Introduction to Italy’s Food Culture: Gastronomic Vacation

Vineyard in Tuscany, Italy
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Total Trip:

12 Days

Countries Visited:


Places Visited:

Venice, Florence, Rome, Tuscany, Sorrento

Departure Dates:

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
Your custom-tailored food tour of Italy provides insight into the importance and diversity of the gastronomy of the Italian peninsula, immersing you in the luxury of culinary excellence, authenticity of regional cuisine, and splendor of traditional culture. From the canals of Venice to the maritime cliffs of the Amalfi Coast and the charming hills of Tuscany to the dramatic walls of Rome’s Colosseum, you will travel between illustrious cities and across the enchanting countryside. You will also


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Day 1

Venice – Arrive in Charming Venice with a Tour of the Grand Canal

The gorgeous city of Venice rises out of the lagoon with elegant marble palaces and arching bridges, which connect approximately 118 islands that shape the greater city. Gondolas and vaporetti glide down the Grand Canal beneath the fascinating views of the domes of St. Mark’s Cathedral and the captivating cupola of Santa Maria della Salute. Your private transfer will meet you at Marco Polo Airport where you will continue to the shores of the Grand Canal and board a boat to begin your captivating tour along the renowned, two-mile waterway.

The splendor of Venice derives from the preserved grandeur, which reflects on the wealth and cosmopolitan culture that was brought from centuries of trade, peaking in the High Renaissance. You will easily notice the golden shine of the weathervane that tops St. Mark’s Campanile at 320 feet tall. As you float down the canal, your guide will point out the incredible wooden plinths that support the walkways and structures that line the banks with Santa Maria della Salute. The structure was built in gratitude at the end of the plague and stands on more than a million timber plinths that support the weight of this massive, Baroque dome. The interior smells of frankincense and possesses the marvelous Marriage at Cana by Tintoretto.

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Day 2

Venice – Delight in a Half-Day Food Tour of Venetian Cuisine

Day 3

Florence – Enjoy a Prosciutto Farm Visit before Exploring Florence

Day 4

Florence – Discover the Enchanting Art and Culture of Florence

Day 5

Tuscany – Indulge in White Truffles and Traditions of Medieval Tuscany

Day 6

Tuscany – Sample the Delicious Wines of the Tuscan Wine Region

Day 7

Rome – Search for Elusive Black Truffles in Umbria en route to Rome

Day 8

Rome – Traverse Ancient Rome and Take Pleasure in a Cooking Class

Day 9

Rome – Explore the Vatican Museums and the Cuisine of Trastevere

Day 10

Sorrento – Visit Ancient Pompeii and Experience Traditional Pizza

Day 11

Sorrento – Traverse the Amalfi Coast with a Local Cooking Lesson

Day 12

Sorrento – Depart for Home
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