New Year's Eve in Franciacorta, Italy
Food & Wine
Franciacorta is a small wine-producing area in Lombardy, Italy. The Lombardy region is located between the Alps mountain range and tributaries of the Po river, and includes Milan. So there's no other words to say that it is just beautiful corner of the world. The sunsets there are magical. Being a fan of the Alps and their views, going there for New Year Eve is simply a perfect match. The province of Brescia is approximately 1-hour drive by car from Milan, so it can also be a quick stop on your Italian vacation. If you are not afraid of the cold, the weather averaging a low of -0 °C and a high of 6 °C, this is your place to celebrate New Year Eve. So bring your coat and/or your loved one to keep you warm!
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Where to stay in Franciacorta
The Albereta Relais & Chateaux
A charming hotel amongst rolling hills and vineyards with luxury accommodations and excellent dining offerings.
Upscale hotel surrounded by the hills of Franciacorta in a 17th-century farmhouse.
Located just an hour outside of Milan, this lakeside villa feels far away wrapped into nature's embrace of Lombardy.
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Things to do in Franciacorta
Well, its New Year Eve and you're in Italy, with the views of the Alps. I strongly recommend you to go on a wine testing and take it all in!
Since we are in a wine-producing region, there are so many place you can go. Benvenuti in Ferghettina— a familial winery. You can visit and taste the wine with a guided tour. Azienda Agricola Fratelli Berlucchi is another great winery with a good selection of prosecco. Finally, the guided winery tour at Ronco Calino Franciacorta is just perfect.
You can go and see the Natural Reserve Sebino. It is the perfect end-of-the-day walk to see to colors of the sunset with maybe a hot chocolate or coffee to warm your soul (and your hands.) The journey time is approximately 2 to 3 hours. It's a circular route starting and ending at the Monastery of St. Peter in Lamosa. You will not need a guided tour, but if you want one it's definitely available.
Another place to go to see wonderful nature is Lake Iseo. Take a breath and feel the moment there.
Cycling & Horseback
Cycling among the hills of Franciacorta is another fun activity. There are 5 trails that take the name of the various Franciacorta wines: Satèn, Pas Dosé, Brut, Rosé and Extra Brut. You can also go horseback riding in the vineyards.
Places to eat & drink in Franciacorta
Put de fer Torbiato: You can find the perfect lunch sandwich here.
Pizzeria Birreria - Luppolo e Grano: Stuff yourself with delicious Italian pizza here.
Dispensa Franciacorta: Family-style atmosphere that is a perfect example of slow-cooking and savoring each meal. They've also got an excellent wine bar.
Cadebasi Franciacorta: This place serves international cuisine with a few traditional Italian dishes. Perfect for dinner and every kind of eater.
Ristorante LeoneFelice Vista Lago: Italian gourmet dinner to enjoy for a special occasion.
Don't forget to have a drink and apero at the L'Albereta Hotel at their charmingly-lit terrace.
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