Meeting point: Bologna Airport
1st day: we head to Modena, the birthplace of Tortellini, and stay in a fantastic agriturismo close to the city, where host Luca and his wife will show us the delicate process of making Tortellini. After lunch, a short rest and some free time on the property before we head to the cantina of a local wine producer to taste some local wines. Dinner tonight at the agriturismo , which will include the most traditional homemade dishes from the region.
2nd day: after breakfast prepare for our cooking class, & learn how to make tortellini and some other traditional dishes with local produce. After lunch in Maranello the Ferrari Museum awaits.
In the evening we reach the area of Zibello, the birthplace of Culatello, one of the most delicious Italian cured meats. We stay in a lovely historical agriturismo. After some free time in the property we meet for dinner the typical dinner in the agriturismo, where we will be delighted by the aroma's and the unique flavours created by the resident chef
3rd day: early in the morning, after breakfast, savour the artisanal process of making Parmesan cheese, visit the organic vegetable garden (orto), & continue through the beautiful frescoed rooms of the mansion and observe the parmesan and Culatello during their ageing process.
Continuing at the farm, we observe the unique breed of Parmesan pigs (Nera Parmigiana) & the ancient orchard (frutteto), with incredible antique fruits.
After a light lunch in the restaurant at the hotel, we travel to Florence. Arriving in time for dinner, spend the evening in one of the most ancient taverna of Florence, & enjoy the famous Brunello di Montalcino wine, the ribollita (the famous Tuscany vegetable soup), the epic Fiorentina (1 kg beefsteak) and the delicious cantucci cookies with vin santo. Our accommodation will be a beautiful old mansion close to the city of Florence, a peaceful place where you’ll restore your spirit and your eyes.
4th day: free day in Florence, suggested things to see: The Duomo, Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce Churchs, Ponte Vecchio Bridge, Il Giardino di Boboli (inside Palazzo Pitti). We meet again for a special dinner, the “Fiorentino Dinner”, & taste the ancient recipes of the “cucina fiorentina” (the most typical cuisine of Florence). You’ll have the chance to spend time with one of the famous hosts of Florence. It’s going to be a unique experience!
5th day: some free time this morning and then the best Panino con il Lampredotto for lunch! "Panino con il Lampredotto" is a sandwich made in Florence and sold as a street food. It's considered a fundamental part of the city's food identity.
Early afternoon we leave for Siena, where an antique monastery is awaiting. Later a warm farming family welcome. We meet Nonna (the farmer’s grandmother) sharing a cooking class with her, preparing gnocchi and the famous chicken with Vin Santo. Learn the secret of traditional dishes prepared with excellent fresh local products. Dinner will follow.
6th day: truffle hunting! You will have the chance of digging a truffle out of the soil, we will also have the chance to taste the result of our hunting, and watch the wonderful dogs in action. We’ll meet again for a special dinner in the elegant restaurant of the hotel.
7th day: Following breakfast a wine tasting in some of the most important cellars of Tuscany, where we taste the best Tuscan wines . Lunch will take place in a traditional trattoria. We will meet again for a dinner in the Cantina (the cellar), including local cheeses and meats, and wines of course. Our host will be a local winemaker.
8th day: A day of rejuvenation. We will have the chance to spend two days in a real paradise, the hot tubs are outside, in a beautiful scenery, with gorgeous warm falls. We’ll have a light lunch at the hotel and then the entire afternoon available to spend time at the hot tubs. We’ll meet again for dinner, which will take place at the restaurant of the hotel.
9th day: we will spend the morning and the afternoon in a beautiful farm in Maremma, one of the best and pristine rural area of Tuscany, territory of unique food products, wine, cured meats and olive oils. We will meet the farmers and we will taste all the delicious organic products they produce (extra-virgin olive oil, wine, honey). Then back to the hotel, some time to freshen up and we will meet again for the dinner in a typical traditional trattoria.
10th day: Following breakfast we travel to Rome Fiumicino Airport, where we will say “arrivederci”. We’ll be there at about 11 am.
Personal English Speaking Food & Wine Expert Guide
Transportation (from the collection point Bologna Airport to the final tour destination Rome Airport)
Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, included beverages during the meals)
Accommodations for 9 nights
Our accommodation ranges from historic Agriturismo to private mansions.
All the activities included in the highlights (lunch is not included when guests have free time, as well as extra beverage and food and the fees for the rent of the renaissance costumes).
- All tastings, visits and experiences included as stated in the program
- All transport costs throughout the entire tour
- English-speaking local food & wine expert and tour leader for the entire itinerary
- Transfer to and from the airport at arrival/departure
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Optional gratuities/tipping
- Personal expenses
- Visa entry fees
The tour will be guided by our local partners with an extensive knowledge and experience in leading culinary tours throughout Italy