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This tour will take you along some of the most beautiful art cities of Italy, a real crab for culture and taste. Discover the most authentic Italian food and culinary traditions from local markets to boutique wineries meeting producers of excellent “made in Italy” foods and wines. In this gastronomic adventure from South to North, you will have the chance to taste high-quality products, get involved in cooking classes, learn about the production process and understand the different regional cuisine. Through food and wine, you will step into the most authentic side of Italy. Combining culture and taste, you will discover hidden gems of the most beautiful Italian cities eating like a local with locals!
During this culinary tour in Italy, you will stay three nights in a 4-star hotel in Rome (Hotel Palladium Palace or similar), two nights in a 4-star hotel in Florence (Hotel Cellai or similar), two nights in a 4-star hotel in Bologna (Hotel Mercure Bologna or similar), and another two nights in a 3-star hotel on Venice island (Hotel Il Mercante di Venezia or similar).
Arrival at Rome airport. Private transfer to the hotel centrally located. In the late afternoon, enjoy a stroll through the charming neighborhood of Trastevere, one of Rome’s most authentic and vibrant areas. Thanks to your buddy guide, you will really eat local, with locals!
In this tour, your guides will show you that Italian cuisine is more than just pizza and pasta, there are so much variation and regional differences. They will try to give you an overview of the Roman cuisine and you will learn the ‘do’ and ‘don’ts’ of Eating in Italy. Your local buddy guide will tell you interesting stories about the food, regional recipes, and will introduce you to local vendors.
Everything you will taste is very simple but made with high quality and locally sourced ingredients. Some of the tasting locations include a century-old cheese shop, a cookies’ factory that dates back to 1920, a traditional wine cellar. As a backdrop to this walk, Trastevere will surprise you, especially because you do not only exclusively visit the famous squares and streets known and visited by most, but also travel the intricate alleyways and hidden corners and go off the beaten paths.
The tour includes food and wine tastings in five different locations. Evening at leisure. Overnight.
After breakfast, at Campo de’ Fiori in the very heart of the city, you will join a small group for a unique cooking class. Food is a very important part of Italian life and today, you will learn to cook like an Italian preparing a true Roman lunch from the pasta to the dessert.
Guests are always welcomed with drinks and antipasti, the classical “aperitivo”! This class starts in the style of any true Romans day, with a trip to the market to select fresh ingredients. The seasonal produce will help determine your menu. The chef will accompany you to make a classic Italian lunch with pasta, main course with a side dish and the dessert. Then after an active morning cooking, it’s time to relax! With a glass of local wine, the class comes together in a social lunch to enjoy the prepared dishes and share experiences, like Italians do!
After lunch, free afternoon at disposal to discover Rome on your own. Possibility to book an extra excursion (Imperial Rome including Coliseum, Vatican Museums, and many others). Dinner at leisure and overnight.
Breakfast. Departure by train to the beautiful Roman countryside. After a short ride, you will reach Frascati. There, meet a local wine producer, who will take you for a stroll around Frascati. This is for sure one of the most authentic areas of Roman hills, where locals go over the weekend to enjoy some genuine food far from the crowd of the city center. Proceed with a wine tour in the cellars of a historical farmhouse, followed by a traditional lunch served in pairing with 3 different wines.
Return by train to Rome and rest of the day at disposal to discover Rome on your own. Dinner at leisure and overnight.
Breakfast, check out and departure by train to Florence. Arrival, accommodation in a 4-star hotel. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon a culinary experience is waiting for you: learn to make pizza and gelato just like the Italians do! Join the late afternoon class. The chefs will be happy to introduce you to the history of these Italian glorious creations.
Make pizza in an oven with a professional pizza chef, called pizzaiolo. You will learn how to make tender, flexible yeast dough that stretches to almost paper-thinness, and even the trick for a flavorful yet light tomato sauce. Even if you bake pizza in your own oven, these techniques are universal and using them really makes a difference.
With the pizzaiolo, you’ll make your very own pizza, you’ll stretch it, sauce it, bake it, slice it. It will be the best pizza you ever tasted, and you made it yourself! The chef will tell you why gelato remains Italy’s favorite dessert while giving an insight into the ‘gelato culture’ that continues to grow. You will get to know the basic raw ingredients, how to select the best products available according to specific principles and you will have a presentation and tasting of some of the flavors used in gelato making. You will learn about the development and application of natural colors, the heating and freezing techniques and how they have different effects on ingredients. It is always a great day to discover the recipe of the world most loved dessert!
A booklet with recipes will let you cook for your friends once you get back home. This activity is strongly recommended for families that wish to have children learn about the Italian culture, an easy and fun experience that will last forever in their memory. Return to the hotel for the overnight.
Breakfast. In the morning, you will be comfortably escorted in a minivan through the outskirts of Florence to three different wineries located amidst the rolling hills of the Chianti wine region. During an intimate excursion through Tuscany, you will be immersed in the enchanting landscape of the Tuscan hills: vineyards, olive groves, noble castles, and villas.
A feast for the senses as you learn to distinguish wine scents and flavors. Let your guide introduce you to the quintessence of Tuscan wines: the world-renowned Super Tuscans. A sommelier will guide your experience as you taste and learn about the different methods of wine production in two famous wineries plus an award-winning boutique winery.
Some of the best wines ever produced have come from the hills just outside of Florence, thanks to the beautiful climate and the rich soil, allowing these wineries to become top leaders in the industry for hundreds of years. You will learn the difference between the Chianti wines, what distinguishes “Chianti Classico”, and which wines pair best with your favorite foods.
Each one of the three wineries is renowned for its Supertuscan production. You will see world famous Supertuscan vineyards and discover their production process “behind the stage”, in the most fascinating settings – from medieval castles to noble villas, to a boutique winery – and with different approaches, applying modern techniques to ancient gestures. Your sommelier will teach you how to distinguish between the acidity and the aromas, scents, and flavors of the different grapes grown in the Tuscan region, as you taste various wines of these different wineries.
At the boutique winery, you will then enjoy gourmet lunch in its “enoteca”. Specialties of the Tuscan cuisine and local products will be served with wine pairing. In the afternoon return to Florence and time at disposal to explore the town by your own or by an extra activity (Vasari Corridor and Uffizi Gallery tour, cooking class). Dinner at leisure and overnight.
Breakfast. Check out. Transfer by train to Bologna. Arrival and accommodation in a hotel centrally located. In the afternoon at disposal to discover the city on your own. Possibility to book an extra excursion (private walking tour, bike tour with an aperitif, FICO Eataly World Tour). In the evening, enjoy an aperitif and a typical dinner in one of the many excellent restaurants in the town (not included). Overnight.
Breakfast. In the morning meet your guide and start your day with a cafè gourmet made by the best barista of Bologna. Relax and discover why Italy is so famous for coffee. Then move to Quadrilatero and Mercato delle Erbe – the foodie heart of Bologna. Shop like locals through different stalls and family shops. Your visit will continue with a stop to a traditional fresh pasta artisan: here learn how tortellini, tortelloni, and tagliatelle are made.
Stop for lunch in one of the oldest osteria in Italy to taste a genuine lunch made with bolognese ragù, traditionally cured meat, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Balsamic vinegar Tradizionale of Modena, local bread and dessert from Emilia Romagna. Share food opinions, relax and cheer with a good glass of Pignoletto or Lambrusco!
The tour will end with a “sweet” stop to taste a mouthwatering Gelato. Rest of the afternoon at disposal to continue exploring the city on your own. Overnight.
After breakfast, check out and train transfer to Venice. Accommodation in a 3-star hotel centrally located. Time to relax and start discovering Venice. In the late afternoon, join a small group tour to discover one of the most genuine and lively quarters of Venice: the Jewish Ghetto. There, thanks to your local guide, you will start a gastronomic adventure through the bacari typical bars.
Along the way, your guide will describe the fascinating history of this unique neighborhood. There were times when the Jewish community used to be locked in at night and on religious holidays. This colorful jumble of buildings rises along some of the prettiest and quietest canals in Venice.
You’ll visit three bars, sampling a glass of delicious regional wine and a selection of local Cicchetti at each. The charming bars you’ll visit are typical of Venice. See stone walls hung with shelves of gleaming wine bottles and locals chatting animatedly. There, off the beaten path, Venice is a lot more relaxed and informal. Get a taste of how the locals live as you visit their local bar for a drink, a bite, and some conversation.
Rest of the evening at disposal and overnight.
Breakfast. A day at disposal to explore Venice on your own. Possibility to book an extra excursion (St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace, Lagoon islands, and Gondola Ride)
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After breakfast, check out and transfer to Venice airport for departure.
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