12 Day Food Tour Featuring the Best of Italian Cuisine & Culture
This deluxe and customized food tour of Italy allows you to experience the diversity of Italian cuisine with stops in Bologna, the Eternal City of Rome and the glorious coastal resort of Sorrento. As well as the delights of local Italian produce, including wine tasting, a pizza party and a market tour, this custom Italy food tour features visits to several iconic Italian landmarks and attractions, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum, Vatican City, the lost city of Pompeii and the island of Capri, allowing you to absorb some of that famous Italian culture. With pre-arranged tours, accommodation and private transfers, this is the perfect Italy food-themed vacation on which to explore the many faces of Italian cuisine and rich culture.
- Gourmet food tour in Bologna
- Tour of Rome’s food district
- Private tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum
- VIP tour of Vatican City, including the Sistine Chapel
- Guided tour of Pompeii – Italy’s “lost city”
- Visit to an Italian farm, with extra-virgin olive oil and limoncello tasting
- Cheese-making demonstration (with tasting) and pizza-making class
- Boat tour of Capri with a guided visit to Anacapri
- Walking tour of Naples, with a pizza party in the Old Town
Trip Information at a Glance
Places visited: Bologna (2 nights), Rome (3 nights), Sorrento (6 nights)
Note that this itinerary is flexible, meaning you can change the number of nights and locations visited to suit your needs.
Departure dates and prices: Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures, allowing you to choose your preferred departure date. Prices start from $6299 per person and vary with the season.
Best for… Italian Cuisine / History & Archeology / Coastal Vistas / Culture
Bologna: Known affectionately as “La Grassa“, which means “The Fat One“, Bologna is known for its love affair with food and many iconic Italian dishes originated from this vibrant city, including, of course, the Bolognese sauce. As well as charming architecture featuring salmon-pink buildings and palaces, Bologna has a dynamic food market, where you can explore the local produce with a knowledgeable guide. You will also have the chance to sample local delicacies, such as mortadella, ciccioli and salsiccia passita, and chat to the locals about Bologna’s important food culture. We recommend at least 2 nights in Bologna to allow you plenty of time to absorb the city’s culture and enjoy meals at the best restaurants. With divine cuisine on offer around every corner, this is a wonderful way to start your food tour of Italy!
Rome: The Eternal City of Rome is a must on any vacation in Italy. Although it may be best known for its iconic historic attractions, Rome has a unique food culture, with local dishes including carciofi alla romana (Roman artichokes – a must-try), suppli rice balls and spaghetti alla carbonara. Here, we will treat you to a private tour of Rome’s food district, where you will be able to visit local shops and wineries to sample local products and learn more about Roman cuisine. You of course can’t visit Rome and not see the Colosseum, so we will also treat you to a private guided tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum, where our expert guide will explain in detail the amphitheatre’s construction and the important role it played in ancient Rome. There will also be a day dedicated to the Vatican City, where you will be able to visit the Museums with our art historian guide and see the glorious tapestries and precious artifacts that have been collected and carefully preserved for you to enjoy. As a part of your visit to Vatican City, you can also experience the unrivalled magnificence of the Sistine Chapel and its famous ceiling fresco, and you can also visit St Peter’s Basilica for a truly special experience.
Sorrento: Finally, we take you south and to the coastal town of Sorrento nestled between citrus groves and the glistening waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. As well as sublime sea views and a relaxed coastal atmosphere, here you can experience the diversity of Italian cuisine with a visit to an authentic Sorrentine farm, where you can learn about the cultuvation and production methods unique to this region, and sample fresh extra-virgin olive oil and limoncello made from Sorrento lemons. During your time in Sorrento, we will also take you back in time with a visit to Pompeii, which is an ancient city that was lost in time following a volcanic eruption in 79 AD. Following the eruption, the ash that covered the city served to preserve everything in the town, from priceless mosaics and homes to the city’s unfortunate inhabitants, giving you a rare glimpse back in time. Your visit to this world-famous archeological treasure will be complemented by wine tasting in the foothills of Mount Vesuvius, giving you the opportunity to relax and reflect in a glorious coastal setting. We will also treat you to a boat tour of the coast, so that you can take in the beauty of the natural landscape, featuring mystical rock formations and secret caves. As a part of the boat tour, you will stop in Capri for a guided tour of this luxurious island, known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean, and there will also be time for swimming or snorkeling in the warm sea. As a finale to your food tour of Italy, we take you to Naples – the birthplace of the pizza! Here, you will explore the charming city sights with a local guide before enjoying a fun pizza party in the heart of the Old Town, where you can sample authentic, hand-thrown pizza that will be like nothing you have tasted before!
As specialists in tailor-made vacations, we have the unique ability to customize our vacations to suit our clients’ needs. If you want to amend the number of nights in any destination or change the itinerary or activities, that’s no problem! Please call our friendly team members at (347)-594-5500 or click here to send us an inquiry and start your dreaming about your exclusive food-themed touring vacation in Italy today!