Uncover the secrets of Italian cuisine while travelling from Rome to Venice

Italians are the masters of creating simple dishes that sing with flavour. Regional, seasonal and as fresh as possible, Italy’s cuisine is hearty, satisfying and made with heart. Inspired by the kitchens of the nonna, Italy’s food is authentic and surprising – pizza and pasta are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the diverse array of unforgettable food you’ll find on this adventure that travels from Rome to Venice via San Gimignano and Bologna.

Rome, Italy
Venice, Italy
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
128kg pp per trip


  • Explore beautiful hole-in-the-wall eateries in Rome with a local guide
  • Stay in a family-run vineyard outside beautiful San Gimignano
  • Learn to make famous regional dishes in a cooking class in Bologna
  • Chow down on some award-winning gelato in Treviso
  • Experience Venice’s local cicchetti culture


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2017

Say ‘ciao’ to Italy with an aperitivo at a traditional local bar. Start the next morning with a cup of Italy’s superb coffee before visiting a famed bakery for some baked treats. Explore the Trionfale Market, where the art of pasta making will be demonstrated followed by a tasty lunch in a surrounding bar.
Get a taste of Tuscany while staying at a family-run winery on the outskirts of beautiful San Gimignano. Discover the region’s best wines on a wine-tasting tour before discovering the charm of this area on a guided walk though the medieval town. This is the perfect place to relax – spend time exploring the vineyard, helping out on the farm, lazing in fields or joining a cooking class to learn how to make divine regional dishes.
In the region famed for introducing bolognese sauce to the world, participate in a cooking class in the heart of a local food market. Travel to Modena to visit an acetaia (vinegar loft) and learn about the special way Balsamic vinegar is produced here.
Take a fabulous cicchetti (Venice’s answer to tapas) tour: wind through ancient streets, taste local specialties and take a step through history at each restaurant and bar visited.
Head out into the agriturismo-rich area of Marca Trevigiana, famous for its sparkling Prosecco and divine local produce. Savour delicious mountain cheeses on a visit to a local cheesemaker before visiting an artisan salami ‘factory’. Then spend a tough afternoon learning to make melt-in-your-mouth gelato with an award-winning gelato-maker in beautiful Treviso.
Before you leave this wonderful city behind, perhaps wake early and follow your nose to the Rialto Market. This fascinating market is a food lover’s paradise, and the perfect place for the freshest breakfast in town.
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8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
Bus, Metro, Train
Farmstay (2 nights), Hotel (6 nights)
Included activities
  • Agriturismo - Wine Tour and Tasting
  • Rome - City Food Tour
  • Rome - Welcome aperitivo and stuzzichini
  • Treviso - Cheese making demonstration and tasting
  • Venice - Cicchetti Crawl
  • Venice - City Orienation Walking Tour


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Real Food Adventure - Italy , September 2015

Real Food Adventure - Italy , September 2015