In fact this is a very important meeting point for the inhabitants of Milan. Finally we will visit the cathedral -symbol of Milan- located right in the center of the city and considered as one of the most beautiful churches in the world. Time at leisure in Milan! Lunch at leisure, dinner at leisure.



Breakfast and car transfer from your accommodation towards Milan International Airport.