This April, experience the sweet life with Bentley during a week-long exploration of the lavish Italian countryside.
From the 22nd through the 27th, Bentley will take a few fortunate guests on an exclusive tour of Italia, stretching from the sun-kissed shores of Lake Como to the fabulous cobblestone thoroughfares of Florence—crown jewel of the Renaissance and historic capital of the Tuscan province. In between the beginning and end, attendees will enjoy personal shopping experiences in Milan, the exhilarating spectacle of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Monza—one of the fastest circuits in the GT racing calendar—and the roads made famous during the legendary Mille Miglia.
La Dolce Vita starts the moment guests’ touchdown at Malpensa International Airport, where specially curated chauffeurs will provide transport to the majestic halls of Villa d’Este tucked comfortably into the sparking shores of Lake Como. Renowned for its lush gardens, impeccable hospitality, stunning views, and uncompromising approach to fine cuisine, Villa d’Este has been named the world’s finest hotel by a variety of publications including Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and Forbes Traveler.
Guests will be greeted by afternoon tea (as well as their respective Bentleys) upon drop-off at the hotel. Everyone will be given ample opportunity to get settled prior to sitting down for a gourmet dinner on the terrace overlooking the lake.
April 23rd begins with artisan coffee and an epicurean breakfast on the Villa d’Este veranda before transitioning to a guided drive around the picturesque shores of Lake Como. A masterfully catered lunch will be served amidst rolling hills overlooking the cool waters below, and the afternoon will conclude with an enthralling stretch of road leading back to the hotel. Relax and recharge in the uncompromising luxury of your suite before boarding a vintage Riva speedboat for dinner at Villa Seta.
Following a hearty sleep fuelled by the previous evening’s five-star, wine-laden meal, guests will spend their third day of this joyous journey traveling from Villa d’Este to the celebrated Autodromo di Monza, where the calming waters of Lake Como will give way to the exhaust-fuelled exhilaration of GT3 racing.
Drivers will take their Bentleys’ on a ceremonial lap around the famous track and join the Bentley Motor Works Team in the pit for final pre-race briefings, before settling into VIP seating to imbibe champagne and the raw power of GT3 racing. When the race reaches its heart-stopping conclusion, guests will dine alongside the Bentley Motor Works Team before retiring at Milan’s Bulgari hotel.
Start Day Four of La Dolce Vita leisurely strolling Milan’s shop-laden boulevards, or by sinking into the soothing confines of one of Italy’s finest spas, before loading up for the final push to Florence tracing the same route as Il Mille Miglia—the legendary countryside road race of the 1950s.
Drivers with a taste for adventure can travel along highly-technical routes (including the Futa and Raticosa passes) through the Appenine Mountains. Scream along these twisting, turning roads exactly as racers did in the ‘50s, taking them all the way to the historic Four Seasons hotel in Florence where dinner will await on-terrace overlooking 11 acres of stunning botanic gardens.
The final full day of the trip features a full-fledged immersion in Florentine culture, beginning with a private tour of the city’s hidden gems and most famous treasures, including the Duomo, and the Uffizi. Lunch will be served with a pair of spectacular sights—the River Arno and Ponte Vecchio bridge—before the day concludes with an escorted drive toward the historic heart of the city.
Finally, Bentley and its guests will say ‘salute’ to La Dolce Vita with a final, five-star meal in the Pallazo Vecchio and a personal tour of the Salone dei Cinquecento, the Pallazo’s most exquisite chamber.
On the 27th, all attendees will be chauffeured to the Florence airport for flights back to the UK. All participating Bentleys will be carefully packaged and shipped back to the UK where, guests can collect their cars from the H.R. Dealer of their choice.