Discover the endless charm of the Tuscan countryside near Florence

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

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Italy

Places Visited

Rome, Trevi, Tuscany, Florence...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

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...

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Trip Highlights

  • Revel in private cooking courses with a classic Italian chef
  • Indulge in the local flavors of your cuisine paired with specific wines chosen by a sommelier to bring out the best combinations
  • Explore the fabulous history and culinary neighborhoods of Rome on a walking tour
  • Spend time in a medieval village situated atop the Umbrian hillside
  • Discover the endless charm of the Tuscan countryside near Florence
  • Traverse the artistic streets and museums of the Renaissance city of Florence and its wealth of celebrated restaurants and gelaterias

Detailed Description

When you think of Italy, you can’t help but think of fresh pasta and mouthwatering sauce. On this 8-day Italy tour of private cooking courses, wine, and olive oil tasting tour, you will spend time in the traditional region of Umbria to explore more than just the medieval towns. The majesty of the countryside and the culture of the people lie as much in the museums as in the food they eat. Savor the aroma of garlic and rosemary. Indulge in a taste of black truffle. Follow in the footsteps of a chef and learn the treasured art of eating in Italy.

Your culinary discovery tour begins with your arrival in Rome, the enigmatic capital of Italy. The historic streets have seen Roman warriors and gladiators, Renaissance artists and popular 1960s movie stars. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and escorts you to a marvelous hotel located near the city center. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the piazzas and streets at your own pace.

The next day, your guide meets you at the hotel and takes you on a private walking tour of the city to see the marvelous artwork and culture scattered around Rome. That evening you revel in a local restaurant celebrated for its indulgent pasta. The following day, you make your way to Trevi, a small medieval town located in the region of Umbria, the known heart of Italy. Spend time with a chef learning the intricacies of Umbrian and Italian cuisine. Each dish you prepare comes with a local wine chosen by a sommelier. After your cooking course, you make your way to an olive mill for a delightful sampling of bruschetta.

Once again, your chef meets you at the hotel. This time, you travel around the city to meet with the local purveyors from whom he gets ingredients. Soon after, you are in the kitchen preparing delectable Umbrian dishes paired with select local wines. For your final cooking course, take in the bold and coveted flavors of black truffle and see how the single ingredient can be both delicate and bold.

Next, board the luxury train car and travel northbound to Florence in Tuscany. The following morning, you venture into the city for a vibrant exploration of the Renaissance city, enjoying the open-air museum of the city streets and the actual museums such as the Uffizi Gallery and The Accademia. On your final morning, your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and escort you to the Florence Airport for your flight home.

Starting Price

$4,795 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.

What's Included

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

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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