The Ultimate Food and Wine Adventure in Italy

YEAR-ROUND

 

This luxurious tour includes touring and tasting the best of Bella Italia including Aceto Balsamico, Culatello, Parmagiana Reggiano, Piacenza wines, Amarone, sparkling Franciacorta and various gourmet gems. We will visit the most beautiful places in Northern Italy from Bologna to Ferrara to Tuscany. Looking for the food and wine tour of a lifetime?

 
 

 
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9 Day Excursion: 4 nights in Bologna, 4 nights in Florence

• Private Mercedes-Benz sedan or minivan with wi-fi
• Pick up and drop off at your hotel every day
• Accommodations in 4-star hotels
• Personal tour guide in Bologna and Florence
• Admission fees to all museums on tour

• 24-hour Assistance of owner
• Porterage
• Tax, tolls, parking fees, gasoline included
• Cost of all tours, cooking classes, tastings and most meals
• Time to explore on your own

 

Tour Highlights

Day One

  • Arrive Milan

  • Private tour of the estate and vineyards of Torre Fornello Winery (Pacienza Region)

  • Wine Tasting

  • Lunch in an historic trattoria near the Rivalta Castle

  • Arrive Bologna, one of Italy's most fantastic cities with a real bohemian atmosphere and an array of charming restaurants and wine bars. The evening is yours to spend as you wish with some wonderful suggestions for dining, of course.

DAY TWO

  • Culatello ham guided tasting and lunch

  • Private 3-hour guided walking tour of Parma, home of Verdi and Toscannini

  • Evening to explore on your own

DAY THREE

  • Reggio Emilia dairy tour and tasting

  • Lunch in Modena

  • Visit to a real Aceto Balsamico cellar

  • Evening to explore on your own

DAY FOUR

  • Pasta making class in Bologna and private cooking class

  • Private guided walking tour with a local art guide

  • Evening to explore on your own or enjoy some live jazz

Day FIVE

  • Farewell to Bologna to begin our culinary tour of Tuscany

  • Private guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery

  • Walking tour will continue through the many squares of Florence and past many gourmet shops

  • Welcome dinner comprised of a tasting menu and surprise wine pairings

DAY SIX

  • Today we head into the Chianti countryside

  • Private "Cucina Povera" (traditional Tuscan cooking) class

  • Tour through Chianti's lovely hamlets like Greve, Montefioralle, Panzano

  • Guided visit of a beautiful wine producer before heading back to Florence

  • The night is yours with some very good restaurant recommendations

DAY SEVEN

  • Truffle hunt in San Miniato

  • Memorable meal incorporating the truffles discovered

  • Pisa

DAY EIGHT

  • Visit to Panzano in Chianti to meet with Dario Cecchini - the world's most famous butcher

  • Pecorino cheese-making tour

  • Dinner to end your culinary tour - tasting menu and wine pairings with top Tuscan wines

Day NINE

  • Transfer to Florence's International airport

  • Arrivederci Firenze!

 
 

Prepare for your retreat

Once booked, I will send you regular emails regarding best ways to dress, learning the language, comfortable shoes, travel bags, and interesting articles and books to read to enhance your trip.

 

A word about our services

Cicci Bella offers a unique service to its tour guests in that Lydia is with you all the way from your planning stages to your arrival to and departure from your Italian airports as not only a guide, but your own personal Italy travel companion and expert.

Lydia will be flying with you from your departure city in the United States and our guide will monitor our flights until arrival in Italy. She will be with you to guide you through all of the processes at the airport, finding your driver, getting to the hotels and all planned tours during your stay. You will also have plenty of non-scheduled time to enjoy the areas you visit.

Your driver is at your disposal and will personally introduce you to friendly Italians, give general descriptions of the area, history, customs and traditions of the regions you will visit. Both can suggest the best stores for shopping or anything else you may need during your stay.

Flights usually depart the United States in the evening and arrive early the following morning.

For full booking terms and conditions please contact Cicci Bella directly.


PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP