Italy: The Gold Standard Tour

A villa in Tuscany, Italy.
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Total Trip:

10 Days

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Places Visited:

Tuscany, Bologna, Florence, Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery, Avignonesi Winery, Val d’Orcia

Departure Dates:

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
Succumb to the beauty and savor the wealth of culture in Italy. As one of Zicasso’s 5 year anniversary signature tours, this Italian journey literally sets the gold standard! From gilded palaces and gold-plated art to the golden rolling hills of Tuscany, this trip offers some of the most authentic and luxurious experiences Italy has to offer. It's a treasure hunt for the the finest Italian travel experiences, especially in food, wine, art, and natural beauty.

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Day 1

Day 1 - Begin Your Tour in the Culinary Capital of Bologna

Arrive in Milan, and take a private transfer to Bologna, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region and a center of Italian gastronomy. Check into your hotel, the luxurious Art Hotel Corona d'Oro. This 14th-century palace is located in the historic city center. 

Just a few steps away from the hotel, you can explore the Piazza Maggiore, where the locals love to gather. Stop at a cafe or explore the splendid Basilica of San Petronio, one of the world’s largest basilicas. Spend the afternoon relaxing, and discover Bologna at your own pace. You might take a walk through the medieval quarter, or maybe even stroll through the colonnaded arcades of Bologna University, Europe’s oldest higher-learning institution. For dinner, you will be treated to an authentic meal at Al Sangiovese, where you can sample the local specialty of egg-pasta tagliatelle with bolognese sauce, a rich and satisfying meat ragu.


Day 2

Day 2 - Food and Wine Expedition in Emilia-Romagna

Day 3

Day 3 - Discover Art & Architecture in Florence, Dine in Renaissance Style

Day 4

Day 4 - Palazzo Visits in Florence and Guided Tour of the Uffizi Gallery

Day 5

Day 5 - Visit an Artisan Goldsmith and Explore Florence at Leisure

Day 6

Day 6 - Olive Oil Tasting & Cooking Class in Tuscany, Tour of Chianti Wine Bars

Day 7

Day 7 - Montepulciano Estate Vineyard Tour and Tuscan Cooking Class

Day 8

Day 8 - Pecorino Cheese Tasting and Montepulciano Self-Guided Tour

Day 9

Day 9 - Visit a World-Famous Tuscan Winery in a Medieval Castle

Day 10

Day 10 – Arrivederci, Italia! Depart Italy from Rome
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