Italian Vineyard in Modena during sunrise

Italy Food & Culture Tour for Seniors: Turin to Bologna

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Countries Visited

Italy

Places Visited

Turin, Bologna, Ferrara, Ravenna...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

History and culture surface through traditional cuisine and celebrated wine during your personalized senior tour of Italy. Indulge in the exceptional flavors and the local specialties of Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna. Savor the distinct taste of white truffles, craft the elegant stuffed shells of tortellini pasta, and experience the excitement of driving a Ferrari on a search for authentic heritage spanning more than two millennia. From forested countryside to magnificent medieval towers and charming...

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Trip Highlights

  • Indulge in the seductive and exclusive flavor of white truffle after a search in the forest for the famous earthy delicacy
  • Sample the popular and celebrated wines of Piedmont when visiting charming Asti and Alba producing Spumante and Barolo respectively
  • Witness the grandeur of gilded artwork adorning religious sites in Ravenna with a guided mosaics tour of the former Western Roman Empire Capital
  • Race over the pavement during a Formula 1 simulation at the thrilling Ferrari Museum
  • Bask in the mixture of savory and sweet when learning the art of crafting delicious Parmigiano Reggiano and artisanal balsamic vinegar
  • Wander along the paths of the Renaissance in Ferrara when visiting the prestigious halls of Este Castle
  • Enjoy the enticing culinary traditions of Bologna with an explosion of flavor experienced when tasting typical local dishes like tagliatelle and tortellini
  • Witness the prestige of the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts outside of Cairo on display in the Museo Egizio in Turin
  • Embrace the authenticity and quality of local tastes of agnolotti served in a sauce of your choice with a semi-private cooking class celebrating flavor

Detailed Description

Share the passion for flavor and bring enthusiasm as you discover all that is in store for you during your 10-day Italy senior tour.  Perfect for travelers interested in enjoying luxury and ease in combination with the excitement of adventure, you will travel around the countryside and through the fascinating streets of Turin and Bologna, the capitals of Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna respectively.  These two regions are famous for their culinary connections, majestic wines, and deep-rooted heritage. Walking tours and guided cooking lessons add to the indelible charm of Italy providing deep insight into the splendors of the local ingredients as well as the noticeable evolution of the cities over time. 

Your remarkable tour of Italy’s culinary and cultural mastery begins with your arrival in Turin. Five nights in the elegant city reflects the history of sophistication in connection to the House of Savoy, the former royal family of Italy. Wide boulevards and elaborate chocolate recipes offer a different perspective of Italy’s heritage and cuisine amid regal royal palaces, sensational museums, and links to the magnificent towns around the countryside. Asti and Alba, while once rivals, have an interwoven affair deriving from culinary delights and delightful wines. Truffles grow in the woods where truffle hunters search each morning with their dogs for the elusive delicacy found in numerous varieties. The alluring town of Acqui Terme boasts central thermal baths and eclectic local flavors gifted in the form of a multi-course cooking lesson accompanied by the treasured local wine. 

Travel to Bologna for four nights amid the medieval architecture wrapped around the historical city center. Visiting the towns of Parma and Modena reflect the splendors of historic design steeped in repurposed marble from Roman villas and pastel-colored homes. The cherished flavors of Parmigiano Reggiano and balsamic vinegar move the forefront during factory visits encompassing the production of the specialty items and delicious tastings. Bologna has a youthful charisma stemming from Europe’s oldest university and the unchanged flavors of the cucina povera. Learn to make prosciutto at a family-owned farm, and then wander the depths of the Ferrari museum for a better understanding of how the chic, powerful car fits into the broader cultural canon of the country. Move next to discover the gilded wonders of Ravenna in the form of one the best-preserved collections of ancient Byzantine mosaics in Italy before strolling around the tranquil Renaissance ambiance of Ferrara. Interested in learning more by seeing some of our travelers’ Italy vacation tour reviews? Click here for more.

Starting Price

$2,745 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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