Travel to Italy and visit this European gastronomic paradise.

Travel to Italy and savour the many flavours of this gastronomic heaven on a journey from the canals of Venice to the cobblestone streets of Rome. Explore historic sites and picturesque villages on this special food-lovers' adventure through some of the most incredible places in Italy. There is plenty of time to indulge in everything from fresh seafood and hearty wines to the finest balsamic vinegars and pesto in the world. This two-week trip is sure to tantalise all the senses.

Venice, Italy
Rome, Italy
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
506kg pp per trip


  • Savour some romance along the canals of Venice
  • Taste the finest balsamic vinegars in the world in Modina
  • Explore pastel coloured villages along the Cinque Terre
  • See the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Watch a spectacular sunset over Florence
  • Indulge in Umbrian delicacies
  • Munch on divine pizza in Naples
  • Be amazed by Pompeii - a city frozen in time
  • Peruse Rome's iconic sights


Work up an appetite for some delicious cicheti by exploring the narrow streets and tiny bridges of Venice. Take a vaporetto across to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore and climb the bell tower for the most exceptional views of this seductive city. Then, cruise through the matrix of narrow waterways aboard a traditional traghetto.
Travel by train to a city that was home to the late Luciano Pavarotti. Stock up on the region's famous balsamic vinegar at an acetaia, a house where the dressing is made in the attic. While here, be sure to feast on some of Modena's culinary specialities including prosciutto, tortellini and zampone (stuffed pig's trotter). Or, for car-lovers, a visit to the Ferrari Museum and gallery is sure to provide a few high-speed thrills.
Absorb sweeping views of the Mediterranean from the Cinque Terre's picturesque coastal path. Hike at a leisurely pace or catch a train between these five famous towns, passing vineyards, olive groves and buildings awash with pastel colours. In free time, be sure to indulge in a plate of Liguria's legendary pesto or even take to the sea in a kayak.
After marvelling at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, appreciate artistic treasures in the romantic Tuscan capital. As the sun begins to set, why not walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo to admire Florence from above and see why this city is affectionately known as Italy’s ‘Outdoor Museum’.
Venture further afield to the beautifully preserved town of Perugia, in the heart of Umbria. For an insight into local history, why not spend time perusing the National Gallery or Archaeological Museum. Then, set off on a day trip to nearby Spello to sample local wines and food at a quaint enoteca.
Look out for pizzerias bearing the words 'la vera pizza napolitana'. Then, grab a hot slice and decide if Naples really does have the world’s best pizza. Spend time exploring the incredible remnants of Pompeii on a day tour and perhaps work up a sweat clambering up to the summit of mighty Mt Vesuvius. In free time, enjoy an excursion to Capri or the Amalfi Coast before relaxing amid the stunning environs of Sorrento at night.
Arrive in the Italian capital and remember that while here, the best attitude is ‘when in Rome’! Perhaps visit the Vatican City to see St Peter's Basilica and dome and enjoy a final gastronomic fling before the journey ends.
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14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Bus, Ferry, Metro, Taxi, Train
Hotel (14 nights)
Included activities
  • Cinque Terre day pass
  • Enoteca wine tasting and lunch
  • Old Pompeii entrance
  • San Giorgio Bell Tower
  • Traghetto across the Grand Canal
  • Visit to acetaia


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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip
2. Italy Experience trips departing in 2013 will be 10 days long (rather than 15) The updated price and full itinerary will be available later this year.
The revised itinerary is:
Day 1 Venice
Day 2 Venice
Day 3 Cinque Terre
Day 4 Cinque Terre
Day 5 Pisa/Florence
Day 6 Pisa/Florence
Day 7 Perugia/Spello
Day 8 Perugia/Spello
Day 9 Rome
Day 10 Depart Rome

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