From Parma to Verona, passion is everywhere. In the air. In the water. In the art. Food is prepared with it. Wine is produced with it. The culture is steeped in it. Even the people themselves are famously passionate—look at Romeo and Juliet. And when you experience this place for yourself, you'll be passionate too.
1 A scenic ride leads from the Taro River along the foothills of the Apennine Mountains | An exclusive tour reveals the opulent living quarters at the Castle of Tabiano | Enjoy an aperitivo on the terrace with stunning views of the Po River Valley and the Alps beyond.
2 Visit a small Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese farm in the quaint village of Noceto | A local chef shares the secrets of la cucina italiana at a private cooking class | Relish a sunset spin through the rustic countryside before sitting down to a dinner, sommelier-paired with local wines.
3 Explore ancient Sabbioneta, known for its impressive ducal palace and synagogue | Pedal along the placid Po River to Mantua, home to several Michelin-starred restaurants.
4 Follow the lush Mincio River past natural parks and beautiful villages to Peschiera del Garda, a walled town that Dante once described as a fortress fair and strong | Take a stroll through Shakespeare's Fair Verona.
5-6 Follow the Adige River to the foot of the Alps | Relax over lunch at a cantina near the shores of Lake Garda | Bike through renowned Valpolicella vineyards, where world-famous amarone is produced.