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A Foodie Tour of Italy | 10-Day Itinerary

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Duration: 10 Days From €10875,00 Per Person
Languages: Venice, Florence, Rome

Savor the true essence of Italy through an authentic culinary experience: 'Eat like an Italian!' From cicchetti in Venice to truffle in Tuscany and traditional Roman cuisine enjoy the best of Italy's culinary treasures. We developed this foodie traveler’s dream itinerary to connect you to only the most authentic Italian experiences and establishments but most importantly introduce you to the local Italians behind it all. From food tours and cooking classes to wine tastings, unique foods, and farms visits, our foodie tour of Italy will lead you on a glorious discovery of local culture whilst sampling Italian delights, tasting regional specialties, and learning traditional cooking techniques.

Designed for the Italophiles and food enthusiasts, this foodie tour of Italy will both educate, tantalize, and inspire future Italian cooking endeavors. The carefully sketched itinerary features an array of authentic and delectable experiences that are perfect for foodies and wine enthusiasts. In addition to our wealth of included features, you’ll enjoy off the beaten track, hole in the wall style places with our personable local guides so your trip will be as educational as it is delicious. Beyond the culinary delights that await you, this experience offers a unique opportunity to engage with warm locals and gain valuable insights into the realities of life in each city. After this fun 10-day foodie tour of Italy, you will return home relaxed and eager to share all the culinary tips you've learned with your friends and family.

Perfect for:
  • Families with Kids
  • Foodies
Covid-19 Health & Safety Measures
Day 1

Welcome to Venice!

Arrive in beautiful Venice and absorb the breathtaking scenery as you transfer to your hotel by private water taxi. The balance of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2

Cicchetti, Wine Tasting & Gondola Ride

This Venetian-style walk provides excellent insight into the real Venice far from the crowds in Piazza San Marco. You will get a glimpse of the daily life of the city as you follow your friendly and knowledgeable guide on an off-the-beaten-track tour of some local hideaways that you might not find on your own. The objective is to munch on some really delectable local snacks - the Venetians call them cicchetti - with little glasses of wine known as ombre. Your unforgettable gastronomic tour of Venice's hidden corners will culminate with a private gondola ride. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3

Murano Island Tour

Discover Venice’s world-famous island of Murano since the 1200s for the art of glassmaking and learn about its importance in history and trade. In the company of your guide, you'll visit an exclusive glass factory and have a demonstration of how the intricate glasswork is made before re-boarding your luxury water taxi to the hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure.

Day 4

Private Transfer to Florence via Bologna

Your personal assistant will meet you at your hotel and accompany you by private boat to Venice's parking lot. There, a private driver will pick you up and accompany you to your hotel in Florence stopping in Bologna for a private walking tour. Located about halfway between Venice and Florence, Bologna is a real treat for foodies. The guided tour makes a great introduction to this historic town with ample opportunities for walking through the miles of covered porticoes and sampling delicious food and wine. The balance of the day is at your leisure.

Day 5

Hands-on Private Cooking Class & Market Shopping

Accompanied by your personal chef, your experience will begin by exploring the labyrinth of food stalls in a classic Florentine market, shopping for the day’s meal the same way the locals do. The cooking class is held in the chef’s family kitchen, and once you enter his elegant home, right in the heart of Florence, you feel as if he has invited you to dinner. The twist is you get to cook. Under his expert guidance you will create fresh handmade pasta and a range of mouth-watering regional specialties that you can savor at the end of the class accompanied by white, red and dessert wines.

Day 6

Truffle Hunting in Tuscany

Experience a real Tuscan truffle hunt by taking part in our full-day culinary expedition to the little hill town of San Gimignano in the very heart of the Tuscan countryside. You will meet a trifolaio (truffle hunter) and learn about the area's food traditions and local truffle varieties. Then, armed with this knowledge and accompanied by the trifolaio and his trained truffle dogs, you'll head out on your very own search for these precious (and pricey!) underground mushrooms. The truffle hunt experience concludes with a truffle based light lunch before returning to your hotel.

Day 7

Departure from Florence on 1st Class High Speed Train to Rome & Eco Golf Cart Tour of Rome

Your driver will accompany you to Florence's train station for a high-speed train to Rome. At the station in Rome you will be met by your driver for a private transfer to your hotel. After checking in and relaxing for a while, enjoy a great introduction to the city on a private eco golf cart tour of Rome highlights and hidden gems. The balance of the day is at your leisure.

Day 8

Enter the Vatican before the Official Opening Hours & Learn to Cook a Roman Meal

On an exclusive early morning private tour, you will visit the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums at their best, without the notoriously large crowds. After your breathtaking first entry experience inside the Sistine Chapel, your expert guide will lead you straight to St. Peters’ Basilica. There is no end to the fun, as afterward you'll enjoy an insightful opportunity to learn the techniques and recipes of traditional Roman cuisine. Your intimate, hands-on cooking class will be under the guidance of a professional celebrity chef. The balance of the day is at your leisure.

Day 9

Colosseum & Ancient City Tour

Explore Rome's most significant archaeological sites and learn the history of incomparable Roman architectural masterpieces on a private guided tour of the traditions, innovations, and architecture of the ancient Romans. Along with the Colosseum, you will visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. The balance of the day is at your leisure.

Day 10

Rome Departure - Arriverderci!

Time to bid goodbye to Italy. Transfer privately to Rome airport for your flight home. If you are not yet ready to go home, we can help spending extra nights on the Amalfi Coast or even adding more dedicated foodie time in Venice, Florence and Rome (optional). The choice is yours and we would be happy to design your trip as you wish.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Eat & drink like Venetians do & Travel like a local on a gondola
  • Discover the art of glassmaking in Murano
  • Take a bite of Bologna, the food capital of Italy
  • Visit a local market in Florence, followed by a culinary class that’s tailored to your tastes and expertise
  • Hunt for truffles in the Tuscan countryside
  • Hop on your golf cart and ride up to the heart of Rome
  • Enjoy the Vatican before opening hours
  • Cook like a Roman with a celebrity local chef
  • Delve into the ancient history of the Colosseum
  • Unwind as we manage all of the details so you can thoroughly experience your Foodie Tour of Italy

Private Trip Pricing & Availability

Foodie Tour of Italy 2024

  • Prices start from €10875,00 per person, based on double occupancy in 4-star hotels and for travel in low season (excluding flights).
  • The final price of your trip will vary on the itinerary itself, along with factors such as your hotel choices, your travel dates and the number of travelers in your party.
  • This Foodie Tour of Italy departs daily on a private basis. With no fixed dates or set schedules, you can travel whenever you want and customize the itinerary to your interests.

What Is Included

  • Customized travel planning for your style
  • 3 nights at the accommodation of your choice in Venice
  • 3 nights at the accommodation of your choice in Florence
  • 3 nights at the accommodation of your choice in Rome
  • 9 Breakfasts & 5 Lunches
  • Privately guided tours and experiences tailored specifically to you
  • Inspiring local guides in each destination
  • Private gondola ride
  • Private boat service as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to museums, sites, etc. as described in itinerary
  • In-country private transportation & first class rail travel as per the itinerary
  • Private airport transfer on arrival and departure to/from the hotel

What Is Not Included

  • International or domestic airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Local city tax for overnight stays
  • Meals & beverages not mentioned in itinerary
  • Tips & gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Accommodation Options

When it comes to accommodations, there is no one size fits all. For your bespoke trip, you can choose your hotel from our handpicked selection below or we’ll make personalized suggestions based on your preferences.

Vetted options for hotels in Venice (nights 1-3)

4-star Hotel L'Orologio Venezia | Situated on the Grand Canal | A 15-min walk from Saint Mark’s Square
5-star Ca'di Dio - Small Luxury Hotel | The property blends history with luxurious modernity | A 10-min walk from Saint Mark’s Square

Vetted options for hotels in Florence (nights 4-6)

4-star Plaza Hotel Lucchesi | Rooftop & Pool | A 10-min walk from Piazza della Signoria
5-star Portrait Firenze – Lungarno Collection | Luxurious rooms | A 2-min walk from the Ponte Vecchio

Vetted options for hotels in Rome (nights 7-9)

4-star Hotel Martis Palace | Set in a restored palace and monastery just off Piazza Navona | A 6-min walk from the Pantheon
5-star Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá – The Leading Hotels of the World | Pool & 7500-m² garden | Near the neighborhood of Trastevere

Booking Procedure

  1. Start Filling out Our Quick Trip Inquiry Form
    After submitting the trip request we match you with one of our local specialists who will assist you with travel consultation.
  2. Work out the Trip Plan Together
    Do you like this Foodie Tour of Italy but prefer to customize it? As always, the sample itinerary can be tweaked and personalized. Your dedicated travel specialist will put together a tailor-made trip based on your input and our first-hand experiences and knowledge.
  3. Book Your Trip
    Once you’re 100% happy with the custom travel plan, you can book your trip via our secure payment system. For information on payments, we’ve included answers to the most frequently asked questions—with shortcuts to direct you to the right place.

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