Valentine’s Day and Carnival in the Veneto Region of Italy Tour for Couples
Cost: $3000 per person based on double occupancy/This is a couples trip.
Includes: Lodging (8 nights) at beautiful and highly rated family run hotels, plus all breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, admission to all activities and all transport from the tour start at 6:00 pm on Feb 14th until the tour ends after breakfast on February 22nd.
February 14th to 18th, 2020 – Verona with day trips to Valpolicella Wine Country
February 18th to 22th, 2020 – Padova
Feb 14th, Friday: Arrive in Verona! Verona has an amazing Valentines Day celebration, Verona in Love! The entire city is decorated in beautiful red, white and pink lights and hearts. They also have a special Valentines Day Outdoor Market filled with special European chocolates, delicacies, handmade goods, and prosecco!
6:30 pm – Prosecco and antipasti with Leslie & Fritz.
7:30 pm- Welcome Dinner (included)
Feb 15th, Saturday:
8:30 am – Breakfast (included) – a traditional Italian breakfast with brioches, orange juice, and coffee, cappuccino or tea.
9:30 am- Cecilia, our guide, will meet us for our tour of Verona including the Ancient Arena (approximately 2.5 hours). We will have lunch immediately following the tour. The afternoon is free for you to explore Verona.
Feb 16th, Sunday: 8:00 am – Breakfast (included)
Valpolicella Wine Country Day Trip
8:45 am departure from the hotel to walk to the pick-up point (10 minutes), where we meet the van;
9:15 am We will visit a beautiful a villa (only outside)
10:30 a. m. Visit a beautiful and quaint stone village and with its lovely Romanesque church.
12:00 pm. Visit a 300-year-old winery in Valpolicella for wine tasting. The family that runs the winery are decedents of Dante. Lunch with the group. In the afternoon a possible visit of Lazise, Lake Garda. Another nice town at the lake is Sirmione! If the weather is good we will head to Lake Garda, otherwise, we will go back to Verona.
For the late afternoon, dinner and evening you are free to explore Verona.
Feb 17th, Monday: 7:45 am – Breakfast (included)
We will take the train from Verona to Mantua and need to be at the station at 9:00 am. We will meet our guide Manuela at the train station in Mantova. Our tour will include lunch at around 1:15 pm and then we will head back to Verona after lunch. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Verona or stay and take a later train back from Mantua.
Rigoletto’s House; San Giorgio Castle (exterior) Piazza Castello Piazza Santa Barbara; Piazza Sordello with the façade of Palazzo ducale (Duke’s Palace); façade of the Cathedral, Piazza Broletto, Piazza delle Erbe with San Lorenzo Church, façade of the Merchant’s House, Piazza Mantegna with the Basilica of Sant’Andrea, Piazzale Leon Battista Alberti former cloister of the Sant’Andrea monastery.
You will have time to explore Verona for the late afternoon and then have the opportunity to meet for dinner (not included) with Leslie and Fritz in Verona at 8:00 pm — or you can go have a Romantic dinner just the two of you! Leslie will give out recommendations! Please let me know your plans so I can make appropriate reservations.
Feb 18th, Tuesday: 8:30 am – Breakfast (included)
The morning is free to explore Verona and we will leave for Padova from the Verona main station and need to be there by 3:30 pm. Look for more exact details of checking out and picking up luggage on Whatsapp. We will be on the Freccia 9733 (fast train). Dinner included in Padua.
Feb 19th, Wednesday: 7:00 am – Breakfast (included)
7:40 am. Walk to the train station. Our private guide will meet us at the train station in Venice.
Venice Tour Itinerary:
Our guide will show us the famous monuments of Venice, starting with San Marco square, Santa Maria Formosa Camp with its church, Fondamenta Nova from there you will experience an amazing view of the North Lagoon Islands and Murano Island, San Giovanni and Paolo Camp, this is an important monumental area in Venice where you can see 3 major attractions: the Church, Scuola Grande di San Marco, and the Majestic Hospital, and the Church of Santi Apostoli with the Tiepolo painting: “The Eyes of St Lucia”, Then we will see Marco Polo’s house and many more hidden treasures of Venice. We will also see the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica with lunch in Venice included. After the tour is completed Those interested may enjoy a Gondola ride (85 Euros per boat plus a tip in cash each) Our lunch will be at 2:30 pm near the Rialto Bridge. We will arrive back in Padova for dinner. We need to be at the main train station at 5:38 pm. Dinner (not included) in Padova could be with Leslie and Fritz at 8:30 pm or you can go have a Romantic dinner just the two of you! Leslie will give out recommendations. Please let me know your plans so I can make appropriate reservations.
February 20th, Thursday: Breakfast (included) anytime before 9:45 am. We will meet our guide, Deborah, at 10:00 am at the hotel. Our tour of Padova will include the Scrovegni Chapel.
The Scrovegni Chapel (Italian: Cappella degli Scrovegni, also known as the Arena Chapel), is a church in Padua, Veneto, Italy. It contains a fresco cycle by Giotto, completed about 1305 and is considered to be an important masterpiece of Western art.
Padova Tour description:
We’ll wander through the picturesque streets, finally arriving at the Scrovegni’s Chapel which contains Giotto’s masterpiece. The lives of Jesus and the Virgin Mary are told through Giotto’s newly created style of painting, based on narration and emotion. Our next stop will be at the Church of the Eremitani where you will have the opportunity to admire one of the first works of the young Andrea Mantegna. As we continue to wander through this area of the city, you will l have a chance to visit the 13th century Palace of Reason located between Erbe and Frutta Squares, the Signori Square, and the University of Padua.
The extraordinary Basilica of St. Anthony is just a few minutes from the Market Squares. St. Anthony, a Portuguese priest and Franciscan friar, asked to be buried in the original small church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Thousands of visitors travel to Padua each year to honor his tomb and admire the masterpieces of Donatello and Giotto.
Lunch is not included and can be anywhere you like in Padua. Let me know if you would like restaurant recommendations.
There will be an Italian cooking class offered in the afternoon @ 4:00 pm. It would be an additional 80 euros a person and includes dinner.
Dinner is not included in the tour. Let me know if you would like restaurant recommendations.
February 21st, Friday: Breakfast (included) at 8:30 am.
I saw this word and definition on a coffee shop wall in Innsbruck and I loved it! Flaneur (French; noun) one who strolls aimlessly but enjoyably observing life and his surroundings. On Saturday, Friday, February 22, we are going to practice flaneur “ing”! We will have spent all week exploring and seeing the Veneto Region of Italy with our local tour guides. Today is your day to observe aimlessly but enjoy life and your surroundings. You have a choice, you can go back to Venice or Verona for the day, stay in Padua, or explore a new city Ferarra, another UNESCO World Heritage Site which is one hour by train from Padua and explore. No tours today, no agenda, just flanuer “ing”! I will be flanuer “ing” too, and you may join me on wherever it is we decide to explore for the day or go to a city that you want to explore more! You will receive 10 Euros toward a round trip ticket to the city of your choice.
February 22nd, Saturday: Breakfast (included) at 8:00 am breakfast and then go!