Discover some of northern Italy’s best cuisine on this food adventure from Turin to Bologna
While many cities across Italy are justifiably renowned for their cuisine, the country’s northern reaches often fly under-the-radar. Discover some of the north’s most delicious culinary traditions on this nine-day food adventure. Sample hazelnut-infused chocolate and the delectable flavours of the slow food movement in elegant Turin. Hunt for white truffles and savour exquisite Barolo and Barbaresco wines in the picturesque, castle-studded hills of the Piedmont region. Explore the culinary traditions of the Cinque Terre, sampling local specialties like focaccia and farinata (savoury street food pancakes), and learning how to make Ligurian pesto from scratch with a hands-on demonstration. Finish up in gastronomically-rich Bologna, where local producers prized ham and some of the best balsamic vinegar in the country.
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.
The Piedmont region is one of the most beautiful parts of Italy, gifted with picturesque hills topped with centuries-old castles, pretty towns. It also produces some of the best wine grapes in the country and rare white truffles.
If you thought its pastel-hued buildings and breathtaking coastline was the only thing the Cinque Terre had going for it, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised by its cuisine. On top of freshly caught anchovies and fish, make sure to try freshly baked focaccia and pesto – regional specialties.
Tasting the real balsamic vinegar in an attic of a former farm house is a revelation – it'll be hard to go back to the mass-produced version after this.
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 twin-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.
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Many hotels in Italy have stairs instead of lifts. This means you will have to carry your own luggage, often up multiple flights of stairs. Make sure to pack accordingly and travel light if you think this will be a concern.