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Taste of Italy, A Foodie Paradise

PRIVATE TOUR - 11 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 9399

Private Tour Highlights

  • Meet a local cheese maker and discover all the secrets of traditional organic cheese making before learning the preparation of cocktails and the "best serve" from a trained official Martini bartender.
  • Witness the fifth biggest church in the world, San Petronio Basilica with a guided walking city tour of the main cultural beauties of Bologna.
  • Discover the culinary excellences of the Food Valley with a visit to a Parmesan Cheese farm, a traditional balsamic vinegar producer, and a tasting of gnocco fritto.
  • Taste the culinary excellence that made the Langhe famous around the world: the excellent hazelnuts used to produce Nutella.
  • Sip a well-deserved Italian style aperitivo with local specialties after a hike through Monforte d'Alba's vine cultivated slopes,
  • Experience a private black truffle hunt led by an expert Trifulau and his dog to learn about the art and tradition of truffle hunting in the Langhe region.
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Tour Overview

In the unmistakably culinary capital of the world, travelers will awaken their sleepy palates with a Taste of Italy, A Foodie Paradise, by exploring northern Italy’s most iconic culinary regions.

Upon landing in Italy, travelers will begin the culinary tour by learning about the gastronomic legacy of Bologna before discovering the culinary excellence of the Food Valley. Modena. From seeing how delicious parmesan cheese is created to tasting and pairing precious balsamic vinegar with traditional dishes, visitors will have the perfect introduction into Italy’s astronomy before moving on to the Langhe Region.

Famed for its sprawling vineyards and medieval hilltop towns, Langhe is also well known for its delicious wines, white truffle, and of course the very hazelnut that is used to create the popular Nutella spread. While in Langhe, travelers will not only taste the local wines but will trek through the hilly vineyards, discover all the secrets of traditional organic cheese making at a local farm, and experience a private black truffle hunt.

On the way to Lake Como, travelers will learn the preparation of cocktails with an official Martini bartender at the popular Martini & Rossi distillery. Upon arrival to Lake Como, the tour continues aboard a private, Venetian style motorboat to the stunning Villa del Balbianello to explore the elegant and romantic estate before capping off the journey with a gourmet picnic lunch by the lake.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Double N/A £$9399 N/A N/A
Single N/A £$15999 N/A N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International Flight to Italy

Overnight International Flight to Bologna, Italy.

Overnight International Flight to Bologna, Italy.

Day
2

Welcome to Bologna!

Upon arrival to Bologna, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

Bologna is the lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, in northern Italy. Bologna is an old university city with lavish porticoed walkways and squares, fine historic buildings, and an interesting medieval center. The city is known for its beauty, great cuisine.

Upon arrival to Bologna, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

Bologna is the lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, in northern Italy. Bologna is an old university city with lavish porticoed walkways and squares, fine historic buildings, and an interesting medieval center. The city is known for its beauty, great cuisine.

Day
3

Bologna Historical & Culture Tour

After a leisurely breakfast, meet your local guide and discover Bologna. Seat of the most ancient University in the western world, Bologna is a city with an intense cultural life and intriguing historical legacy. First an important urban center under the Etruscan, then the Gauls and Romans, Bologna was also a well-known Medieval city within Europe. Enjoy a guided walking city tour to the main cultural beauties of Bologna, such as the Nettuno fountain, the medieval towers and the fifth biggest church in the world, San Petronio Basilica. On the way, stop to taste some of the most delicious regional specialties and learn about the gastronomic legacy of Bologna: mortadella, piadina, tigelle, tortellini and crescentine - to just name a few.
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Day
4

Modena Food Valley Tour

Set out of town to discover the culinary excellences of the Food Valley. Start with a visit to a Parmesan Cheese farm to learn about the production processes and to taste a few different aged Parmesans. Then, meet a traditional balsamic vinegar producer and enjoy lunch at the farm to taste how this precious nectar can be paired with food. In the afternoon, head to Modena and enjoy a guided walking tour of this UNESCO-designated site. Explore the charming alleys of the historical center and step into the Cathedral, first built 9 Centuries ago. Continue on with the Ghirlandina Tower, symbol of Modena. Cap off your visits with a tasting of gnocco fritto, a special tasty fried bread.
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Day
5

High-Speed Train to Turin with Langhe Region Vineyard Tour

This morning, transfer to the train station to board a Frecciaroosa high speed train to Turin. Upon your arrival you will be transferred to the vineyard landscapes of the Langhe Region. After a leisurely lunch (not included) in Alba, meet your local guide and set out on a walking tour of the town starting from Piazza Duomo and discover the history of the city as well as the gastronomic flavors of the region. Taste the culinary excellence that made the Langhe famous around the world: the excellent hazelnuts, used to produce Nutella, the amazing Barolo, "the wine of kings and the king of wines" and of course white truffle. Then head to your Relais in the heart of the Langhe. ...read less

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6

Monforte d'Alba & Barolo Tour

Early this morning, reach Monforte d'Alba, where the landscape is a sequence of mild vine cultivated slopes, on which grapevine rows draw precise and stunning geometries. Meet your hiking guide and start walking towards Barolo, the capital of the "king of wines", but at the same time the "wine of the kings". Once you arrive in Barolo, sip a well-deserved Italian style aperitivo with local specialties. Take the afternoon at leisure to relax and rest.

Early this morning, reach Monforte d'Alba, where the landscape is a sequence of mild vine cultivated slopes, on which grapevine rows draw precise and stunning geometries. Meet your hiking guide and start walking towards Barolo, the capital of the "king of wines", but at the same time the "wine of the kings". Once you arrive in Barolo, sip a well-deserved Italian style aperitivo with local specialties. Take the afternoon at leisure to relax and rest.

Day
7

Black Truffle Hunt Tour

Early this morning, experience a private black truffle hunt led by an expert Trifulau (truffle hunter in local dialect) and the sense of smell of their faithful dogs, called Tabui. Take a walk in the woods and learn about the art and tradition of truffle hunting in the Langhe, where the most delicious truffles grow. Return to your accommodation for a leisurely afternoon.

Early this morning, experience a private black truffle hunt led by an expert Trifulau (truffle hunter in local dialect) and the sense of smell of their faithful dogs, called Tabui. Take a walk in the woods and learn about the art and tradition of truffle hunting in the Langhe, where the most delicious truffles grow. Return to your accommodation for a leisurely afternoon.

Day
8

Cheese Making & Canelli Tour

Today, meet a local cheese maker and discover all the secrets of traditional organic cheese making. See the animals and enjoy a tasting of local products and sheep cheese on a light lunch accompanied by a bottle of local red wine. Then, embark on a walk in Canelli, nicknamed the capital of Spumante, or sparkling wine. Here, in the company of an expert guide, explore Canell's renowned wine cellars. These "underground cathedrals", known for their architectural beauty, extend about 12 miles and were built in the early 19th century to conserve locally produced wine. Enjoy a wine tasting paired with local products, before heading back to your Relais.
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Day
9

Martini & Rossi Tour with High-Speed Train to Milan

Check-out and transfer to Turin. On the way stop at Martini & Rossi first historical headquarters and visit the internal Museum. Together with an official Martini bartender, learn the preparation of cocktails and the "best serve". Continue to Turin and board a Frecciarossa high speed train to Milan. Upon your arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation in Lake Como.

Check-out and transfer to Turin. On the way stop at Martini & Rossi first historical headquarters and visit the internal Museum. Together with an official Martini bartender, learn the preparation of cocktails and the "best serve". Continue to Turin and board a Frecciarossa high speed train to Milan. Upon your arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation in Lake Como.

Day
10

Lake Como Motorboat Tour

Board on a private "Venetian style" wooden motorboat for a picturesque ride across Lake Como with a local guide. Behold a panorama of colorful waterside villages and elegant estates, fringed by palms and pines and backed by soaring mountains. Stop at Villa del Balbianello and explore the elegant and romantic estate built in the XVIII Century on a peninsula. Then, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch by the lake. Private transfer back to your accommodation.

Board on a private "Venetian style" wooden motorboat for a picturesque ride across Lake Como with a local guide. Behold a panorama of colorful waterside villages and elegant estates, fringed by palms and pines and backed by soaring mountains. Stop at Villa del Balbianello and explore the elegant and romantic estate built in the XVIII Century on a peninsula. Then, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch by the lake. Private transfer back to your accommodation.

Day
11

International Flight Home

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport in Milan for your flight home.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport in Milan for your flight home.

Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy

Modena, Province of Modena, Italy

Turin, Metropolitan City of Turin, Italy

Alba, Province of Cuneo, Italy

Monforte d'Alba, Province of Cuneo, Italy

Barolo, Province of Cuneo, Italy

Milan, Italy

Lake Como, Italy

Places You'll See

  • Bologna

    Home of ragù or Bolognese sauce, Bologna is famed as a foodie paradise that offers a plethora of cultural and historic sites. Visitors will soak in the beauty of the city’s grand Renaissance buildings while taking in the colorful markets filled with local flavors. Be sure to savor the world-famous dish known as “ragù alla Bolognese”.

  • Langhe Region

    Located in the hilly northern region of Italy, Langhe is famed for its sprawling vineyards. Providing a quaint escape from the crowds and gorgeous scenery with medieval hilltop towns and rows of grapevines stretching as far as the eye can see, Langhe is what comes to mind when one thinks of Italy.

  • Lake Como

    Perfectly nestled in the foothills of the Alps, Lake Como is known for its gorgeous landscape and luxurious villas of the elite that dot its shores. Being such a large lake, it is difficult to see all that Lake Como has to offer in just one day. However, a day trip will provide a lasting impression. We suggest visiting the quaint fishing villages of Bellagio and Varenna before cruising along the lake to take in the stunning villas.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Bologna : Art Hotel Orologio

Langhe Region : Relais Villa d’Amelia

Lake Como : Relais Villa Vittoria

Testimonials

Sally I.

Traveled October 2017

All we could have hoped for

We are having a wonderful time and our guides, especially Luis, have been delightful. Hiking the trail together was fantastic, all we could have hoped for.

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Traveled October 2019

Awesome Trip

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Traveled March, 2010

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