(age at the date of return)

Gastronomic Tour of Central Italy

  • City Breaks, Italy, Bologna

This exclusive tour takes you on a journey through some of the most important foodie cities of Italy, taking in their culinary delights and colourful histories. You’ll get to experience some of the best food and unmissable sites of Emilia Romagna, Tuscany and Umbria in an intimate environment with a passionate guide.

2020 Departures on sale now!

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to beautiful Bologna where you will transfer to your hotel. Once you’ve settled in, you can join your fellow travellers and tour guide for a run through of the coming days’ itinerary.

Day 2: Start the day with a hearty breakfast but be sure to leave room as today’s itinerary takes you to two food factories in this fabulous city known as ‘The Fat’! Firstly, you’ll learn the history behind Italy’s most loved and utilised cheese, see it being made and stored before helping yourself to some delicious samples. From here, the afternoon will take you to a ham factory where you’ll learn the process of creating some of Italy’s most popular exports, including Prosciutto, before stopping for a spot of lunch. Once lunch has settled and everyone’s plates are clean, you’ll embark on a fabulous walking tour of Bologna itself. As well as ‘The Fat’, this city is also known as ‘The Red’ for its terracotta rooftops that you’ll be able to view from the Asinelli Tower, then stroll through the Piazza Maggiore and take in the stunning architecture.

Day 3: Leaving Bologna behind, cast your eyes forward to Florence, the city world renowned for its exceptional Renaissance art and outstanding baroque architecture. After lunch, your guide will lead you through the streets of the city, the piazzas and the various districts of this vast medieval city. In the evening, you will be transferred to the Assisi area where you will stay overnight in preparation for the second part of the tour.

Day 4: After breakfast, your guide will take you out to the town of Orvieto, one of the most dramatically positioned towns in Umbria. Balanced atop a cliff of volcanic red rock, Orvieto is at the centre of Italy’s food and wine movement and is home to one of the most influential food festivals in the country –usually taking place in September - with chefs from around the world coming to sample the wares. A cable car will take you to the top of the town where you’ll be rewarded with unparalleled views of the Umbrian countryside below and you’ll have the opportunity to visit the breath taking Duomo which dates back to the year 1330. Lunch today will take place at a restaurant in Orvieto. In the afternoon you'll head to a local winery where you can sample the regions finest wines.

Day 5: A highlight for those of you with a sweet tooth, today brings with it a trip to the Perugina chocolate factory giving you an insight into how it is made using both modern and age old techniques which give the chocolate from this region its truly unique taste. Not forgetting to bring some samples with you, your guide will then lead you through the lanes of Perugia taking in such sights as the incredible Fontana Maggiore, Cattedrale di San Lorenzo and National Gallery where some of the finest works of art dating back to the 13th century can be found on the walls. After lunch, you will travel to the birthplace of St Francis, the quaint hilltop town of Assisi where you will have the opportunity to take in the grand buildings and breath-taking views of this medieval town and UNESCO heritage sight.

Day 6: On today’s horizon is the town of Urbino, a walled city within the heart of Umbrian countryside. The morning offers tours of the spectacular Palazzo Ducale, built in the 15th century and home to a secretive subterranean hallways which served as the former haunts of Renaissance artists such as Federico Barocci and Raphael. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant and –season permitting- glorious local truffles will be included. A wander back through the idyllic terracotta buildings and narrow streets resting in the shadows of the surrounding mountains will end with your transfer to the Adriatic coast where the evening is yours to explore the town before dinner in a fabulous local restaurant.

Day 7: Channel your inner Gino D’Acampo with a morning of cookery classes, learning the traditional tricks of cooking Italy’s most famous dishes. After enjoying the fruits of your labours, the afternoon will be spent exploring the San Marino Republic known as the fifth smallest country in the world. Founded in 301 AD by San Marinus, this stunning fortified town is positioned on the very top of the mountain, providing some of the most awe inspiring views one could hope to see. Take the cable car over Borgo Maggiore up to the top of Mount Titano and of course revel in the spectacular food and wine San Marino has to offer. Known for its hearty red wines and delicious salamis from the Emilia Romagna region, you certainly won’t go hungry!

Day 8: As your trip draws to a close, your tour guide will advise you of the pickup time for your transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

What’s included

  • 7 nights in a 4* hotel on a half board basis
  • Guided tours of Florence, Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi, Urbino and Bologna
  • Entrance to Basilica Di San Francesco in Assisi, Perugina factory, cableway up to Orvieto city centre and Palazzo Ducale in Urbino
  • Guided visit with lunch in Langhirano area (ham factory)
  • Lunch in Florence, Perugia, Urbino and Orvieto
  • Wine tasting in Assisi
  • Cooking class with lunch
  • One dinner in a traditional restaurant

Tour Excludes:

  • Hotel city tax
  • Extras, drinks and personal expenses

Your Hotels

UNA Hotels San Vitale – Bologna

Set close to the centre of Bologna the UNA Hotels San Vitale is the perfect base for exploring the region. Rooms are decorated in a fresh and modern style, creating a comfortable space to relax after days spent exploring the region and its local cuisine. 

Hotel Dal Moro Gallery – Assisi

This family run hotel first opened its doors as a restaurant in 1890, one of the first in the region. The hotel has remained in the Marchetti Family for four generations and continues to uphold the traditions of the region. Today it is Umbrias first art design hotel, decorated in a modern and fresh style. The hotel has two large terraces, one of which as a small pool (7 x 3 metres), giving guests a great place to relax in the fresh air. The rooms have been carefully curated with focus on simplicity and design, they are also sound proofed allowing for a relaxing and quiet nights sleep. A breakfast buffet is served each morning with a selection of cakes, biscuits and croissants which are made with special care using the recipes passed down through the families generations.

Hotel Napoleon – Pesaro (2019 departures only)

Located a short walk from the historic centre of Pesaro and close to the sea, the hotel Napoleon is in a fantastic spot for taking in the local sights. After days spent exploring the hotels pool is the most refreshing place to cool off or head to the hot tub to relax. The hotel is right in front of the soft sandy blue flag beach in Pasaro. The rooms are modern and fresh, decorated in the cool shades of the ocean.

Hotel Sans Souci – Rimini (2020 departures only)

The Hotel Sans Souci is located close to the beach of Marebello and has been owned and managed by the Blacksmith family for three generations. It is in easy reach of the regions attractions making it a great base when seeing the area. The rooms have cool tiled floors and are decorated in a modern style creating a comfortable and functional environment to relax in during your stay.

Departure Dates

  • 4 October 2019 - only two double rooms left
  • 8 May 2020
  • 5 June 2020
  • 11 September 2020

Maximum Group Size: 26

Total price from
£3590
per person from £1795
Gastronomic Tour of Central Italy
Bologna, City Breaks,Meals according to program
04/10/2019 - 7 nights
2 adults
From London Gatwick
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