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A Food & Wine Group Tour in Italy.

Tour through the very heart of Italy on this gourmet food and wine journey. 

Dates: 29 September until 12 October 2017 - 14 Days and 13 Nights

$7,950 twin share - single supplement of $1,250 applies

Book by 24 July and SAVE $250.00 per person. Don't miss this last chance to tour Italy's stunning food and wine regions

4 star accommodation throughout the tour 

Join us as we travel through the food and wine lovers paradise of Emilia Romagna and Le Marche. Exclusive to CarolinaSusi Tours. Limited Availability - Enquire Today. 

We pride ourselves on providing our guests a truly unique Italian travel experience. Our fully escorted and all-inclusive small group tours mean you spend more time in the exquisite locations we visit, allowing you to truly experience the local life. 

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Tour Highlights

Emilia Romagna and Le Marche, located in central Italy, are regions that are less travelled by visitors to Italy. Many of the places in these regions hardly make it into the guide books. This is means you get to meet many more locals and explore some unexpected places.

tour of italy food wineThe first week of this 14 day tour is spent in Le Marche, set against the Sibillini Mountains on one side and the blue Adriatic Sea on the other. What makes this region so special are the local towns and villages that still have their own character and identity. This is very evident in the style of food and wine almost anywhere in the region. Local chefs source the finest products to create their simple but elegant dishes. They pay attention to the smallest detail in sourcing ingredients and preparing something special. Staying in Ascoli Piceno, an intimate small town with origins pre dating the Romans, it is nothing for our local guide to be interrupted by neighbours greeting her from windows and doorways.

The Sibillini Mountains hold many secrets, not least of which is where one might find the excellent and very rare Truffles. Wandering into the tiny village of Montefortino after a morning spent seeking out these elusive delicacies, we have arranged for a long Sunday lunch with the locals. It is even possible to amble into the kitchen where Mama is cooking over an open fireplace.

A brush with Italian aristocracy and a day spent with your sleeves rolled up making Olive all’Ascolana are just a couple more treats for you to enjoy. This region boasts an excellent white wine. It is made from grapes that are nurtured on the hillsides around Ripatransone, capturing a hint of the Adriatic Sea on it palate. It also produces some very high quality and prestigious reds.tour of italy food wine

Each village and town boasts its own regional speciality. This starts with the bread, which complements the olive oil and the meat and freshness of the vegetables, with a local wine to tie it altogether.

Turning our attention north, we find ourselves in Bologna, the capital city of the Emilia Romagna region. This elegant city has the energy of a university community and the continuity of hundreds of years of history. Often referred to as the home of the slow food movement, the Italians almost universally acknowledge the region’s rich cuisine as Italy’s best. Joining a local chef we learn some secrets of preparing dishes for which this region has become known.
This region produces another famous wine, Lambrusco. Much maligned over the years, you will hardly recognise it wine it has now become. Discover other wines from the Colli Bolognesi such as Pignoletto, Orfeo and the Barbera grape based Cucherla.

tour of italy food wineTucked away on the east coast near the mouth of the Po River is the village known as Little Venice, Comacchio. This charming little town is, like its larger counterpart, built on the water. Whilst it is possible to get around Comacchio without getting your feet wet, it is no less charming. A local delicacy is the Eel and our visit is timed to coincide with the local Eel Festival dedicated to this fish.

Nurtured and matured over25 years in special barrels, the making of Modena’s Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale is an artisan’s heaven. It has long been the tradition amongst families who produce this exquisite condiment to give a barrel as a Christening or wedding gift.

This food and wine tour would be incomplete without a visit to watch the cheese makers convert fresh milk from local dairy farms into the massive wheels of the ‘King of Cheeses’, the world renowned Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. We can appreciate why this cheese has topped thousands of pastas dishes around the world for generations.

It may seem a little out of place on this tour, but yet another product of excellence for which this region is renowned is the Ferrari. Even if you aren’t a lover of cars, the Ferrari museum is a monument to detail and perfection as Enzo Ferrari’s dream car has evolved over the years.
These are just some of the highlights of this remarkable food and wine tour.

Tour Inclusions

Your Food and Wine Tour Inclusions:

* 13 nights' 4 star accommodation
* Driver and first class coach transportation
* Full time locally based professional Tour Leader
* Tours of numerous locations with local guides
* Boat and other local transport
* 3 local wine tastings
* 4 classic aperitifs
* 2 Cooking classes
* Comacchio delta boat trip
* Visit to Parmigiano producer followed by a tasting
* Visit to special balsamic vinegar producer followed by tasting
* Visit to olive oil producer and oil tasting
* Multiple tastings experiences of local specialities
* Truffle hunt in the beautiful Sibillini Mountains
* Entry to Ferrari Museum
* Entry to and guided visit of Castello Estense
* Other entry fees as included in itinerary
* Historic garden tour
* 13 breakfasts
* 8 authentic lunch experiences served with local wines
* 5 chef inspired dinners served with local wines

We’re all about discovering the real Italian way of life, understanding the culture, discovering places only locals know about, sightseeing, speaking the language and enjoying the spectacular regional cuisine, local markets and wineries and café culture.

For more information on your food and wine tour in Italy, please call: Carrol on +61 401150615 or Sue on +61 410 692 003, or click here to send us an email. You can also obtain your Tour Booking form on our website or by contacting Donna at Savenio Travel on 1800 770 599.

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Note: CarolinaSusi Tours wishes to advise that, in order to reach some locations, it is necessary to walk on steep, uneven pathways. This may pose some difficulties for people with mobility impairments or those reliant on walking frames or wheelchairs. Where this is the case, a travelling companion who can provide assistance is recommended. The tour operator reserves the right to ask participants to stay behind or modify their itinerary on any day they feel mobility will be an issue. If you are in any doubt, please consult with the tour operators or Savenio.

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Day 1 italy food tours
Highlights: Ascoli Piceno, Aperitif, Welcome Dinner

This gastronomic adventure begins at 10:30am from Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport at Fiumicino. Crossing the Apennine Mountains, we travel to Ascoli Piceno, a small historic town in the south of Le Marche. After settling into our hotel there will be a short orientation tour and then we enjoy an aperitivo at one of the oldest original bars in Italy, an institution for the locals. This is followed by your first dining experience, a Welcome Dinner accompanied by matched local wines which provides a hint of what is to come on this on this food adventure.

italy wine toursDay 2
Highlights: Ascoli Piceno, Lunch at a local osteria, Offida, Wine tasting, Dinner

We start the day with a guided tour through the narrow streets of Ascoli Piceno discovering the history of the area visible in the stones from which it is built. Lunch will be an exciting selection of local specialities served at one of the local osterias.

In the afternoon we visit the medieval town of Offida overlooking the valley of the Ascoli Piceno region. Here we meet local artisans still making lace using traditional techniques. To end the day we will visit a local enoteca to taste the local Passerina and Pecorino wines. Dinner will be another gastronomic adventure at a local restaurant in Ascoli.

Day 3italy truffle tours
Highlights: Sibillini Mountains, Truffle Hunt, Lunch at a local osteria

Today we are off to a secret location in the Sibillini Mountains to meet a local truffle hunter and his dogs. Why secret? Truffle hunters treasure their special truffle hunting areas in the much the same way as fishermen. Our truffle hunt is followed by a rustic lunch. We are privileged to share this with the locals in a small osteria in the little village of Montefortino. The menu, created by Mama on the day, is a traditional Sunday lunch of several courses over several hours served with wines and, of course, featuring our truffles.

Day 4
Highlights: Cooking Class, Lunch with Local Wines

Our first Italian cooking class will be spent with our friends Claudia and Luciano deep in the countryside of the Piceno hills. Roll up your sleeves, don an apron and spend the morning sharing the food learning some of the secrets of the Le Marche style of food preparation. Then relax and enjoy a convivial lunch that we prepared, further enhanced by the peace and tranquillity of the view over the hills to the distant mountains. Our hosts have been known to spring a bit of a surprise on us as we depart.

Day 5
Highlights: Special Wine Tasting, Lunch at Seaside Town of Grottammare

We have been invited to a very special family owned winery high in the hills near Ripatransone. The vineyards are on the eastern slopes of the hillside just a few kilometres from the Adriatic Sea, the sea breezes and the hint of fresh mountain air imparting unique characteristics to the wines. Following our wine tasting, lunch awaits us at the seaside town of Grottammare. Sit back and enjoy lunch overlooking the beach where the chef will create a selection of local fish and seafood dishes for our indulgence. Time permitting, you might like to take a stroll along the seafront, along the beach or through the historic town centre to walk off your lunch.

Day 6
Highlights: Meet Italian Aristocracy, Historic Garden, Aperitif, Artisan Olive Oil Producer, Dinner

By special invitation we meet one of the surviving members of the Italian aristocracy at her villa in the Marche countryside. Sharing her remarkable family history and passion for gardening, the ‘Principessa’ personally takes us on a guided tour of her historic gardens. We enjoy an aperitivo with her in the villa which is also her home.

After some leisure time we visit an artisan frantoio where we have been lucky enough to see the newly harvested olives being transformed into olive oil. And of course we sample the different varieties they produce. Tonight will be our final dining experience in Le Marche.

Day 7
Highlights: Travel to Bologna, Orientation Walk of Bologna, Aperitif, Dinner

Leaving Ascoli Piceno, we head north to Bologna, the capital of the Emilia Romagna region. Often referred to as the capital of the Italian slow food region, the Italians almost universally acknowledge the region’s rich cuisine as Italy’s best. After settling into our hotel, we take a short orientation walk around the centre of Bologna. Later we continue our adventure in Italian food and wine with an aperitivo in a very special location followed by dinner in a city centre ristorante.

Day 8
Highlights: Guided Tour of Bologna, Lunch at a Famous Grocery Store in Bologna, Wine Tasting

The morning begins with a stroll through the lively historic centre of Bologna combining sightseeing of the historic sites and artistic masterpieces with a not to be missed wander through the extensive and tempting food markets. In the middle of these markets is a famous grocery store which features some of the very best produce. It is here that we enjoy lunch. This is followed by a wine tasting featuring wine from the hills of Bologna.

Day 9
Highlights: Free time, Bologna Mercato di Mezzo, Cooking Class, Dinner

Free time this morning provides you with an opportunity to explore Bologna. The local Friday ‘Piazzola’ markets will give a chance to shop for clothes, shoes, home decor and more or you could head for the designer boutiques lining the splendid porticoes of the city centre. Then it’s time to get serious about our gastronomic discoveries when, accompanied by our chef, we visit the local Bologna Mercato di Mezzo (Middle Market) to help buy ingredients for our afternoon’s Italian cooking class. This will be followed with dinner complemented by Italian wines from the region.

Day 10
Highlights: Po Delta Regional Park Cruise, Comacchio Eel Festival, Lunch, Free Time

The day starts with a leisurely cruise around the lagoon of the protected Po Delta Regional Park. Local eel fishermen often have their specially designed nets ready and waiting for this local fish delicacy. Then it’s on to the canal town of Comacchio known as “little Venice” where we have timed our visit to take in the local Eel Festival. After lunch at a canal side seafood restaurant, why not take a casual walk around this enchanting town and see the Eel Festival in full swing.

Day 11
Highlights: Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Lunch, Maranello - Ferrari

Modena is renowned for its production of the highly prized “aceto balsamico tradizionale”. We have been invited to visit an artisan skilled in the complex art of making authentic balsamico, a process which taking a minimum of 12 years of ageing and which can take up to 25 years for the very best quality. This is followed by lunch featuring local dishes. Capping off the day we visit another famous producer of high quality handmade products, the Ferrari Museum. With a little notice, it is possible to book a ride in one of these famous cars. It’s certainly something to think about.

Day 12
Highlights: Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese, Leisurely Lunch, Free Time

What is wine without cheese and more particularly Parmigiano-Reggiano, the ‘King of Cheese’. Rounding out our food experience, we travel to Reggio Emilia, arriving just after the fresh milk is delivered. We watch and learn about the process of turning the raw milk into this world famous cheese. We are able to see the completion of each stage of the production under the strict supervision of the master cheese maker. We sample the different qualities of this world famous Parmigiano cheese. A long lunch at an osteria on the outskirts of Vignola is accompanied by plenty of the local Lambrusco wine. The afternoon is free.

Day 13
Highlights: Ferrara, Castello Estense, Culinary Surprise, Farewell Dinner

On our final day, we visit the UNESCO protected Renaissance city of Ferrara. The Castello Estense still stands proudly over the city which was the intellectual and artistic centre of the region. There are some gems hidden in local cafes where artists and poets used to gather. We have one last culinary surprise for you before returning to Bologna. This is our last evening, so we say farewell with a celebratory end of tour aperitivo and dinner.

Day 14
Our last day and it's off to Milan’s Malpensa airport. We aim to reach the airport by 11:30am.