Real Italy - Cheese Tours and E Bikes
Come on an adventure & be fully immersed into this unique wine and cheese area!
Join us on this Italian adventure into local cuisine, wine and culture.
Add in a fun mix of E-Bike cycling and exploring by foot the perfect break is yours to enjoy.
The new generation of E-Bikes allow you to ride further at a perfect pace to explore.
WingsItaly believe it’s all about experiences, E in E-Bike maybe perhaps stands for experiences. From the moment you arrive WingsItaly we will be at hand ensuring this multi activity adventure including handpicked restaurants, meals at the White Horse Barn and with the best local guides in town you’re sure to have the Wow factor.
Sometimes the simple pleasure taking in sights, smells and seeing things off the beaten track are what it’s all about. The trip includes 2 easy-going rides specially chosen so you can discover for yourself the joy of riding through endless vineyards, medieval villages where time stands still, hitting the boost button on that Bike as you wish!
Gino, Fred and Gordon will be jealous!
Your holiday includes
- Meet and Greet at Airport
- Private transfers & Public Transport
- 7 Nights Bed Breakfast in the unique Monastery Villa Lomellini
- 6 Fabulous Evening Meals with local Wines & Water
- WingsItaly Gift
- 2 Gentle e Bike Rides
- Tour of Pavia
- Tour of Gorgonzola with Cheese Wine
- Tour of Salice Terme
- Tour of Milan & Navili Canals
- 3 Wine Tasting
Your holiday extras
- Single supplement
- Personal travel insurance
- Drinks & some meals
- Optional excursions
- Personal extras
- Covid testing as applicable at the time of travel
Location & Itinerary
Claire at Wings Italy told us that this region isn't your picture-perfect Italy - it doesn’t attract perfectionists but this is where the beauty and uniqueness of the region lie. The various towns are truly Italian, roads are often lined with scraggly farmland and here there are 60 million olives trees dotted across the landscape, which is in deep contrast to the manicured hills of Tuscany!
Unpaved streets, its rural and as Claire says she has yet to see this elsewhere in Italy; it’s simple and has an unconditional warmth and atmosphere.
Day 1: Arrival Malpensa Airport
Meals: 1st Evening Group Meal
Depart from your chosen airport and arrive Milan. You will be met by our friendly hosts WingsItaly then you are off to Oltrepo Pavese, transfer is approx 1 hour 30 minutes to Villa Lomellini , check in relax, ready for your 1st evening meal in the elegant grand dining room of this historical Villa.
Meals: Breakfast , Aperitivo wine tasting , 2nd Group Evening Meal Outing: Gorgonzola
After breakfast a private transfer will collect you to take you to the birthplace of Gorgonzola. Taste the famous cheese, learn the history, visit the city, having an aperitivo with wines and cheese. Apparently in 1820 a Marquise invited food tasters from important European courts to taste the notorious cheese of the area. The legend tells of a herder who left a bowl of curdled milk without the necessary tools for milk processing he added another curd to the first curd. After several days, he realized he had cheese with green veins that was very appetizing due to the mixture of the cold curd of the evening with the warm morning curd. Gorgonzola cheese is now recognized as a product of excellence of the Italian tradition in all over the world.
Includes: Breakfast, Wine Tasting, 3rd Group Evening Meal
Outing: Oltrepo Pavese E Biking
After breakfast you are off to collect your bespoke ebikes. Introduction on how to use your ebike and a gentle first ride on a designated cycle path, all the way to the Roman Spa Town of Salice Terme. To Include a vineyard tour and wine tasting!
Meals: Breakfast 4th Group Evening Meal
Outing: Local area and Italian Markets
Meals: Breakfast 5th Evening Meal
Destination: Oltrepo Pavese and e biking
Another adventure on your e bike, wine tasting and evening meal .
Destination Milan Central & Navili Canals.
After a leisurely breakfast your off to explore Milan, your private transfer will drop you off at the city boundaries catching the quick and fast Metro straight into the heart of Milan . Explore Milan then transfer by metro to the Leonardo d Vinci Canals . This excursion involves public transport, saving time and eliminating traffic congestion.
Meals: Breakfast 6th Farewell Group Evening Dinner
Destination: Oltrepo Pavese Pavia
After breakfast and a tour and walk of the Villa, visit a local nearby market , then it’s a tour of Pavia, farewell dinner and party night .
Day 8 – Arriverderci
Sadly, all good things come to an end, after breakfast you depart the Villa private transfer heading back to Malpensa airport . Depending on flight departures you may be able to have a group lunch at your own expense.
Please Note. The itinerary may change due to the weather . WingsItaly will follow the sunshine picking the best days for the e bike adventures .
Market days may also change too.
Wine-tasting * includes tasting local wine, these are new wine suppliers to Wings producing a high standard of authentic wines, e.g., Bonarda, Buttofuco, Pinot Noir and more. A typical wine-tasting consist of 4 glasses of wines light nibbles, bread, local cheeses, Salami, Taralli .
Meals *, Seasonal local Italian cuisine.
E Bikes. Helmets, water bottles and a professional guide is included, approx. time on the e Bike is 3 hours with several pit stops; however, you can stop when you wish. 2 sessions leading you through the local area, taking in the views and of course after all that hard work on your e bike it will be followed by light refreshments.
E bikes are power supported and are excellent for those wishing to take it easy, the bike rides have been carefully chosen and are extremely gentle, suitable for all, however if you’re looking for a more exhilarating cycle experience this can be arranged with prior notice.
Whilst this is a gentle bike adventure it is important that you can ride a bike, feeling confident on flat paths.
As with all WingsItaly adventures a high level of flexibility and a spontaneous spirit is required, you never know what is going to happen next!
Travel & Stay
Villa Lomellini - Your home during this adventure will be a unique monastery, staying at the exclusive Villa Lomellini, set in the lower hills of Oltrepo Pavese.
The Villa is set in acres of private grounds, and has a rich history. Villa Lomellini is owned by the Roman Catholic Church and Spice can confirm that special permission has been granted to open the Villa exclusively for us. Whilst a monastic centre , Villa Lomellini has a reception which is open from early morning to 23.00hrs and a beautiful dining area and a cash bar is available at certain times. All rooms are en suite.
Please note we will always endeavour to accommodate all special requests; however, the hotel management are responsible for allocation of all the rooms.
Provisional flight information
30/09/2023 London Stansted to Milan Malpensa Dep: 1145 Arr: 1445
07/10/2023 Milan Malpensa to London Stansted Dep: 1310 Arr: 1405
30/09/2023 Manchester to Milan Malpensa Dep: 1105 Arr: 1415
07/10/2023 Milan Malpensa to Manchester Dep: 1445 Arr: 1555
30/09/2023 Birmingham to Milan Malpensa Dep: 0915 Arr: 1400
07/10/2023 Milan Malpensa to Birmingham Dep: 1240 Arr: 1655
Birmingham light is not direct.
Availability & Pricing
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