A Foodie Tour of Italy | 10-Day Itinerary
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.
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A Foodie Tour of Italy | 10-Day Itinerary
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Private Trip Pricing & Availability
Foodie Tour of Italy 2024
What Is Included
What Is Not Included
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. 4-star Hotel L'Orologio Venezia | Situated on the Grand Canal | A 15-min walk from Saint Mark’s Square 4-star Plaza Hotel Lucchesi | Rooftop & Pool | A 10-min walk from Piazza della Signoria 4-star Hotel Martis Palace | Set in a restored palace and monastery just off Piazza Navona | A 6-min walk from the Pantheon
Vetted options for hotels in Venice (nights 1-3)
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)
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)
5-star Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá – The Leading Hotels of the World | Pool & 7500-m² garden | Near the neighborhood of Trastevere
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.
4-star Hotel L'Orologio Venezia | Situated on the Grand Canal | A 15-min walk from Saint Mark’s Square
4-star Plaza Hotel Lucchesi | Rooftop & Pool | A 10-min walk from Piazza della Signoria
4-star Hotel Martis Palace | Set in a restored palace and monastery just off Piazza Navona | A 6-min walk from the Pantheon
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A Foodie Tour of Italy | 10-Day Itinerary
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