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Duration: 7 Days & 7 Nights

The Great Foodie Adventure is an amazing travel experience customized specifically for Delivery Italiano!  You and seven others will join Brett Martin (owner of Delivery Italiano) on the most exciting and unique foodie adventure out there!  If you are looking for a package that includes the best of Tuscany and the taste of Modena with an authentic Italian experience, this is most definitely the trip for you. The weeklong package guarantees a holiday spent with minimal work on your end and includes private English-speaking guides to lead you through the Tuscan sites, personalized wine tours with luxury transportation just for your group, and pre-booked tickets to allow you to skip the lines and have immediate access to the best Florentine museums. 

Your stupendous week in Florence also includes two fun, lively hands-on cooking classes with one of them being held in a Castle tucked in the Tuscan countryside.  One evening the incredible Chef Vary will work with you to prepare a beautiful five-course meal of traditional Tuscan dishes for you to enjoy in her home. Explore ancient taverns of Bologna by night, but by day, see why you are in the food capital of the world.

Please note this tour runs October 8-14, 2018 and dates are not flexible. Do not book if you are not available, as you will not be issued a refund for a cancellation 45 day or less from departure date. Please also let us know of any food allergies or preferences at time of booking. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email us with any questions or preferences you have!

Additional Info

  • Region Tuscany
  • City Florence
  • Duration 7 days
  • Highlights

    Embark on the Great Foodie adventure with the Owner of Delivery Italiano 

  • Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrival in Florence and Dinner with Chef Vary

    Arrive in Florence where you will be driven to your luxurious five-star apartment nestled along the banks of the Arno River. You will be staying just outside of the heart of Florence.

    In the evening, you will have a family-style dinner in Chef Vary’s home! The words to describe this authentic dinner of Italian culinary tradition would be too few! The best dishes are chosen by the chef and cooked in a masterly way, not only classic pasta but “sheets” handmade with the best flours, creamy risottos, meats and roasts, handmade seasonal vegetables and homemade ice cream. Products of the land, aromas of the fields, juicy meats, wood-fired cooked bread, wines and cheeses, cabbage bruschetta and beans…welcome to Tuscany! Dishes may include meats such as rabbit, boar, pork, pheasant, quail, duck, partridge, pheasant, lamb or liver.  The chef will omit any undesired ingredients and accommodate food allergies if notified in advance. A wonderfully unique experience and a meal to remember filled with great food, good conversations, new friends and wine. This is a great VIP experience without having to travel on the first day.

     

    Day 2: Out and About in Florence 

    Travel by chauffeur to the very heart of Florence where your local expert will help you uncover the city’s exceptional artisanal heritage. Begin at the famed Mercato Centrale to discover handmade Florentine creations, then stroll to visit a historic apothecary celebrated for their traditional methods of perfumery. Visit an exquisite Renaissance palazzo dedicated to 20th century art before experiencing Florence’s artisan enclave of Oltrarno. Along the way enjoy lunch at an authentic “buca” before admiring the 16th century Boboli Gardens with its splendid Renaissance configuration. End your day at a noted enoteca where an expert sommelier will pair exceptional regional wines with your delectable tasting menu.

    Day 3: A Castle in the Tuscan Countryside

    Your day will begin with your private, English-speaking chauffeur picking you up in a Mercedes Van from your apartment. From there you will head up into the beautiful rolling Tuscan hills to a beautiful and historic castle, hidden in the countryside. Once at the castle, the ground curator will lead you on a private tour of the enchanting castle including its wine cellars and vineyards. 

    The castle has an incredibly rich history and was built by the Pazzi family in 1184 AD. In fact, this very castle was host to the plot to assassinate the royal Medici family in Florence. After the tour, you will have a cooking class with three courses, which includes learning to make handmade pasta, sauces, and dessert. Once you have finished cooking, it’s time to try your masterpieces along with three wines produced at the vineyards of the castle in the castle dining room. Then, you will meet your driver who will take you back to your apartment. A beautiful and intriguing castle, great food, and delicious wines are awaiting your arrival.

    Day 4: Food City Adventure - Bologna 

    Visit an authentic cheese dairy of Parmigiano-Reggiano with tasting. Discover how "the King of all cheeses" is made in the same way since centuries ago like the Monks who invented it. You'll see first-hand the "making of" it, the salt pools and the "wheel cathedrals" – real walls of cheese, up to 20,000 in the same place! Take a tour of the plant where the worldwide famous "Prosciutto di Parma" ham is produced. Discover why the best ham can be made only in the hills of Parma where the "Marino" wind blows from the Ligurian Sea through the "Food Valley."Stop at an incredible overlook of a medieval village of Torre Chiara dominated by its romantic castle. For sure the most spectacular amidst the Castles of the Duchy of Parma, Piacenza, and Northern Italy, dating back to 1448 AD and built by Sir Pier Maria Rossi for his lover Bianca Pellegrini.

    * Round-trip transportation by train

    Day 5: Private Chianti Tour from Florence with Wine Tasting and Lunch in the Tuscan Countryside with Visits to the Towns of Greve and Panzano

    Located about 35 km south of Florence, well off the main roads, Greve in Chianti is considered by many as the gateway to the Chianti wine region and boasts an attractive, triangular-shaped piazza that has been a marketplace since the Middle Ages. The Falorni family owns the town's three main tourist attractions: the Museo del Vino, a huge cellar where you can sample and buy wine, and the oldest butcher shop in Italy. Here you will sample a glass of wine, meats, and cheeses in the outdoor piazza. After the wine and food tasting, you will have time to explore the shops in the main square.

    The next stop on this Tuscan countryside tour and just a 15-minute drive from Greve is the hamlet of Panzano in Chianti, best known for its 12th-century castle that played a crucial role in defending the Florentine Republic during the battles between Florence and Siena. The town is very pretty and quiet, one of those places where you can really soak up the atmosphere of times gone by. You will visit a popular butcher shop - Antica Macelleria Cecchini (a butcher shop + restaurant famous for its Florentine T-bone steak). Dario Cecchini, the hilarious owner, offers you witty conversation, wine, and salami when you enter his shop.

    The final stop on this amazing tour is a small winery/farm where you will discover the famous Chianti wines and fine products such as extra virgin olive oil, honey, and balsamic vinegar. The private wine tour takes one hour and you will see the old winery, rich with Super Tuscans and Dincanto wines produced in a limited edition. Then you will go to the nearby Acetaia, tasting fully-aged balsamic vinegar.

    Day 6: Historic Bologna and EATALY World

    Bologna is the foodie capital of Italy and has a lot to offer for first time travelers! Our unique food experience will show you the best of Bologna all in one day. You will meet our guide at Piazza Maggiore for a one-hour tour of the city to discover the most important sites such as San Petronio, Palazzo d'Accursio, Palazzo Re Enzo, Palazzo del Podestà. You will then stroll the Medieval Food Market known as the Quadrilatero, the most ancient of the city. The name comes from the characteristic square shape which is reminiscent of the Roman city. The old market is bordered by the most ancient and representative monuments of the city such as the Archiginnasio (first permanent seat of Bologna University), Palazzo dei Banchi (an elegant frame which hides an old medieval house), and the Merchants Palace (today seat of the Chamber of Commerce).

    The tour will include a pasta workshop where an expert “sfoglina” – pasta sheet maker – will give you an introduction on the history of handmade pasta and the region’s traditional recipes. She will teach you the secrets of making and rolling out the pasta, such as tortellini, tortelloni, and tagliatelle. Naturally, you will be provided with a pasta board, a rolling pin, and fresh ingredients so you can try creating what you’ve been shown! The pasta making class will be followed by a delicious pasta tasting. 

    Our professional driver will take you to discover FICO Eataly World. Here a Biodiversity Ambassador will guide you through the world’s largest agroalimentar park! After the visit you will enjoy some free time for exploring and shopping. You will be provided with a voucher for a tasting experience in one of the park restaurants of your choice. Transportation will be provided from Eataly World to the train station.

     

    * Round-trip transportation by train

     

     

    Day 7- Farewell and Departure

  • Accommodations

    5- Star Hotel in the heart of Florence

  • Lat/Long 43°46'05.0"N 11°14'56.5"E
  • Pricing & Booking

    Cost of this tour is $3,199 per person

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

     
  • Price $3,199 per person
Published in Places To Go

Duration: 9 hours

You will depart the Firenze Santa Novella Train Station at 7:25 am and arrive in Bologna at 8:00 am.

Your car service/driver will meet you at the Bologna Train station to start your full day Gastronomic Tour. Your first stop on the tour will be at a local Parmigiano Reggiano producer, where you will experience the production of this “King of Cheeses” first hand. You will learn about the traditional phases of production that have remained unvaried for centuries and have been passed down through generations of cheese makers. At the conclusion of the tour, you will be able to taste the parmesan along with other products from the dairy.  The gastronomic tour will continue with a stop to see one of the most treasured gastronomic pleasures that have rendered Parma's famous: Prosciutto di Parma. After a tour of the factory, there will be a sumptuous lunch right at the “Prosciuttificio”.  Your last stop will be the outskirts of Modena, home to one of Italy's greatest treasures. Anyone will tell you that the Balsamic Vinegar produced in the traditional way by vinegar producing families, is completely different to what is sold in most stores. Aging the perfect vinegar in the wood flavored barrels is a process that can only be learned over time. You are in for a special treat as you visit a traditional acetaia (vinegar) maker and discover the secrets of making the perfect balsamic vinegar. 

 Things to Know:

  • L&B will arrange your round-trip train tickets on the high-speed train.
  • Train departs Florence Train Station for Bologna at 7:25 am and arrives at 8:00 am
  • Train departs Bologna Train Station for Florence at 1728(5:28 pm) and arrives at(1805)6:05 pm
  • Private car service/driver will pick you up from the train station upon your arrival in Bologna
  • Opportunity to interact with local cheese and balsamic vinegar producers
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Private Tour - Minimum 6 people - Maximum 8 (from smaller group sizes please inquire)
  • Lunch not included in tour cost at Prosciutto Factory – 35 euros per person
  • Tour offered 7 days @ week during Spring and Summer
  • During winter months tour is offered Monday - Friday

 

 

Additional Info

  • Region Tuscany
  • City Bologna
  • Duration 9 Hours
  • Highlights

    A full day Gastronomic Tour will take you to see all of the treasures of the Emilia Romagna Region to include parmigiano reggiano cheese, prosciutto di parma and balsamic vinegar.

     

  • Pricing & Booking

    Rates vary according to group size - 2 people = $428 per person /  3 people = $304 per person / 6 people = $244 per person, etc. Please inquire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for special discount rates and group sizes.

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

    Booking Procedures and details: Upon hitting the “book now” button, you can choose your date and time, and look over the cancellation policy (terms and conditions), and preview the precise pricing. Once you have entered your details, L&B Italian tours will request your credit card number. We will not charge your credit card until we have confirmed the details for your reservations, this usually happens within 24-48 hours for tours and up to 4 days for trip packages. Once the card is charged your reservation is confirmed. Along with the confirmation, you will get a complete recap of your booking that includes maps, meeting places, times and contact numbers.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price prices vary according to group size
Published in Other Cities

Duration: Three hours 30 minutes

Type of Service: Cooking Class in Bologna - Stuffed Handmade Pasta: Ravioli/Tortelloni + Tagliatelle, 

Our "hands-on" class is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to make fresh pasta from scratch.  Cooking classes are really small so you get individual attention.  You will work with authentic recipes that have been handed down for centuries and learn cooking techniques that will quickly transform you into you into a great Italian cook! The Culinary Institute of Bologna professional pasta chefs will guide you to master the timeless technique of incorporating the egg into the flour and working the dough to the proper consistency to produce the best fresh pasta product possible!  After the dough rests, you will be guided, step by step to create your Ravioli/ Tortelloni /Tagliatelle pasta.  You will also learn to prepare three classic Bolognese sauces. After the cooking is done, you will savor your fresh pasta paired with your homemade sauces.  The techniques learned and the skills acquired, will enable you to make other pasta's and sauces when your return home.  The Culinary Institute of Bologna(CIBO) cooking classes are fun, informative and you will enjoy learning from professional chefs in a relaxed environment.  A great “foodie” adventure with food and wine...a day to remember. 

Things to Know:

  • A cooking school for foodies, students beginning and advance cooks who love authentic Italian food and taste
  • Participants, learn by doing -- guided by a professionally trained restaurant chef or professional pasta maker, each participant will work at their own individual workstation and cooking burner
  • The techniques learned and the skills acquired, will enable you to make many other kinds of pasta and sauces when your return home
  • Receive a personal cooking apron
  • After making the different kinds of pasta - you will eat what you have created
  • Cooking School will provide complimentary, unlimited wine, espresso, and dessert 
  • The Culinary Institute of Bologna for Foodies offers unique, hands-on cooking classes, that are taught by English-speaking, professional, restaurant chefs
  • Additional Classed offered; 3.5-hour Baked Homemade Lasagne/Cannelloni/Tagliatelle, Ragu Bolognese, and 4-hour meat class - prepare a complete multi-course Bolognese meal that includes a trip to the market
  • For those guests staying in Florence, we will purchase train tickets to and from Bologna (25-minute train ride from Florence)
  • Classes offered daily based on availability
  • Cooking class times are 9:30am - 1pm or 4:30pm - 7:00pm

Additional Info

  • Region Tuscany
  • City Bologna
  • Duration 3 Hours 30 minutes
  • Highlights

    The Culinary Institute of Bologna for Foodies offers unique, hands-on cooking classes. Taught by English speaking, professional restaurant chefs, CIBO offers short half day pasta courses, for amateur cooks to professional chefs. Our classes are NOT demonstrations, but rather, participants actively take part in all phases of the food preparation.

     

  • Pricing & Booking

    Rates starting at $182.00 for a private cooking class.  Please inquire with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

    Booking Procedures and details: Upon hitting the “book now” button, you can choose your date and time, and look over the cancellation policy (terms and conditions), and preview the precise pricing. Once you have entered your details, L&B Italian tours will request your credit card number. We will not charge your credit card until we have confirmed the details for your reservations, this usually happens within 24-48 hours for tours and up to 4 days for trip packages. Once the card is charged your reservation is confirmed. Along with the confirmation, you will get a complete recap of your booking that includes maps, meeting places, times and contact numbers.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price Starting at $182.00 per person
Published in Other Cities
Thursday, 12 November 2015 19:26

Regions in Italy

So you’ve decided you are GOING TO ITALY! How Exciting! Many people dream of visiting Italy and experiencing la bella vita, and while you certainly can’t avoid it anywhere in the country, there are some things to think about before you take off that will make your time that much more enjoyable.

First, Italy is a large, and very diverse country. Traveling across regions is almost like traveling across countries themselves. The Italian people are very attached to their City, Region, and Country, in that order, so be sure to talk to locals wherever you go to get to know the intricacies of the very different regions of Italy.

Planning your trip’s itinerary won’t be easy since there is SO much to see and do, but a little background on the country’s layout is helpful when decided what it is you want to get out of your time: are you looking for sports? history? art? food? beaches? mountains? fashion? design? Italy has it all, but some places have it better than others!

Italy can best be divided into three geographical areas: north, middle and south, although again across those areas culture, food and tradition varies greatly.

 

Northern Italy: Alta Italia

Northern Italy is made up of the Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and Trentino Alto-Adige. It boasts such famous cities as Milan, Venice, Turin, Genoa and Bologna. The weather is cooler than the rest of the country due to the northern location and proximity to the Apennines and Alps. This area is traditionally the more wealthy part of Italy, and houses most of the country’s industry. Cities like Milan and Venice can be slightly more expensive than some cities in the central or southern parts of Italy. However, public transportation and tourism services are much more developed and functional than in other parts of the country!

The major airport for the northern region is Milan’s Linate International Airport. There are many other airports in the region however, including Bologna, Venice and Genoa, so do some price comparisons before booking your ticket. The climate in this region varies considerably, both depending on time of year and location. Venice gets extremely hot in the summer, while Turin and the Lake District (Cuomo) stay much cooler and tend to be flocked by Italians trying to beat the heat during the summer months. The Italian Alps begin their ski season as early as November in some places.

Northern Italy has many attractions and offers activities for everyone. Those who enjoy sport and the outdoors may want to visit the lakes for water sports, or go hiking in the Italian Dolomites. Everyone should see Venice at least for a day while they still can! Milan is great for anyone interested in design or fashion, and also has a wide selection of galleries and museums for those interested in both Renaissance and contemporary art. One can also visit the Italian Riviera for some great beaches.

The cuisine of this region is also quite variable, but generally tends to be no the heavier side of some of the traditional Italian specialties we normally think of. This is where Italians eat risotto with saffron, polenta, LOTS of parmigiano reggiano (from the Emilia Romagna province – an area that all foodies must visit), heavy meat dishes and stews, etc. Closer north near the Austrian border we see a lot of Austrian or Slovenian influence in the cuisine, as well as the wines. Prosecco is from the Veneto, and Gewürztraminer is from Trentino Alto-Adige. Think lots of nice white wines, and a LOT of grappa!

 

Central Italy: Tuscany and Rome

Central Italy is made up of the regions Lazio, Marche, Tuscany and Umbria. Geographically it also contains Abruzzo and Molise, but they are traditional grouped with Southern Italy due to cultural similiarities. This is where the rolling hills of Unbria and Tuscany call to mind Napa Valley. This is wine country. Central Italy is home to cities like Florence, Siena, Perugia, and of course Roma. Still quite wealthy, but more varied wealth across regions, central Italy is also extremely easy to explore via bus or train, so you can visit some little hill towns in the Val D’Orcia, or take a train and ride up and down the coast. This section of Italy is full of tiny medieval towns, and if you do your research ahead of time, you could get to participate in one of their on-going traditional medieval festivals!

Rome and Florence both have international airports, as does Pisa. Flying into Bologna is also an easy way to get to Florence as they are connected via both fast and regional trains. The weather in the region is quite temperate, with clearly distinct seasons similar to the weather on the mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S. The winters are cold, and although snow is uncommon it is not unheard of. The summers get quite hot, going up to one hundred degrees, and the air tends to be humid, especially inland.

Florence and Rome are the dominating destinations in Central Italy, and rightfully so. Rome as the capital and Florence as the birthplace of the Renaissance are not to be missed if possible. I would argue each city really deserves its own trip to truly get the most out of what they have to offer. Rome is a massive metropolitan center, filled with tourists all year round. The Vatican is a major destination, its museums housing some of the most beautiful and famous Renaissance artwork, as well as the Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. The City of Rome of course has many ancient Roman ruins that would excite anyone remotely interested in human history: the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Catacombs, just to name a few. Florence on the other hand is the must-visit for anyone interested in Renaissance art or history, and is also a good base to explore some of the smaller towns in the region that will have you thinking of Under the Tuscan Sun. The Chianti region is full of tiny gems to visit and have an amazing meal at, as is the area between Siena and Rome. You’ll have to get to know the regional bus lines though!

Again, each region has its own traditional cuisine, but Central Italy has some of the healthiest, heartiest, what traditionally would have been peasant food but has now been elevated to an incredible level of International renown. Bistecca alla Fiorentina can only be truly enjoyed in Tuscany, just as Rome is the place to eat Saltimbocca or Osso Buco. Siena is famous for its sweets, traditionally eaten at Christmastime, and the Umbrian town of Norcia, in the Appennine foothills is where the best black truffles can be found, as well as some of the best pork products like prosciutto and salame. The hills are home to wild boar, which is cooked into many traditional stews or sauces. This is also wine country, so look out for Chianti, Montalcino, Montepulciano, and Vernaccia di San Gimignano. I could write a whole article about Tuscan cuisine, and I probably will, so check our blog frequently!

 

Southern Italy: Untouched

Southern Italy is where many Italian Americans origins are. It is the poorest part of the country, and encompasses the “foot” part of the boot of Italy, as well as the island of Sicily and some other Islands off the coast of Naples. It is made up of the regions of Abruzzo, Apulia, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria, Molise and Sicily. Due to traditional poverty and well-known corruption, transportation to many less-frequented yet extremely beautiful areas is difficult without a car of your own. The trains are regional and buses connecting cities are infrequent. We’ll talk more about renting cars in Italy later, but this may be the area to do so if you are up for the challenge!

The nearest major international airport is Rome, but there are two smaller airports on the east coast: Bari and Brindisi, both in Apulia. Naples has an international airport, and the island of Sicily may be reached via Palermo in the north or Catania in the south. The climate in the South is Mediterranean, so again variable across seasons but markedly warmer than the north or center of the country. The area is frequently overlooked as a tourist destination, so it is a nice respite from the throngs of Florence or Venice if you have the chance to visit. The beaches are spectacular, overlooking truly crystalline water. On clear days you can even see Africa from certain points along the coast.

While Sorrento, the Amalfi coast and the island of Capri are all beautiful places to visit, they are also the most famous tourist destinations in this area. If you are looking for beautiful vistas and country club style and treatment, these resort towns are a perfect place to pamper yourself or take a boat out. If you are more on the adventurous side, continue south and explore the towns of Calabria, famous for its spicy peppers and warm inhabitants. From Naples you can climb Mount Vesuvius and eat a traditional Neapolitan pizza. Matera, in the Basilicata region, is slated to be the European Capitol of Culture in 2019, and boasts what are thought to be among the first ever human settlements in Italy carved out of the rocks that make up its ancient city center. Those interested in architecture will enjoy the cities along the southern coast of Sicily, where due to volcanic and seismic damage, many buildings were rebuilt in a new Sicilian Baroque style.

Southern Italian cuisine is what most Americans think of as Italian cuisine: eggplant parmigiana, pizza, calzone, spaghetti, maccheroni, and the list goes on. The region is big on short, dry pasta, as opposed to the soft egg pastas of the northern, wealthier regions. Mozzarella is from this area, as is ricotta, made light and fresh. San Marzano tomatoes are grown in the volcanic soil under mount Vesuvius, and are used ubiquitously. Many of the dishes served in the south have Italian-American counterparts due to generations of Italians emigrating to the US from these regions due to extreme poverty. This part of Italy also of course produces much of its own wine, but the wine tends to be drunk young and domestically, rather than bring preserved and shipped. So come here if you are okay with some chilled red table wine or a beer with your pizza!

This has just been an EXTREMELY brief overview of what you might expect as you plan your trip to Italy. Every part of the country has its own secrets, cuisines, and traditions, but if you can’t move there, these generalized descriptions should help you tailor where you want to start and end your visit to the big boot. Once you determine your itinerary, be sure to check seasonal weather charts so you can pack accordingly to where you will be visiting. Read on for more about the items that you will need to bring with you to get the most out of your Italian vacation!

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