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Northern Italy Culinary Tour - October 12-19, 2025

Northern Italy

Embark on a delectable journey through the heart of Italy with our culinary tour to Verona and Trento. Indulge in the rich flavors and aromas of authentic Italian cuisine as you explore these charming cities renowned for their gastronomic and cultural delights. In Verona, savor the iconic dishes of the region, from velvety risottos to succulent meats, all paired perfectly with the finest wines from nearby vineyards. In Trento, discover the unique fusion of Alpine and Italian influences in the local cuisine, with hearty mountain dishes. Immerse yourself in hands-on cooking classes, guided food tastings, and exclusive visits to local markets, all while soaking in the picturesque landscapes and rich cultural heritage of these enchanting northern destinations.

We won’t just eat good food (and a LOT of it!) - we will meet the artisans who produce it and get a deep understanding of the traditions that drive this amazing food culture. Join us for an unforgettable adventure that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Experience a local market along the shores of Lake Garda
  • Grab a pair of shears and take part in a winery’s annual grape harvest
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Verona’s old town to learn more about the lore that surrounds this backdrop for one of Shakespeare’s most famous works
  • Roll up your sleeves for a cooking class in the Dolomite mountains
  • Savor the flavors at wineries, a cider producer, a distillery and a coffee experience
  • Visit a local honey producer


ITINERARY:
Verona (3 nights) – You'll fall in love with the city of star-crossed lovers! Verona is a picturesque city celebrated for its rich history, stunning architecture and vibrant culture. We will use this as a base to explore the area of nearby Lake Garda as well!

Trento (4 nights) – A charming city at the base of the Dolomite Mountains, steeped in history and offering a perfect blend of stunning landscapes, medieval architecture and Italian elegance. You'll be amazed at the strong German & Austrian influences in the food & culture, and likely find some new favorite Italian dishes while here!

Brochure [coming]

 

ACTIVITY LEVEL:
Easy-Moderate

As you'll find throughout Italy, walkways are often made up of cobblestones and limestone paving. Good walking shoes, being sure on your feet, and staying alert are all key to getting around! While there are no strenuous activities planned, you should be comfortable walking and standing for our various excursions or walking tours. You should be comfortable getting in & out of a bus without assistance. With all of our excursions, you are not forced to participate if something like this is not your “thing.” You always have the option to stay behind and enjoy some free time on your own.

 

About your host:

Curata Travel's Chief Curation Officer, Kyle Carter '99

Kyle is excited to partner again with Dickinson's Alumni Global Adventures to guide fellow alumni through this beautiful part of Northern Italy!

After graduating from Dickinson College and following a career in nonprofit fundraising in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Kyle answered her passion for food and travel, joining Caputo Brothers Creamery's original team in 2013, which grew into Curata Travel in 2022. 

Kyle leads the Curata Travel team (with other Dickinson alums as well!), and oversees all aspects of the company from customer care to hotel and excursion bookings, business administration to on-the-ground research! She has spent the past 11 years planning and leading culinary adventures throughout Italy.

 

TOUR PRICING:
Double occupancy: $5,750 per person
Single supplement: $900

Deposit of $2,000 per person due upon booking to reserve your spot.

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Seven nights of hotel accommodations (3 nights in Verona, 4 nights in Trento)
  • All planned excursions & classes, including visits to artisanal producers and a hands-on cooking class.
  • Meals included: daily breakfasts at our accommodations and most lunches & dinners. We curate each menu to focus on traditional regional specialties, accompanied by local wines.
  • Experienced tour leaders and local guides
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout the tour
  • Airport transfers to Venice (VCE) Airport* on specified arrival/departure days/times. We include one group transfer for your arrival and departure at specified times. Any additional transfer will be at your own cost.

*OR for those attending Dickinson’s 60 Anniversary of Bologna Celebration prior to this tour, a train transfer will be provided from Bologna to Verona on October 12. The group transfer on departure day would be to the Venice (VCE) airport with the rest of the group.

 

RESERVATIONS:
Curata Travel
Online [Booking Request Form - Dickinson – Curata Travel]