Welcome to The Milky Way
Neither a chocolate bar nor a galaxy of stars, Piedmont's Milky Way (Via Lattea) consists of two parallel valleys just west of Turin that offer top-notch skiing facilities. The more northern of the two, Valle di Susa, meanders past a moody abbey, the old Celtic town of Susa and pretty mountain villages. Its southern counterpart, the Valle di Chisone, is pure and simple ski-resort territory. The valleys hosted many... Read More
Top experiences in The Milky Way
The Milky Way activities
La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and Pisa
After meeting your driver at the port in La Spezia, sit back and enjoy your drive into the Tuscan countryside toward Florence. Driving up Florence’s beautiful Viale dei Colli, you'll reach the marvelous terrace called Piazzale Michelangelo, named after the artist who sculpted one of the city’s most famous pieces of art – the original David statue. From the terrace, enjoy panoramic views of Florence and the Arno Valley.Follow an uphill road until you reach Forte Belvedere, built around 1590 to control the Florentine population in case of internal riots. Then visit Pitti Palace, home to many galleries, or stroll through the magnificent Boboli Gardens – with this independent tour, the choice is yours!Next head off to Piazza della Repubblica and admire its triumphal arch, known as the Arcone. During this time in Florence, you decide what to do next. Perhaps walk through the Piazza del Duomo to see its magnificent Baptistery and Giotto's Bell Tower (any entrance fees at own expense).Your shore excursion then continues to Pisa, roughly 40 minutes away. Stop by the Field of Miracles and marvel at Pisa's famous landmark, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Although it was designed to be perfectly vertical, it started to lean during construction. Your itinerary in Pisa is also flexible, so perhaps take a walk to Piazza dei Cavalieri, where you can admire the historic Scuola Normale, one of the most famous universities in Italy. After a wonderful day full of sightseeing, your driver will take you back to your ship in the La Spezia port.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the La Spezia port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
La Spezia Shore Excursion: Pisa and Lucca Day Trip
When your cruise ship docks in La Spezia, your driver will pick you up at the La Spezia port and take you on your private shore excursion. Enjoy a relaxing, scenic drive by minivan through the Tuscan countryside and arrive in Pisa, one of the best-known Tuscan cities. See its most celebrated attraction, the Leaning Tower, which has become a symbol for the Italian Republic. Feel the lean of the structure as you wind your way up the tower and admire great views from the top. Visit the ’Field of Miracles’ and see the cathedral, the Campo Santo cemetery, the Baptistery, and the cathedral museum independently. Afterwards, your driver will be happy to suggest a typical trattoria for an authentic Tuscan lunch (own expense).Continue your tour with a 30-minute drive to Lucca, the birthplace of opera composer Puccini. Visit Piazza del Mercato, the market square. It owes its irregular shape to the 1st-century Roman amphitheater that once stood here. Discover the Torre Guinigi, one of the most representative monuments of Lucca, whose unusual feature is the enormous oak tree that stands on top of it. Admire the city’s architectural gems from the top of the monument and soak in the tranquil atmosphere.Take a stroll through medieval streets of Lucca at your own pace and explore the city's renowned tradition of crafts and family-run businesses. Admire the beautiful Church of San Michele with its magnificent marble facade, a fine example of the Romanesque architecture. After touring independently, meet your driver for a comfortable ride back to the port of La Spezia.Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the La Spezia port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
La Spezia Shore Excursion: Chianti Wine-Tasting Trip
When your cruise ship docks in the La Spezia port, your driver will pick you up in a luxury vehicle and drive you through the beautiful Chianti region in the Tuscan countryside. Visit the enchanting village of Greve and explore independently the Piazza Matteotti, where you'll find interesting shops selling wine, ceramics and handcrafts. Enter the Basilica of Santa Croce and admire one of the greatest examples of Gothic architecture in Italy.Stop at Falorni, one of the most famous butcher shops in Greve, which has been operating in the village for 500 years. Enjoy complimentary samples of their locally produced products such as cured salami and ham. Visit the Enoteca “Le Cantine”, the biggest wine shop in the area, where you can buy more than 100 different wines, olive oils, vin santo and grappa. After your time in Greve, you'll admire the small neighboring village of Montefioralle, which still preserves its medieval architecture. Driving through the Tuscan countryside, your driver will take you to a local winery were you'll taste their products such as wine, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.Visit the Castle of Verrazzano, located on a hilltop in the Chianti Classico area -- one of the first grape-growing and wine-producing areas in the world. Continue through the scenic Tuscan countryside and stop for another wine tasting at the Rocca delle Macie winery. Learn more about the strict appellation standards for percentage of grapes, low yields, alcohol volume and aging, before relaxing on the drive back to the La Spezia port.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the La Spezia port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Pizza Making Class in Sanremo
This is a great fun experience. Pizza starts with the magic meeting of flour and water, then adding the special ingredients of know-how and best Italian traditions and products. Add extra virgin olive oil, red wine, Parma ham, fresh mushroom, Parmiggiano. You can do this only in Italy of course, in the beautiful city of Sanremo.The package includes a local welcome aperitif looking the beautiful Sanremo's gulf, a tasting of cheeses and wines from France and Italy, the cooking class with natural fresh products, beverages, dinner with beer and Italian wine, crepe Suzette, creamy and fresh fruits, Italian espresso or cappuccino. Finally, the happy ending with the Diploma of Pizzaiolo. You will also take home a gift bag which contains different and original gift souvenirs to bring home to remind you of this beautiful experience.
Half-day Walking tour of Portofino and the Pearls of Tigullio Gulf
Meet your guide in Rapallo, where you'll walk through lively alleyways and the picturesque plazas of this seaside resort town. Next, you'll take a boat to Portofino, sailing along the coast of the Tigullio Gulf. The ride takes about 30 minutes. In Portofino you'll take a short walking tour then have free time to shop, eat, and take photos. Or, you can simply relax with an espresso or glass of wine while taking in the lush gardens and luxury yachts that characterize this town, which is a popular vacation spot for celebrities. Take a 15-minute trip from Portofino to the vibrant Santa Margherita Ligure. Visit the ancient Castle and Baroque Basilica, and walk through the historic center of the village. At the end of the tour you can spend more time on your own in Santa Margherita, or head back to Rapallo.
Snowmobile Experience in Sestriere
This particular experience will take place in Pragelato, about 1hour 40minutes car drive from Turin, or 15 minutes drive from Sestriere. This activity will allow you to get very close to the tradition of those mountain places and to the passion that characterises this really cool sport, the snowmobile racing. Your expert guide will teach you everything you need to know before starting to drive the snowmobile, so that you can enjoy your experience and have a lot of fun while driving safely through a beautiful path.You'll drive through the same places of the 2006 Italian winter Olympics aboard some safe and modern Yamaha snowmobiles.Get ready for a full hour of fun, snowy landscape and amazing views all around you.