Italy wouldn’t be Italy without its unique gastronomic heritage and a culinary tour is one of the most satisfying ways to explore the country. Our food and wine tour provides some of the best gourmet experiences Bella Italia has to offer and also the possibility to admire the most beautiful towns in Northern Italy.
Starting from one of the finest wine estates in Piacenza and delight Yourself with a tasting of the best local wines. You will next head south to the gourmet paradise of Parma, which is one of Italy’s most beautiful cities with a real bohemian atmosphere. Worth visiting the road of Culatello, which crosses the vast plain along the river Po and has its epicenter of production in the city of Zibello. Stroll through the small town of Colorno, which is home to this true delicacy. See how Italy’s exquisite Culatello Ham and other prosciuttos are produced. Next stop at Felino Salami Museum, where You will discover the “art of food making”. You will also attend a cooking class with the chefs of the Academia Barilla, the first international center dedicated to the diffusion of Italian gastronomic culture in the world. Sure it’s nice to enjoy the end result!
The route leads towards the country where Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan cheese) is produced by cheesemaking time. You will first visit one of the most prominent producers of Parmigiano Reggiano close to Modena and You will see all elements of its production from the processing of milk in the vats. Following this fascinating visit, head into the wealthy little town of Modena for a visit to the 11th century Unesco heritage preserved Duomo, and a balsamic vinegar tasting.
Enjoy a relaxing drive to Florence, where You will have free time to experience the creative heart of the Renaissance city with its main attractions, but also its most prestigious boutiques, including an organized shopping trip to the famous fashion outlet The Mall. Reach the beautiful hills of Fiesole and have dinner in one of the most panoramic terraces with superb views over Florence.
Travel through the fairytale wine roads of Chianti, quintessential Tuscany, You will visit the historical Brolio Castle gardens and tasting the Chianti Classico wine in a private room.
The tour also features a stop to San Gimignano to visit its historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then head north to Milan to admire its most beautiful sights. You will experience the innovative Mediterranean cuisine of the famous Chef Cannavacciuolo while You will directly involved in a cooking class inside the eclectic moorish Villa Crespi, just a few steps from Lake Orta.
An excursion by boat will give You the opportunity to discover the beauty of Maggiore Lake, and to visit the three Borromean Islands, lying in a wide gulf surrounded by mountains on the western side of Lake Maggiore.
Arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport and transfer to Piacenza. Visit one of the finest wine estates in the country and have a tasting of the best local wines. You will next head south to the gourmet paradise of Parma. Check in and accommodation in Your 4* selected hotel in Parma.
After breakfast drive through the road of Culatello. Visit of the small town of Colorno, which is home to this true delicacy. See how Italy’s exquisite Culatello Ham and other prosciuttos are produced. Next stop at Felino Salami Museum. After the visit return back to the hotel.
After breakfast You will attend a cooking class at the Academia Barilla. At the end enjoy the result of Your effort! In the afternoon Parma city tour to admire the city’s main sights. Return back to the hotel.
After breakfast leave Parma to discover the Parmigiano Reggiano homeland. Visit of one of the most prominent producers of Parmigiano Reggiano close to Modena, then head into the wealthy little town of Modenaand visit the 11th century Unesco heritage preserved Duomo. Later transfer to Florence. Check in and accommodation in Your 4* selected country hotel in Florence area.
After breakfast experience the creative heart of the Renaissance city of Florence with its main attractions, but also its most prestigious boutiques, including an organized shopping trip to The Mall. Then head towards Fiesole and have dinner in one of the most panoramic terraces with superb views over Florence. Return back to the hotel.
After breakfast travel through the fairytale wine roads of Chianti. You will visit the historical Brolio Castle gardens and savour the Chianti Classico wine in a private room. The tour also features a stop to San Gimignano to visit its historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return back to the hotel.
After breakfast head north to Milan to admire its most beautiful sights. In the afternoon transfer to Orta Lake and visit the magnificent Villa Crespi, projected by Cristoforo Benigno Crespi. Dinner in the restaurant of Villa Crepi managed by the famous Chef Cannavacciuolo. Overnight in Villa Crespi.
After breakfast attend a special cooking class with the Cannavacciuolo’s sous –chefs. An excursion by boat will give You the opportunity to discover the beauty of Maggiore Lake, and to visit the three Borromean Islands. Return back to the hotel.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Check out and transfer to Malpensa Airport.
Piacenza is located in the Roman winemaking region known for its sweet malvasias and juicy Gutturnio based reds. You will first visit will be to one of the emblematic wineries of Piacenza such as beautiful Torre Fornello. You will have a private a tour of the estate and vineyards, and finish with a tasting of their best wines. You will next head for Parma, which is one of Italy’s most fantastic cities with a real bohemian atmosphere.
THE ROAD OF CULATELLO
Your charming chauffeur guide will pick You up at your hotel and You will transfer by minivan to the so-called “Road of Culatello” which crosses the vast plain along the river Po, area of production of the sweet and sparkling Fortana wine and Spalla Cotta ham of San Secondo. Visit and tasting of Culatello ham. Culatello is one of the most prized salumi in Italy: mentions of this delicacy date back to the 15th century. The city of Zibello is epicenter of production, due to its particular climate that is ideal for aging the meat. The think fog that rolls off the Po and the biting cold of the winter give culatello its characteristic sweetness and fragrance.
The Parma province has a lot to offer. The area once under the French control was named the little Paris, due to the charming resemblance of the river side of the two cities. But another important guest was living in the small town of Colorno. Marie Luise duchess of Parma and wife of Napolon. She made Colorno her home and she had a whole palazzo for herself. The ducal palace of Colorno is a splendid example of renaissance architecture. Not to be missed is Colorno Palace, which has a monumental architectural structure, with over 400 rooms, courts and courtyards. It is surrounded by a wonderful French garden, recently reopened.
But Colorno is home of another delicacy: Culatello ham. Probably it is the first location making the ham heading north from Parma. Remember that many producers are happy to do guided visits inside their cellars, so just follow the culatello road sign and ask.
The Felino Museum gives You the occasion to get to know and appreciate not only the essence of what has been called the ‘Prince of salami’ but the territory and the community of which it is an expression, beginning with the quality of the raw material and including that knowledge which the hands which continue to work the salame mixture have accumulated over time.
COOKING CLASS AT BARILLA ACADEMY
Cooking class on the Foundamental of Italian Kitchen at the famous Barilla Academy , the first international center dedicated to the diffusion of Italian gastronomic culture in the world. At the end enjoying the result of your effort!
Discover the elegant city of Parma that is not only a small gourmet town but also the home of Italy’s famed composers Giuseppe Verdi and Arturo Toscanini.
Get to an authentic Parmigiano Reggiano producer by cheesemaking time. There are dairies in an array of cities and You will visit a dairy close to Modena about one hour from Parma. The visit is complete and You will be an expert by the end of the cheese tour. You will see all elements of the Parmigiano production from the processing of milk in the vats.
Discover the wealthy little town of Modena and visit the 11th century Unesco heritage preserved Duomo. The tour consists of seeing the different rooms in the building where balsamic is aged in barrels blackened from years of use.
FLORENCE ART & SHOPPING
Based on Etruscan-Roman origins, the city flourished in the Middle Ages as a free “comune” and was further refined by the Renaissance. You will be fascinated by its numerous monuments, churches, and buildings, as well as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. After the visit transfer to The Mall Outlet at Leccio Reggello located at 40 Km from Florence and enjoy Your shopping time!
CHIANTI WINE REGION
Travel through the fairytale wine roads of Chianti, quintessential Tuscany, You will visit the historical Brolio Castle. Private tour of the estate, from the historical gardens to the incredible Cru vineyards and then to the state-of-the-art production facilities. The tour includes a tasting in a private room of an exclusive selection of our top wines. The tour concludes with lunch at restaurant where You can enjoy an authentic Tuscan meal accompanied by our wines in beautiful surroundings just below the castle.
Discover San Gimignano, a small and world famous walled town located on a hilltop, which remained intact through the centuries, renowned for its tall towers, wonderful frescoes and many other valuable works of art: here You will be led until the heart of the historical center, where You will taste the most famous ice cream.
Your experienced guide will point out Milan’s highlights including the impressive Duomo, Castello Sforzesco, Royal Palace, La Scala Theatre and the shopper’s paradise – Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.
Villa crespi was a project of Cristoforo Benigno Crespi, a pioneer of the Italian cotton industry, while travelling on business in the Middle East was bewitched by Baghdad and its charms and in 1879 finished his own magnificent Moorish villa surrounded by a park that sloped down to the lake. It had taken him 30 years to complete.
You will attend a cooking class with the Cannavacciuolo’s sous –chefs at Villa Crespi: this experience is an occasion that leads to the discovery of the secret of the preparation of three classic dishes of his kitchen. Duration 2hrs.
Stop in Stresa and embarque and starts of the tour of the three borromean Islands. Isola Madre houses one of the most ancient Italian botanical gardens. On Isola Bella you will be able to visit the sumptuous palace – home of the Borromean family, which keeps priceless artworks. On the contrary, Isola Pescatori is the only Borromean Island to be inhabited all the year through; it houses a small village with a small square surrounded by tight and winding alleys.