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Rustic Italy Vacation: Tuscany & Emilia Romagna

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Countries Visited

Italy

Places Visited

Bologna, Lucca, Volterra, Montalcino...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

The true path into the heart of the Italian Peninsula is through the food that is experienced during your 8-day culinary tour of Italy in Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. Discover traditional flavors and embrace prestigious culinary arts. Whether searching for luscious olive oil or enjoying fabled wines, your luxurious gastronomy tour features the heritage of rustic cuisine that is found in the celebrated regions of Emilia Romagna and Tuscany.

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Trip Highlights

  • Savor the extraordinary flavors of Michelin-starred restaurants, celebrating the rustic cuisine of Emilia Romagna and Tuscany with a modern twist
  • Sample the layered flavors of Parmigiano Reggiano and balsamic vinegar after learning about the historical process for crafting the famous delicacies
  • Indulge in the remarkable wines of Tuscany with a private wine tour that highlights the characteristics of legendary Brunello
  • Delight in the luscious aromas and flavors of fabulous Italian olive oil during a private excursion to a family-owned orchard near the Tuscan town of Lucca
  • Embrace the robust aromas and rich flavor of the elusive white truffle with a truffle hunt that is followed by a multi-course meal, showcasing provincial cuisine
  • Explore the rich, elegant history of Florence with a private guide who introduces you to the artisan craftspeople of the Oltrarno neighborhood
  • Discover the elements for creating the perfect gelato with a private lesson that is taught by a celebrated gelato-maker in San Gimignano
  • Learn the art of rustic Tuscan and Bolognese cuisine with a selection of captivating cooking classes that focuses on the layers of the authentic dishes
  • Taste the elaborate flavors of famous prosciutto as it is produced along the banks of the Po River outside of Bologna
  • Revel in the unique recipes of favored dishes in the Siena province that are shaped by the historic ingredient of saffron after visiting a family-owned saffron field

Detailed Description

The cuisine of Italy will inspire and captivate you during your 8-day, custom-tailored, culinary tour of Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. Rich flavors and enchanting traditions will bolster your exploration of the restaurants, markets, cities, and countryside of Italy. You will follow specialist guides and decorated chefs into the heart of culture and experience these regions through preserved gastronomy that highlights the rustic traditions of the kitchen, which can be found inside the private homes of the locals and treasured Michelin-starred restaurants. You will travel from Bologna to Florence, and from Parma to San Gimignano, uncovering the fresh ingredients, historical contexts, and elaborate recipes that shape the coveted flavors of authentic Italian cuisine and the greater authenticity of the Emilia Romagna and Tuscany regions.

Your culinary tour of Italy will begin with three nights in Bologna, which is the capital of Emilia Romagna. The region is famous around the country as Italy’s greatest culinary destination, which spreads from the lowlands of the Po River Valley to the slopes of the Apennines. You will have exceptional guided tours that are led by locals who specialize in the history, culture, and cuisine of the region, and they will immerse you in the abundant aroma and flavors that are found in private kitchens, truffle hunting tours, and the traditional methods for crafting Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar, and prosciutto. You will savor the inspiring dishes of Michelin-starred restaurants that highlight a blend of rustic and modern elements in addition to discovering the ways in which locals treasure their culinary heritage.

The splendor of Tuscany will share the essence of the Italian spirit as you spend four nights in a luxurious villa, overlooking the celebrated countryside. You will once again have private tours that are guided by specialists who are knowledgeable in the secrets of local heritage, customary dishes, and authentic cultural history from Lucca to Florence and from Siena to Montalcino. You will find beauty in thriving orchards, opulence in the olive oils, grandeur in the sensational wines, and comfort in the faithful flavors of the rustic cuisine as you learn to craft handmade pasta, gelato, and dishes that highlight the subtle flavor of saffron. The remarkable dishes of Tuscany embody a living history in which you can indulge, and you will experience all of these on your custom tour of the Emilia Romagna and Tuscany regions.

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Starting Price

$2,195 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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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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