From wine-tasting and pasta-making to exploring centuries-old cities, this 10-day adventure showcases the best of northern Italy. Starting with a cycling tour of the ancient ruins in Rome, you’ll get to see the sights of Siena, Florence, Pisa, the Italian Riviera and Lake Como, before finishing off with a foodie walking tour of Milan. This trip combines the buzz of the old urban centres of Italy with the tranquil countryside and coastline. Along the way, you’ll explore winemaking cellars, hike along the Mediterranean coast, float across an Alpine lake and learn how to make the perfect tiramisu.
Contemporary art and renaissance architecture compete for your attention at Hotel Art, a designer boutique in a restored medieval college. Rooms feature brightly coloured walls, hardwood floors and original paintings. Enjoy an Aperol spritz in the bar, once a former chapel.
Frescoed walls and exposed beams nod to the 16th-century heritage of this hotel, just 25 minutes outside Siena. The glistening outdoor pool adds a modern touch. Finish the day admiring the rolling Tuscan vineyards from the terrace, with a glass of chianti in hand.
Hotel De La Ville is situated in the thick of the shopping district in Florence. Start the day in the breakfast room, where a hot and cold buffet is served daily. Finish it off in the American Bar, unwinding with a brandy in one of the leatherbound armchairs.
Use your free time to rejuvenate at Park Hotel Argento in Levanto, where you’ll find an outdoor pool, as well as a spa with a Turkish bath and sauna. Taste traditional Ligurian cooking at the restaurant; chefs make the bread, pasta and desserts from scratch every day.
Throw open your windows from your contemporary room at the Hotel Metropole and drink in the views of Lake Como. It’s been run by the same family for four generations; they’ve welcomed numerous celebrities over the past 75 years - including the Danish royal family and Inter Milan football team.
The Duomo is just steps from this central Milan hotel. Inside, expect classical rooms, complete with comfy beds and complimentary toiletries. Make the most of the daily happy hour before venturing out into the night.