Italy in the Spring - Are you free?

Updated: Aug 18, 2019

Accommodation, cooking classes, food, wine, trips, tours and tastings and transfers throughout the itinerary are all included – so you just have to show up and have a wonderful time. Truly Bucket list. Truly Luxurious. Truly Yours

This tour is bespoke, its tailor-made just for me, and just for you! If you need an itinerary with more - or less in it, just get in touch and I can make it fit your needs - no matter how big or small they may be!

Italy will never be a normal country. Because Italy is Italy. If we were a normal country, we wouldn’t have Rome. We wouldn’t have Florence. We wouldn’t have the marvel that is Venice”

Matteo Renzi, former Italian Prime Minister

This Indulgent Itinerary can be tailor made just for your group - email me here to arrange a private group quote

Day 1 - Arrive into Rome

Transfer to hotel – Settle in

Day 2 – A Food lovers Day in Rome

Class with legendary cook Carla Tomasi and multi award-winning food writer Rachel Roddy

Dinner at restaurant serving exquisite Roman food

Day 3 - Rome

Visit some of Rome’s many historical landmarks with top guide and enjoy an opportunity to do some shopping

Private dinner in beautiful setting

Rome is known as the ‘Eternal City’ It was, and still is believed - that no matter what happened in the world, Rome would go on forever…Eternally Rome

Truffles are often refereed to as the Black Diamonds of the earth

Day 4 - Rome

Foodie tour with renowned Rome-based food and beverage educator and journalist

Dinner paired with top flight wines

Day 5 – Leave Rome and travel to Piedmont

Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach to Piedmont

Check into former country residence of Il Conte di Roero, now a beautiful hotel set in the heart of Piedmont situated 10 minutes from Alba, home of the white truffle

Day 6 - Early morning truffle hunt – Black truffles in the spring (weather permitting)

Return for breakfast using the truffles found

Late lunch

Tour and wine tasting in a medieval Castello

Dinner at hotel

Day 7 – Market day in Alba

Visit to Alba markets

Lunch at an outstanding restaurant in Canale

Continue the afternoon in Alba

Dinner overlooking the Barolo vineyards and sampling the great Nebbiolo wines of the region.

Day 8 – Winery tour and tastings

Exclusive morning wine tour and tasting at the renowned Gaja winery

Lunch in Cannubi

Afternoon at leisure and sightseeing

Aperitivi at a wonderful Enoteca serving hand-made local proscuitti & salami with a stunning selection of wines

Dinner in Neive

Day 9 – Leisurely travel to Casagrande

Visit and lunch in Turin

Late afternoon travel to Casagrande

Welcome dinner

Day 10 – Cooking class and chill

Morning hands-on cookery class using local, seasonal produce to create dishes from the Veneto and also looking at a broader Italian cuisine

Lunch on the terrace enjoying product of the morning’s labour.

Afternoon at leisure - a chance to take in the beauty of the surrounding countryside, swimming, walking

Dinner accompanied by world-renowned wines from Allegrini

Day 11 – Off to Venice

Early departure to Venice to visit the famous Rialto fish and fresh produce markets, picking up quality ingredients for lessons in the Palazzo kitchen

Private boat ride to an island in the Venetian lagoon. Tasting of a wine made from the ancient single grape variety La Dorona - grown exclusively on the island

Lunch at the Michelin-starred restaurant with proprietor Matteo Bisol - owner of a renowned wine estate in the prosecco hills of Valdobbiadene

Return to Palazzo Casagrande for dinner accompanied by wines from Pieropan

Day 12 – All about the Cheese

Visit to a 6th generation mountain cheesemaker for tour and tutored tasting

Lunch at Casagrande

Early evening olive oil tasting

Dinner at a celebrated family-run trattoria serving wonderful local delicacies

Day 13 – Cooking Veneto style

Morning hands-on cookery class using local, seasonal produce to create dishes from the Veneto and also looking at a broader Italian cuisine

Lunch under the silk mills - the product of the morning’s labour

Afternoon at leisure.

Early evening wine tasting by Masi

Farewell dinner accompanied by world-renowned wines from Masi

Day 14 – Depart Venice - Departures at leisure

A note from MammaJo

When I first read this itinerary, I was blown away - it really was amazing! Still now, and every time I read it, I shake my head and wonder how I am ever going to top this one! This has to be one of the best food and wine tours I have seen. It is a small group - which means you are not jammed waiting for 50 people to all get on the bus - the pace is how we want it to be! When you are in Italy, nothing ever gets rushed, so this private tour is at a leisurely pace, with plenty of time to chill out and enjoy the Italian lifestyle. The food and wine, and everything that is described on the itinerary - it's all included - so you don't have to fuss with that part of it while you are out and about! You just need to bring your passion, and your appetite!

If taking a siesta isn't your thing, there is so much to see, do and eat that I guarantee you will not be bored! With fellow wine and food lovers all joining into something they love, there will be amazing conversations, and a lifetime of friendships made!

For a booking form, please get in touch with Jo here - and she will answer any questions you might have about any part of the tour - before, during or after.

What’s included?

We like to think that we have carefully considered every detail to make your stay with us as enjoyable as possible. From the moment you arrive until your departure we will ensure everything is taken care of.

Accommodation, all classes, food, wine, trips, tours and tastings and transfers throughout the itinerary are all included – so you just have to show up and have a wonderful time.

What’s not included?

Flights, travel insurance, or items of a personal nature.

Cocktails, Aperitif and drinks outside of dinners.

We are able to assist you with these should you wish to extend beyond the tour dates, to explore other cities, or linger longer before or after the tour starts.

Terms and Conditions:

Full terms and conditions are available on the booking form, and will be provided when you register your interest.

I look forward to talking with you soon, and can't wait to welcome you to Rome and beyond on this Italian Food lovers dream tour!

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