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3411 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(next to Arborland Mall)

(734) 971-0484


Veneto & Lake Garda, Fall 2013

veneto and lake garda

"Veneto,Veneto...Wherefore art thou..." Once the heartland of the Venetian Republic, Veneto is today among the wealthiest, most developed and industrialised regions of Italy. Having one of the country's richest historical, natural, artistic, cultural, musical and culinary heritages, it is also one of the most visited regions of Italy.

Located between Venice and the Italian Lakes, Veneto is one of Italy’s top three wine regions. We’ll visit some of its wineries tucked in between such historic places as Padua, Mantua, and Asolo, as well as Sirmione and Desenzano on the shores of beautiful Lake Garda. A day in the magical city of Venice is sure to enchant and amaze all. Our favorite city of all in this region is Verona, the fabled home of the tragic lovers Romeo and Juliet. Verona has been an important crossroads for 2,000 years, and is also the site of an all summer opera festival in its beautiful outdoor Roman amphitheatre. Even if we forget the famous lovers, the Arena, the food and the vineyards, Verona is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy… with its elegant medieval and Renaissance palaces, its fine piazzas…did we mention its shopping! We will make Verona our home for 7 nights, so there will be plenty of time to sample all that this enticing city has to offer.

We anticipate that the dates for this trip will be Sept. 23 - Oct.1, 2013 (they could shift by a day or two, depending upon air and hotel availability). For those who wish to spend a bit more time in Italy, there may possibly be an extension to Lake Como. This will depend on how many people are interested. Our annual fall tours have developed a loyal following. We expect the response to this trip to be overwhelming. Our plan this year is to offer the trip to those friends who have traveled with us for the past 12 years. If we fill up the roster, we will offer a second trip, immediately preceding or following the first trip, if we have enough others who wish to join us. We will use the same itinerary and hopefully there will still be some wine and food left (we will however have to meet a minimum number to qualify the tour).

If you want to qualify for a spot on the 2013 trip, we are asking you to please send a retainer of $1,000 per person to Cultural Encounters, Box 2511, Ann Arbor, MI 48106 as soon as possible. This retainer is fully refundable until you receive a tour brochure that includes a day-by-day itinerary, a price and a payment schedule. We are hoping to keep the price to approximately $4,300 per person.

If you have any questions, please contact Paesano owner Michael Roddy at 734-971-0484 or email him at, Or conatct our travel coordinator Suzan Alexander of Cultural Encounters at 734-327-1931 or We don’t have all the answers yet, but customers have already been asking about our next destination. This would make a wonderful gift! These are the best experiences we’ve had in our lives. Thanks for considering joining us.