Uncover the secrets of Italian cuisine while travelling from Venice to Sorrento
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. On this trip you get the best of the North & South. Discover why the southern Italian regions of Abruzzo, Puglia, Basilicata and Campania are the newest foodie hot spots everyone's raving about. Dine on a converted fishing platform on the Adriatic Sea, savour Apulian classics in a fortified farmhouse and sample burrata cheese. 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 Sorrento.
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, Puglia and the Veneto
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
A farmstay in Tuscany gives you an insider's glimpse of wine and olive production in this iconic region
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
Visit the gorgeous town of Alberobello which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unusual districts of trulli, the characteristic white-washed conical-roofed houses of the area
Experience an unforgettable dinner by the Adriatic Sea while on a traditional trabocco fishing platform in Fossacesia
Pack your own picnic at a prized Apulian bakery
Lose yourself in the ancient city of Matera, which sits dramatically on the edge of the Gravina gorge
The primary means of transportation on the norther 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 'What to Take' section of the trip notes.
There are some long travel days on this itinerary, particularly from Fossacesia to Alberobello (Day 9: 4 hours) and from Matera to Sorrento (Day 13:5 hours). However you will be on private transport on these days and there will be stops to break up these journeys. Its 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 own cost).
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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 Fossacesia to Alberobello (Day 9: 4 hours) and from Matera to Sorrento (Day 13:5 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).