trotter travel

Days 1

Arrive to International Milan airport and indipendently transfer to your hotel.

Depending on your arrival time we suggest for those wanting to see all the highlights of this grand city to take a quick tour on a schedule. see the Duomo and the world-famous La Scala theatre, with stops just outside the door.

Milan - 1° Overnight

Day 2

After your breakfast in hotel, transfer to Central rail station and depart to Desenzano del Garda for pick up of your rental vintage car.

The tour remains in the south western area of Lake Garda, in the Valtenesi area. This section of the lake offers its own unique brand of Wines and Olive Oils amongst which the well known Lugana wine (white) and Garda Classico (red).

Starting in Desenzano with its very special blend and feel of modern life mixed with an older traditional fishing village atmosphere.. its antique internal harbour, beautiful pebbled beaches and clear waters.
Moving up toward the tower of Solferino, a must see.

Sunset is the ideal time to arrive into Sirmione, a jewel carefully balanced in the centre of the lake, the castle at the main entrance and thermal baths used by the Romans in particular the poet Catullo who commissioned the ‘Grotte di Catullo’ where mosaic baths can still be found, on the very northern tip of the peninsula, are just a couple of the must see items on this scenic menu. Why not plan to stay overnight in one of the many quaint hotels, probably one of Italy’s most romantic dinner venues.

Desenzano del Garda - 2° Overnight

Day 3

The second day could be spent cruising by castles on the western shore, Padenghe would be the first out of Desenzano then Moniga (both circa 1000AD), the Rocca of Manerba (viewable remains of Roman look out post) and a little further on the famous Vittoriale, the home of one of Italy’s most famous and controversial poets ‘Gabriele D’Annunzio’.

Desenzano del Garda - 3° Overnight

Day 4

After breakfast at your hotel transfer on your own to train station and depart for Verona.

In a couple of hours, together with the right tourist guide, you will have the chance to visit Verona most interesting and beautiful places and monuments, without the need to struggle with guide books and foldable maps. A fascinating journey through various ages, architectural styles, stories and legends, from Roman remains until the early decades of '900s.

The walking guided sightseeing tour unfolds through Verona streets and alleys, still the same that the Romans designed when they first arrived here more than two thousands years ago. Here layers after layers, buildings and monuments of various ages accumulated through the centuries: Romanesque churches, Gothic towers and castle, Renaissance palaces with their beautiful frescoed façades, squares and elegant courtyards.

The guided walking tour will include the famous house of Romeo and the house of Juliet, the stunning Scala family tombs, masterpiece of gothic architecture, Signori square, Erbe square with the fountain of Madonna Verona, the Arena, the Roman amphitheatre and much more.

Verona - 4° Overnight

Day 5

This morning depart by train for Venice. Arrive to Santa Lucia Rail Station and independently transfer to your central hotel.

The rest of the day is free for you to experience this romantic and unforgettable city.

Venice - 5° Overnight

Day 6 - 7

The attractions of Venice are endless - from the lively splendor of St. Mark's square to the exquisite architecture that lines its shores - you will discover an ethereal city like no other on earth.

Wander through countless narrow cobble-stoned streets and surrender your imagination to Venice's romantic past. Step over graceful bridges and watch gondolas glide by - listen to the lingering melodies of a gondolier's song. You will be enchanted and captivated.

We suggest a walking tour of Venice that includes the Piazza and Basilica of San Marco, Riva degli Schiavoni, the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.

One day also visit the islands of Murano or Burano and watch expert glassblowers perform theri centuries old craf - producing extraordinarily beautiful objects. You'll will surely bring some home with you!!

Venice - 6° - 7° Overnight

Day 8

Today after breakfast, pick up your rental car in Piazzale Roma in Venice and depart for the famous Tuscan region, renowned for the rolling green hills and woods populated by ancient castles and, of course, for wine production.

Discover why this romantic region has lured and captivated visitors throughout time!

Donnini (Villa Pitiana) - 8° Overnight

Day 9

From the Etruscans to the Romans, to the Renaissance, Tuscany is possibly the greatest repository of art in the world, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces.

Visitors to Tuscany come for many reasons. Many come in search of fine art, others to explore the extraordinary countryside. Gourmets and wine buffs descend on Tuscany to enjoy the simple yet wonderful cuisine and wine. Walkers enjoy the mountain paths, cyclists the rolling hills, summer vacationers the sea coast and islands.

There is a lot to see and do in Tuscany, the difficulty is really where to start. Certainly most should start with Florence, then continue on to Siena and Pisa. The roll call of città di arte, cities of art, is daunting: Arezzo, Cortona, San Gimignano and Lucca are all striking. The more you come to know the region, the more extraordinary Tuscany appears. Enjoy your visit!.

Donnini (Villa Pitiana) - 9° Overnight

Day 10

Today you will discover a bit of authentic Tuscany attending a cooking class in Villa Pitiana the beautiful villa where you stay.

This is the program:

Villa Pitiana organises Tuscan and Italian cooking courses for small groups (from 2 to 12 persons max) divided in 3 complexity and time levels. Courses take place in the monastery kitchen whose colours and furniture are completely renovated. The adjacent monks' refectory has been restored into a comfortable dining hall to taste what has been prepared.

Courses usually take place in the morning over 3 hours: our chef teaches participants how to prepare, cook, and display dishes, how they meet with wines and gives papers of recipes (interpreter available on request). Courses end with savouring the dishes prepared and the appropriate wine.

Donnini (Villa Pitiana) - 10° Overnight

Day 11

After breafast in Villa, depart by your car to Rome. At your arrival drop off in the agency near your hotel.

Perhaps the most beautiful city in the world, Rome is exhilarating to both the first-time visitor and the seasoned travelers. Come revel in its majestic antiquity, lovely piazzas and thrilling street life.

Rome - 11° Overnight

Day 12 - 13

Silvio Negro once wrote of Rome, - a lifetime is not enough - and there are almost certainly more art treasures, museums, monuments and things to do or see in Rome, than anywhere else in the world. And that's before you even start to consider the shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. So, whilst you may not need a lifetime, it is certainly true that a single visit will leave you wishing you had more time to spend in the Eternal City.

Founded in 753 BC by Romulus and Remus, this is the city where Nero fiddled, julius Caesar was assassinated on the ides of march and Mark Anthony fell in love with his Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra. As you stroll around the Colosseum, or marvel at Michelangelo's genius in the Sistine Chapel, you cannot help but feel the history that surrounds you.

Rome - 12° - 13° Overnights

Day 14 - End of your Tour