From Venice travel through the town of Vicenza, noted for its splendid
churches and palaces, many designed by Andrea Palladio. Your journey then continues to Verona where its Roman Amphitheater, commonly known as The Arena, is one of the biggest, holding over 22,000 spectators, and best preserved. Here every year the opera Aida is performed with live elephants. In front of the Arena is the Piazza Bra, a huge square with such interesting buildings as the Palazzo Barbieri (the Town Hall) and Gran Guardia Palace.
Among these beautiful buildings are many bars, restaurants and souvenir shops.
Leave Verona for Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy where exclusive resort hotels run along its shore. Continue to the pretty town of Bergamo. Its original location was a defensive hilltop, protected by stout walls, and now known as the Citta Alta (upper town) where you will find most of the historic buildings and tourist sights. Your exciting day ends as you arrive in Milan for your overnight stay. The regional food here gives its name to several dishes, Minestrone alla Milanese and Risotto alla Milanese. Try Osso Buco, and the Tortelli di Zucca (pumpkin fritters) with the sparkling red or white regional wine Franciacorta. Milan is renown as one of the world capitals of design and fashion, its Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in the Piazza Duomo is reputed to be the world