2020 Private Small Group Tours in Veneto region with Rossella

Explore the Northeastern Italy with me as your private guide.

I will bring you to my favorite places and hidden gems; You will live the culture and the regional cuisine of Veneto region; I will open the door of my family farm to make you feel home among new friends; You will taste the world's finest Prosecco where it's grown; You will meet locals who can enrich your life with a new perspective...and much more during a Private Small Group Tour* (limited to only 2-4 travelers).

This is your chance to live a unique experience that will be the best travel of your life!

*Each small group tour is private and limited to only 2-4 travelers: it means that it will be entirely dedicated to you and your fellow travelers (your family and friends).

2020 available dates

An amazing journey totaling 11 Days/ 10 Nights

  • Wednesday 2nd September - Saturday 12th September 2020*
  • Wednesday 16th September - Saturday 26th September 2020

*NOTE: The Medieval Palio of Montagnana is traditionally celebrated on the first Sunday of September (September 6th 2020). If it is a rainy day, the Palio is gonna be canceled. In that case, the tour will proceed with other planned activities and places to visit.

Each small group tour is private and limited to only 2-4 travelers: it means that it will be entirely dedicated to you and your fellow travelers (your family and friends).

Preliminary itinerary

PRELIMINARY ITINERARY (The sequence of the day trips may vary. The final itinerary will be given at the start of the tour.)

EXPLORE: Prosecco Hills, Venice, Montagnana, Montagnana Palio* OR Verona, Padua, Lake Garda, Bassano del Grappa, Euganean Hills.

Day 1: Pick up at Marco Polo International Airport in Venice (VCE) or other location previously agreed with me (please, book your arrival in Venice no later than 1:00 pm) and transfer to Prosecco Hills. Meal included: dinner

Day 2: Prosecco wine tasting at a local winery & scenic tour of Prosecco area, cheese tasting at a local cheese farm. Meals included: breakfast, wine tasting and cheese tasting, lunch

Day 3: Venice, Rialto's market and Bacaro tour. Meals included: breakfast, Venetian cicchetti tasting at Bacaro, lunch

Day 4: Montagnana and cooking class on the farm. Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 5: Montagnana, the historic Palio with horse race OR Verona. Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 6: Free day. Meal included: breakfast

Day 7: Padua. Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 8: Lake Garda & private boat. Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 9: Bassano del Grappa and Grappa tasting. Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 10: Euganean Hills, local wine and extra-virgin olive oil tasting. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, wine tasting

Day 11: End of the tour and transfer to Marco Polo International Airport in Venice (VCE) or other location previously agreed with me. Meal included: breakfast

*NOTE: The Medieval Palio of Montagnana is traditionally celebrated on the first Sunday of September (September 6th 2020). If it is a rainy day, the Palio is gonna be canceled. In that case, the tour will proceed with other planned activities and places to visit.

Some Highlights of the Tours

Explore the amazing Prosecco Hills (added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in July 2019) during a scenic tour and private wine tasting at a local producer.

Taste the number 1 Prosecco in the world, the Cartizze! Visit a family-run cheese farm and enjoy a flavorful cheese tasting.

You will also enjoy the wines of the Euganean Hills. The area owes its special qualities to its particular climate and terrain, which gives its wines (from the classic Cabernet and Merlot to the local Pinello and Serprino) an instantly recognizable characteristic. This is also my favorite area to buy fantastic extra-virgin olive oil.

Walk through the intricate alleyways of Venice and reach the lively Rialto market.

The Rialto's area is the oldest part of the city. Fish, fruit and vegetable are sold at the foot of the Rialto bridge.

Locals buy here the best delicacies that the lagoon and Adratiac Sea have to offer.

 We will continue our journey with a super tasty Bacaro tour. Bacari are typical Venetian wine bars where the regional cuisine is still authentic.

Pair the traditional cicchetti served at bacari with local wine.

Stay at the historic downtown of Montagnana, a stunning medieval town whose walls are among the very best preserved in Europe.

Every year, on the first Sunday of September the Medieval Palio takes place. During this famous celebration you will assist to a parade of people from the nearby towns dressed with Medieval style costumes, the competition between groups of young locals to win the best sbandieratori (from the word bandiera=flag) price and the spectacular horse race, like in Siena, outside the walls of the city.

Montagnana is also known for its super tasty Prosciutto crudo Veneto Berico- Euganeo D.O.P.

Enjoy a super fun cooking class with me on my family farm immersed in the countryside of Veneto region.

Together, we will prepare delicious recipes “farm to table” style.

This place is so precious to me because it is where I grew up and spent 28 years of my life with my Italian family.

My brother and his lovely family still live there and he makes sure that the family tradition of making salami continues.

I will take you to my favorite towns and cities to live the culture of my country and discover places you will fall in love with.

Padua, the city where Giotto painted one of his masterpieces, the Scrovegni Chapel. Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, then Bassano del Grappa where Ernest Hemingway spent many days and eventually settled there as part of A Farewell to Arms.  We will sail part of the biggest lake in Italy, Lake Garda during a extraordinary private boat tour.

The best local food, regional recipes, fine wines will be our friendly companions during the entire trip to make the tour memorable.

The tour represents a perfect balance between fantastic experiences and free time.

So you can also relax on the breathtaking landscapes of Veneto region while reading a book or go for a stroll around towns for some shopping.

EARLY BIRD PRICE OF THE PRIVATE TOUR

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE PRIVATE TOUR

What's included in the Private Tour in Veneto region: Accommodations in hotel or elegant B&B in the Prosecco hills area (3 nights) and Rossella's private apartment (2 beds, 2 baths) in Montagnana (7 nights), transfer from and to Marco Polo International Airport of Venice or other location previously agreed with Rossella, private transportation, Rossella as tour leader and private driver, train tickets as needed, visit and shopping to local markets, visit to the cities and towns specified in the draft itinerary, visit to local wineries and cheese farm specified in the draft itinerary, meals specified in the draft itinerary, beverages with lunches and dinner specified in the draft itinerary (bottled/filtered water and 2 glasses of wine per person), tours, private boat ride in Lake Garda, experiences, tickets for the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, tickets for the Palio in Montagnana, cooking class on the farm, wine and cheese tasting as specified in the draft itinerary.

Note: You will be responsible for your airfare, hotel incidentals and additional libations.

In order to book your spot a non-refundable deposit of $1000 per person is required. (Your deposit will apply toward the balance).

Please, book your arrival at Marco Polo International Airport in Venice (VCE) no later than 1:00 pm.

A basic or comprehensive Travel Insurance coverage is required.

Please, read the Terms and Conditions (with Cancellation Policy).

For further info: contact me at italianrhapsody.usa@gmail.com or call me at (206) 953-9467  ROSSELLA