(10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany
This tour focuses on the superb food and wine of northern Italy, uncovering how geography and history have influenced regional variation.
Begin in Piedmont, birthplace of the Slow Food Movement and famous for its truffles, French-influenced cuisine and the world-renowned red wines Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera and Dolcetto. Spend three nights at a former monastery converted into a charming hotel located in the midst of a picturesque vineyard. During a private tour, visit the beautiful market towns of Asti, known for its sparkling white wine, and Alba, home of the prized white truffle. Drive through the rolling hillside to tour villages such as Barolo, Castiglione Falletto and La Morra and sample the area’s finest wineries. One day, enjoy a cooking class at a villa located amidst vineyards and fruit orchards. During leisure time, try some of the regional specialties such as vitello tonnato (veal with anchovy and caper sauce), agnolotti del plin (a delicate, filled pasta), and gianduja (chocolate with hazelnuts) in a variety of forms. Alternatively, enjoy private truffle hunting and wine tasting.
Continue to Emilia-Romagna, arguably the best-known center of gourmet fare in Italy, and famous for its rich cuisine. Stay in Bologna, one of Italy’s great gastronomic centers, for two nights. Enjoy a cooking class, then tour the city’s cultural and culinary highlights, such as grand churches, interesting museums, frescoed porticoes, outdoor markets and specialty food shops. En route, stop in nearby Parma to visit producers of the region’s celebrated Parmesan cheese and Parma prosciutto.
Continue to Tuscany, where the enchanting landscapes, superlative art and fine wine combine with the simple yet delicious cuisine to create a harmonious experience. Using a luxury hotel in Florence as your base, one day enjoy a full-day tour that includes favorite “insider” spots in the city, and savor the local products available at the Mercato Centrale. Also take a private cooking class in Florence. There will be ample free time to enjoy Florence and its restaurants, shops, museums and other highlights independently. Another day, enjoy a full-day wine excursion through Tuscany, visiting wine estates in the Bolgheri wine region or in Montalcino and Montepulciano.
Arrive Milan or Turin
Private arrival transfer from airport to hotel for 3 nights
Private half-day tour of Asti. Afternoon cooking class or truffle hunting
Full-day private touring including Alba and wine tasting
Le Langhe - Parma - Bologna Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights, with culinary touring in Parma en route
Morning cooking class and afternoon private touring in Bologna
Bologna - Florence
Private transfer to hotel for 4 nights
Private, full-day tour of Florence
Full-day private wine touring in Tuscany
Half-day private cooking class
Private transfer to airport in Pisa or Florence
Relais San Maurizio
Grand Hotel Baglioni
Four Seasons Florence or St. Regis Florence
Per person (double occupancy)
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