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Taste of Italy – Wines, Confections, and Delicacies

Price Starting at $5,795.00

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There are few places in the world as associated with fine dining as Italy. It is a nationality defined by its love of the gourmet and lovingly prepared, with its culinary contributions tied to generations of tradition, heritage, and culture. Explore some of the cornerstones of Italian flavor sensibility on this mouth-watering tour of Italia. Visit some of the most important vineyards in the world, sipping their wares along the way. Learn the proper way to test a wheel of cheese and hand-roll fresh pasta. Savor the sweet perfection of desserts prepared with ancient techniques. Learn what it truly means to have great taste in travel.

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Depart on your overnight flight to Milan, Italy, where you’ll be met by your guide and escorted to your hotel, an 18th century farmhouse complex in the Gavi countryside. Enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers tonight. VILLA SPARINA RESORT.

Meals Aloft (D)

Prices vary by season and package. Please inquire by phone at (800) 627-1244 or email for more information and a pricing estimate.

  • All ground transfers and excursions in private deluxe air-conditioned motor coach.
  • Continental breakfast daily, a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner and other meals as per itinerary. (B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner)
  • Wine tastings, cooking class, and visits to Balsamic Vinegar and Cheese production as per itinerary.
  • Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
  • All museum and attraction entry fees indicated on itinerary.
  • Porterage for baggage handling.
  • Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.
  • Complimentary emergency evacuation insurance.

With so many Italian offerings, you must wonder when is a good time to travel. Here’s a synopsis.

  • On our National Parks program, the parks are only accessible because of weather conditions during the summer months with best time being mid-July through September, which is also quite sunny, hot and gorgeous for water activities. Our program does include opportunities to experience the great outdoors and beautiful grottoes, from the mountains of central Italy to Rome and
  • The Umbria Jazz Festival takes place every year in July and also in December. The program can be offered year-round as it covers a picturesque part of Italy, but if music is your passion, then it needs to be in July or December.
  • The Verdi festival is in October and Puccini in September. Here, too, you can offer the programs year-round, but Italy, in general, is best visited in April-June and September/October, in order to avoid heat and also crowds.
  • Similarly, the Venice & Verona program features Opera; the Verona Music Festival takes place from end of June through the end of August and some performances will also take place at the renowned Fenice Theatre in Venice. The program can be offered year-round if music is not the main feature.
  • The South of Italy and the archaeological sites can be visited at any time, although best months would be April-June and September-October to avoid the heat of the summer. The temperatures during this time would be in the 70’s ideal weather for viewing the temples, or visiting the beach, or hiking. The summer months could see temperatures in triple digit, and the winter months would be in the 50’s.
  • The rest of our programs are best in April-June and September/October for the reasons stated above, particularly avoiding the heat, especially if the program includes hiking.