Italy: Gastronomic Tour of Central Italy - Escorted Tour

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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.

Maximum Group Size: 26

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Tour highlights

• An 8 day tour through Italy’s best foodie regions of Emilia Romagna, Tuscany and Umbria
• Staying in four-star hotels
• 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners included
• An excellent, knowledgable tour manager throughout and local guides for city tours
• Walking tour of Bologna, a charming city with red hued buildings and a vibrant foodie scene
• Visit to traditional farms where parmesan cheese and parma ham is made using ancient methods – with tastings!
• Guided tour of Tuscany’s capital, Florence
• Discover hidden treasures in Umbria including Urbino (a walled city), Orvieto (a hilltop town with amazing countryside views) and Assisi (the birthplace of St. Francis)
• Visit to a local winery in Umbria for a tasting
• Chocolate tasting in Perugia
• A cooking class
• Visit the unique country of San Marino

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Day 1: UK to Bologna

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.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Bologna

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Florence

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Orvieto

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Perugia and Assisi

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Urbino

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Cooking Class and San Marino

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!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Bologna - UK

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.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Your holiday includes

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Expert tour manager throughout the trip
  • 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) & visit in Parma area (Parmesan cheese factory)
  • Wine tasting in Assisi
  • Cooking class

Your holiday excludes:

  • Hotel city tax
  • Personal expenses and drinks unless specified in the itinerary

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★★★★ Admiral Park Hotel, Bologna (2 nights)

This four star superior hotel is set amidst olive groves in the beautiful rolling hills just outside Bologna. The hotel has stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Cool off in the outdoor pool or relax on the terrace taking in the beautiful surroundings. The hotel has a fitness room with a sauna and showers. The restaurant serves traditional Emilian cuisine made using fresh seasonal produce. The comfortable rooms either overlook the Lavino river or the beautiful hills that surround the town of Rivabella. 

Your food: Dinner will include three courses; a light starter such as pumpkin soup with croutons, a delicious main such as glazed pork loin with backed herbs and tomatoes and to finish a sweet pudding such as panna cotta with caramel (please note that menus will vary).

★★★★ Hotel Dal Moro Gallery, Assisi (3 nights)

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 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.

Your food: Dinner will include three courses and a light canapé to start. Think along the lines of puff pastry basket with vegetables and gratin “caciotta” cheese for your starter, then move on to a course of comforting barley soup, a hearty mixed salad and fresh seasonal fruits to finish (please note that menus will vary).

★★★ Sans Souci, Rimini (2 nights)

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.

Your food:Dinner will betypical Romagna cuisine with meat or fish and a vegetable buffet, cakes and fresh fruit for desert.

Departure dates

  • 05 June 2020
  • 11 September 2020

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Our tours are subject to minimum numbers and with that in mind the tours and their itineraries may be subject to change. Where this becomes necessary, and where practicable, we will take the steps as outlined in clause 5 of our terms and conditions.

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Gastronomic Tour of Central Italy
Tours & Multi-centres in Italy, Meals according to program
11/09/2020 - 7 nights
2 adults
From London Gatwick
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