The unexplored Veneto

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    Lovivo Tour Experience


    Via A.Vespucci, 17 – 35031, Abano Terme (PD)
    M. (+39) 333 994 52 88 - T. (+39) 049 29 69 340
    info@lovivo.it

    7 days to discover the unexplored Veneto, among small villages, medieval castles and marvellous villas, far from the big cities and mass tourism.

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    Italy is not only Venice, Florence and Rome. For those who love to experience the most authentic emotions, in contact with everyday life and traditions, we propose this tour to discover the small villages of the unexplored Veneto. Not a tour of the big crowded cities, but hidden places where the pace is slow and you can breathe in a familiar atmosphere and come into contact with the locals. With this tour of the unexplored Veneto, you will discover little-known but incredible places and take home the memory of experiencing the real Italy.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 Arrival

    The tour starts with pick-up at Venice airport and arrival at your 4* hotel in Abano Terme, Europe’s most important spa destination.
    Accommodation in your room and free time. We suggest some relaxation at the hotel’s SPA.
    Take your time and swim in the relaxing, warm thermal water of the pool.

    Day 2The Euganean Hills

    After breakfast, you will meet your Local Tour Leader at the hotel and begin your tour of the unexplored Veneto on board a private minivan that will take you to the Euganean Hills Regional Park. The area covers an area of approximately 19 thousand square hectares of hills of volcanic origin. Woods of centuries-old oaks and chestnut trees alternate with Mediterranean macchia and wide terraced slopes with fruit trees and vines. Ancient villages, hermitages and the refined architecture of sumptuous Venetian villas tell centuries of history, art and tradition.

    The first stop is the walled city of Monselice and a visit to its medieval castle, a veritable treasure trove of ancient weapons, splendid tapestries and wonderful furniture from all over Italy. You will take a walk along Via del Santuario, which is called the most beautiful scenic walk in the Veneto region. With its villas and seven churches (reminiscent of the seven churches of Rome), it is uniquely beautiful. There will be no lack of viewpoints from which to admire the city and you will have the opportunity to admire the walled city.

    You will then move on to Arquà Petrarca, one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Italy, located at the foot of Monte Piccolo and Monte Ventolone. Francesco Petrarca, one of Italy’s most famous poets, made Arquà Petrarca his home, a pearl surrounded by this pretty medieval village, where time seems to stand still. But Arquà is also the cradle of a strong food and wine tradition. A visit to a well-known oil mill awaits you, where the oil producer will explain his daily work and the olive oil production process. At the end, you will conclude this visit with a guided tasting of Euganean Hills olive oil.
    You will continue your tour with a visit to a small business of a producer of local delicacies: here you will taste the famous Brodo di Giuggiole liqueur.

    Time for lunch. You will then move on to a renowned winery in the Euganean area, to discover the best wine production in the area. Here the particular volcanic origin of the soil and the good climate allow the cultivation of various grape varieties. Among the white wines: Serprino, a biotype of the Glera vine, is the ‘volcanic’ version of Prosecco; Pinot Bianco; Garganega, Chardonnay and Manzoni. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmènere found space among the reds. Between a stroll through the vineyards, a visit to the cellar and several wine tastings paired with typical local products, you will listen to the winemaker’s expert account of the expressions of his best wines.

    Day 3Cittadella, Marostica and Bassano del Grappa

    After breakfast at the hotel, your tour guide will be waiting for you. On board your private minivan you will reach Cittadella, one of the most beautiful walled cities in the Veneto region and the only one that still retains its ramparts and can be visited on foot. 

    After lunch you will move on to Bassano del Grappa the town of the famous Ponte degli Alpini, which crosses the river Brenta and is the main attraction in the town centre. Every visit to Bassano del Grappa begins with a walk across the bridge, where you can stop to take photos of the breathtaking mountain panorama or shop for handicrafts in nearby shops.

    At the eastern end of the bridge, locals gather for happy hour at Nardini, the oldest distillery in Italy, which dates back to 1779 and still serves drinks in the retro atmosphere of the original workshop. Here you should order a round of ‘half-and-half’ the house speciality, or a ‘acqua di Cedro’ or cider water. A few steps further on, Nardini’s competitor, Poli, has its Grappa Museum where you can smell and taste many different grappas.

    Day 4Chioggia, the little Venice

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will have the morning free today for some relaxation at the hotel’s SPA. Take your time and swim in the relaxing, warm thermal water of the pool.

    After lunch, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby. On board a private minivan, you will depart for a tour to Chioggia, the little Venice. Admire the charm and elegance of this city, the Venetian-style palaces overlooking the canals, the typical colourful little boats known as “Bragozzi”, the fish markets, Piazza Vigo with its famous and beautiful bridge. At sunset, contemplate the lagoon while sipping a glass of wine paired with a local cicchetto.

    Day 5Asolo, Possagno and Valdobbiadene

    After breakfast, you will meet your tour leader at the hotel and depart by private minivan for a full day in the Veneto hinterland.

    First stop, a visit to the historical centre of Asolo. You will walk under the porticoes with its small shops selling typical products such as handmade pasta, sweets and wines. You will then arrive in Possagno, for a visit to the Museum dedicated to Canova
    You will then continue with a gentle uphill walk to the top of Col Draga at 342 metres above sea level, where the Tempio Canoviano, designed by Canova in several stages between 1804 and 1818, stands. 

    After lunch, continue your tour in the Prosecco Superiore Docg and Marca Trevigiana area. Here you will be surrounded by vineyards, where the air smells of grapes and wine and you will have a wine tasting combined with typical local products.

    Day 6The Venetian Villas of the Riviera del Brenta

    After breakfast at the hotel, meet your tour leader and transfer by private minivan to the Riviera del Brenta.

    This well-known waterway between Padua and Venice is a scenic area of historical, natural, artistic and cultural interest. It is a natural extension of the Grand Canal and is dotted along its banks with picturesque Veneto villages and majestic villas.

    For lunch, a pleasant stop in Dolo where, in the 16th century, a mill was built just above the river Brenta. In the adjacent restaurant, you will have lunch while enjoying breathtaking views in an atmosphere of bygone days.

    Day 7Departure

    After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to Venice Marco Polo Airport for the return flight home. 

    Details

    The package at the indicated rate includes:

    • return transfer from Venice airport
    • stay in a 4* Hotel in Abano Montegrotto Terme on a bed and breakfast basis
    • guided tours with private minivan as per programme,
    • dedicated local tour leader for the entire holiday
    • insurance and technical organisation by certified travel agency

    The package at the indicated rate does not include:

    1. tourist tax (to be paid directly to the hotel on site),
    2. single room supplement,
    3. any supplements for bridges and holidays,
    4. any supplements for high season,
    5. transfers,
    6. any extras,
    7. entrance tickets to museums / monuments not expressly indicated in “The package at the indicated rate includes”,
    8. lunches / dinners / tastings not indicated in the program and under “The package at the indicated rate includes”.
    9. any entrance fees to cities of art
    10. anything not expressly indicated in the program and under “The package at the indicated rate includes”.
    Notes

    Guaranteed departure with a minimum of 4 paying adults.

    EXPLANATIONS DURING THE TOUR: only touristic guides can and are allowed to explain the monuments, the city and the museums. Accompaniers just help you in case you need it or take you to the most beautiful places chosen for your tour.

    MEETINGS: In case the meeting point with the guide/accompanist is in the place of the tour it is necessary to give an active telephone number, which will be given to the guide/accompanist. In case you can’t find the guide/accompanist please call the number +39 333 994 52 88. If you don’t contact us, the agency cannot be retained as responsible.

    OPENING TIMES OF THE MONUMENTS: Some monuments are not always open. If you are interested in visiting a special monument, tell us in the moment of request of quotation. In case you don’t asked us, the agency cannot be retained as responsible.

    TRANSFER SERVICES: The transfer service for the client, if done with the Minivan of the agency, is included as a transfer service for free and carried out for courtesy only in order to full fill the necessities of the tour. 

    WEATHER: The tour takes place even in case of bad weather. If the tour is cancelled it is to protect your safety. The tours to Venice take place even in case of high water.

    LANGUAGES SPOKEN DURING THE TOURS: Tours could be held in multiple languages at the same time.

    RESPECT FOR TIMETABLES AND GROUPS: With the confirmation of the tour, you accept the timetable indicated in the program. In order to have an above-board tour, it will not be possible to change the timetable except it is a decision of the tour leader.

    TECHNICAL ORGANIZATION: Lovivo Tour Experience by E3 srl, Viale delle Terme, 107 / B 35031 Abano Terme (Padua), T. +39 049 2969340 F. +39 049 2969349, e-mail info@lovivo.it www.lovivo.it,EUROP ASSISTANCE Insurance Policy n. 9040153, Guarantee Fund: IL SALVAGENTE s.c. a r.l. n. 2020 / 1- 3114, Authorization of the Province of Padua 1226 of reg. of 18.08.2016.

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