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Flavors of the Vine & Countryside: Exploring Italy’s Slow Food Movement Tour

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Bologna, Florence, Montalcino, Santo Stefano Bilbo

Suggested Duration

10 Days

Italy is made for indulgence. Your customizable Italy itinerary will treat you to the culture and cuisine of the north and allow you to experience geography’s influence on history.  Your journey will bring enticing food, wine, and art as you explore Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, and Tuscany. Scour the woodlands in search of white truffle, and then bask in the beauty of the rolling hills while sampling a Brunello di Montalcino. Stroll through vibrant aisles in a local market and taste the decadent...

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Trip Highlights

  • Indulge in the decadence of white truffle after your guided truffle hunt through the woods of Piedmont
  • Sample a unique array of wines during a private wine tour around the celebrated Tuscan town of Montalcino
  • Bask in the savory flavor of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese on a private tour of the cheese factory outside elegant Parma
  • Enjoy the layers of distinct and creamy flavors of extra-virgin olive oil when touring a private olive oil factory and farm
  • Discover the enchanting restaurants and dedication to traditional regional cuisine in Bologna, the culinary capital of Italy
  • Visit the Renaissance town of Pienza to find a connection to flavorful pecorino cheese
  • Wander the aisles of Florence’s Central Market under the guidance of a personal chef eager to introduce you to the proper Florentine cuisine during a private cooking class
  • Delight in touring historical towns and cities to see the incredible art and culture found around the regions of Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, and Tuscany
  • Luxuriate in the comfort of your unique and lavish accommodations that blend past grandeur and modern comforts with views of the countryside and cityscapes

Detailed Description

The pleasures of Italian cuisine have influenced daily life over the course of history, from the profile of contemporary wines to the ways in which farmers tend to their crops and products. Your 10-day culinary itinerary will immerse you in the delights of the slow food movement and the splendors Northern Italy’s renowned gastronomy. The adventure will begin with your arrival in Turin, and your private transfer will greet you at Turin Caselle Airport and escort you to a luxurious 17th-century monastery. The stunning grounds blend Old World charm with modern luxuries in which you will easily settle. The concierge will offer a tour of the historical wine cellar set beneath the grounds to view the collection of wines that the resort keeps from around the world.

The next day, your guide will greet you at your hotel and take you on an early morning truffle hunt through the woodlands of the Piedmont region. Continue to the town of Alba to visit the marketplace before strolling through Barolo, La Morra, and Castiglione Falleto to sample the fabulous wines. The next day, you will transfer into the Emilia-Romagna region to tour the culinary capital of Italy, Bologna. Visit the markets and famous churches, and see the masterful frescoes that adorn the city’s doorways before sampling the decadent and traditional tagliatelle al ragu. The next day, your guide will lead you on a full day culinary tour of the region, taking you first through Parma to view the elegant streets. Enjoy a private visit to a cheese factory to learn about crafting Parmigiano-Reggiano, and then tour a beautiful farm that produces eminent prosciutto. Traverse the town of Modena and the local factories that make balsamic vinegar.

The following day, your private transfer will lead you through Tuscany to a villa located near the hills of Montalcino. Relish a guided tour of the vineyard on the property before sampling the sensational wines. Immerse yourself in Tuscany the next morning with a full day tour of the towns of Pienza and Montalcino. Enjoy a visit to an Olive Oil factory to learn the unique and interesting history that is indelible to Italian culture. In the afternoon, you can continue on a wine tour to visit a selection of vineyards in the distinguished Tuscan region.

Wander next through the medieval streets of Siena and sample the creamy gelato and climb to the top of Torre del Mangia tower. Visit the Antinori wine estate before arriving in Florence. The next day, your private guide will lead you on an in-depth tour of the Renaissance city’s markets, museums, and piazzas. Begin the next morning with a visit to the the Galleria dell’ Accademia to view Michelangelo’s David before partaking in a half-day cooking class that will teach you the distinct flavor combinations and dishes of Florentine cuisine. Conclude as your private transfer will escort you to Florence Airport for your flight home. 

Starting Price

$3,575 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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