Doges Palace in Venice, Italy.

A Gourmet's Sojourn Through Northern Italy Tour

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Venice, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Verona...

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Suggested Duration

11 Days

From the garnet hue of a rich red wine to the delicious aromas of garlic and onion sizzling in olive oil, Italy’s food scene is characterized by a richness unlike any other. If you can’t get enough of your local trattoria’s ravioli or always push for pizza from the neighborhood parlor; if you drink Chianti by the liter or revel in the summertime pleasure of a fresh Bellini; if you’ve ever longed to experience food in a truly one-in- a-kind way, this trip is for you.

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Trip Highlights

  • Encounter the romance and magic of captivating Venice, from the gondolas that line the Grand Canal to the Byzantine masterpiece of St. Mark’s Basilica, and from the fine lace of Burano to the delicious seafood that can be found throughout the city
  • Set out for the countryside to experience the true culinary greatness of Italy, from Trattoria Leonida in the primeval college town of Bologna to the cheese makers and vinegar producers that dot the landscape of Emilia Romagna
  • Visit the hidden gems of Northern Italy as you make your way through charming towns like Verona, the incredible wineries of the Veneto and the sumptuous accommodations that line the shores of Lake Como
  • Enjoy a day of northern Italian luxury as you cruise Lake Como and spend the night at an incredible hotel in the famed resort town of Bellagio

Detailed Description

While other countries (read: France) may claim to be the end-all be-all when it comes to cuisine, no culinary tradition captivates our sensibilities and tantalizes our taste buds quite as well as that of Italy, where down-home flavor and high-class techniques mix beautifully to create fare that is truly in a class by itself. This 11-day tour will introduce you to all the best food and drink that Italy has to offer, from the bold red wines of the Veneto to the delicate seafood of Venice; and with friendly locals guiding you all along the way, you’re sure to discover why Italians don’t eat to live, but live to eat.

Explore the heart of the Italian north and encounter artisans who are producing some of the finest ingredients around, from the cheese makers churning out world- class Parmesan to the butchers and smokers that offer a unique take on classic Italian prosciutto. Revel in the romance and charm of Venice and enjoy the singular pleasure of freshly caught seafood. Sample some of the best vintages and varietals at a local wine maker, and finish your trip in grand style as you stop by the shores of glamorous Lake Como and walk the streets of beautiful Bellagio.

This is the trip for foodies and oenophiles, gourmets and chocoholics, those who love to cook and those who love to eat and those who love to do both. It is dedicated to one of the finest cultural traditions of the world, a food legacy that stretches over centuries and across oceans, and it is delighted to introduce you to some of Italy’s

best bar owners and restaurateurs. And, of course, with marvelous museums and exciting activities, this is a country that is just as memorable after the bill has come.

Starting Price

$3,020 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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