Flavors of Northern Italy

Verona & Trento

October 12-19, 2025

Price: $5,750/person

Curata Travel and Dickinson Alumni Global Adventures have partnered again to bring you a culinary adventure through the majestic Veneto and Trentino Alto-Adige regions!

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.

Keep scrolling for more tour details, pricing, and specific Trip Notes for this particular tour. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

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Itinerary

Our 8 days will be filled exploring the beauty of the Veneto and Trentino Alto-Adige regions of Northern Italy:

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!

Tour Highlights

Experience a town's weekly market, along the shores of Lake Garda, where you can find everything from home goods, clothing and bags to kitchen tools, cheeses, and fresh produce. All with a stunning backdrop!

Take part in a winery's annual grape harvest! Grab a pair of shears and you'll be put to work amongst the vines. You'll certainly be well rewarded with the fruits of your labor! (weather & harvest permitting)

Enjoy a walking tour of Verona's old town with a local guide to discover not only the authentic and historical highlights, but also the lore that surrounds this backdrop for one of Shakespeare's most famous works!

We'll have the unique experience of visiting a honey producer! The honey produced by these bees and local flowers captures the pure essence of flavor of the hills, forests and pastures of Northern Italy.

Coffee is such an integral part of Italy's culture, beyond just the daily morning ritual we're used to in the U.S. We'll visit an artisanal coffee roaster's laboratory and tasting room for an eye-opening coffee experience!

Our hands-on cooking class will take place up in the Dolomite Mountains with a view that will take your breath away! Here you'll learn to make traditional canederli, bread dumplings specific to this region of Italy.

Double occupancy: $5,750/person
Single supplement: $900

Deposit of $2,000/person is due upon booking to reserve your spot, along with a signed & completed registration form. Booking is not considered confirmed until deposit has been received.

Payments can be made by check (made out to Curata Travel) and mailed to: Curata Travel, 245 N. Main Street, Spring Grove, PA 17362.

Credit cards are accepted with a 3.6% fee.

Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.

Pricing includes:

- 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 the Bologna Reunion 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.

Not included:
- Airfare

Travel Insurance

- Gratuity for driver and Curata Travel tour leaders, at your discretion.

- Any spending during free time, personal purchases, extraneous hotel charges (minibar, laundry service, etc.) and any alcoholic beverages not included with meals.

Each member of the tour will be responsible for booking their own international flights. Flights are not included in the tour cost.

The group transfer* will pick up at the Venice (VCE) Airport on October 12 at 12:00p.m., then dropped off at the Venice Airport on October 19 by 9a.m.

One group transfer will be provided, any additional private transfers would be at your own cost.

*For those attending the Bologna Reunion 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.

A few items of note for some of the destinations and the trip as a whole to help set expectations and better prepare you for the trip. Some of the expectations are outlined in our Traveler Guidebook and the Terms & Conditions form that you will use to register (see specifically the Traveler Code and Traveler Expectations sections), but to reiterate some as they specifically relate to this Northern Italy itinerary.

Cuisine - Our food tours focus heavily on the culinary specialities of each region and town we visit. So when we arrange a lunch/dinner or culinary experience, we are working with those restaurants to plan menus in advance that highlight the seasonal produce, and dishes that reflect the region we’re in. Northern Italian cuisine, for example, is simple but hearty and focuses on ingredients from the mountains rather than the sea or countryside. Ingredients like polenta, cheese, risotto, mushrooms and proteins such as beef, veal, or pork. You will also see a lot of German and Austrian influence here!

We will be collecting some of this information at a later date from you, but if there are food allergies we need to be aware of, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them. If there are entire categories of food that you just don’t eat (and are not willing to try), this might not be the tour for you! 

Terrain: 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!

Excursions: 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 (please note, as mentioned in the Terms & Conditions, there is no compensation or refund for any portion of the tour or excursion you do not participate in). 

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, DC., 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 (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.