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$7,435 Per person
12 days
Includes transfers
Includes activities
Includes hotels

Italy has built a strong and illustrious reputation around its food, producing some of the world’s best pasta, meat and cheese. As diverse as the country’s regions, Italian cuisine is among the most popular in the world. On this itinerary, you dive head first into Italy’s food culture and sample some of the best of what the country has to offer when it comes to food and wine.

Itinerary highlights

  • Visit a Barolo and Barbaresco wine producer and sample some wines.

  • Meet a local hazelnut producer, cheesemaker and family run winery.

  • Taste products of local producers of Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan) cheese, prosciutto and aged balsamic vinegar.

  • Take a walking food tour around Rome’s Campo di Fiori and Jewish ghetto.

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Treat this trip purely as a starting point for your own tour to Italy. Your specialist will ask you what you want and then shape your itinerary to match.

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  • Turin
  • Langhe
  • Turin
  • Bologna
  • Florence
  • Gaiole in Chianti
  • San Casciano in Val di Pesa
  • Tuscany
  • San Casciano in Val di Pesa
  • Florence
  • Rome

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Day 1 Langhe

Turin , Langhe

Arriving in Turin, you’ll be met by your driver and taken to the Piedmont countryside by private transfer. On the way, stop for a guided visit of Barolo and the interactive wine museum (WIMU). A local family-run Barolo winery will be next, where you’ll take a tour of the winery and sample their wines. The last stop of the day will be a Barbaresco wine producer where you’ll have a tour of the winery followed by some more wine tasting.

Day 2 Langhe

Langhe

Today you’ll have a privately guided tour of small scale food producers in Piedmont. First, tour a local family-run hazelnut farm, before you bake a hazelnut cake and taste some of their other products. Next, you’ll journey to the home of a local shepherd and cheese producer, Silvio. He’ll guide you through the process of cheese making before tasting it. You’ll then visit a Barolo winery, where you will experience a tour of the winery followed by a tasting.

Day 3 Bologna

Langhe , Turin , Bologna

This morning you’ll travel by private driver to Turin station for your train journey to Bologna (premium class). The journey takes just over two hours. On arrival, you're met by a private driver and driven to your hotel in the heart of the city. In the afternoon, your private guide will take you on a tour of the city, showing you sights such as the Basilica di San Petronio and the Anatomical Theatre of the Archiginnasio.

Day 4 Bologna

Bologna

Today, you spend a full day on a gastronomic tour of the Emilia-Romagna region, home of balsamic vinegar, prosciutto and Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan) cheese. You'll learn about the techniques used to produce Parmigiano-Reggiano, visit a factory to see how prosciutto is cured, and see barrels where balsamic vinegar is kept. There will be ample opportunity to taste each of these food specialties along the way.

Day 5 Florence

Bologna , Florence

This morning, you're driven to Bologna Centrale station for your train to Florence. Arriving in Florence, you're taken to your hotel, with the rest of your day at leisure to explore the city. We suggest starting in the Piazza del Duomo, where you can visit the Duomo, Florence's cathedral.

Day 6 Florence

Florence

This morning, you'll enjoy a private cooking class with a professional local chef. During the class, you'll cook a traditional Tuscan menu, including pasta made from scratch, which you'll then enjoy for lunch. The afternoon is yours to explore more of the city at leisure. We highly recommend going for a stroll along the banks of the Arno or whiling away the afternoon in the Bargello, an art museum that displays works by Michelangelo and Donatello.

Day 7 Florence

Florence

Heading out of the city today by private car you'll journey into the hills of Tuscany to learn about the art of truffle hunting. Truffles are one of the regions culinary delights and today you'll accompany a local expert and his truffle dog through the woods as they search for these hidden treasures. Afterwards, you'll be treated to a wonderful truffle tasting lunch where you will be able to sample these delicacies in a huge variety of forms.

Day 8 San Casciano in Val di Pesa

Florence , Gaiole in Chianti , San Casciano in Val di Pesa

Leaving Florence this morning, your private driver takes you into the heart of Tuscany. Your hotel, Villa il Poggiale, was a noble country retreat in the 1400s and is now a place for a relaxing stay in the countryside. Its well-equipped spa is a particularly luxurious highlight.

Day 9 San Casciano in Val di Pesa

Tuscany , San Casciano in Val di Pesa

Experience the vineyards to Tuscany today when you visit two Tuscany wineries - Felsina and Vignamaggio. You'll tour the vineyards and production facilities, sample the local wines, and enjoy a traditional lunch.

Day 10 Rome

San Casciano in Val di Pesa , Florence , Rome

Heading back to Florence's train station today, you travel by rail to Rome (a 90-minute journey in premium class) and are driven to your hotel on arrival. You then have time to relax and settle in before embarking on a privately guided visit to the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

Day 11 Rome

Rome

This morning, you're escorted on a food-oriented tour of Rome's Campo di Fiori and Jewish ghetto. You can sample pizza fresh from the oven, the typical Roman-Jewish fried artichokes alla Giudecca, and some excellent Italian espresso. Later, you tour Rome by Vespa, seeing the city from a local Roman's perspective as you whiz through the streets and take in the sights.

Day 12 Return home

Rome

This morning, your private driver will take you to Rome's airport for your flight.

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