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...
Turin – Arrive in Turin with an Introductory Tour of Italy’s First Capital
First-time visitors to Turin become enchanted with the surprising elegance ingrained into Italy’s 20th-century industrial center. Lavish arcaded buildings edge wide, gorgeous piazzas and trees shade the long, elegant boulevards returning the grandeur of the House of Savoy reminiscent of famous European cities like Paris and Vienna. As the original capital of a United Italy, the art nouveau cafes and outline of the Alps fringing the skyline accentuate the past and continued grandeur also celebrated in delectable chocolates and an innovated culinary scene. Your flight lands at Turin-Caselle Airport, where your private transfer welcomes you to the sophisticated city.
After settling into the comforts of your luxury hotel, your guide eagerly escorts you on an introductory tour of the fascinating capital of Piedmont encapsulated in the Palazzo Reale. The stunning palace overtakes an entire side of Piazza Castello with a revelatory Baroque façade erected in the 17th century. Statues of the twins Caster and Pollux guard the entrance and leading to a collection lavish rooms decorated with period furnishings, delicate porcelain, and fascinating artifacts embodying the grace and grandeur of the former House of Savoy. Your initial impressions will likely be that of delight, and there is so much more in store as your journey begins.
Turin - Navigate the Charming Culinary and Wine History of Asti and Alba
Turin – Enjoy a Thrilling Truffle Hunt and Delicious Cooking Class
Turin – The Spa Town of Acqui Terme and the Specific Local Flavors
Turin – Delight in a Day of Exploration at your Leisure in Turin
Bologna – Transfer to Emilia-Romagna for a Cheese and Balsamic Tour
Bologna – Indulge in the Beauty of Bologna before a Tasty Food Tour
Bologna – Experience Proper Prosciutto and Visit the Ferrari Museum
Bologna – Discover the Luster of Ravenna and Beauty of Ferrara
Bologna – Depart for Home
- 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
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.
$3,575 per person (excluding international flights)
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