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La Dolce Vita: The Italian Lakes of Como, Garda, Maggiore

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14 Days | 13 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Beulah from Mill Valley, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/12/15 - 10/25/15
This was an absolutely beautiful gem of a program in the locations, cultural insights, historical information, and guidance by Dr. Mara Mori. October offered an autumal paradise of colors in the expansive villa gardens. The three hotels were conveniently located and provided good service. The first and last being a little more luxurious. The meals presented by Dr. Mori's specialty chefs were fabulous. it was a smoothly run trip that maximized our schedule, with some free time optional. I would like do it again in the Spring someday to see the gardens decked out. Dr. Mori and her other guides were fantantastic. Thank you all.

Jeri from Pasadena, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/12/15 - 10/25/15
This was my first Road Scholar Program and it was excellent. I was impressed with our guide, Mara Mori and her knowledge, organizational and management skills. She was warm and friendly. The local guides she selected were also excellent and added to the overall educational value of the program. Overall an outstanding learning experience.

Mary from Mpls., MI Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/12/15 - 10/25/15
This was our sixth trip with Road Scholar and although we had excellent guides before this, Mara Mori was one of the best. Travelling with her is like the best college instructor you have ever had, plus the fact she is so pleasant and fun. We learned so much about this part of Italy, aside from its breathtaking beauty, Mara knew everything about the history, culture, literature, architecture, art and great restaurants. She covered it all.

Beach from The Villages, FL Number of programs attended: 40
Date attended: 10/12/15 - 10/25/15
The program led by Mari was the best of 42 I have attended. I would suggest reading materials about the history of the area to better appreciate the program although this is not mandatory. The country is beautiful and full of history i had never been exposed to. You will see beauty in Northern Italy that is like nothing you have seen before. This trip was the best.

Janet from Mount Pleasant, WI Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 09/28/15 - 10/11/15
This program was amazing! We saw so much beauty and ate wonderful food. New friends abounded!

Louise from Camillus, NY Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/14/15 - 09/27/15
Wonderful program with marvelous natural beauty combining lakes and mountains. Interesting history and culture of northern Italy where the Romans met the Germans creating a unique blend of peoples and culture. All of this with great food and wine.

Erika from San Francisco, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/14/15 - 09/27/15
This journey through a gorgeous part of Italy was extremely well-organized with skilled & knowledgeable leaders, interesting field trips, tasty food in welcoming restaurants and superbly-located hotels. Although I would have preferred a group size smaller than 30, our group was very congenial and cooperative and good planning made transfers and meals work well in spite of the number. It was very helpful to have the hearing technology so we didn't have to cluster around our guides. Highlights for me: the amazing natural beauty of the area, the boat rides on the lakes, a morning in the beautiful gardens of Villa Taranto, the lovely fresco cycle of the months in Trento's castle and free time (rather limited on a very busy trip) spent enjoying lakeside promenades & people-watching. I would absolutely recommend this trip to others.

Marcia from Greenville, SC Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/14/15 - 09/27/15
Our trip to the Northern Lake Region was wonderful exceeding my expectations! Our tour guides were so knowledgeable and lots of fun! The food was exceptional and we had a terrific trip!

Robert from Lovettsville, VA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/07/15 - 09/20/15
Fabulous trip. Mara has friends all over the region who make special efforts that enhance the trip because of their relationships with her.

Joan from Leland, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/18/15 - 05/31/15
Joan from Leland, NC If you want the perfect combination of beautiful scenery, artistic treasures, colorful gardens and Italian cuisine as you've never experienced, this is the trip for you! Mara Mori, the trip leader, and her attentive assistant, Giada Negri, led an active but well-paced tour that my husband and I loved. Bravisimo! Joan

Sally from Hilton Head Island, SC Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 05/04/15 - 05/17/15
This part of Italy is beautiful, with interesting geography and interesting history. Our guides were very knowledgeable, the program director is outstanding, and people we met were friendly and welcoming.

Terry from Marlborough, NH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/18/15 - 05/31/15
We have just completed our first RS program.. with the trip to the Lakes of Northern Italy.. what a wonderful experience.. it exceeded all expectations.. outstanding food, two fantastic guides, sights and sounds we now miss and some new great friends.. don't think about this trip.. just do it!

Ellen from Silver Spring, MD Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/18/15 - 05/31/15
The only things that surpassed the exquisite scenery were our guide Mara and the meals! The program is well paced and full of lovely venues--quaint and walkable old walled cities, breathtaking mountains, lakes, villas and gardens, and a wonderful variety of outstanding food. We loved the many chances to interact with locals.

Felicia from Hilton Head Island, SC Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 05/04/15 - 05/17/15
La Dolce Vita was a splendid program and introduced me to an area that was unfamiliar and offered new sites sounds and tastes. Our Group Leader, Mara Mori is wonderful--professional, warm, expert about the area and its history. I strongly recommend this program to anyone interested in travel and Italy.

Wayne from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/06/14 - 10/19/14
Delightful trip that exceeded my expectations. The tour leader, Mara Mori, and her assistant, Giada worked as a coordinated team to provide us with an amazing educational experience.

Araceli from North Salem, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/21/14
To Road Scholar, kudos !

Ruth from Las Vegas, NV Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/06/14 - 10/19/14
The program was absolutely astounding and wonderful. However, our daily schedule was extremely busy.It was very special for me(Bob)as Mara pointed out some very important family historical points that confirmed my cultural heritage. Mara and Giada were enthusiastic guides who kept us going through the rain. The group response was great and everyone was timely and courteous. This was our first trip and we expect to participate in many more. So well organized. Bob and Ruth (Las Vegas)

Fred from Broadalbin, NY Number of programs attended: 51
Date attended: 10/06/14 - 10/19/14
This program focuses on the spectacular scenery of the Italian Lake District and the wonderful gardens there. The gardens and shrubs would be at their best in full color during the Spring, but our Fall visit was fine. Our guide, Mara Mori did a wonderful job in guiding us through this region, which she loves very much. I particularly enjoyed visiting the "Iceman - Otzi" museum. Our understanding of the Copper Age has been expanded immensely since his discovery, and there is a detective story there of his murder.

Barbara from Durham, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/21/14
Wow! This program was fantastic. The people, food, wine, and scenic tours were all delightful. The places I visited were jaw dropping and picturesque. Our guides, Mara and Alessio were friendly, knowledgable and helpful in bringing the program to life. I will definitely sign up for another Road Scholar tour!

olivia from Williamsburg, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/21/14
Off-the-beaten path Italy is just as beautiful and interesting!

Linda from San Jose, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/21/14
This program far exceeded our expectations and we visited many more places than the program description. We went to family owned restaurants and tasted the local food of each area. Loved it and can't wait for another Road Scholar trip!

Christine from Moraga, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/05/14 - 05/18/14
A great combination of history, culture and drop dead gorgeous scenery presented by a thoroughly knowledgeable and caring Group Leader, Mara Mori, aided by delightful Giada Negri. A "must" on any Italy lover's list.

Gail from Salem, SC Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/05/14 - 05/18/14
I get too many brochures from you. I am going to a cruise from Lima to Charleston next year. Only interested in a trip to Dore County.

Andrew from Syosset, NY Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 05/05/14 - 05/18/14
A thoroughly enjoyable trip, well paced, full of interesting and useful information, beautiful sights, extensive history, great food and stimulating activity. Don't miss it!

Hazel from Porter Ranch, CA Number of programs attended: 24
Date attended: 05/05/14 - 05/18/14
I didn't use the website. Sorry on the questionnaire, I fAILED to suggest that the amt of walking people wil have to do should be in bold letters and under scored.

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