This small group tour highlights a 4 night stay in a Tuscan Villa. We are flying in one day before the tour begins to give you time to rest or explore on your own. Arrive on Day two for a three night stay in Stresa. Day three enjoy a day of leisure. Tonight, a boat transports you to your welcome dinner on Isola dei Pescatori. Day four visit an ancient village nestled in the mountains where you’ll stop at a local farm to sample their artisanally produced cheeses paired with the region’s delicious wines. The afternoon is at leisure. Day five depart the lake region for a two night stay on the Italian Riviera, with a stop at one of Italy’s hidden treasures; Lake Orta, for a boat ride to Isola di San Giulio. Walk the grounds of this charming island with its working convent. Experience the outdoor cafes and shops of this lakeside resort before arriving at your hotel for a two night stay. Day six spend the day discovering the colorful Cinque Terra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Travel by rail through the medieval villages of the Cinque Terre, perched on the edge of the sea. Day seven travel to the medieval city of Lucca. Choose either a tour on foot or by bicycle. Either way, you’ll visit the Cathedral of San Martino, the Piazza Napoleone and the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. Tonight begin your relaxing four night stay in an Italian villa. Day eight enjoy Florence with a walking tour including the Piazza del Duomo and other monuments. The afternoon is at leisure. Day nine travel to Siena for an expert-led walking tour. Visit the cathedral and stroll the narrow medieval streets. Day ten visit a winery in the heart of Tuscany. Participate in a cooking lesson given by the winery’s own chef and enjoy an authentic Tuscan lunch. Day eleven depart for your final two night stay in Venice. En route, stop in Bologna for a guided walking tour. Learn its history and sample specialty foods. Day twelve a boat transports you to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration. Browse the selection of hand-crafted glassware created on this special island. Next arrive at St. Mark’s Square for a locally-guided walking featuring the clock tower, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Tonight a farewell dinner celebrates this amazing trip. Day thirteen the tour ends and you head home.