FOOD AND WINE IN EAST LOMBARDY

A food and wine tour on the footsteps of our best culinary traditions and wine productions! You’ll love Lombardy, its lakes and its food!

SUMMARY

  • 4 Days + 4 Nights
  • Type of Tour: Point to Point
  • Start in: Iseo
  • End in: Sirmione
  • Minimum number of participants: 4

 

PRICE PER PERSON

Double occupancy in 3 Star Hotel - Country House

  • Spring Summer 2017: 840 € (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) - 780 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Autumn Winter 2016 - 2017: 790 € (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) - 740 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Supplement per person for accomodation in single room: 120 €

Double occupancy in 4 Star Hotel

  • Spring Summer 2017: 960 € (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) - 930 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Autumn Winter 2016 - 2017: 890 € (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) - 850 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Supplement per person for accomodation in single room: 150 €

Quotation on request for accomodation in 5 Star Hotel - Historical Palace

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • 4 nights with European Breakfast
  • 4 3-course dinners (wine not included)
  • Private transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned van
  • English speaking full-time Tour Leader
  • Visit of a Polenta artisanal factory
  • Visit of a Wine Cellar in Franciacorta with tasting
  • Visit of a Cheese factory in Brescia with tasting
  • Visit of a Wine Cellar in Mantua with tasting
  • Admission to all locations mentioned
  • All taxes and tips

 

Optional:

  • Pick up and drop off

Day 1 – Lake Iseo

Welcome to Italy! Your Tour Leader will meet you at the country house in Franciacorta, a land of excellence, where great wines are born from the ideal terrain for the cultivation of grapes and winemaking.
You’ll have dinner on Lake Iseo, one of Italy’s most beautiful lakes of glacial origin, with its enchanting Montisola in the middle!
Overnight in Franciacorta

Day 2 - Bergamo, Polenta Tasting

Today our tour starts from the Upper Town of Bergamo, about 1 hour drive northeast of Milan, which lies beautifully on a small hill surrounded by the majestic Venetian city walls of the 16th century. We’ll see the medieval castle, the Rocca, from where you have a marvellous view over the surrounding hills of the Prealps and the city itself. From there the main road with its medieval houses and small shops leads to the Piazza Vecchia with the Colleoni Fountain, the City Tower, the Cathedral of St. Alessandro and the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore.
For lunch we will taste “polenta taragna”, with butter and cheese. But also “casoncelli”, raviolis stuffed with sausage meat, sage and more butter. Bergamo people base their diet on the fruits of the woods - mushrooms, berries, herbs , the DOP cheeses as Gorgonzola and Salva Cremasco, the salame della Bergamasca…… and the Valcalepio wines, of course!
Bergamo is the birthplace of polenta, cornmeal boiled into a porridge and eaten directly or baked, fried or grilled. Let’s “dive” into Bergamo culinary culture and visit an artisanal factory producing polenta! It’ll be very interesting to see how they produce different types of Polenta (instant, organic, high fibre, traditional …) and know the history of this poor but tasty food.
We’ll then move back to your hotel in Franciacorta where you’ll have time to relax.
Overnight in Franciacorta

Day 3 – Wine in Franciacorta - Cheese on Lake Garda - Sirmione

Franciacorta landscape is simply wonderful! The routes pass through fields and vineyards, ancient hamlets, places with breathtaking views and spots of great historical and artistic interest. We’ll stop in Provaglio d’Iseo for a short visit of the fascinating Monastery of San Pietro in Lamosa, offering splendid views across the Torbiere del Sebino, a Nature Reserve unique in Europe.
Then we’ll visit a Franciacorta Cellar, tasting the full range of Franciacorta wines. Franciacorta is the Italian sparkling wine that matches Champagne in terms of elegance and complexity!
For lunch we’ll try the best dishes of the local culinary tradition, as the beef cheek from Rovato and a selection of cured meats and cheeses from the area, or Tinca al forno di Clusane” (baked tench), while sipping the best Franciacorta wines!
In the afternoon, on our way to Lake Garda, we’ll stop for a visit to a Cheese Factory, followed by a cheese tasting. Formaggella and Quartirolo are the excellent products of this area, made with local milk from the farms of this part of Lombardy. Sirmione will be our next stop! Let’s have a walk through its enchanting center! Known as the “Pearl of the Lake”, Sirmione’s magic atmospheres were already described in Catullus' poems in 1st century BC. Catullus was born here, and probably lived in the beautiful villa on the extreme tip of Sirmione peninsula. It was the biggest Roman villa in Northern Italy and its impressive remains, today called “Grotte di Catullo” (Catullus’ Grottos), can be admired. We will pass by the Castle, built by the Scala family, closing the entrance to Sirmione Peninsula, and we will stroll along its lanes.
Overnight in Sirmione countryside.

Day 4 - Mantua – Lambrusco Tasting

On our way to Mantua, we’ll stop at Grazie, a small village next to the city, which boasts one of the most unusual churches you may come across. The sanctuary has been visited by pilgrims for centuries and is rich in ex-voto and statues showings people’s devotion and making it something unique in the world!
Our top destination today is Mantova, a small city, pearl of the Renaissance Age, located between Bologna and Parma not far from the Po River. It was one of the greatest Renaissance Courts in Europe and home of the wealthy Gonzaga family. We will see Palazzo Ducale (the Duke’s Palace), the magnificent palace where the Gonzaga family used to live from 1328 to 1708 while they ruled Mantua. You’ll be admiring immense frescoed halls, wonderful art galleries, surprising gardens and courtyards along with undisputed masterpieces in art history such as the Camera degli Sposi by Andrea Mantegna or the Medieval Tournament frescoed by Pisanello in the 15th century.
Food is part of the beauty of this area! “Luccio in salsa” (pike in green sauce) is super! A special pasta is ”tortelli di zucca”, tortelli filled with pumpkin or squash, ground amaretti cookies and mostarda. Since S. Benedetto Po is in the rice-growing region, you will also find some excellent risotto dishes.
We will then have a visit to a Lambrusco Mantovano cellar, the typical wine of this area.
Finally we’ll go back to Sirmione to celebrate our last day with a farewell dinner in the Lugana district!
Overnight in Sirmione