Enjoy inspired, exclusive getaways to high-end destinations during the guided tour of your dreams. Every year Gourmet Getaways founder and president Marlene Iaciofano accompanies a small group of travelers on a unique trip to one of Italy’s top locations. Itineraries include all the best Italy has to offer – planned, organized and personalized by a travel expert for the ultimate experience!


I traveled to Italy with Marlene in the fall of 2009. She developed the perfect itinerary, which included wine tastings, sightseeing, cooking classes and free time to absorb the culture and shop. The trip was extremely enjoyable, personalized and organized. I would recommend consulting with Marlene prior to your trip to Italy. You won’t be disappointed with the personalized service, attention to detail, knowledge of Italy and a fabulous itinerary.
— Karen Morano

Venice - Venetian Riviera - Milan

October 11 - 20

We will depart Newark on October 11 and fly directly to Venice.  Upon our arrival we will be privately transferred to our hotel which is centrally located in Venice.  We will spend two nights in Venice.  While here we will:

  • October 12 - check into our hotel: Hotel L Orologio, and have a welcome reception. In the afternoon we will meet our guide and she will take us on a tour of Venice. We will meet later that evening and I will decide on a lovely restaurant for our Welcome Dinner which is included.

  • Oct 13 — We will meet our guide in the lobby of the hotel (time to be determined ) and have an excursion to Murano and Burano islands including a visit to Studio Tagliapietro.  Lino does exceptional murano glass creations.  You may want to google: Lino Tagliapietro.  Then move on to Burano which is famous for it's laces and colorful painted fishermen's houses. Afternoon is free to do as you please but later that night I have arranged for us to have dinner with a Countessa in her historic palazzo.

  • October 14 - You may want to do last minute shopping before we leave Venice. Time to be determined. We will have a private boat take us to the main land where we will meet our bus to take us to the next hotel: Villa Franceschi Hotel and Resort in Mira Italy. Upon our check in we will have a Welcome Reception. Then you can check into your room and enjoy the beautiful surroundings before we begin our cooking class with the head chef followed by dinner.

  • October 15 - Today we will depart the hotel (time to be determined) and visit the villas of the Veneto region with our guide and then explore the city of Padua. When our tour is finished the bus will take us back to the hotel. Dinner will be on your own at the hotel.

  • October 16 - Today we will visit with our guide the town of Treviso and the surrounding area. This area is famous for the production of Prosecco. I am still working on this day but it may include a visit to a winery. Back to the hotel by mid afternoon and you can relax. Dinner on your own at the hotel.

  • October 17 - Depart this lovely hotel ( time to be determined) and we head west with our private van and the driver will take us through the countryside to our next quick stop where we will discover with our guide how the real mortadella, prosciutto and salami are made. We will have a tasting then we will have a lunch at a local farmhouse and enjoy a glass of Lambrusco wine. I am not sure when in the later afternoon we will arrive in Milan at our last hotel: Hotel Manzoni.

  • October 18 In the morning we will enjoy a special guided tour with our guide to the Last Supper, the Duomo and go to the top to have beautiful views of Milan and then to the La Scala Musuem. During our tours we will stop at Luini and enjoy a tasting of panzerotti which is a typical street food of Milan. The rest of the day will be on our own as will as dinner.

  • October 19- Out last day in Milan. Here we can enjoy the morning and early afternoon shopping. In the late afternoon we will enjoy a sunset cruise on the Navigli Canals with a glass of Prosecco in hand. The is a lot of history behind these canals which our guide will tell us all about. We will stop a bit and walk along the canals to view the private courtyards. Our Farewell dinner will be later that evening at the hotel.

  • October 20 - check out of our hotel and board the bus for the Milan airport. Exact time to be decided.

  • Remember: Itinerary is subject to change!