The Flavours of Italy tour is a leisurely ten-day exploration of all the best food and culture Italy has to offer. Think you could handle wine tasting in Greve, authentic cooking in Tuscany and cruising down the Venetian canals? Then this may just be the holiday for you.
- visit to a wine and olive outlet in Greve
- purchasing fresh food at a market…
- …in preparation for your lesson in Italian cuisine
- visit Pisa to see the Leaning Bell Tower
- see Venice as you cruise through the canals
Cost: From $2875 per person
Day One – Rome
Arrive in Rome with time to relax before meeting your tour director and group. Enjoy welcome drinks together while you learn more about your holiday.
Day Two – Rome
Visit the Forum, the Colosseum and Circus Maximus on your morning tour of Rome, and then spend a little time exploring the city yourself. In the evening you will take a drive through the city, ending at the Piazza Navona where you can try a local restaurant of your choice.
Day Three – Rome to Florence
Travel from Rome through the Tuscan hills and into Greve, Tuscany’s capital of food and wine. Visit a wine and olive oil outlet to taste a range of chiantis and extra virgin olive oils, then head to the main square to lunch at some of Europe’s finest food shops. In the evening you will arrive at your villa near Florence, and over dinner you will be given a basic lesson in Italian cuisine, in preparation for the next day’s activities.
Day Four – Florence
The day starts at a fruit and vegetable market, where you will buy fresh produce for your cooking lesson. Once you have purchased your ingredients you will go to a local restaurant to use the kitchen as you prepare a traditional Italian midday meal. With assistance, chose the wine to accompany your food and it’s time to eat. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish.
Day Five – Florence
Take a walking tour with a local guide through the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s recently restored statue of David, as well as Piazza Signoria and the marble Duomo. In the afternoon you will be given a sightseeing ticket to explore the city further, before heading to a Tuscan-style dinner at a farmhouse restaurant.
Day Six – Florence
The day’s excursion is to the maritime city of Pisa, where you will visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa, as well as other local monuments. Lunch is at a Tuscan restaurant tucked in amongst the olive groves, where you will have a chance to taste the local produce.
Day Seven – Florence to Venice
There are a number of optional activities which can be booked through your tour director for a morning of exploration. Later in the day you will drive to the floating city of Venice for dinner at your hotel, which is located by the Grand Canal.
Day Eight – Venice
Spend the morning cruising along the Giudecca canal and end up at St Mark’s Square. There you will witness a demonstration of the ancient art of Murano glass-blowing in one of the city’s oldest workshops. You can spend the afternoon wandering at your leisure, or partake in one of the various activities on offer to explore the labyrinth of streets and canals that is Venice.
Day Nine – Venice
Cruise along the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge for a walking tour of the city. Visit the fish market, the house of Marco Polo and other stunning historical sites. You may then choose to take a trip to Burano to feast on the local seafood. In the evening you will gather together with your tour director and group to celebrate your last night with dinner and wine at a local restaurant.
Day Ten – Venice
The tour has come to an end, so it’s time to say arrivederci to Italy, unless you intend to continue travelling in your own time. Transfers to the airport are available, but must be organised ahead of time.
Does this sound like something you would love? Visit the Trafalgar Tours website for more information on prices and availability.