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...
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.
Venice – Delight in a Half-Day Food Tour of Venetian Cuisine
Florence – Enjoy a Prosciutto Farm Visit before Exploring Florence
Florence – Discover the Enchanting Art and Culture of Florence
Tuscany – Indulge in White Truffles and Traditions of Medieval Tuscany
Tuscany – Sample the Delicious Wines of the Tuscan Wine Region
Rome – Search for Elusive Black Truffles in Umbria en route to Rome
Rome – Traverse Ancient Rome and Take Pleasure in a Cooking Class
Rome – Explore the Vatican Museums and the Cuisine of Trastevere
Sorrento – Visit Ancient Pompeii and Experience Traditional Pizza
Sorrento – Traverse the Amalfi Coast with a Local Cooking Lesson
Sorrento – Depart for Home
- Indulge in the celebrated and mouthwatering flavors of white and black truffles after participating in two truffle hunts in the hills of Umbria and Tuscany
- Revel in the spectacular tastes of Brunello during a private wine tour of Tuscany around the classic medieval setting of Montalcino
- Embrace the scintillating, traditional cuisine of Venice on a tour of the customary cicchetti
- Delight in the sensational characteristics of Roman cuisine, which stem from a heritage that is found in dishes such as Pasta alla Gricia
- Sample the delicacies of the Amalfi Coast during a private cooking lesson that highlights the fresh, seasonal ingredients of both land and sea
- Delve deep into the artisanal styles of customary Neapolitan pizza that is captured in the essential characteristics of the dough, sauce, and cheese
- Discover the sensational artistry and history of Vatican City that is featured in masterful works in St. Peter’s Basilica such as Michelangelo’s Pietà
- Marvel at the ancient life on a guided tour of Pompeii, which unveils preserved frescoes, villas, and temples that were associated with the Roman Empire
The Italian peninsula will have you celebrating the sweet and savory during your 10-day culinary tour of Italy that is steeped in luxury and highlights both the unique and traditional. Through a collection of private tours, personal exploration, and comfortable accommodations, your exploration of Italy will bring food to the forefront and will show how the elaborate histories of the famous cities have intertwined with the evolution of the culinary traditions since the fall of the Roman Empire. You will sample, indulge, revel, and discover the diversity of regional cuisine.
Your Italian culinary tour will begin with your arrival in Venice, which is where you will spend two nights immersed in the splendors of La Serenissima. Uncover the marvels of the city with private tours of the Grand Canal and introductions to the famous bacari, bars that are known for serving the traditional cicchetti plates for which the city is famous. You will discover the grandeur of St. Mark’s Square and delight in the charming ambiance of the radiant city before partaking in a class that will teach you about the artisan techniques for mastering world-famous prosciutto in the region of Emilia Romagna.
You will arrive in Florence for two nights. You will notice that the elaborate culture of the artistic city stems from the preserved architecture and art of the Renaissance. You will enjoy private tours of the Central Market, San Lorenzo, and the Uffizi Gallery with each destination providing deeper insight into the legendary beauty of the cities of Michelangelo, Botticelli, and the house of Medici. You will travel into the medieval towns and rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside for two nights in search of the enrapturing flavors of the elusive white truffle and Brunello. Both of these delicacies are produced around the town of Montalcino. You will spend time hunting for truffles with a guide before tasting a traditional meal that focuses on the distinct, earthy flavor of the truffles. You will then traverse a selection of vineyards that concentrates on the varieties of flavors that derive from a single glass of Brunello di Montalcino.
On the way to spending three nights in Rome, you will visit the small town of Pettino in Umbria for a black truffle hunt that will be followed by a delicious multi-course lunch that will showcase the unique flavor of the coveted ingredient. Rome will have you exploring the iconic history of the city that can be witnessed in the architecture, artwork, and cuisine. This tour will take you from the likes of the Colosseum to the streets of the Trastevere neighborhood and will have you reveling in the beauty of St. Peter’s Basilica and delighting in the iconic flavors of authentic Roman dishes. After reaching Naples for your final leg of your culinary tour of Italy, you will discover the marvelous archeological park of Pompeii and learn the fascinating recipes for producing the protected wine. While traveling along with the gorgeous scenery of the Amalfi Coast, you will also sample the local cuisine that consolidates the freshness of land and sea for the perfect finish to your culinary tour of Italy. Consider learning more about the Italy tour companies whom we partner with, who seek to create a customized experience just for you.
$3,295 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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