Verona, Venice and the Dolomites

If your idea of vacation is to visit some cities of art but also enjoy the charm of the landscapes that Italy offers everywhere and experience some outdoor activities, this is the journey for you!

A tour for art and culture lovers who choose amazing cities such as Verona and Venice, both characterized by romantic atmospheres which enclose a glorious past, but not only; a travel itinerary which pemits to admire also the beauty of the Italian mountains in any season of the year: Ortisei located in the heart of the Dolomites which dominates the Val Gardena, famous for its wooden sculptures, and Cortina d’Ampezzo, the undisputed queen of the Dolomites and the only Italian town to be part of the prestigious European Association of Best of the Alps.

A melting pot of emotions, colors, landscapes, ‘open air’ sport and much more awaits you on this exclusive journey!

Highlights

1. Verona
2. Cortina d'Ampezzo
3. Ortisei
4. Venice

Suggested itinerary: 9 nights – 10 days

Let yourself be guided by our experts who will advise you on the ideal holiday for you and your family or your friends, and indulge in the luxury of traveling on one of our chauffeured cars to move from one place to another without worries.

Verona

Verona, Venice and the Dolomites

Verona, famous all over the world to having ‘narrated’ the dramatic love story of the Shakespearean Romeo and Juliet, is much more. Its historic center has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its architecture and for its urban, romantic and charming structure, with its seven bridges over the Adige river, from the world-famous Arena to the Romanesque Basilica of San Zeno, from Juliet’s house to Castelvecchio.

A  trip to Verona during the summer can not end without having participated in one of the many shows that every year the arena offers: with its 30,000 seats and perfect acoustics, in the summer season it becomes the largest open-air opera house in the world hosting the very famous Opera Festival.

Do not miss the opportunity to sip a good espresso while sitting in one of the many cafés that surround Piazza delle Erbe, the oldest square in Verona, where the medieval buildings, slowly, have taken the place of the Roman ones and where a colorful market fruit and vegetables with its array of umbrellas, makes the atmosphere even more authentic.

To live an emotion outside the tourist circuit, you can enjoy some rafting excursions from Verona along the Adige river: a suggestive route in an environment surrounded by greenery, where the river bends in numerous curves through imposing rocky walls.

Cortina d’Ampezzo

Verona, Venice and the Dolomites

Cortina d’Ampezzo is the only Italian town to be part of the prestigious European Association of Best of the Alps, the international quality label that brings together the 12 most famous and exclusive resorts of the entire Alpine area, destinations sought by tourists from around the world.

The definitive consecration of Cortina d’Ampezzo to a sports resort of absolute prestige and a privileged destination for the holidays takes place during the Winter Olympics of 1956, when the Olympic Games are broadcast live on television for the first time in Italy.

Cortina d’Ampezzo is nowadays a tourist destination of excellence and the chosen location for numerous international sporting events, with over 25 editions of the Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup, Nordic skiing events, the Snowboard World Cup, the World Cup Freeride and sporting events of the many outdoor disciplines. But  there is an even more ambitious project in the near future: Cortina will host the Alpine Ski World Championships in February 2021. During this period of the event, the ski champions from 70 nations will compete for the 11 world titles of descent, super G, giant, slalom and, for the first time, individual parallel.

Cortina offers entertainment throughout the year with 450 ski lifts and 1,220 kilometers of passable slopes for ski lovers, whereas during the summer season more than 400 km of paths await you, to spend days outdoors surrounded by unspoilt nature. Routes suitable for all types of sports, for the most trained and for those who want to relax while admiring the breathtaking views.

Ortisei

Verona, Venice and the Dolomites

Together with the small villages of S. Cristina and Selva, the village of Ortisei is located in Val Gardena, in South Tyrol. Ortisei became famous for its wooden sculptures, which have been performed here by generations of expert carvers. At the same time, the artisans of Val Gardena continue to promote the art of wood carving, which goes far beyond the creation of the cribs, as long as they are known all over the world.

Winter sports in Val Gardena are first and foremost synonymous with great variety and choice. Enter the valley lifts and let yourself be transported to one of the most beautiful ski areas in the world. Whether it’s cross-country skiing, snowboarding or downhill skiing, here you will find the right slope for your needs.

Ortisei is a popular tourist destination even in the summer season, thanks to the numerous possibilities for hiking, climbing and sports such as paragliding, mountain biking and much more.

There is no shortage of excursions outside the city, in particular thanks to an area rich in castles and historical monuments, such as the Castle of Wolkenstein overlooking the surrounding area from above, or the Castle Gardena, a hunting lodge and a Renaissance-style summer residence

Venice

Verona, Venice and the Dolomites

There are two ways to visit Venice: follow the flow of tourists who in a few hours follow a fixed route chosen by millions of people every year, or leave this path and try to discover a less postcard-like Venice. For sure Venice can be savored in both ways, without missing a visit to Piazza San Marco, or a stop at Rialto Bridge to admire the Grand Canal.

But also to get out of the common place on Venice to discover that there are extraordinary places even in a city that in itself is out of every ordinary. And this can only be done by entering the buildings, not merely observing the facades. It thus happens to enter the Gallerie dell’Accademia, the Scuola Grande di San Rocco or the Palazzo Ducale and discover magnificent works and very fine architectures, which tell the true story of Venice.

Visit a place considered by many to be the most beautiful bookshop in the world: the Acqua Alta Bookshop, here books and manuscripts are kept in bathtubs and gondolas.

Don’t forget to immerse yourself for a few hours in the less chaotic charm and much more characteristic of some of the many islands that surround Venice: Burano, famous throughout the world for the bright colors of the houses and for the craftsmanship of lace. Or Torcello, a small silent paradise, a stone’s throw from the chaotic Venice, here live a little more than 20 people.

To live a more sporty experience instead, try a rowing lesson to learn how to row for the canals of Venice and discover the city through its most hidden canals and above all learn how to row like a real gondolier!

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