5 Fabulous Food and Wine Experiences in Italy

Written by Rem Malloy, since 1995 Rem has been guiding and designing trips to Italy and all of Western Europe and is considered an expert in his field for over 30 years.

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The food and wine of Italy is second to none. When in Italy, all five of your senses will be captivated. Indulge and please your palate with tastes from impressive vintners and savor food that will leave you hungry for more. Italy is meant to be devoured!

Whichever region you choose to visit, take your time and soak in the scenery and its diverse regions; the rolling hills of Tuscany, or Piedmont and its mountains, each destination enticing you to absorb every element around you.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, we can arrange private tours guaranteed to please your palate for taste and adventure. Hunt for truffles, experience a wine and cheese tasting with seasoned experts, and discover the secrets of some of Italy’s most famous wineries. Here is just a sampling of food and wine tour experiences that we can arrange around Italy.

Bologna

Bologna is a foodie paradise.

Bologna is a foodie paradise. The city is where the slow food movement began and the birthplace of Italian cuisine. The city is famous for Bolognese sauce, where it is traditionally served with handmade tagliatelle pasta.

The winding streets behind the Basilica of San Petronio contain some of the best food shops in the world, as well as fresh fruits, vegetables, the finest meats and cheeses – all from local suppliers and of the highest quality.

Your private guide will introduce you to the city by way of walking and tasting. You will also see some of the sites of the city and learn about Bologna’s historic past and interesting present.  

This walking tour is for the lover of art and food and can be added to any itinerary. You will enjoy the highlights of the city of Bologna along with a foodie tour of the city, where you will get to taste the regions best wines, foods and cheeses.  A perfect combination of history and food.

Sicily

Taste your way across the sun-kissed island of Sicily, sample local produce from every region and enjoy the cultural blend of Greek and Italian cuisine.

If you’re looking for a holiday that combines the history, culture and landscapes of Sicily with incredible local wine and food, then this tour is perfect for you. Beginning in the capital of the Mediterranean island, you will enjoy Palermo’s fresh food markets and picture-perfect beaches while learning about its history and architecture, as well as visiting nearby coastal towns and villages.

From feisty Palermo, this tour will take you into the more diverse areas of Sicily, where you will spend your days sampling Greek and Mediterranean wines surrounded by the mystical and awe-inspiring scenery of the Aeolian Islands. Prepare to treat your tastebuds, and enjoy the variety of flavors, sights and experiences that Sicily has to offer.

Rome and Tuscany

Journey from the historic capital of Italy to the Renaissance countryside, experiencing the surrounding landscapes and towns as you travel.

This tour sees Rome as the starting point for a sensational food and wine tour of Italy’s favorite city and its most popular region. Tuscany is not only full of beauty and culture, but also brimming with culinary delights that make it one of the best places to visit to try some of Italy’s best dishes and flavor.

Tuscany is a wine haven and a must-visit for every wine lover out there. It’s home to many different winemakers, and some of the world’s most exquisite wines are produced here.

Wine tasting in Tuscany is an immersive experience that includes learning about the history and culture behind winemaking in Italy, sampling estate-made wines and olive oils while surrounded by the most stunning scenery. In addition, many of these vineyards are owned by the same families for many centuries, giving you a chance to visit historic homes during your tour and learn more about the origin of winemaking in Tuscany.

If you plan on visiting vineyards in Tuscany but don’t know where to start, check out our list of the best vineyards to visit.

Northern Italy

Let your tastebuds lead you on a tour of the north of Italy, enjoying local delicacies that range from classic Bolognese pasta to the famous Barolo wine or incredible truffles.

Italy is home to a range of sensational flavors, but the northern regions in particular produce incredible ingredients year-round that are enjoyed all over the world. The high quality of this area is owed to the fertile landscape and the centuries of experience behind many products and recipes that you will sample as part of this tour.

Each location has more to offer than just its signature dish, however, as you will discover as you visit Bologna’s ancient university, the original capital of the country Turin, and the beautiful town of Pavia. You will also travel through the idyllic countryside of Piedmont, famous for its abundance of vineyards, olive groves and historic towns and villages.

This tour will give you the chance to hunt for truffles, experience wine tasting with seasoned experts, and discover the secrets of some of Italy’s most famous wineries. If you’re looking for a trip that features only the best of Italy’s landscape and cuisine, then this is the tour for you.

Rome, Amalfi Coast, Sorrento and Apulia

Make the most out of visiting both Rome and the Amalfi Coast with this delicious tour of the surrounding areas and Italy’s longest coastline.

Rome has a reputation that is deserved; it is one of the highlights of Italy with a historical legacy that has given it the name ‘The Eternal City’. With breathtaking ancient remains and incredible architecture, visiting Rome feels like taking a step back into the past, and is an experience that is unrivalled with any other historic city.

Down the coast from Rome in the Campania region is a close competitor for a time-travelling experience, with the ancient port town of Pompeii featuring fully preserved historic remains because of the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Campania is also home to the beautiful Amalfi Coast, with picturesque beach towns lining the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Incredible coastal views continue in the Apulia region, situated in the south of the country on the heel of Italy’s ‘boot’. There are a variety of different places to visit and things to see here, from the trulli huts of Alberobello to Lecce’s historic architecture, and from Matera’s ancient cave dwellings to the beautiful town of Gallipoli.

SUMMARY

No matter which part of Italy you visit, be sure to experience the richness of culture, history and the delicacy of Italian cuisine. You may find yourself aimlessly walking the halls of the Vatican in Rome and being utterly fascinated by the beauty and craft of the Sistine Chapel. Or perhaps you treat yourself to the remarkable food and scenery of Tuscany. Imagine the robust, bold flavors of wild boar over fresh pappardelle pasta followed by a sip of ruby-red Chianti, all the while overlooking the orange glowing sky setting beyond the infamous rolling hills of Tuscany.

Italy4Real offers some of the best ways to experience the food, wine and sights of this amazing country. Contact us to discuss how we can help design your food trip to Italy.

About the Author

Rem Malloy started Italy4real back in 1995 with his mother, Deborah de Maio.

He specialises in Italian tours as well as customised tours to France, England, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Greece and Spain. He was also featured in the Travel Channel show Mysteries at The Museum in 2016.

Rem has family in Italy and his mothers home town is Cava di Terrani, near the Amalfi Coast. The family has a street named after them in Sorrento, Via Luigi de Maio; a relative who was mayor of Sorrento.

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