Italy Real Food Adventure

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

4.8 out of 5 based on 44 reviews submitted.
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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 Venice to Rome via San Gimignano and Bologna.

Trip overview

Map of Italy Real Food Adventure including Italy
Venice, Italy
Rome, Italy
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
This trip generates 36.08 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Italy is a foodie's paradise, but as a visitor it can be hard to escape the tourist traps. Your local leaders will give you an insider's guide to this epicurean wonderland
  • This trip takes in some of the titans of regional Italian cuisine – Rome (Lazio region), Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and the Veneto
  • Tasting the real balsamic vinegar in an acetaia (vinegar loft) is a revelation – it'll be hard to go back to the mass-produced version after this
  • A farmstay in Tuscany gives you an insider's glimpse of wine and olive production in this iconic region
  • Had too much of the good life? Shake things up by walking part of the pilgrim's route, the glorious Via Francigena
  • With hands-on cooking classes led by local masters, you'll learn to roll pasta like a pro, and prepare an authentic tagliatelle al ragu in the city where it all started

Is this trip right for you?
  • The cuisine of Italy includes a lot of meat and seafood. For vegetarians and vegans we recommend reviewing the itinerary and inclusions to ensure that you will be able to fully participate and enjoy this trip. We also have many other trips to Italy which can accommodate a range of dietary requirements.
  • The primary means of transportation on this trip is by train. Train travel is a fast way to traverse long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. Trains are comfortable and all have toilets, however can often be quite busy. Please note that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'Packing' section of the Essential Trip Information.
  • Don’t let the heat keep you from exploring the world! Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
  • The walk along the Via Francigena is about 7 kilometres (4.5 miles). The terrain is nice and easy, although travellers can elect to take a taxi to San Gimignano if preferred (at own cost).
  • While this trip concludes in Rome, we do not spend a lot of time in this city. If you wish to explore further, adding additional nights to the end of your trip is recommended.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

Map of Italy Real Food Adventure including Italy



7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners


Train, Metro, Private Vehicle, Bus


Hotel (5 nights), Farmstay (2 nights)

  • Venice - Welcome Aperitivo
  • Venice - Cicchetti tour
  • Venice - Venetian Breakfast and Market Tour
  • Bologna - Pasta class
  • Modena - Acetaia Visit
  • Modena - Trattoria Lunch
  • Agriturismo - Olive Oil tasting
  • Agriturismo - Wine Tour and Tasting
  • San Gimignano - Leader-led orientation walk
  • San Gimignano - Gelateria visit
Add on activities
  • Venice - Ca' Rezzonico Museum of Eighteenth Century Art - EUR11
  • Venice - Doge's Palace & Bridge of Sighs - EUR30
  • Venice - Guggenheim Museum - EUR17
  • Venice - Museum of St Mark's Basilica - EUR5
  • Venice - St Mark's Campanile - EUR12
  • Venice - St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR5
  • Venice - Accademia Gallery - EUR16
  • Venice - Venezia Ca' d'Oro - EUR15
  • Venice - San Giorgio Bell Tower - EUR6
  • Bologna - Eataly World - Free
  • Bologna - Torre degli Asinelli Tower - EUR5

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement exclude Days 5,6 (Farmhouse) where you will be in shared accommodation, and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. While we endeavor to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking so that we can ensure you’ll enjoy this trip.

Essential Trip Information

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4.8 out of 5 based on 44 reviews submitted.
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Wendy · Traveled August 2023
For those who are looking for a tour that is organised, intimate & the most fun ever you should consider the real food tour. It was excellent, if you have a chance to choose your guide, ask for Vanessa as it was she who made this tour exceptional.
Review submitted 11 Aug 2023

Fran · Traveled July 2023
This trip is a fantastic way to see Italy, eating, walking, and making pasta. I liked the small group. Graziano was a very knowledgeable, gracious, helpful and fun leader. He was especially great on our hike to San Gimignano.
Review submitted 20 Jul 2023

Cathy · Traveled June 2023
The trip was delicious, interesting and highly enjoyable. Gondolas we’re challenging for me but not for others
Review submitted 22 Jun 2023

Judy · Traveled June 2023
Magda and the Italy Food Tour were outstanding. Small group, great experiences, really good value. Strongly recommended.
Review submitted 16 Jun 2023

Veronica · Traveled May 2023
In my opinion booking with Intrepid ensures you have a great holiday. The local knowledge is invaluable. Plus we have made fantastic memories and friends. Travelling can be a minefield of mistakes but with Intrepid you can be assured you are making sure the local people benefit and you can have a wonderful experience
Review submitted 08 Jun 2023
Italy Real Food Adventure
CHF  2,367