From the delicacy of a raw seafood plate dressed with a squeeze of lemon to the aroma of red wine that fills the air with traces of chocolate and sour cherries, the cuisine of Italy is as diverse and seductive as the landscape by which each dish is inspired. Your custom tailored tour will illuminate the differences between Emilia-Romagna and the Amalfi Coast. You will enjoy an indulgent excursion that traces the evolution of the regional cuisines. Whether creating pasta or pizza dough, you will...
Bologna – Arrive in the Historical City of Bologna with an Introductory Tour
The region of Emilia-Romagna is known for its cuisine, from the salty Parmesan cheese to the delicate prosciutto, the tangy aged balsamic vinegar to the savory meat sauce. Your mouth will water knowing that you will taste the delights of a part of Italy known to gourmets but often passed over by visitors. Your flight will land at G. Marconi Airport in Bologna, the capital of the region. Your private transfer will then escort you into the heart of the medieval city that brims with colonnades, opera fans, traditional trattorias and the oldest university in the world.
Italians refer to the city as “The Fat One,” and celebrates the legacy of cuisine created along the cobbled streets and hidden in cellar-like restaurants. The university was founded in the 11th century, and the terracotta buildings are lined with porticoes. After you in check in at your hotel, your guide will lead you to the Abbey of Santo Stefano. Along the way, you will enjoy a mixture of aromas, from the scent of almond pastries to warmth of a simmering tortellini. The Abbey includes a labyrinth of religious structures that span the ages of the city with Romanesque architecture, images of the Lombard princes, and even elements of ancient Roman design.
The Church of Santi Vitale e Agricola was also built in the 11th century and remains Bologna’s oldest surviving church to date. In the evening, you will venture to a restaurant that hides in the shadows of the two towers. The menu will introduce you to the classical dishes of the city, including tortellini in brodo, a clear broth filled with floating, light, stuffed tortellini. The restaurant holds to tradition beyond the cuisine, and you will feel as though you have stepped back in time as your every culinary desire is warmly met.
Bologna – Visit Renaissance Ferrara and a Local Prosciutto Farm
Bologna – Sample Seafood in Rimini and Hunt for Truffles in the Forest
Bologna – Explore Elegant Ravenna and Enjoy a Pasta Class with Nonnas
Ravello – Fly from Bologna to Naples and Enjoy a Private Pizza Making Class
Ravello – Visit the Villages of the Amalfi Coast and Sample Limoncello
Ravello – Enjoy the Bay of Naples During a Wine and Cooking Tour
Ravello – Depart for Home
- Discover the coveted secrets to making fresh pasta during a cooking lesson taught by the masters, the grandmothers of Italy
- Indulge in a wine tasting on a private vineyard in the mountains near the Amalfi Coast to connect with the landscape, the vines, and the winemakers
- Enjoy a private cooking class that teaches you the pleasures of making traditional Neapolitan pizza
- Sample the traditional southern Italian liqueur of limoncello before you learn the recipe yourself to reproduce the balanced flavors
- Celebrate the most highly treasured prosciutto in all of Italy during a visit to a producer in the Emilia-Romagna, followed by a lavish dinner
- Delight in the simple, yet extraordinary flavors of crudo, raw seafood served in restaurants across the Adriatic Sea, including in the city of Rimini
- Explore the forests of Emilia-Romagna on a private truffle hunting excursion to uncover the elusive ingredient before embarking on a unique cooking class
- Relish the simple and explosive flavors of the Amalfi Coast, highlighting fresh olive oils, bright lemons, and delicate seafood
Linger with the university students as they sip a morning cappuccino and then wander along the cobblestone seaside lanes in view of the returning fishermen. Scour the forest for black truffles and then knead pizza dough made fresh with your own hands. Your 8-day culinary tour will highlight tradition and imagination in the historical regions of Emilia-Romagna and Campania, connecting medieval architecture to traditional pasta and Byzantine cloisters to the rich fishing tradition. Your gastronomical excursion will begin with your arrival at G. Marconi Airport in Bologna. Your private transfer will escort you into the historical center for an introductory tour of the city where you will explore the medieval architecture and artwork before you enjoy your first meal celebrated for its connection to regional tradition.
Wake the next morning to begin with a visit to the Renaissance city of Ferrara for a unique perspective on past power and wealth. In the afternoon, you will visit a celebrated farm renowned by gourmets and chefs alike for its production of prosciutto. Enjoy a guided tour of the grounds to see the grazing cows and cellar in which the prosciutto is aged, and then indulge in a meal on the property at one of the two award-winning restaurants that serve the farm’s prosciutto. Venture next to Rimini for a tour of the charming seaside city, and then top off your exploration of the streets with a visit to a local restaurant that specializes in raw seafood known as crudo. Your day will then continue in the forests of the region as your guide will lead you to the most promising roots and bushes to uncover the elusive truffle. Your full day tour will end after you indulge in the rich flavor of a dinner focused on the truffles that you discovered during your hunt.
The early Christian mosaics of Ravenna will call to you the following day, and you will enjoy your stroll through the serene city. You will view the elaborate history as preserved on the walls and in the floors of the churches before you visit the small town of Forlimpopoli to learn how to cook the best pasta from the grandmothers of the town. The next day, your private transfer will escort you to the airport for a brief flight to Naples. Visit the historical city center of the former capital of the Kingdom of Naples, and then meet a chef inside their private kitchen to continue your education on the cuisine of Italy, this time learning the proper way to make a true Neapolitan pizza.
The next day you will traverse the 43 mile stretch of the Amalfi Coast at your preferred pace to visit the towns of Ravello, Amalfi, and Positano. Once in Positano, you will enjoy a demonstration of how to produce the staple southern Italian liqueur of limoncello, and then enjoy some as you bask in the sun. Wake the next day for a guided tour of the Bay of Naples with a stop at the vineyards, olive groves, and towns situated between the Amalfi Coast and the Bay. You will enjoy the unique flavors of Campania, as highlighted by the wine, olive oil, and cuisine. Your private transfer then collects you at your hotel the next day and escort you to Naples International Airport for your flight home.
$2,859 per person (excluding international flights)
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