8 Days Culinary Vacations in Italy

8 Days Culinary Vacations in Italy

  • Rome, Italy

Food and Wine Tours in Italy

Journey across Europe with your partner on an experiential tour through Italy's star attractions. Rome, Florence, and Venice will absolutely stun you with their gorgeous sights, amazing culture, and delicious dishes. During your holiday, you will gain a valuable introduction to Italy's history, traditions and authentic, regional cuisine, while at the same time, you will immerse yourself in the relaxed, laid-back Italian lifestyle.

Highlights

  • Guided tour of Vatican City
  • Food tours in Rome and Florence
  • Gondola ride down the Venetian canals
  • Guided walking tours of Florence, Rome, and Venice
  • Sample authentic and traditional Italian cuisine
  • Discover Rome's Aperitivo culture
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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During your visit, you will be staying in lovely, 3-star hotels, as well as stylish, boutique bed and breakfasts.

Day 1

As you arrive in the beautiful city of Rome, you will check into your B&B. The rest of the day will be free to enjoy at your own leisure. During this time, you might want to experience the aperitif culture of this remarkable city. You can check out SociétéLutèce at Piazza Monte Vecchio, near Piazza Navona, and Pepato at Via del Politeama for a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and share an inexpensive dinner with them.

Day 2

Go for a walking tour which starts from the Spanish Steps and ends in front of the Colosseum. Along the way, you will see the most beautiful monuments of ancient Rome surrounded by a modern context. On this same day, you will also go for a guided 4-hour walking food tour, which lets you experience Rome like a local, in an actual neighborhood where people live, eat and shop. Testaccio is the original foodie neighborhood of Rome and the place where roman cuisine was born. It is no coincidence that it is known to Romans as the ‘heart of Rome’. Along the way, your guide will entertain and educate you with stories and insights into Rome’s culture and history, while exploring the city’s most fascinating offbeat landmarks.

Day 3

See the highlights of Vatican City, visiting the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica! Thanks to the Blueberry Trails’ exclusive deal, after paying the entrance fee you will head directly inside the world’s largest collection of private art, along with your guide, and see for yourself why the Vatican is a Mecca for millions of travelers. You will also be able to see St Peter’s Basilica, as well as the beautiful ‘La Pieta’ sculpture, while learning about their history from your guide.

Day 4

After breakfast, you will take a morning train ride to Pisa and check out the Leaning Tower. By evening, you will be making your way to the charming city of Florence, where you will be spending the next two nights.

Day 5

In the morning, you can take a DIY walking tour to explore the city. You can check out the many piazzas and vibrant squares, the colorful markets and the many cafes. Piazza Del Signoria deserves special mention. In the evening, you can head to the cafeteria on the second floor of the famous Oblate Library that has been open to the public since May 2009 and has already become an important place of the city’s social and cultural life.

Day 6

Today, you will be exploring the city's culinary scene through a local food tour, which will allow you to enjoy authentic Tuscan food and wine. The rest of the day will be free to explore more of Florence on your own and perhaps visit the Academia Gallery or Uffizi Gallery.

Day 7

After breakfast, you will be saying goodbye to Florence, as you make your way to the beautiful city of Venice. Once there, you can enjoy a walking tour to discover its treasures nestled amid charming squares, bridges and narrow streets, before hopping aboard a classic Venetian gondola boat. After exploring the Grand Canal and the smaller canals around the neighborhood of Venice, you can soak up the charming and romantic atmosphere, by wandering through picturesque cobblestone alleyways and squares. Your knowledgeable guide will point out all the highlights of Venice from the area between Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) to Rialto Bridge. The tour will end with a half-hour gondola ride.

Day 8

After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel, as you prepare for your journey back home or continue your travels through this beautiful country.

  • Explore Rome
  • Food tour in Florence
  • Food tour in Rome
  • Travel to Florence
  • Travel to Venice
  • Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Visit the Vatican City

This 8-day tour will take you all across Italy's star attractions:

Florence

Florence is very light on the feet, allowing you to easily cover the old city by foot. There, you will be able to see the Ponte Vechhio, with its colorful lights and settlements, which have stayed on the bridge for years. As you walk through the city, you will discover many piazzas and vibrant squares, as well as the colorful markets and numerous cafés, which are spread out as far as the eye can see. Florence houses the iconic Michelangelo at the Academia Gallery and many renowned works of art from all over the world at Uffizi Gallery.

Rome

During your visit, you will be able to discover and follow up on Rome’s transformation over the centuries. Among the main highlights, you will see an ancient aqueduct and a wide series of streets and squares with monuments and palaces built at different ages. You will also visit the famous Trevi Fountain, as you make your way towards the oldest part of Rome. here, you will find the Roman Forum, the Imperial Forum, and the great empire's trademark symbol, the Colosseum.

Vatican

In this sacred city, you will explore intriguing sites like Raphael’s rooms and visit the Sistine Chapel to see incredible frescoes by Michelangelo. Your visit to Vatican will culminate with a tour of Saint Peter’s Basilica and a viewing of the beautiful La Pieta sculpture.

Venice

The seductive nature of this romantic city lies in its charming squares, stylish bridges, and narrow streets. As you explore the mysterious neighborhoods of Venice, you will be delighted by the many picturesque cobblestone alleyways and squares. Of course, do not forget about the charming canals, which stretch across most of the city, providing gondola rides and tours, which will definitely be a highlight to remember.

During your visit, you will have the chance to experience a wide variety of authentic Italian dishes and treats. While in Rome, you will also have the opportunity to get acquainted with the traditional aperitivo. An aperitivo usually refers to an alcoholic drink taken before dinner to stimulate appetite but, in Italian culture, it has taken on a different meaning. For the price of a drink, which is typically 5 EUR, you will not only get a drink, but also the possibility to fill a plate of tasty treats, free of charge. Typically, you will find sandwiches, cold pastas, and finger foods. This is a great way to experience some Roman cuisine without breaking the bank.

  • Attend local events
  • Explore the cities and their highlights
  • Sample the local cuisine
  • Shopping
  • Sign up for a day cooking with an Italian nonna
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All internal transport between cities
  • Breakfast on all days except the first
  • Detailed travel docket about the cities being visited, places to eat and sights not to miss
  • Entrance to the Colosseum, Roman Hill, Palantine and a Vatican City museum on a skip the line pass
  • Food tour in Florence
  • Guided walking tour in Florence
  • Testaccio food tour
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Any costs arising from flight delays, change in weather conditions, strikes, or others
  • Beverages
  • City tax and entrance fees at local monuments and museums
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa charges and processing

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in Rome.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below:

 

Low season
  • September 16 – May 30

 

High season
  • May 31 – September 15

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