Uncover the secrets of Italian cuisine while travelling from Venice to Naples.
Italians are the masters of creating simple dishes that sing with flavour. Regional, seasonal and as fresh as possible, Italy’s cuisine is simple, satisfying and made with heart. On this food odyssey, you get the best of the northern and southern Italian cuisine. Dine on a converted fishing platform on the Adriatic Sea, take in the sights of the cave city of Matera while learning to cook with the locals, sample olive oil and homemade wine at a small, family-run farm just outside of Rome and munch mozzarella cheese, sip limoncello and learn to prepare the world's best pizza in the place where it was born. Indulge in the diverse array of unforgettable food you’ll find on this adventure that travels from Venice to Naples.
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Italy is an epicurean paradise, but as a visitor it can be hard to escape the tourist traps. Your group leaders will give you an insider's guide and all the local knowledge.
Tasting the real balsamic vinegar in an attic acetaia is a revelation – it'll be hard to go back to the mass-produced version after this!
Make lunch with a family that lives just outside of Rome, sampling homemade wine and olive oil before sitting down for a farmhouse-style feast.
In Bari, join a local expert for a masterclass where you will learn to make Apulian focaccia and the famous orecchiette (pasta shaped like ‘little ears’).
Lose yourself in the ancient cave-city of Matera, which sits dramatically on the edge of the Gravina gorge.
The primary means of transportation on the northern section of 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.
There are some long travel days on this itinerary, particularly from Matera to Naples (5 hours). There will be stops to break up these journeys. It’s also a great time to relax and get to know your fellow travellers.
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. Many hotel rooms in Europe are not equipped with air-conditioning. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details, and please note that in some hotels a single supplement exclusion applies where single rooms are not available. Hotel rooms in Europe can seem rather small by American or Australian standards and often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
The walk along the Via Francigena is about 7 kilometres. The terrain is nice and easy, although travellers can elect to take a taxi to San Gimignano if preferred (at your own expense).
This trip aims to give you an exciting, diverse and well rounded experience of Italy's cuisine. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Italian food often has a focus on cheese and meat and can be also challenging for severe gluten intolerances. If you have dietary requirements , simply contact your agent at the time of booking for further information on how this may impact on your ability to take part in included activities and meals. Come with an open mind and open mouth, and you won’t be disappointed!
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A single supplement is available on this trip with exception of Days 5-6 (San Gimignano). If a single room becomes available at check-in for these nights, there may be the option for you to upgrade to a single room by paying the surcharge locally for these nights.
There are some long travel days on this itinerary, particularly from Matera to Naples (5 hours). There will be stops to break up these journeys. Its also a great time to relax and get to know your fellow travellers.
We use a mix of public and private transport for this trip. We still recommend that you pack lightly, so you can carry your luggage up and down hotel stairs, but you are welcome to use your preferred luggage style (backpack or suitcase).
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change on Day 8 (Rome). You might also be required to change hotels on this day, so please check the "Continuing Point" notes in your Essential Trip Information or ask your leader.
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