northern italian cuisine

Buon appetito!

Our hikes in Piemonte, Lombardy, and Veneto will be wonderful—and so will our multi-course meals, some in distinguished Michelin-starred restaurants.

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Great Hikes and Chefs of Northern Italy's Gourmet Trail

Piemonte, Lombardia, and the Veneto

Great Hikes and Chefs of Northern Italy's Gourmet Trail route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5995  
Length: 9 days
Arrive: Turin, Italy
Depart: Verona, Italy
Lodging: 8 nights 4- and 5-star inns, villas, and hotels
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners
Activity: Walking, Cultural Adventures, Culinary
Trip Level: A mix of moderate walks and hikes, 2-4 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day's hike)


  • Piemonte, home to the Slow Food movement; Lombardia, with its sparkling lakes set beneath the mountains; the Veneto, renowned for its fine art and architecture—and Prosecco!
  • Savor delicious gourmet meals, several in Michelin-starred restaurants, stay in converted villas and exquisite hotels
  • Hike among rolling vineyards, taste fine wines including Franciacorta Brut

The trip was well run, wrinkle-free, everyone well cared for, all expectations met or exceeded... just as we have come to expect from WT.Bill S.—Boiling Springs, PA

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Choosing the Right Trip

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Northern Italy is renowned for its exquisite scenery and culinary delights. It’s the perfect place for our award-winning journey combining lovely day hikes and elegant meals created by some of Italy’s legendary chefs. Our travels bring you on a breathtaking arc from Torino, nestled against the Alps, to Verona in the Veneto, with glorious walks across rolling hills, around sparkling lakes, and through flourishing vineyards and lush woodland groves. Complementing our hikes are superb meals featuring a bevy of delectable wines and produce of each region, along with prosciutto and cheese tastings, an absolutely fun cooking class, and overnights in hotels of charm and elegance. Buon appetito!

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Torino / Ivrea / Orta San Giulio

Our culinary discoveries begin at a Michelin-starred restaurant in elegant Torino. From enchanting Orta San Giulio, hike in the Mottarone Mountains, with their marvelous panoramas of the Swiss Alps, and lunch at the Luigi Guffanti cheese grottos, family-run since 1876.

Days 4-5
Monferrato / Polesine Parmense

Skirting vineyards among the hills of Piemonte’s Monferrato, head to Antica Corte Pallavicina to visit its cellar where prosciutto is aged, enjoy a cooking lesson, and dine at its Michelin-starred restaurant.

Days 6-9
Franciacorta / Lake Iseo / Lake Garda / Verona

Hike among the vineyards of Franciacorta, known for its fine sparkling wines, and lunch at a wine producer’s restaurant. The next day, we follow lakeshore paths on a serene island in Lake Iseo. Our trail along Lake Garda leads to a Roman villa set on the Sirmione Peninsula. Explore Verona, fabled home of Romeo and Juliet, before departing on Day 9.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 2+, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. Besides our culinary forays, we enjoy day walks and hikes of 2-4 hours over variable hill and mountain trails, with occasional short, steep sections. We will carry just a daypack with trailside essentials such as jacket, water bottle, and camera.

All meals except two dinners are included on this trip, as well as wine at meals, and will be taken at the hotels where we are staying or at restaurants in nearby towns. Please note that some of our meals may take up to three hours and will be 8-9 courses, and that the dinner hour in Europe is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm. Our comfortable hotels are in exquisite settings.

For maximum enjoyment of the trip (and the wonderful scenery, food, wine, art, and history that are a part of it), you must be in fit shape and ready to walk. We strongly urge you to train for the trip with regular hiking, especially over hills or rough terrain, running, swimming, bicycling or other sports exercise.

After breakfast in our hotel, we’re generally off on the day’s walk by 9 am. Each day is a bit different. Some days encompass a full morning of country walking; others involve a half day or more exploring one of the towns or lake islands on foot. On many days, we drive to a starting point for our walk, and get picked up at the end of the walk and driven to our night’s lodging.

Explanation of Trip Levels


Departures & Leaders

May 11-19, 2016

Sep 7-15, 2016
Oct 5-13, 2016   Vicky Sotriffer

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$5995 (11-16 members)
$6495 (6-10 members)
Single supplement: $670
Forced single supplement: $470
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Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Hotel accommodations
  • All meals included except 2 dinners
  • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
  • Entrances to all sites, museums, and ferries
  • Sightseeing and activities as noted in the Full Trip Brochure (wine tasting, cooking lesson, etc.)

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, arrival transportation to Turin, airport departure taxes, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expense of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance or passports, and other expenses of a personal nature.

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Meeting Place:
Venaria Reale, Italy (just outside of Torino)
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Torino (airport code TRN)
Suggested flight arrival time: 10:00 am or anytime the day before


Verona, Italy
Date: Day 9
Suggested Airport for Departure:
Verona, Italy (airport code VRN)
Suggested departure time: after 3:00 pm or anytime the day after (with an “on your own” transfer)

Cascina di Corte

Cascina di Corte

Day 1 (1 night), Venaria Reale, Italy

The Cascina di Corte is a beautifully renovated old country home overlooking the gardens of the Palace of Venaria Reale just outside Torino. We ...
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Hotel San Rocco

Hotel San Rocco

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Orta San Giulio, Italy

The Hotel San Rocco, superbly set right on the edge of magical Lake Orta, is within walking distance of just about everything in this picturesque ...
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Locanda del Re Guerriero

Locanda del Re Guerriero

Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), San Pietro in Cerro, Italy

Set on the park-like grounds of the castle of San Pietro in Cerro in the heart of the Emilia Romagna countryside is the elegant oasis of Locanda del ...
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I Due Roccoli

I Due Roccoli

Days 6 to 7 (2 nights), Iseo, Italy

The views just keep getting better and better as you make each turn up the winding mountain road to this fine hotel, set on 25 acres of lush gardens ...
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Hotels in Sirmione

Day 8 (1 night), Sirmione, Italy

In Sirmione, we stay at one of the following properties:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Giuseppe Aruta

Departure Dates: September 7-15, 2016

With an extensive background in geology and deep roots in his Italian heritage, Giuseppe Aruta leads guests through the Medieval Hilltowns, the Dolomites and Italy’s Lake District, paying special attention to how people travel through their sense of taste, experiencing the wondrous world of ...
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Stefano Baldi

Stefano Baldi, of Tuscany, has led hiking trips in Europe for us for nearly 15 years. He has spent most of his life living in the beautiful rural countryside of Tuscany, except for a few years in Florence as a student. His love for nature led him to found an agricultural co-op with friends in the ...
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Richard Bell

For a man who has traveled to more than 100 countries, been a trip leader for Wilderness Travel for more than 20 years, and has an ever expanding palate to cook exquisite dishes with global infusion (ask him about his infamous slow-cooked lamb with pomegranates), Richard Bell still takes as much ...
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Gianluca Canalicchio

Departure Dates: May 11-19, 2016

Gianluca Canalicchio was born and raised in Rome, where his parents moved in 1960 from Umbria, when they left their life of hard work on their farm in search of new opportunities. He has a degree in accounting, speaks four languages (Italian, Spanish, French, and English), and loves dancing, ...
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Vicky Sotriffer

Departure Dates: May 11-19, 2016, September 7-15, 2016, October 5-13, 2016

Vicky Sotriffer thrives in new places as an adventure-seeking traveler and Trip Leader. She has led trips on nearly every continent for more than 10 years, including safari hikes, city tours, and sea kayaking trips. Originally from South Tyrol, Italy, Vicky now resides in Ibiza, Spain, is fluent ...
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Client Comments

The trip was well run, wrinkle-free, everyone well cared for, all expectations met or exceeded... just as we have come to expect from WT. Bill S., Boiling Springs, PA The trip was thoughtfully designed and smoothly executed. We appreciated the lovely and varied hikes, the variety of cultural activities (especially the visits to Guffanti and Antica Corte Pallavicina), the fabulous dining, and the overall atmosphere created by our guides. This was our second WT trip and we are looking forward to more. Pam B., Newton Center, MA I have taken other 'trips of a lifetime' with WT and this one was no exception! One cannot help but live in the moment on such a wonderful journey. Very well done! Julie R., Bainbridge Island, WA A fabulous combination of hiking in gorgeous areas and out of this world gourmet food along with cheese producers, wineries, cooking lessons, and fabulous hotels and chateaus. A feast for the eye, nose, and stomach. William T., Los Angeles, CA
This trip far exceeded my expectations. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. Virginia H., Frisco, TX The guides were wonderful, the food was incredible, the hotels first class and the views were beautiful. I would call this adventure "over the rainbow!" Martie T., Salinas, CA This was a great trip: good food, wonderful hotels, great guides, scenic hikes. What more could you ask for? Rud and Mary Ellen B., Bloomfield Hills, MI Great food, wine, and hotels! Yvonne S., West Chester, PA