The Foods of Italy:

Pasta, Pizza, Prosciutto, Gelato & More

Florence & Bologna, italy

Ample prosciutto, parmesan, and gelato can make any trip to Italy a culinary delight, but on this escape, the foods of Italy take on new life with artisan ingredients that sing and wines that join in perfect harmony. Begin in Bologna, a city renowned for its gastronomic charms, and where a bowl of pasta rarely disappoints. Continue through the rolling Tuscan hills to beautiful Florence, discovering central Italy’s most remarkable restaurants, wineries, and markets along the way. Meet with chefs at simple family-run trattorie and others featuring innovative concepts in catering. Through exclusive tastings of delectable hand-crafted foods, private wine tours, hands-on cooking classes, curated menus to showcase the region and season, and convivial meals at some of Italy’s finest restaurants, you’ll become an expert in the art of eating well in Italy. Buon appetito!

Tour Details

Dates
June 11-18, 2022

Duration
8 days, 7 nights

Prices Per Person
$5,995 double occupancy
$7,645 single occupancy

Deposit
$500 per person

Highlights

Itinerary

Espresso machine making a cappuccino
Duomo Santa Maria del Flore
wine and charcuterie
Tuscany

Arrive in Bologna this morning and transfer to the city center. Since 2017, with the opening of FICO World Eataly, people have been increasingly discovering the gastronomic charm of Bologna. Gather for a welcome dinner at Osteria 51 overlooking Piazza Maggiore, and sample a menu featuring bolognese classics such as tigelle and crescentine, bread appetizers filled with local meats and cheeses and a glass of sparkling Lambrusco wine. (D)

Enjoy a stroll through the bustling Bologna market to view seasonal produce. Bologna is a mecca for cured meat lovers. Pause at a local salumeria to sample favorites such as mortadella, prosciutto di Parma and culatello. This city is also the epicenter of freshly-prepared egg-pasta such as tagliatelle al ragu, gramigna with sausage, lasagne al forno and tortellini in brodo. Roll up your sleeves and try your hand at creating the perfect fettuccine or ravioli, pairing it with succulent sauces, as you discover the art of Italian pasta-making. Enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon. For those interested, an optional dinner at Casa Maria Luigia will be arranged, where Chef Massimo Bottura will prepare a special menu featuring his signature dishes and talk about the many social initiatives he leads in the restaurant world. Full details of the meal as well as information about the additional charge will be provided later. (B,L)

Head north to Modena, a city in the heart of the Emilia-Romagna region. Visit Osteria di Rubbiara, a family-run tavern that is surrounded by Lambrusco vineyards and has earned its spot as one of the finest producers of balsamic vinegar in the area. Learn about the production and aging process of the vinegar before enjoying a lunch that includes the family’s spectacular tortellini, cooked to perfection in a broth, as well as several dishes featuring balsamic vinegar. After lunch, learn about the aging process of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese at an organic farm close by, and sample different varieties of the “King of Cheese.” Return to Bologna for an evening at your leisure, or perhaps join locals in a passeggiata, a stroll through town or an aperitivo. (B,L)

Begin your day at FICO Eataly World, the world’s largest agri-food park inspired by the ingredients and dishes at the heart of Italian cuisine. Orient yourself with an introductory tour of the park, followed by a hands-on workshop. Transfer to Florence in the afternoon. Create your own pizza this evening during a private cooking class. Later participate in a tasting of gelato to understand the raw ingredients essential to packing in so much flavor.

Walk to the San Lorenzo neighborhood and visit the bustling Central market, an important landmark for fresh local produce in the Florentine community. Sample the quintessence of Tuscan cuisine at a no-frills trattoria – known for its hearty soups such as Ribollita or Pappa al Pomodoro and the garlicky pici all’aglione pasta dish. Later meet with designers and architects at La Ménagère. This innovative space was Florence’s first store to sell household goods at the end of the 19th-century. Today it has been converted into a contemporary new concept-restaurant, with a refined home supplies and flower design store. (B,L)

Drive into the Tuscan countryside today and visit a winery outside San Gimignano, renowned for its Super Tuscans, full-bodied red wines predominantly made from the noble Sangiovese grape. Stroll through the kitchen garden to learn about some of the seasonal vegetables before picking ingredients for your cooking class and ultimately lunch. Take a leisurely lunch in the estate restaurant accompanied by some robust red wines from the surrounding vineyards including, Brunello di Montalcino and a vino nobile da Montepulciano as well as a crisp white Vernaccia of San Gimignano. Return to Florence for an evening at leisure. (B,L)

Kick start your day with the fresh aroma of coffee at one of Florence’s historical coffee shops. An historian will talk about the history of Italian coffee culture as you sip the perfect cappuccino. Meet with restaurant owners to learn about the business and the different restaurants and cafes owned by the Picchi family and see the food store with their abundant organic produce and rooftop herb garden. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure to explore this beautiful city. Tonight, raise your glass for a festive farewell dinner combined with a performance at Teatro del Sale. Learn how childhood food memories remain important to head chef Fabio Picchi and the steps he is taking to diversify his business by incorporating under-represented staff, and in his menus including Asian flavors such as Chinese-style ravioli, a Japanese Udon dish or Korean guinea fowl. (B,D)

Depart Florence on individual flights home. (B)

B, L, D denotes included breakfasts, lunches, and dinners

Arrive in Bologna this morning and transfer to the city center. Since 2017, with the opening of FICO World Eataly, people have been increasingly discovering the gastronomic charm of Bologna. Gather for a welcome dinner at Osteria 51 overlooking Piazza Maggiore, and sample a menu featuring bolognese classics such as tigelle and crescentine, bread appetizers filled with local meats and cheeses and a glass of sparkling Lambrusco wine. (D)

Enjoy a stroll through the bustling Bologna market to view seasonal produce. Bologna is a mecca for cured meat lovers. Pause at a local salumeria to sample favorites such as mortadella, prosciutto di Parma and culatello. This city is also the epicenter of freshly-prepared egg-pasta such as tagliatelle al ragu, gramigna with sausage, lasagne al forno and tortellini in brodo. Roll up your sleeves and try your hand at creating the perfect fettuccine or ravioli, pairing it with succulent sauces, as you discover the art of Italian pasta-making. Enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon. For those interested, an optional dinner at Casa Maria Luigia will be arranged, where Chef Massimo Bottura will prepare a special menu featuring his signature dishes and talk about the many social initiatives he leads in the restaurant world. Full details of the meal as well as information about the additional charge will be provided later. (B,L)

Head north to Modena, a city in the heart of the Emilia-Romagna region. Visit Osteria di Rubbiara, a family-run tavern that is surrounded by Lambrusco vineyards and has earned its spot as one of the finest producers of balsamic vinegar in the area. Learn about the production and aging process of the vinegar before enjoying a lunch that includes the family’s spectacular tortellini, cooked to perfection in a broth, as well as several dishes featuring balsamic vinegar. After lunch, learn about the aging process of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese at an organic farm close by, and sample different varieties of the “King of Cheese.” Return to Bologna for an evening at your leisure, or perhaps join locals in a passeggiata, a stroll through town or an aperitivo. (B,L)

Begin your day at FICO Eataly World, the world’s largest agri-food park inspired by the ingredients and dishes at the heart of Italian cuisine. Orient yourself with an introductory tour of the park, followed by a hands-on workshop. Transfer to Florence in the afternoon. Create your own pizza this evening during a private cooking class. Later participate in a tasting of gelato to understand the raw ingredients essential to packing in so much flavor.

Walk to the San Lorenzo neighborhood and visit the bustling Central market, an important landmark for fresh local produce in the Florentine community. Sample the quintessence of Tuscan cuisine at a no-frills trattoria – known for its hearty soups such as Ribollita or Pappa al Pomodoro and the garlicky pici all’aglione pasta dish. Later meet with designers and architects at La Ménagère. This innovative space was Florence’s first store to sell household goods at the end of the 19th-century. Today it has been converted into a contemporary new concept-restaurant, with a refined home supplies and flower design store. (B,L)

Drive into the Tuscan countryside today and visit a winery outside San Gimignano, renowned for its Super Tuscans, full-bodied red wines predominantly made from the noble Sangiovese grape. Stroll through the kitchen garden to learn about some of the seasonal vegetables before picking ingredients for your cooking class and ultimately lunch. Take a leisurely lunch in the estate restaurant accompanied by some robust red wines from the surrounding vineyards including, Brunello di Montalcino and a vino nobile da Montepulciano as well as a crisp white Vernaccia of San Gimignano. Return to Florence for an evening at leisure. (B,L)

Kick start your day with the fresh aroma of coffee at one of Florence’s historical coffee shops. An historian will talk about the history of Italian coffee culture as you sip the perfect cappuccino. Meet with restaurant owners to learn about the business and the different restaurants and cafes owned by the Picchi family and see the food store with their abundant organic produce and rooftop herb garden. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure to explore this beautiful city. Tonight, raise your glass for a festive farewell dinner combined with a performance at Teatro del Sale. Learn how childhood food memories remain important to head chef Fabio Picchi and the steps he is taking to diversify his business by incorporating under-represented staff, and in his menus including Asian flavors such as Chinese-style ravioli, a Japanese Udon dish or Korean guinea fowl. (B,D)

Depart Florence on individual flights home. (B)

B, L, D denotes included breakfasts, lunches, and dinners

Accommodations

Hotel Metropolitan in Bologna is a beautiful contemporary design 4-star property located in the heart of the historic center of Bologna, just a few steps from the Piazza Maggiore. Guest rooms are spacious and decorated with a simple design, amenities include free wifi and Nespresso in all the rooms. Guests rooms will be reserved in the superior executive category for Zagat travelers. The rooftop garden offers a relaxing space to unwind, sip a cocktail and enjoy the views of the surrounding hills.
Number of nights: 3
The Plaza Lucchesi Hotel is a 4-star superior hotel overlooking the Arno river in Florence and within easy walking distance to major sites, shops and restaurants in the city. The hotel has been in operation since the late 19th century and offers plenty of charm and first-class service. The property has recently undergone extensive renovations offering guest rooms with a classic or contemporary feel. Panoramic views over the Florence skyline can be enjoyed from the rooftop American bar and swimming pool.
Number of nights: 4

What's Included

  • All accommodations and meals with drinks as outlined in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation within the itinerary unless otherwise indicated
  • All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • Comprehensive educational program by professional on-site guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities to porters, guides, drivers, wait staff in restaurants during group meals, housekeeping at group hotels
  • The assistance of an ATA tour manager
  • Quietvox listening devices to facilitate audibility and social distancing while touring
  • The assistance of an ATA professional travel team to assist with pre-trip questions, travel arrangements, including flights, extra hotel nights and other services
  • Comprehensive pre-departure mailings and materials with information about the destination and what to expect on tour, including a suggested reading list
  • Emergency evacuation insurance
  • Fully vetted program that meets COVID-19 health and safety protocols

What's Included

  • All accommodations and meals with drinks as outlined in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation within the itinerary unless otherwise indicated
  • All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • Comprehensive educational program by professional on-site guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities to porters, guides, drivers, wait staff in restaurants during group meals, housekeeping at group hotels
  • The assistance of an ATA tour manager
  • Quietvox listening devices to facilitate audibility and social distancing while touring
  • The assistance of an ATA professional travel team to assist with pre-trip questions, travel arrangements, including flights, extra hotel nights and other services
  • Comprehensive pre-departure mailings and materials with information about the destination and what to expect on tour, including a suggested reading list
  • Emergency evacuation insurance
  • Fully vetted program that meets COVID-19 health and safety protocols