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Your adventure begins when your transport collects you at the airport and drives you to your hotel in central Rome, where you can relax and explore your new neighborhood. Enjoy a group dinner tonight where you will meet your fellow foodie travelers, and your expert Italian guide will run through your itinerary for the week.
If you are suffering from jet lag and are up early, you might jog over to Palatine Hill and watch the sun rise – it is a spectacularly perfect moment.
Carnevale, or Fat Tuesday, falls on the day before Ash Wednesday. It is a Christian Holiday that marks the beginning of Lent, which consists of 40 days of fasting. Carnevale is marked by costumes, parades, and gluttonous feasts.
Today you will begin your foodie adventures in the Jewish Ghetto and Campo Marzio to sample some Italian classics including pizza, baccala, and gelato as you explore these historical districts’ local establishments.
After a well-earned nap, gather with your group for a traditional evening stroll, aka la passeggiata! Your stroll will take you to the Prati District for a gourmet food tour that includes handmade cheeses, cured meats, fish, pasta and delectable pastries.
Cap off the day with a Campari at your hotel with your new foodie friends.
The Feast of San Giuseppe is celebrated in March in honor of San Giuseppe, or St. Joseph, who was the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus. Traditionally this day is celebrated by consuming zeppole! Yum! This morning you will attend a zeppole-making class led by a renowned Italian pastry chef. Learn the technique to create these delicate Italian donuts. Share a delicious breakfast, sampling everyone’s creations, coupled with some strong Italian coffee.
San Giuseppe was a carpenter, a laborer. Today you will join the Catholic Charities organization at their headquarters in Rome where you can volunteer your time stocking, preparing or delivering food for the homeless. Homelessness is an enormous problem in Rome, and many homeless camps dot the banks of the Tiber River. Many of the homeless are laborers like San Giuseppe was, so serving them today is the perfect way to celebrate his feast day.
This evening, as you enjoy dinner at one of the area’s wonderful restaurants, count your blessings as you recount your day.
Vinitaly is celebrated in April in Verona, and today you will expand your palate by celebrating the wines of Umbria and Tuscany in the spirit of Vinitaly.
After breakfast, relax as your guide transports you to the beautiful countryside of Umbria. Wander the medieval town of Orvieto, and stop off to enjoy a light snack as you taste high mountain wines grown on the volcanic plateau. As you tour the wineries, take time to enjoy the spectacular view.
Next stop is Montepulciano, where you can take some time to explore this historical city. Wander the cobblestone streets as you search out the best cafe for lunch. You will have several hours to explore the Palazzo Ricci, City Hall Square, and numerous medieval churches.
Dinner will be at a local vineyard estate. The view from the villa’s stone patio is a verdant patchwork of vines and cypress as far as you can see. Enjoy a multi-course, gourmet dinner expertly paired with wines produced at the vineyard. As you head back to your Florence hotel, dream of living the Italian vintner’s life!
Porchettiamo is celebrated in May and as you can guess – it’s about all things pork!
This morning explore Florence, visit the Piazza del Duomo and her famous church, stroll through the Piazza della Signoria, and the Ponte de Vecchio. Enjoy a tour of the Uffizi, where your guide will take you through this amazing museum, pointing out all the important pieces, including works from Botticelli, Bandinelli, Raphael, da Vinci and many more.
Join your fellow travelers for a dinner of all things pork. Dinner is served at a Michelin-starred restaurant where you take your place at the chef’s table in the kitchen. Partake of the Tuscan specialties like arista al latte, braciole di maiale, maialino allo spiedo, fagioli all’uccelletto, and of course porchetta! Each course is expertly paired with a wine to complement it. Finish the evening with a limoncello and an art-inspired pastry.
Your accommodation tonight is a sleeper car on a train bound for Piedmont.
Arrive in Piedmont in the early morning, where your guide will oversee the transport of your bags to your hotel while you enjoy a sumptuous breakfast. Piedmont is the home of the Risotto Festival, held in May, and the Truffle Fair, which is held in October, so this is the place to celebrate both risotto and truffles! Experience foraging for truffles and go on a guided search for the elusive and expensive Alba truffle. Your expert truffle hunter and his trained canine will take you on a hunt like no other. Forage the forest for these sumptuous delicacies.
After your workout, enjoy a rest at your hotel or head out and explore more of the region.
Dinner tonight will be a treat for the taste buds as your private group dining experience will include truffles in every way, including truffle risotto. Of course, your chef will pair the dishes with local wines, and a sweet dessert treat will complete the evening spectacularly.
Parting is such sweet sorrow! Your Italian culinary adventure must come to a close. But you’ll have delicious memories of all the foods you’ve sampled as well as memories of your new friends you’ve made along the way!
Here you can experience all the biggest Italian festivals rolled into one epic, week-long journey. As you consider your next adventures in travel, think about experiencing the best food and wine Italy has to offer. From zeppoles to Michelin star dining experiences, your foodie adventure will encompass all that is Italian cuisine.
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