Join Stefano Manfredi and Sue Jenkins for 9 Nights and 10 days as they take a small group north to Verona and the Veneto region in 2020.
We will be staying in a luxurious lake side villa on Lake Garda near the Bay of Sirens, a short distance from the romantic city of Verona where Shakespeare set the tragic love story of Romeo and Giulietta.
Verona is a city of fabulous restaurants spilling out into piazzas. We’ll visit this magical city and walk along its cobblestoned alleys, see some extraordinary things like the Arena (built in the 1st century AD), the early Romanesque Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, the stunning Duomo of Verona (containing a painting by Titian) and the five Gothic funerary monuments, considered some of the best examples of Gothic art in Italy, the Arche Scaligeri.
We’ll put together a shopping itinerary of interesting shops to visit while we’re in the city and, of course, have lunch at one of Verona’s best restaurants.
The region of the Veneto is home to the world class wines of Prosecco, Soave, Valpolicella, Amarone as well as grappa.
Stefano will stock our villa with, as usual, the best to be found.
We’ll also visit a winery in either Soave or Valpolicella for a tour of the vineyards, cellars and a comprehensive tasting.
The Veneto is dotted with extraordinary villas, most notably those designed by Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio.
We will take a day trip from Padua to Venice along the Brenta Canal as the nobility did at the height of the Venetian Republic.
There were over 3000 villas built in the Veneto between the 15th and 19th centuries when the wealthy Venetian nobility built their country houses throughout the mainland. And some of the best were built on the banks of the Brenta. We will stop and visit a few along the way.
We may also visit Villa Barbarigo near Padua with its Monumental Garden of Valsanzibio and a large maze of 450-year-old boxwood, considered one of the best baroque gardens in the world. In the garden and adjacent 4-hectare park there are approximately 800 individual plants and trees, made up of over 100 different species. Approximately 70% of the plants found at Valsanzibio today were originally planted between 1664 and 1669.
We’ll visit an artisan mustard fruit producer near Mantova to collect a vital ingredient of the area’s famous “Tortelli di Zucca”. We’ll also procure some of the local Mantovana pumpkins to make the dish back at our villa.
Along with visiting markets, producers, artisans, food shops and restaurants, we will prepare meals together in the kitchen back at our villa.
Sue and Stefano are hard at work at the moment putting together a number of unique experiences that are a feature of their tours. This initial outline is just an indication of what we have in store for our guests.
2 x Double rooms left!!
We only take a maximum of 10 guests and we already have a few people who have indicated they’d like to join our tour in 2020.
Our tours are all inclusive, land content, meals, alcohol, cooking classes, excursions, accommodation and internal transfers.
Please contact Accoutrement and reserve your place now!!
This tour is limited to 10 people – 9 nights / 10 days
September 28th – October 7th
To secure your place, a deposit of $2000.00 is payable now
$12,900 p/person, double or twin share
single supplement additional $600.00
For more information email or
call Sue on 0418 862 030 or Ayres on 02 9969 4911