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Flavours of Italy 2014

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Special Interest
  • Description: Bolognese in Bologna, Chianti in Tuscany, Prosciutto in Parma, this 'foodie' trip explores the traditions of Italian cuisine and wine at their origin, providing an in-depth taste of a nation. It's Insider moments like… the tranquillity of our San Gimignano hotel compared to the buzzing Italian food market as you shop with Libero, a charismatic chef we know in Florence. Together you choose the freshest local ingredients, like vegetables straight from the Tuscan soil. From the market to his kitchen, he teaches you how to make handmade ravioli and shares the secrets of Italian cuisine in a cooking lesson. Then invites you to the garden to enjoy the traditional meal you made from scratch, washed down with his homemade wine.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Rome, the capital of Italy! Relax after your journey and meet your Travel Director and companions this evening for a Welcome Reception to hear details about your exciting holiday. Discover the beauty of this city during an evening orientation drive. Pause to enjoy the atmosphere at the buzzing Piazza Navona where you will indulge in a delicious gelato.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Milton Roma

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    View the Colosseum and see the Circus Maximus during your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. Visit St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City and view Michelangelo's Pieta. Consider an excursion inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel to see the breath-taking ceiling or spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3


    Drive through Lazio, and the provinces of Umbria and Tuscany to the charming town of Greve. Visit a wine and olive oil outlet and taste excellent Chianti's and extra virgin olive oils! Greve's main square has some of the finest food shops in Europe - don't forget to try the salami. Later, travel through picturesque scenery to your beautiful historic hotel in a characteristic village near San Gimignano. Tonight enjoy a special Be My Guest dinner with wine in a family-owned vineyard overlooking the rolling Chianti Hills.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Relais Cappuccina

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Your Local Expert takes you on a walking tour to the Accademia to see Michelangelo's famous statue of David. Admire Piazza della Signoria and the coloured marble Duomo. This evening, over a glass of wine, enjoy a short talk from your Travel Director on the basic principles of Italian cuisine and learn a few words of Italian in preparation for your shopping and cooking day tomorrow!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

  • Day 5


    Begin your day at a fruit and vegetable market in Florence by gaining a Unique Insight into Italian cuisine from a professional chef. Here you will participate in purchases of the fresh produce for your cooking lesson. Take your produce to the restaurant and spend time together preparing your delicious luncheon with a glass of wine! After enjoying a relaxing and memorable Regional Meal return to your Tuscan town for the night. Your evening is free to do as you please.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Regional Meal)

  • Day 6


    This morning stop in Pisa to view the amazing Leaning Tower and the majestic cathedral and baptistery set in the Field of Miracles. Travel to Parma where a memorable Regional Meal of local specialities awaits you.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Regional Meal)

    Hotel: Palace Maria Luigia

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    A short drive will bring you to Bologna. This city is renowned for its culinary tradition and cured meats such as prosciutto, mortadella and salami. It has also given its name to the well-known meat-based pasta sauce called ragù alla bolognese. Here you will enjoy a walking tour with a Local Expert who will enlighten you further on local delicacies. Stop to take in views of the famous Kissing Towers. In your free time you could perhaps try a local delicatessen such as Tamburini to taste some regional specialities. This evening is yours to enjoy in Bologna. You may decide to take an optional experience to a hilltop town to sample a delicious local meal.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Una Hotel Bologna

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    See the Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace during your private cruise to St. Mark's Square. Stop at Giudecca island to visit a glass-blowing workshop for a Local Speciality demonstration and see other traditional crafts. Spend time exploring the labyrinth of streets and canals on your own or join an optional experience.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Boscolo Bellini

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Cruise to Rialto Bridge. Your Local Expert brings the city to life during your walking tour. See how the locals shop for food and find out about some of the regional cuisine. Cross the Rialto see a range of curious and beautiful architecture including Marco Polo's house. The rest of the day is free to explore, or perhaps consider an excursion to Burano for some delicious local seafood! Celebrate this evening with your Travel Director and companions at a special Farewell Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 10


    This morning, say 'arrivederci' to your fellow travellers at the end of your wonderful Flavours of Italy holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Dinner and wine in a vineyard setting overlooking the Chianti hills with a local family who also tend an olive grove.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice.
  • Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Unique Insight Meet a professional Italian Chef who will tell you about fresh produce and the basic principles of local cuisine.
  • Wine Tasting Visit a wine and olive oil outlet in the Chianti wine region for an informative talk and tasting.
  • Authentic Accommodation Relais Cappuccina - When visiting San Gimignano, we usually relax at nearby Relais Cappuccina to stay longer in the Tuscan hills. This charming Authentic Accommodation centres round an Art Nouveau-style Italian villa, built by a local nobleman.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tours in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice.
  • Orientation in Parma.
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the town of Greve, the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and the famous food markets in Venice.
  • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice and along the Grand Canal.
  • View the Roman Forum, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Kissing Towers in Bologna, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica and the Rialto Bridge.
  • See the Leaning Tower of Pisa.


  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 1 Regional Meal lunch.
  • 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, Regional Meal, three course dinner with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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