Travel Guides: Italy Travel Guide: Overview
In Southern Europe—right in the heart of the Mediterranean—lies a boot-shaped country stuffed to the brim with culture, history and fine cuisine.
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.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual & Premiere Hotels*
Start Parma / End Verona or Venice
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
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 Apennine Mountains | Visit a small Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese farm in the quaint village of Noceto | A local chef shares the secrets of la cucina italiana during a private cooking class | Take in a bucolic countryside sunset before sitting down to a delicious dinner.
This grand 11th-century castle has been transformed into an elegant hotel offering comfort, relaxation and romance. (pool, spa)
Explore ancient Sabbioneta, a World Heritage site known for its impressive theater and Renaissance design | Pedal along the placid Po River to UNESCO-designated Mantua, home to grand palaces, magnificent architecture and superb regional fare | Explore the town's fascinating history in the company of an expert guide.
A sophisticated hotel with modern minimalist style, conveniently located in the heart of the vibrant city.
Follow the lush Mincio River past serene parks and beautiful villages to Peschiera del Garda, a walled town that Dante once described as a "fortress fair and strong" | Relax at our elegant hotel, a former 18th-century noble residence | Take a stroll through Shakespeare's fair Verona | Pair regional cuisine with Veneto wines | Follow the Adige River to the foot of the Alps | Relax over lunch at a cantina near the shore of Lake Garda | Bike through renowned Bardolino vineyards, where world-famous wines are produced.
Once home to 18th-century nobility, this beautifully restored villa is surrounded by cypress, oak, and vineyards—the perfect place to unwind in the heart of the countryside. A Relais & Châteaux Member. (pool, spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Our exploration of Parma and the Po River basin traverses Italy's most productive agricultural region. Most routes travel on tranquil farm roads but, on occasion, you can expect to encounter increased traffic as we pass through larger towns that produce gastronomic delights such as prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Of course, the van is nearby if you want a lift.