8-Day Foodie Tour of Northern Italy

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Wine and Cheese

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL

You will arrive independently in the city of Bologna, and spend the night in a hotel here.

Food in Northern Italy

DAY 2 – BOLOGNA: ENOGASTRONOMIC CAPITAL OF EUROPE

After a delicious hotel breakfast, you will be met by your private guide for a special tour of Bologna, the capital city of the Emilia-Romagna region. Bologna is also considered by many as the gastronomic capital of Europe, so is an excellent place to begin this food-focused tour of northern Italy.

The oldest university in the western world can be found in Bologna, along with a varied historical culture that was influenced by the Romans, the Etruscans and the Gauls. As part of your tour, you will explore both the quieter side streets of the city and visit some of its top attractions such as the Basilica di San Petronio and Piazza Maggiore.

In the afternoon, you can enjoy a local cooking class in a rustic Bologna building where you will learn to make either tortellini or tagliatelle al ragù. The class ends with a delicious bolognese dinner at an osteria; a traditional, informal Italian eatery.

Food of Northern Italy

DAY 3 – MODENA: BALSAMIC VINEGAR AND MOTORS

On your third day, you will leave Bologna and travel to the countryside around Modena for a night.

En route to your accommodation, your driver will drop you off in the city of Modena for a short independent exploration before you visit a traditional balsamic vinegar cellar and enjoy a tasting session. This will be followed by a classic, rustic lunch of tigelle bread and cold cut meat.

After lunch, you will get the chance to visit the city’s Ferrari Museum to learn about the history of the sports car and see both classic and modern models. Your driver will then take you to your beautiful countryside accommodation, where you will be served a gourmet evening meal outdoors, overlooking the surrounding countryside.

DAY 4 – Transfer to Pavia

After breakfast in the hills, a private driver will deliver you to Pavia.

You will arrive in Pavia in the late afternoon, where you will be staying on a wine estate. Here you will enjoy an exquisite dinner, and spend the night in a luxury room.

On the way you will stop in the foodie town of Parma for a lovely stop to enjoy some cheese tastings before continuing to Pavia.

Wine and Cheese

DAY 5 – PAVIA & NEIVE

Pavia, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Italy, remains an enchanting destination for those seeking an authentic Italian experience away from the well-trodden tourist paths. This quaint town, with its cobblestone streets and rustic charm, offers a glimpse into Italy’s rich history and cultural heritage.

Surrounded by the lush, rolling hills of the Italian countryside, Pavia captivates visitors with its picturesque landscapes, perfect for leisurely strolls or scenic bike rides. The town’s architecture, a delightful mix of medieval and Renaissance styles, tells the story of centuries past. Each building, from the ancient churches with their meticulously crafted facades to the charming piazzas, serves as a testament to the town’s storied history and the timeless beauty of Italian design.

Pavia’s culinary offerings are a reflection of the region’s agricultural bounty. Local trattorias and cafes serve dishes that highlight the freshness and flavors of locally sourced ingredients. Whether it’s a plate of hand-made pasta drizzled with olive oil produced from nearby groves, or a glass of exquisite wine harvested from the surrounding vineyards, dining in Pavia is a celebration of Italian gastronomy.

The town’s vibrant community life revolves around seasonal festivals and markets, where locals and visitors alike come together to celebrate the richness of Italian culture. These events provide an excellent opportunity for travelers to immerse themselves in the local traditions, sample regional delicacies, and purchase artisanal crafts.

You will continue to your overnight location in Neive

DAY 6 – CASTLES, SMALL VILLAGES, TRUFFLES, CHEESE AND WINE

Your journey today will take you south to the Barolo region, home to spectacular countryside that is overflowing with vineyards. Whatever time of year you visit, the colours of the hills will be beautiful, along with the warm scent of the fields on the breeze.

Your morning will consist of truffle hunting with an experienced guide and dog, who will take you into the Roero woods and teach you some of the secrets of their profession. You will learn which trees truffles are most likely to grow beside, the best kind of soil truffles grow in, and most importantly how to spot them as you hunt, helped by the trained dog. Lunch will feature truffles, and the meal will be based around this signature ingredient.

After lunch, your driver will take you to Barolo Castle for a short visit, and then on to the Marchesi di Barolo Winery for a signature tasting session. You will return to Alba in the evening, travelling along one of the most scenic roads in Piedmont from La Morra to Vergne.

City of Turin

DAY 7 – THE CITY OF TURIN: FIRST CAPITAL OF ITALY

On your last full day in the north of Italy, you will be able to explore Turin; the original capital of the united country. Turin was the political centre of the movement that eventually united the different areas of Italy into a unified country in the 19th century.

In Turin, you will get the chance to visit the breathtaking Venaria Reale, which is one of the largest royal palaces in the world. After this, you will enjoy some of Turin’s traditional cuisine in a classic restaurant that specialises in local recipes.

Turin is famous for its chocolate amongst other things, and is not far from the Ferrero Roche factory. After sampling the city’s sweet treats, you can also visit the Museum of Ancient Egypt to witness the second largest collection of artefacts from this area of history.

You will return to Alba in the evening, and receive dinner in a local winery that will perfectly pair each course with a different drink.

DAY 8 – DEPARTURE

You will depart Alba independently, and either travel home or continue your holiday in Italy.

Overview

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 known as a country that is home to a range of sensational flavours, 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.

Whilst not fully escorted, you will be met by private local guides on the sightseeing days of this tour and be transferred between locations by a private driver. Local assistance will also be on hand 24/7 in the case of any issues or queries.

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What's Included

Included

  • 2 nights in Bologna
  • 1 night in Modena
  • 1 night in Pavia
  • 3 nights in Alba
  • Breakfast every day in your hotels
  • A guided walking tour of Bologna
  • A local cooking Class in Bologna, including a Bolognese lunch
  • Private driver visit to Modena
  • A tasting experienced at a specialist balsamic vinegar cellar
  • Lunch in Modena
  • Entrance to the Modena Ferrari Museum
  • Gourmet dinner in an estate in Modena
  • Private transfer from Modena to Pavia
  • A commented Parmigiano Cheese tasting session
  • Lunch at a farm near Torrechiara Castle
  • Dinner in a Pavia wine estate
  • A guided tour of Pavia
  • Private transfer from Pavia to Alba
  • A commented Pavese Cheese tasting experience
  • Driver-guided food and wine experience of Alba
  • Truffle Hunt followed by lunch in Alba
  • A commented Barolo wine tasting in La Morra
  • A guided visit of Turin
  • Farewell Dinner at a winery in Alba

Not Included

  • Transfer to Bologna on arrival
  • Transfer from Alba on departure
  • Italian city tax
  • Your airfare to and from Italy. We can help you with the airfare for your trip, just ask when booking
  • Travel Insurance, which is required for this tour and may be purchased either independently or from us

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