Black truffles mushrooms, Italy

Flavors of Italy: From Private Truffle Hunting to Cooking Class Itinerary

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Italy, Vatican City

Places Visited

Venice, Rome, Florence, Tuscany...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

Discover how good food is as important as breathing during your 10-day Italy luxury food tour.  Each bite is meant to be an indulgence and your personalized tour of Italy will immerse you in the luxury of gastronomic excellence. From the sweet life to ancient tradition, you can experience the artistic pleasures of unparalleled Italian tradition as you uncover celebrated culinary style.

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Trip Highlights

  • Engage with the intense and satisfying flavors of black and white truffles on two separate truffle hunts in the Tuscan and Umbrian hills
  • Sample the delicious flavors of Lazio on a private cooking tour of Rome to learn the details of regional gnocchi and dressed artichoke
  • Enjoy the comforting and luscious Brunello wines outside of the medieval town of Montalcino on a wine tasting excursion
  • Venture into the caverns of Emilia Romagna to discover the traditional techniques of producing prosciutto
  • Wander the cobbled streets and the ivy-clad buildings of the Trastevere neighborhood in Rome on a culinary expedition
  • Relish the celebrated flavors of the Venetian wine bars on a private tour of popular cicchetti
  • Visit the small medieval and Renaissance towns found across Tuscany to view historical towers and walls amongst the idyllic lush landscape
  • Explore the renowned Uffizi Gallery and the Vatican Museum on a private luxury tour to view the priceless works of Italian art
  • Discover the impact of ancient Rome as you wander through the preserved structures of the Imperial capital, including the Colosseum

Detailed Description

Take a breath and enjoy the sweet and savory culinary traditions on your 10-day Italian tour. Celebrate flavor and convention, uniqueness and artistry beginning with your arrival in Venice. Your private transfer will escort you from Marco Polo Airport to the edges of the Grand Canal, and you will board your private boat for a tour of the famous waterway before settling into the comforts of your luxurious hotel. Wake the next morning to venture out into the marvels of Venice with your guide to visit the splendors of St. Mark’s Square on a half-day tour leaving the afternoon to experience the popular Cicchetti as the local wine bars serve small, traditional plates.

Travel south towards Florence the next day with a stop at a private prosciutto farm to learn about the illustrious craft. Sample the delicious flavors of offered by the artisanal crafters before arriving in the Renaissance city for a tour of the distinctive neighborhoods. The next day, your guide will lead you through the aisles of the Central Market to sample everything on display with an aim to introduce you to regional flavors. Wander the gilded halls of the Uffizi Gallery next to discover the gorgeous artworks of Renaissance masters, and then take the time to walk across the Arno River to visit the tinkering workshops of artisan crafters in the neighborhood of the Oltrarno.

Your private transfer will then greet you at your hotel the next day to lead you east to the medieval town of San Miniato. There, you can explore the narrow lanes and enjoy a truffle hunt in search of the “White Gold.” Indulge in the simple, but robust, flavors of a traditional lunch before visiting the towns of Siena and San Gimignano. The next day, you will take to the hills of Montalcino for a wine tasting of sensational Brunello. Enjoy the preserved architecture and artistry of the Renaissance in the small hilltop town of Pienza, and then the next day, delight in a private truffle hunting and multi-course lunch in the medieval town of Pettino, Umbria. To learn more about truffle hunting in Italy visit World Travel Family's blog. Upon reaching Rome, your guide will take you through a remarkable Baroque tour to view the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Piazza Navona.

Step into the morning markets of Rome the next morning to choose fresh ingredients to make some of the traditional dishes of Lazio. In the afternoon, you will follow your guide through the remnants of Imperial Rome, from the Colosseum to Palatine Hill, and then the next day, you can explore the stunning depths of the Vatican Museum. In the evening, look forward to a private food tour of the magnificent neighborhood of Trastevere to sample the customary cuisine of the working city of Rome. The next morning, conclude as your private transfer will greet you at your hotel and escort you to the Fiumicino Airport with plenty of time to check in for your flight home.

Starting Price

$5,995 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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  • Some or all activities and tours
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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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