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Italy Culinary Tour – Liguria, Piedmont & Emilia Romagna

$4,150.00

Take your tastebuds on an unforgettable Italy culinary tour and experience the unique cultures of 3 different Italian regions through their gastronomy. Within a few kilometres you will discover radically different ingredients and culinary traditions while immersed in breathtaking landscapes. Connect with local people, artisans, and travel off the beaten path to get in touch with Italy’s most authentic side.

This culinary adventure will take you through some of Italy’s most spectacular landscapes. From the UNESCO World Heritage vineyard-laden hills of Piedmont to the spectacular rugged coast of Liguria to one of Italy’s most iconic culinary centres of Parma, this itinerary is sure to impress. Stay in charming accommodation and explore these extraordinary Italian regions with local insiders.

Interested in exploring this amazing corner of Italy? Contact us for this itinerary or we can further tailor it to meet your travel needs.

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Highlights Include:

  • Learning about culinary traditions and local life from our insiders
  • Hands-on cooking classes preparing mouth-watering regional dishes
  • Exploring the beautiful Ligurian coast including the Cinque Terre
  • Meeting local artisans and small producers of cheeses, balsamic vinegar, and prosciutto
  • Exploring the culture and cuisines of three distinct Italian regions
  • Pairing local wines with regional cuisine

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Day 1 – WELCOME TO PIEDMONT UNESCO HILLS!

Welcome to Italy! Your driver will pick you up in Milan airport and transfer to the Langhe area in Piedmont. Check-in at your boutique hotel and prepare yourself for a tasting dinner that will immerse you in Piedmont flavours.

Overnight in the Langhe area

Meals: D

Day 2 – ENJOY THE LANGHE HILLS AND THEIR FOOD AND WINE – LEARN LOCAL RECIPES

Panoramic tour in the Barbaresco wine area, along the Unesco World Heritage vineyard landscapes. During the tour, you will visit a well-known wine cellar in the Barbaresco area with tasting.

Then you will meet a small traditional cheese producer: and taste lunch with the cheese maker.

Later in the afternoon, short transfer to experience a local cookery course in a small and familiar cooking school. Preparation of a traditional menu to discover the roots of our local food & wine culture, picking up some of the secrets behind the flavours and ingredients from an expert cook, alongside magical ways of combining them to create the dishes of the Langhe and Roero in order to take a part of our land back home forever. After the course, dinner with the dishes prepared to toast to the wine &food valley. Back to your accommodation by driver.

Overnight in the Langhe area

Meals: B L D

Day 3 – LIVE LA DOLCE VITA IN PORTOFINO

Transfer to Santa Margherita, in the Italian Riviera (about 2,5 hours drive). Check in at your elegant hotel.

In the afternoon start living the special Dolce Vita atmosphere with a guided visit of Santa Margherita and Portofino.

Dinner in a typical restaurant in Santa Margherita.

Overnight in Santa Margherita Ligure.

Meals: B D

Day 4– FALL UNDER THE SPELL OF GENOA’S AUTHENTIC CHARM

Today your local insider will make you discover Genoa’s medieval historical center with its ancient food and artisans shops.

Then you will be welcomed in a noble Renaissance palace where our traditional food expert will teach you to prepare the famous PESTO sauce made with mortar and pestle. At the end, you will enjoy what you have prepared sipping local wine.

Overnight in Santa Margherita Ligure.

Meals: B L

Day 5 – EXPLORE THE PICTURESQUE CINQUE TERRE

A full day to immerse yourselves in the picturesque atmosphere of the Cinque Terre accompanied by your local insider (guide with minimum 4 people otherwise visit on their own). You will explore the 5 fishing villages and stop for lunch in a lovely restaurant to taste local specialties.

Transportation by train.

Overnight in Santa Margherita Ligure.

Meals: B L

Day 6 – TOWARD PARMA WITH A SPECIAL COOKING CLASS

Enjoy the morning to relax by the sea or do some shopping in Santa Margherita.
In the early afternoon, private transfer to Parma where you will enjoy a special cooking class* where will learn to prepare the famous Tortelli stuffed pasta and other local specialties and have a delicious dinner.

Overnight in Parma

Meals: B D

Day 7 – IMMERSE YOURSELVES IN THE EMILIA ROMAGNA FLAVOURS: PARMESAN, HAM AND BALSAMIC VINEGAR

Discover the treasures of the Italian Food Valley: visit a diary producing Parmigiano Reggiano, a historical “acetaia” where you will learn the secrets of balsamic vinegar and a producer of the famous Prosciutto di Parma. During the tour* you will taste local specialties in a lovely “trattoria”

Overnight in Parma.

Meals: B L

Day 8 – EXPLORE PARMA
Morning at disposal to explore the magnificent historical center of Parma and may be do some shopping. At lunch you will be welcomed in a traditional restaurant.
In the afternoon transfer by train to Milan where the tour ends.

Meals: B L

Optional night in Milan to be quoted separately

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PIEDMONT – Corte Gondina 

LIGURIA – Mediterraneo Emotional Spa – Santa Margherita Ligure

EMILIA ROMAGNA – Starhotel du Parc – Parma

*Hotels are subject to change due to availability

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INCLUSIONS

  • 2 nights 4* hotel/agriturismo in Piedmont Langhe area with breakfast
  • 3 nights 4* hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure with breakfast
  • 2 nights 4* hotel in Parma with breakfast
  • 4 dinners water and wine included
  • 5 lunches
  • Private visit to a cellar with wine tasting, private visit to a cheese producer, private cooking class on day 2
  • Half day private guide on day 3 and 4 (Portofino and Genoa)
  • Full day private guide on day 5 – Cinque Terre (with minimum 4 participants)
  • Train tickets on day 4 and 5
  • Private pesto class in Genoa
  • Cooking class in Parma – private class with minimum 7 people
  • Visit to a Parmesan cheese producer, Parma ham producer and balsamic vinegar producer – private with minimum 7 people otherwise you join a small group
  • Private transfer from Milan to Piedmont on day 1
  • full day private transfer on day 2 in Piedmont
  • private transfer from Piedmont to Santa Margherita on day 3
  • private transfer from Santa Margherita to Parma on day 6
  • full day private transfer on day 7 (shared minibus)
  • train transfer from Parma to Milan center on day 8 (train tickets)
  • our 24h support during the trip

EXCLUSIONS

  • International airfare (can be purchased on own or through [email protected])
  • meals and beverages other than those mentioned above
  • transfers other than those mentioned above
  • entrance fees
  • city tax (subject to change without notice)
  • mandatory travel insurance (click HERE for more information)
  • airfare to/from Italy
  • items of a personal nature and all what is not included in the above list

IMPORTANT NOTES

  This trip is not suitable for people with mobility issues

  Hotels availability has to be checked at the moment of booking

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Date: AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Low season (April, May, Oct 11-31)

2-3 travellers – $4150USD (subject to change) per person in a double/twin

4-5 travellers – $3495 USD (subject to change) per person in a double/twin

6-7 travellers – $3175 (subject to change) per person in a double/twin

High Season (June-Oct 10)