Summer Time in Italy - 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM - Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
The Ultimate Northern Italy Adventure Escape - Highlights Include: (But not limited to...)
* Hiking the Italian Riviera in famous Cinque Terre
Climb above the crowds along the terraced cliffs and you might have to pinch yourself to check you're still in the 21st century. Rooted in antiquity and bereft of modern interferences, these five historic fishing villages have embellished the Lingurian coastline with subtle human beauty and a fascinating medieval heritage.
* Trekking the Dolomites
While they're not Italy's tallest mountains, the Dolomites' red-hued pinnacles are the country's most spectacular. Protected by seven natural parks, the two semi-autonomous provinces of Trentino and Alto Adige offer up a number of stunning wilderness areas, where adventure and comfort can be found in equal measure.
* Adrenaline Pumping Alpine Adventure on a Via Ferrate Route
During WW1, the Italian army was fighting their Austrian foes on an vertiginous battlefront that slices across the Dolomites, and the scars are still etched into the Alpine landscape. Renovated with steel rungs, bridges and heavy-duty wires, these via ferrate evolved into a cross between standard hiking and full-blown rock climbing, allowing non-mountaineers to experience such challenging terrain.
* Lago di Como and the Lakes of the Lombardy
Set in the shadow of the Rhaetian Alps and hemmed in on both sides by steep, wooded hills, this is the most spectacular and least visited of the three major lakes.
Friday, August 15 - Depart from New York and head for Zurich and/ or Milan
Saturday, August 16 - Arrival and pick up in Zurich and/ or Milan and transfer to Cinque Terre
Private shuttle transfer from either Zurich and/ or Milan to the village of Riomaggiore
For the sinful inhabitants of the five villages of Cinque Terre, penance involved a lengthy and arduous hike up the vertiginous cliff side to the local sanctuary to appeal for forgiveness. Scale the same trails today, through terraced vineyards and hillsides smothered in macchia (shrubbery) and, as the heavenly views unfurl, it's hard to think of a more benign punishment.
Evening hotel check in and rest of day open to explore Riomaggiore
Suggested group dinner and overnight Riomaggiore
Sunday, August 17 - From Riomaggiore to Monterosso, day hiking along the Italian Riviera
If you ever get tired of life, bypass the therapist and decamp immediately to Cinque Terre. Here five crazily constructed fishing villages, set amid some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on the planet, ought to provide enough to bolster any spirit. A Unesco World Heritage Site since 1997, where cars were banned over a decade ago and sinuous paths tempt the antisocial to traverse seemingly impregnable cliff sides from village to village. Rooted in antiquity and dating back to the early medieval period, Monterosso, the oldest, was founded in AD 643, and much of what remains in the villages today including several castles and a quintet of illustrious parish churches, dates from the late High Middle Ages. The most unique historical feature are the steeply terraced cliffs bisected by a complicated system of fields and gardens that have been hacked, chiseled, shaped and layered over the course of nearly two millennia.
Ending the day in Monterosso, evening open to explore the village; suggested group dinner
Return transfer via the 19th-century railway back to Riomaggiore
Monday, August 18 - Day 2 along the Italian Riviera
Half day hike along the southern tip of Cinque Terre: Explore the cleverly cultivated cliff terraces, so old no one truly knows who built them. Held in place by hundreds of kilometers of dry stone walls, they add a strange human beauty to a stunning natural landscape.
End the hike at La Torre, a medieval lookout reached via an extensive and ancient stairway.
We will aim to have lunch in La Spezia, home to Italy's largest naval base, where echoes of Genoa ring through the narrow winding streets of Old Town.
Afternoon transfer to Belluno, Veneto Dolomites
Suggested group dinner and overnight Cortina/ Tre Cime
Tuesday, August 19 - Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti Bellunesi
The Dolomites: Scour the globe and you'll find plenty of taller, bigger, and more geologically volatile mountains, but few can match the intensity of the red-hued, granite Dolomites. Maybe it's their harsh, jagged summits, the vibrant skirts of spring wildflowers or the rich cache of Ladin legends. This tiny pocket of northern Italy takes seductiveness to dizzying heights. The spiked peaks and emerald-green valleys of the Venetian Dolomites are encompassed within the 31,500-hectare Parco Nazionale dell Dolomiti Bellunesi, just north of the Piave river and the historic town of Belluno.
All day hike and exploration of the park with options to rock scramble and/ or rock climb.
End of day, suggested group dinner and overnight Cortina/ Tre Cime
Wednesday, August 20 - Cinque Torri and Parco Naturale di Fanes-Sennes-Braies
At the heart of the Dolomites, west of Cortina at the confluence of the Ampezzo, Badia, and Cordevole valleys, is the gorgeous area of Cinque Torri (Five Towers). Hard to believe that some of the fiercest fighting of WW1 took place in these idyllic mountains. The terrain offers countless hikes and the towers provide good and popular rock climbing with various routes at a range of grades up all of the torris. All day hike and exploration of the park with options to rock scramble and/ or rock climb.
Evening transfer to Trento; suggested group dinner and overnight Bolzano
Thursday, August 21 - Trento and the Brenta Dolomites
During the tumultuous years of the Counter-Reformation, the Council of Trent convened here, dishing out far-reaching condemnations to uppity Protestants. Castello del Buonconsiglio - Guarded by hulking fortifications, Trento's bishop-princes holed up here until Napoleon's arrival in 1801. Behind the walls are the original 13th-century castle, the Castelvecchio, and the Renaissance residence Magno Palazzo. The Brenta group of the Dolomites lies like a rocky island to the west of the main range. Protected by the Parco Naturale Adamello-Brenta, these sharp, majestic peaks are well known among mountaineers for their sheer cliffs and tricky ascents and are home to some of the world's most famous via ferrates. We will aim to explore the Brenta with options to hike, climb, and/ or try your mettle on one of the iron routes.
End of day, suggested group dinner and overnight Bolzano
Friday, August 22 - Lago di Como and the Lakes of the Lombardy
Morning transfer to the town of Bellagio, Lago di Como. If it's good enough for George Clooney, it's good enough for mere mortals. Nestled in the shadow of the Rhaetian Alps, this is the most spectacular of the Lombard lakes, its vain Liberty-style villas home to movie moguls, fashion royalty and Arab sheikhs. Surrounded on all sides by lush greenery, the lake's siren calls include the gardens of Villa Melzi d'Eril, Villa Carlotta and Villa Balbianello, which blush pink with camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons in April and May. Full day to explore the villas and extravagant lakefront promenades and harbors filled with shining yachts of all sizes.
Aiming for a late lunch in the town of Como. Elegant and prosperous, with its charming historic center, 12th-century city walls, this town was built on the wealth of the silk industry and remains Europe's most important producer or silk products; one can buy scarves and ties here for a fraction of the cost elsewhere.
End of day, suggested group dinner and overnight Como
Saturday, August 23 - Milano
After breakfast, transfer into Milan, Lombardy's capital and Italy's economic powerhouse. Home to the nation's stock exchange, one of Europe biggest trade-fair grounds, and an international fashion hub, it is Italy's second largest metropolis. Half a day city tour which will end at Duomo, Milan's cathedral. The afternoon is open to explore and shop the city. Afternoon transfer to the airport and/ or your hotel, if you choose to extend your say in Milan.
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