Pasta with sardines and fennel, a true feast of traditional Italian cuisine

Heart of Italian Cuisine: 10-Day Gastronomy and Culture Tour

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited


Places Visited

Palermo (City), Rome, Florence

Suggested Duration

10 Days

This 10-day journey through Italy presents a feast for the senses as you encounter new sights, flavors, and smells in this rich landscape. Your tour of the Italian culinary legacy will begin in Palermo and then to Rome, both revealing Italy’s diverse character in the open-air markets, kitchens, and regional ingredients. Finally, the rolling hills of Tuscany will beckon to you as you bask in the vibrant neighborhoods and charming countryside of Florence.

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Trip Highlights

  • Sample the abundant sights, sounds, and smells during a guided tour of Palermo’s open-air, markets where the vivid colors of the displayed produce are surpassed only by the evocative cries of the vendors
  • Savor some of Sicily’s finest cuisine during a private cooking course, including some local wine
  • Ply the waves of the Mediterranean on a boat tour of Sicily’s rugged coastline and learn about the region’s historical reliance on the sea for food and prosperity
  • Enjoy a three-course meal in Rome followed by a leisurely stroll along the banks of the Tiber river, where dessert will come in the form of stunning views of the city’s architecture
  • Contemplate Roman history on a gelato crawl that will introduce you to some of the best flavors while admiring sites like the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps
  • Covet the exquisite recipes of a Tuscan kitchen before enjoying your own version of the famous Bistecca alla Fiorentina or Florentine steak at a handpicked restaurant
  • Descend into the depths of a Tuscan wine cave and witness the technical mastery of millennia of winemakers from this region

Starting Price

$2,815 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

  • Accommodations
  • 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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