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Italy Food & Wine Tours

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Italian cuisine is integral to its culture. Fertile countrysides boast centuries-old grapevines, and each city cherishes its local ingredients. Together, they tell a story of regional identity to create an experience that goes beyond just a meal. From handmade pasta to distinct wines, savor the taste of Italy when you create your own culinary vacation with Zicasso.

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Medieval town of Tuscany-Montalcino with its famous vineyards

Wine and Golf Tour of Italy: An Escape to Vineyards & Fairways

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,195

Only in the Italian countryside can the game of golf and exquisite wine tasting go hand-in-hand as you indulge in both throughout your vacation. Your custom tailored tour will combine the pleasures of the serene fairways with the flavors of celebrated wineries in the heart of Italy. See the treasures of Rome and sip a beautiful glass of wine in view of the famous Tuscan hills. Relax in a private villa and practice your swing on a driving range that overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea. From the historical cellars to the championship courses, you will find the perfect combination of luxury and activity in the beautiful towns, the ancient monuments, and the secluded greens.

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Grocery store on a street in Taormina, Sicily, Italy

Flavors of Sicily Tour: Wines, Private Cooking Classes & Excursions

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,195

On the volcanic hills of Mt. Etna grow luscious vines absorbing the varied nutrients of the soil. Orange and olive groves run through the valleys. Farmhouses produce dishes equally as enchanting as award winning restaurants. On your custom tailored Sicily tour, your senses will come alive, enhanced by the gourmet gastronomy and traditional heritage derived from an amalgamation from around the Mediterranean. The wine has succulent notes, the pastries practically melt in your mouth, and the coffee is deeply layered with flavor, every moment bringing another treasure of both cuisine and history for you to savor.

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A cart full of wine vintage bottles

Wine Connoisseur's Dream Tour of Tuscany

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,195

Whether a lover of wine or a self-professed connoisseur, you will indulge in the variety of Tuscan vineyards with this personalized gourmet itinerary of Italy. Medieval towers crown the hilltops, cypress trees line the country roads, and vineyards blanket the verdant knolls. Sample the exceptional wines known as Super Tuscans or leisurely sip the excellent wines of Montepulciano. Savor the familiar flavors of a home-cooked Italian meal and wander the cobbled lanes of a charming, hidden medieval town. Your dreams of a gourmet wine, gastronomy, and art experience come to life in the grandeur of Tuscany with this one week Italy itinerary.

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Vineyards in Piedmont with snow capped mountains in the background

An Italian Wine Tasting Journey: From Piedmont to Tuscany Wine Tour

9 Day Custom Tour

From $2,470

Italy should be devoured! Piedmont with its mountains and Tuscany with its hills: fill your senses with tastes from award-winning vintners, wines that range from robust to comforting, old to young, and food that sings and melts in your mouth, all with medieval towns at your fingertips. Italy allows you to slow down, smell the grass, smell the food, smell the wine, see the land, touch history, and devour it all.

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View of Perugia in Umbria, Italy

Culinary Delights of Umbria: Wine, Food, and More

7 Day Custom Tour

From $1,920

Umbria is for romance, for lovers of food, wine, history, and more. From the golden landscape that sweeps across the region, to the rich, red wines that are produced throughout the area, experience first hand why Umbria brings out the romantic in everyone. On this Umbria wine tour, you will discover that Umbria doesn’t wait for romance, it inspires it.

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Alpine hut in Italy that produces and sells artisan cheese

Gastronomic Traditions of Italy Tour: Cheese Making, Olive Oil Pressing & More

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,195

Encounter a side of unseen Italy in the undisturbed region of Abruzzo. Medieval castles remain strong, overlooking a valley of lush vines. The Apennine Mountains form extraordinary backdrops to historic hillside towns. Fishermen continue using ancient fishing techniques along the coastline. Shepherds traverse the undulating landscape, faithfully following their flock. Farms produce an abundance of flavorful cheeses, and vineyards make inspiring wines. Your custom tailored Italy tour immerses you in historical culture set in a divine landscape where the mountains meet the eastern shore.

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Discover the endless charm of the Tuscan countryside near Florence in Italy

Enticing Flavors of Italy Tour: Private Cooking Courses, Wine & Olive Oil Tasting

8 Day Custom Tour

From $4,795

Your custom tailored Italy tour of private cooking courses, wine, and olive oil tasting takes you through the sites and flavors of Italy, exploring illustrious dishes every step of the way. The enticing aroma of fresh pasta emanates from a small restaurant in an antique building. Wander a medieval town with a chef as your guide, stepping into historic cheese and butcher shops to find the perfect ingredients to use for cooking. Michelangelo’s David stares down at you from a stunning perch etched in brilliant marble and eternalized in a gallant pose. The Colosseum lights up the night with powerful arches standing as a reminder of Rome’s continuous history.

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A villa and vineyard in Piedmont, Northern Italy

Pleasures of Piedmont Tour: Wine, Truffles & Celebration

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,195

In Italy, you can stand in an ancient cave-turned-wine-cellar and taste wine with roots dating back to the Roman Empire. Your handcrafted Piedmont Italy tour of wine and truffles takes you around Piedmont, filling each day with the sumptuous flavors of the region, from food to history. The eclectic aromas of the Truffle Festival mix with the enthusiastic calls of the crowd, each person aching to taste the unique concoctions created simply for the event. A sea of vineyards traipses over the hillside and the pleasurable flavors of the countryside can be as rich or delicate as an award-winning restaurant in the city.

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Church of San Biagio in Montepulciano surrounded by Tuscan countryside

Food-Lover's Tour of Tuscany and Umbria

9 Day Custom Tour

From $2,470

Along with the rich culture and abundant historical sites, this 9-day tour of central Italy is designed to showcase the gastronomic greatness of the places you visit. From Umbria to Tuscany, the beating heart of Italian olive oil and wine production will be yours to enjoy along with the many other culinary delights. By the time you depart, you will have a better understanding of Italy's love affair with food.

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Beautiful view of Medieval town of Monteriggioni in Tuscany, Italy

Charm & Romance in Italy’s Countryside: Tuscany and Umbria Tour

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,745

Your romantic adventure together will keep your love at the forefront and be enhanced by the lush landscapes and majestic towns of Umbria and Tuscany on your personalized romantic tour of Italy. Enjoy a passionate embrace in a stunning vineyard before sampling celebrated Brunello di Montalcino, indulge in the uninterrupted company of each other as you drift down the Tiber River dining on a selection of delectable dishes, and then climb to the top of a medieval tower for unrivaled views of Tuscany. Take the chance to sneak a kiss around every corner, and fall in love anew amidst the beauty of Italy.

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Impressive panoramic view of the city of Siena

Escorted Art, Food, and Culture Tour of Italy

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,745

From awe-inspiring art to luscious landscapes, from the Trevi Fountain to Siena’s Campo to Florence’s unforgettable Duomo, this is a tour that will take you past your wildest dreams and beyond the places that tourists usually go. You’ll be moved, you’ll be inspired, you’ll be captivated: whatever you long to do and whoever you long to be, you can find it on this marvelous tour of Italy.

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Traditional assortment of the fish market of the island town, Sicily

Exquisite Tour of Sicily’s Culinary Culture

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,745

While the reputation of Italian wine and food is legendary, the true art of the vinicultural and culinary spirit will shine during you custom-tailored wine and food tour of Sicily. Over the course of nearly three millennia, Sicily has acted as the center of Mediterranean trade, bringing vibrant culture and sensational flavor to the rugged mountains, fertile plains, and golden coastline. You will experience the majestic mixture of customs and the alluring continuation of tradition within the context of modern luxury that unveils the beauty of the vines, the splendors of the seasonal ingredients, and the preservation of cultural heritage.

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8-Day Cultural Journey of Emilia Romagna

8 Day Custom Tour

From$2,515

Your eight-day personalized itinerary to the Emilia Romagna region of Italy will immerse you in the wealth of enchanting history and captivating flavors embodied in the cuisine of Bologna and Parma, the artisan studios in Cremona, and the lingering notes of the master composer, Verdi. Enter forbidden studies in a protected fairytale castle and sample delicate homemade tortellini during a private cooking class. Embrace an enthusiasm for life demonstrated in Emilia Romagna’s food, music, and history.

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Italy Food & Wine Travel Guide
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Italy Food & Wine Travel Guide

Italy food and wine celebrates culture and heritage through fabulous flavors. By sipping celebrated vines in the north or learning world-renowned recipes in the south, indulging in intricate family favorites found in a small coastal village or basking in bold aromas that rise from vintages produced in medieval hillside towns, you can experience how food and wine in Italy is a transformative experience. Our travel guide gives you better insights into how to customize your trip to uncover ancient dishes or enjoy contemporary wine-productions. When you are ready to book, speak with a local travel specialist who understands how to craft your mouthwatering trip.

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10 Most Popular Types of Pasta to Try On Vacation in Italy
Types of Italian pasta
10 Most Popular Types of Pasta to Try On Vacation in Italy

Italy is home to thousands of different pasta types to try while you travel, each with their own distinct shapes and flavors that stem from the unique regions found across the peninsula. Italian noodles represent over 300 different pasta shapes, each playing an integral role in the local cuisine and revealing the culinary personality of different regions and their gastronomic heritage.

These pastas have a history that dates back to Marco Polo in the 13th century and myths that trace back their origins to nomadic Arabs who brought noodles to Europe from Central Asia. No matter the origins of Italy’s different varieties of pasta, the noodles have inspired shapes and sizes from the different ingredients that have been available in the various regions.

We have compiled a list of...

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12 of the Best Italian Cheeses and Where to Try Them in Italy
Large selection of cheeses in Italian market
12 of the Best Italian Cheeses and Where to Try Them in Italy

Italy produces some of the most famous cheeses in the world and is the third-largest cheese producer in the European Union. The countless flavors, textures, and recipes of Italy’s cheeses derive from all over the country and are made from various animals’ milk, including cows, goats, sheep, and buffalo. While some cheeses are best used in cooking with dishes like lasagna, tortellini, and cacio e Pepe, other cheeses, like Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano, are eaten on their own or as a garnish to elevate dishes. The possibilities are endless with Italian cheeses and the over 450 varieties.

The following list of 12 of the best cheeses to try in Italy unveils the diversity of Italian cheeses, providing an explanation of their particular attributes from flavor to texture, aroma, to...

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Top 4 Wine-tasting Regions in Italy
Vineyards of Tuscany at sunrise in early autumn, Italy
Top 4 Wine-tasting Regions in Italy

Wine in Italy is a culture all of its own and the top wine-tasting regions provide the perfect introduction to the preserved traditions and evolving techniques you can discover, sample, and enjoy when on a wine tour of Italy.

The culinary culture is mostly directed by certain guidelines, especially when considering the importance of the history and heritage of wine ingrained in Italy’s culture.

From the pleasures of sipping wine with an elaborate view of Mount Etna to the charm of visiting an antique cellar, when visiting the top wine regions of Italy you can discover the spirit of the vine found on the table, in the earth, and within the people of Italy.

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Types of Italian Food by Region
Three dishes of various Italian foods
Types of Italian Food by Region

The regional foods of Italy have their own distinct ingredients, flavors, and cooking techniques, with each specific destination demonstrating its heritage, and it’s here that you can discover, taste, and indulge during your Italy tour.

Deriving from centuries of malleable borders blending the traditions of former empires, kingdoms, and ancient settlements, some regions have gastronomic similarities while others separate themselves with distinctive and mouthwatering culinary traditions.

The surprising truth of Italian food by region is far more detailed and geographically, as well as culturally, specific.

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Best Time to Visit Italy for a Wine Tour
Vineyards in autumn, Langhe, Piedmont
Best Time to Visit Italy for a Wine Tour

The wines of Italy can be enjoyed at any time of year, but if you wish to immerse yourself in a wine-focused tour, the best time to visit is in January and February, after the harvest is complete.

Uncover the beauty of rolling hills covered with vines or bask in the comforts of a historical estate. Find new flavors, enjoy familiar vintages, or rediscover the splendor of simple pleasures as you sip a celebrated varietal in a hidden restaurant.

The best time of year to visit Italy for a wine tour allows you to celebrate the flavors and culture of the vine to create your perfect Italy travel experience.

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