Take an escorted vacation tour of Northern Italy that begins in marvelous Milan, with an overnight and visits to the Sforzesco Castle Grounds and Duomo Square; also see the world-famous La Scala Opera House. Next stop is Venice, a favorite destination for romantics and art lovers. Take a private boat ride and join your Local Guide for a walking tour to see St. Mark’s Square, its byzantine Basilica, the Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. Also watch the age-old art of glassblowing performed by a local artisan. Enter Emilia-Romagna, renowned worldwide for its gourmet traditions and stop in Modena, where a visit to the city center and a Balsamic Vinegar tasting, a light lunch have been included. Arrive in Parma for your overnight stay and guided sightseeing. In Turin—former capital of Italy and birthplace of Fiat automobiles—your guided sightseeing includes a visit to the cathedral which houses the Holy Shroud. End your vacation in the pretty town of Como, beautifully located on the lake and surrounded by the Alps. Enjoy an orientation of the town and a farewell dinner at your hotel to commemorate your escape to Northern Italy.