Milan Malpensa Airport 11.30am: direct flights from NYC, TLV & LON
From the airport we go straight to Stresa on Lake Maggiore where we’ll embark on a tour of the lake. We’ll visit the villa and magnificent gardens on Isola Bella, the “beautiful island”, and as much else as time allows. Lunch on the adjacent Fisherman’s island will keep us going until we reach our gorgeous hotel in time for dinner.
We’ll head to Sirmione this morning with its beautiful Roman Villa followed by a pizza lunch in the only kosher restaurant in the region.
After lunch, we’ll head for Verona where we’ll visit the highlights of this gorgeous city – the Arena famous for Opera, Romeo and Juliet’s balcony and the still active shul, maintained largely by the income generated from tourism…… and do it all by Segway!!!
We have lovely Mantova firmly in our sights today, where, among the monumental buildings, the beautiful but ultimately sad synagogue awaits our visit as do the couple who run the tiny community.
Hearing their story brings tears to the eyes, but it’s the story of the glory that was Italian Jewry.
After lunch, we’ll head to Lake Garda region, take bicycles and cycle for an hour or so along the cycle paths on the banks of the river, ending at most picturesque village of Borghetto, famous for its water mills and ancient bridges. Here we’ll make a refreshment stop in a café surrounded by flowing rivers before returning to the hotel to give you a chance to freshen up before dinner. Anyone for a spa treatment??
Today we’ll visit Vicenza, the urban masterpiece of architect Palladio, and Padua, home and resting place of Rav Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, the Ramchal.
The Italian Synagogue of Padua is the only synagogue still in use: several flourished in the university town from the Renaissance through WW2.
On our way back “home” we’ll have an adrenalin pumping karting experience with professional karts!!
The last of the Italian Lakes we visit is Lake Como. Today we have a morning stop in the gorgeous town of Bergamo before heading up to the Lake and the famous town of Bellagio. From here we will tour the lake and some of the small towns on its shores understanding why these Lakes are so sought after as a vacation destination!!
We’ll do what we always do: eat, pray, walk, relax and, for those who wish, enjoy a relaxing massage treatment or two (halachic sources provided on request!!)
We will bring you to Brescia for the train station on the high speed line from Venice to Milan. If you are staying on in Italy, you can pick up a hire car in Brescia.
OR, you can take a taxi to Milan Malpensa airport (90 mins), to Venice (120mins) or, if a group is leaving together, we’ll co-ordinate and book you a bus.
We look forward to seeing you again soon!!