A rural jewel set between the sparkling Lakes, Como and Iseo, the Imagna Valley is a lush green oasis that remains relatively untouched by tourism. Known for its delicious local cheeses as well as its soothing thermal waters, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind whilst surrounded by magnificent vistas and evocative history. Dotted with ancient hamlets, unique traditional houses and Romanesque architecture, the settlements of the Imagna Valley are surprising for their elegant minimalism and it’s the perfect setting for Italian lovers and Solent Events on Tour!
Northern Italy is well known and much-visited, thanks to its beautiful landscapes and the stunning lakes that sit in the Lombardy region. However, despite the hordes of tourists that flock to the sparkling waters of Lake Como (and rightly so, for it is so beautiful), it’s surprisingly easy to get off the tourist trail for the perfect Italian holiday – and we have found this little gem in the Imagna Valley!
Due to its Alpine location and abundance of cattle, unique and delicious cheeses are produced here – such as the soft and creamy stracchino. Along with the local Italian wines, we will experience this unique craft with a cheese tasting experience during one of our excursions. We will also learn how to make casoncelli, a delicious stuffed pasta typical of the Bergamo region. An intriguing sweet and savoury stuffing is used to fill the handmade pasta, engulfing you to the heart of the Imagna Valley, via its cuisine.
Lunch at an authentic trattoria, located in an historic building in the mountain village of Roncaglia, is also on the agenda. This wonderful restaurant takes pride in serving dishes from the local tradition using produce from the valley, created with age-old recipes of the region. You’ll love it!
We will stay at the 4* Miramonti Hotel Resort & Spa, Rota d’Imagna in the Imagna Valley. The hotel with its 35 comfortable rooms and suites with breath-taking views over the Imagna Valley, is a fusion between tradition and modernism, a perfect mix for memorable holidays nestled in nature.This luxurious hotel and spa is in a stunning location to not only enjoy unforgettable views and excellent regional cuisine, but is perfectly located for visits to beautiful Bergamo, the stunning Lake Como and other wonderful excursions we have planned for you.
Famed the world over for its exquisite beauty, the jaw-dropping Lake Como is hemmed by forested hills and snow-tipped Alpine peaks. The lake’s shore is studded with achingly pretty towns and villages, home to old fishermen’s cottages and tiny lanes. We will explore the typical lakeside village of Varenna, where it feels as if time stands still, before taking to the gentle turquoise waters on a boat trip to Bellagio. Bellagio is known as the ‘pearl of Lake Como’, with its elegant churches, gardens and historic character. We may even glimpse one of the most famous homes on the lake, the eighteenth-century Villa Oleandra in Lagli – owned by George Clooney!
This exclusive Solent Events tour is designed for a maximum of 25 passengers, so please book this popular destination as soon as you have decided to join us!
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Sunday 16 May 2021
Travel to a London airport by Luxury coach from four local pick-ups and relax in an airport lounge before our scheduled flight to Milan. A coach will be waiting for us at the airport to transfer us to our hotel in the Imagna Valley. Dinner at the hotel.
Monday 17 May
This morning we enjoy a tasting of local cheese, due to its Alpine location and abundance of cattle, unique and delicious cheeses are produced here – such as the soft and creamy Stracchino. We will have the opportunity to taste 3 local cheeses along with a glass of local wine. After we return to our hotel where we will receive a special hands on cooking demonstration to show us how to make Casoncelli, a local pasta speciality. Giving us a new skill to show off to friends on our return to the UK! Dinner in the hotel.
Tuesday 18 May
This morning we set off for a full day excursion to Lake Como. Known for its jaw dropping beauty, the lake is lined by many charming little towns and villages. We will begin in Varenna, which features picturesque lanes and old fishermen’s houses before the short sailing across to Bellagio. Known as the ‘Pearl of Lake Como’, the tiny streets are so pretty that there is a photo opportunity at ever corner. Time will be at leisure here before we later return to the hotel. Dinner in the hotel.
Wednesday 19 May
Today we have the chance to explore the local area. Our first visit will be to the hamlet of Arnosto, which in spite of its size, is home to some beautiful buildings and great examples of rural architecture for the area. We will have a visit here to the village museum where we can see for ourselves the lives of the local people. Afterwards we will enjoy a truly special lunch in a traditional trattoria served with wine before returning to the hotel. Dinner in the hotel.
Thursday 20 May
The ancient city of Bergamo awaits us today. Perched upon the top of a hill and surrounded by lush green valleys, Bergamo is a charming place to explore. Our one hour guided walking tour will take us around the narrow cobbled lanes of the old town in order to admire the historic pastel coloured buildings. We will also have time at leisure; perhaps to visit the 15th century Cappella Colleoni church or to enjoy a drink in one of the cafes on the Piazza Vecchia. The ancient city walls offer a wonderful walking spot and breathtaking views across the valley. En route to our hotel we will stop at a local winery for a tour and tasting of the delicious locally produced wine. Dinner in the hotel.
Friday 21 May
Today is set aside to enjoy the wonderful facilities at our hotel. Unwind in the spa which features steam baths, a Turkish bath, saunas and a beautiful pool with views over the mountains. Relax with a spa treatment (not included) or soak up the views from the panoramic relaxing area. Enjoy a drink on the sunlit terrace with friends or sample the delicious food at one of the hotel’s restaurants.
Dinner in the hotel.
Saturday 22 May
After checking out of the hotel, we will travel to the airport, say goodbye to our tour manager and begin on our journey home – with a stop en route if time permits.
The exact order of the above excursions is provisional and will be finalised along with the flight times later in 2020.