Traveling is such a thrilling experience full of adventure and discovery. There’s nothing better than visiting a new place and immersing yourself in the various cultural traditions and tasting the local cuisines. However, planning a trip can be overwhelming, and sometimes you feel like you need a vacation from your vacation. Tours are a great way to solve this decision fatigue. There is an established itinerary, and you don’t have to worry about booking separate accommodations or figuring out how to get from one place to another.
Italy has some of the best tour options available, especially when it comes to food. Here are five of the best food-themed tours in Italy.
Italy Real Food Adventure
This 8-day adventure will take you through some of the finest foods Italy has to offer. You’ll arrive in Venice for a day of sightseeing, followed up with a traditional Venetian meal. You will also explore the local market, before moving on to the country’s culinary capital, Bologna. There you will learn how to make traditional Italian pasta. The next few days highlight the delicious creations of Modena and San Gimignano. You’ll end your trip in Rome where you’ll spend the day visiting the city’s most famous bakery and tasting some of the city’s finest street food creations.
Farm-to-Table: Tuscany Tour
This tour starts in Rome, where a private driver will escort you from the airport to Orvieto. There you will meet up with your guide and have a small sightseeing tour before heading on to Siena where your farm hotel is located. Over the next few days, you will explore Siena, take a food tour through the nearby villages, follow the Chianti Wine Trail, and take part in a cooking class at your hotel. This trip is about 7 days total and includes everything except for a few meals on excursion days.
Taste of Salento
Another 7-day tour, this culinary experience takes you through the local cuisine of the Apulia region. You will arrive at the airport in Brindisi and then taken to the farm where you will be staying. Throughout your trip, you will have the opportunity to participate in an olive oil tasting, tour the towns of Castro, Gallipoli, Lecce, Ostuni, Maglie, and many more. There will be wine tasting, cooking classes, and plenty of time to explore the local cuisines of each town you visit.
Sicily Food and Wine Tour
On this 8 day adventure, you will visit local farmhouses and wineries to sample their wares. You will learn some cooking trips and visit the local street markets. The first night you’ll stay in Taormina where you’ll send the evening dining on seafood and enjoy Sicilian pastries. The following day you’ll participate in a cooking class, where you’ll select your ingredients from the local street market. The next day you’ll visit the farms around Mt. Etna before you move onto Syracuse the following night. You’ll spend two more days in Syracuse before you end your travels in Palermo with a street food walking tour.
Italian Cookery Getaway in Umbria
This 5-day small group adventure will introduce you to the finest dishes in the Umbria region. You’ll arrive in Perugia, where you’ll spend the night at a local farmhouse. The following day you’ll participate in a cooking class followed by a trip to Perugia’s Chocolate Museum and local factory where’ll get to sample some of the best chocolate in the country. The following day will feature another cooking lesson leading into a wine and olive oil tasting tour. The trip ends with a final lesson, before a day trip to the town of Assisi.