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Walking and Cooking Vacations in Italy

The Wayfarers is delighted to invite you to join this culinary holiday in Italy. You will get to see Palladio’s masterpieces, escape the crowds in hidden Venice, visit the first world war battlefields, explore the foothills of the Dolomites, and not forgetting, to sample some specialty cheese, grappa, and prosecco. Throughout this holiday, you will walk through the mountain and forest trails, as well as paved walks in Vicenza and Venice. It’s seeing all the secret stuff!


  • Cooking lesson in Asolo
  • Visits to museums and historic sites
  • Demonstrations and wine tasting sessions
  • Diverse itineraries with emphasis on history, geography, culture, people, flora & fauna
  • 6 nights first-class accommodation
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All meals with choices
  • Wine with dinner


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Hotel Europa Residence / 3 nights

Situated in the center of Asiago in the middle of the no-traffic area and facing the "G.B. Pertile square", Hotel Europa is one of the most renowned traditional alpine hotels of the region. Every room is equipped with a small fridge, satellite TV, radio, safe, telephone, internet connection, hairdryer, and shower box with whirlpool tub. The hotel's wellness center features sauna, Turkish bath, and aromatherapy treatments. Hotel Europa's lovely restaurant boasts dining al fresco in the summer and creatively prepared local cuisine.

Albergo al Sole / 2 nights

The Albergo al Sole is a historic landmark on the main square in Asolo and its full restoration was completed in 1996. The hotel facilities include "Technogym" fitness room, massage, room service, laundry services, and wireless broadband internet access in all the hotel's common areas. The hotel's 23 rooms have en suite bathrooms with Jacuzzi showers or antique style bathtubs, air conditioning, flat screen LCD television, minibar, safe, hairdryer, telephone, and modem direct lines. Perched on a hilltop, the 'La Terrazza' (The Terrace) Bar and Restaurant offers a unique view of the bustling activity of the town of Asolo.

Hotel Villa del Poggio / 1 night

From its privileged position, Hotel Villa del Poggio offers a panoramic view of the hills and vineyards where the famous Prosecco wine is produced. From the terrace, guests can enjoy the wonderful landscape, as far as the eye can see. Decorated in cool, contemporary style, it provides a calm retreat with plenty of opportunity for relaxation and a spa with a Turkish bath, Finnish sauna, and sensory shower. Each of the 28 guestrooms has bathrobes, slippers, a hairdryer, minibar with complimentary water, TV, Wi-Fi, safe, and coffee / tea maker. The restaurant combines the rural tranquility of Prosecco country with the lure of the sea, in its gourmet menu, highlighting seafood and local specialties.


The medieval town of Vicenza is your starting point for this varied walk through the celebrated Veneto region of Italy. The opulence of the Venetian empire is contrasted with the trenches and tunnels of the first world war as you journey across alpine meadows, and through mountain villages and woods. You will take a private boat tour of Venice, visit two of Palladio's magnificent villas, and explore old Marostica, still surrounded by its ancient walls. In the mountain resort of Asiago, you will taste the famous cheese; in Bassano, you will sample grappa at the Nardini distillery, and cross the wooden Palladian bridge, Ponte degli Alpini. During your days with The Wayfarers, you will walk through the mountain and forest trails, and paved walks in Vicenza and Venice - about 6-12 miles per day.

Program itinerary


You will rendezvous in glorious Vicenza. You have time to wander the streets and enjoy the atmosphere, the architecture and above all, to visit Palladios stunning Teatro Olimpico. You will continue to the Villa Capra, perhaps better known as La Rotonda, for a brief visit. You will drive to Asiago, a favorite summer resort of the Milanese and Venetians, for your welcome drink and dinner.

Overnight: Hotel Europa Residence


This morning, you will transfer to Monte Cengio, scene of a very important first world war engagement, the Battle of Asiago, and walk through woods and open countryside to Fort Corbin, an impressive World War I fortification built on top of a cliff. You will learn the story of the fort and battle before walking to your lunch in a nearby village. You will continue on to the fascinating mountain village of Tresche Conca in the foothills of the Dolomites, and then return to Asiago for dinner in a local pizzeria.

Overnight: Hotel Europa Residence


You will start in Croce Sant'Antonio and take a gentle uphill track through woods of spruce and larch with panoramic views. You will continue walking on mountain trails through meadows at the foothills of the Dolomites, where you can see numerous trenches and bomb shelters from the first world war. You'll lunch on local products at a farm where the famous Asiago cheese is made, and after that walk back into the valley.

Overnight: Hotel Europa Residence


Today will be an easy walk from the village of San Luca down to a trail overlooking the valley, and on to the charming medieval town of Marostica, surrounded by the ancient walls of its castles and by the many streams that cascade down the hillside. The town is, perhaps, best known for its living chessboard in the main square. After lunch in a traditional osteria, you will transfer to Bassano Del Grappa and walk the ancient streets to see the cathedral, upper castle, and famous wooden bridge, designed by Palladio. You will visit the Nardini Distillery to learn about, and taste, the renowned grappa. You will drive to Asolo, one of the loveliest little towns in Italy, much admired by Robert Browning and known as the City of a Hundred Horizons.

Overnight: Albergo al Sole


Today you will walk from the hotel though the scenic hills and woodlands of Asolo, followed by a guided tour and visit of Palladio's famous Villa Barbaro. Here in the villa's winery, you will enjoy a delicious lunch and a wine tasting. In the afternoon, you return to the hotel in Asolo for a cooking lesson; you eat for dinner what you prepare.

Overnight: Albergo al Sole


En route to the start of your walk, you will visit a neoclassical temple, the Tempio Canoviano, designed by the famous painter and sculptor Antonio Canovan in the twilight of his life, and final repository of his genius and ashes. You walk through prosecco vineyards with marvelous views and where most of the cultivation is still done by hand in the traditional way. Prosecco wine tasting and light lunch is prepared by a local family on a terrace overlooking the vineyards. You will visit an ancient working water mill en route to your hotel, on a hilltop with views to the Adriatic for your farewell dinner.

Overnight: Hotel Villa del Poggio


After breakfast and a transfer, you will say "arrivederci" in Venice.

Wayfarers will make every effort to adhere to the advertised route, but reserves the right to make alterations thereto at their sole discretion.


This vacation takes place in several regions in Italy, starting in Vicenza and ending in Venice.

What's included

  • 6 nights first-class accommodation with cultural and historical interest
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • All meals with choices
  • Comprehensive travel information package and reading list
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, people, and flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • Full-time services of two staff - a walk leader and a walk manager
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • Wine with dinner
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