why TASTE OF ITALY

cooking class groupThis unique gastronomic adventure is a foodie’s dream: tasting the sophisticated culinary and cultural palette of Tuscany. Taste of Italy is much more than physically traveling to Italy.  It is the quality and richness of experiencing the culture first hand and indulging in the flavors of one of the culinary treasures of this planet.

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WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE 7 DAY COURSE:

  • 6 Nights 4-star Accommodations
  • Private transport during tour
  • Two meals and beverages per day
  • Gastronomic tastings
  • Day excursions to historical towns
  • Regional culinary class
  • Truffle Hunt with truffle meal
  • Winery visits and tasting
  • Private guided walking tour
  • Olive oil farm visit and tasting
  • Entrance to cultural Museums
  • Hands on porchetta class
  • Visit artisan pasta shop
  • Tour and tasting of cheese making
  • Airport transfer for departure

Our small group (6-10 person) tour provides an unusual experience that strays from the ordinary touristic paths. Working with born and raised Italians, we have the knowledge to share what the locals know. We take you to spend time with our friends – specialty artisans who are excited to share their personality and passion through their gastronomic art form. You will be invited in the homes, cantinas, and kitchens of skilled artisans whose passion and multiple generations of practice are demonstrated and tasted. Meet the vintner, olive oil craftsman, chef, truffle hunter, cheese maker, and butcher. Each artisan has been sought out not only for their specialized techniques, but for their knowledge and dynamic personalities, so you get a true understanding of the warmth of Italian people. The itinerary is balanced with free time to enjoy as you wish and all activities are optional. For a well-rounded adventure, as half of the week is an experience of the city and latter half in the countryside to unwind. Stroll the crooked streets of  people of a different place and time, taste unusual flavors, inhale new aromas, and hear ancient sounds. Walking excursions will take you back in time, meandering tucked away cobblestone passageways in the heart of the Renaissance as well as excursions to the picturesque countryside. Come experience Italy with us.

We share and support the Slow Food philosophy, the global movement which opposes fast food and protects the traditions, heritage, and culture of food.  In addition to the flavors, we care just as much about understanding who makes them and how. While spending time with locals on this tour, we can understand why it is important to source from the artisan down the road and how the flavors translate from farm to table.

Our small group tour provides an unusual experience that strays from the ordinary touristic paths. Working with born and raised Tuscans, we have the knowledge to share what the locals know. We take you to spend time with our friends – specialty artisans who are excited to share their personality and passion through their gastronomic art form. You will be invited in the homes, cantinas, and kitchens of skilled experts whose multiple generations of practice and technique are demonstrated and tasted.

Absorb the richness of the visual art, savor the edible art, and create a cultural connection. Imagine the aroma of the ribollita soup we have made together simmering in the kitchen, walking through the olive groves, making ravioli with the chef, strolling through the antique cobblestone streets, and hunting for white truffles in the hills. Tasting these experiences, you may be forever inspired by the Italians’ passion for life.

places you will go

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