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

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14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
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.

Sharon from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/09/13 - 09/22/13
La Dolce Vita: The Italian Lakes of Como, Garda, Maggiore: We were so lucky to have the weather sunny and 70's in September. The streets were so clean. The villas and gardens were so beautiful. The sky and water were so blue. The seafood, like the trout and salmon were so delicious. The desserts were "melt in your mouth". The scenery was like a "fairyland".

Carol from Shingle Springs, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/09/13 - 09/22/13
This trip was absolutely outstanding. Mara is wonderful. Her careful attention to every detail, sites, food, even the transfer days resulted in an excellent trip. The historical perspective she and the local guides provided really enhanced this experience. Anyone interested in visiting Northern Italy should seriously consider this program

Betty from Portola Valley, CA Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 09/09/13 - 09/22/13
We have taken a number of Road Scholar trips and this trip to the Lake Country of Italy is ,by far, the best trip we have experienced. This is attributed to our excellent tour leader, Mara Mori.

Jack from Portola Valley, CA Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 09/09/13 - 09/22/13
For me, it is the Best program Elder Hostel/ Road Scholar has offered.

William from Charleston, WV Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/23/13 - 10/06/13
This program will appeal to anyone who enjoys strolling through quaint medieval villages, exploring ancient castles, and visiting magnificent villas with their beautiful interiors and marvelous gardens. When you combine this with the spectacular scenery of the Italian lakes and nearby Alps you have a trip not to be missed. Guide Mara Mori is outstanding, the best we have ever encountered. Her knowledge of the history, culture and cuisine of the area is extensive, and it is obvious that she takes great pride and pleasure in sharing it all with her students. Her efforts are largely responsible for making this program the huge success that it is.

Fran from Newport Beach, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/09/13 - 09/22/13
I highly recommend this trip. The scenery is gorgeous, the food is delicious and the Italian culture and history is extremely interesting.

Margaret from Richmond, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/09/13 - 09/22/13
I have been telling everyone that I can confirm that heaven does exist, and that it is located in northern Italy. The weather, food, and tour organization were all very good to great. Nice group of 28 congenial people. Churches, mountains, fabulous villas and palaces, remarkable gardens. It was a very good two weeks.

David from Lewisburg, PA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 09/09/13 - 09/22/13
This was our 10th Road Scholar trip & it was one of the best, if not THE BEST!. The weather was perfect, our guide was outstanding, the variety of activities was great, the scheduling and transportation was excellent, the food was plentiful & delicious, the accommodations were very nice. The lakes area of Italy has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. And it was so great to share it with such a fun group of people.

Carole from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/09/13 - 09/22/13
I just got back from this trip. I was on the trip from September 9th to September 22nd, 2013. I've never been to Europe before and this was the trip of a lifetime! For me it was a pilgrimage because my father's family was from this area. Our tour guides were incredible. Mara Mori has a vast knowledge of the history of the region, but I was especially touched by her warmth and kindness. Some of us had physical challenges and Mara was always very accomodating. If we couldn't do the whole activity she'd say you can have a coffee and wait for us to return. I just can't say enough good things about Mara. I said you have a passion for your job and she said I have a passion for people. And she certainly does! Fabio who was our other guide was great also. He was very knowledgeable, kind and had a great sense of humor. This trip was worth every penny and totally exceeded my expectations! The beauty of the Lakes Region was incredible. We saw gardens, villas, churches and so much more. I will remember this wonderful trip to Italy for the rest of my life! Carole Bignardi


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