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Tour Description

  • 14 days
  • selfguided
  • tour

Love Italian cuisine? This two-week itinerary showcases some of the country’s finest food, from the patisserie of Turin and prosciutto of Parma, to the world’s best gelato in Umbria.

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1-2: Turin

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Map of Day 1-2: Turin

Prepare yourself for a sugar hit in Turin – the city has a real sweet tooth, with chocolatiers, artisanal bakeries and patisseries on practically every corner. Treat yourself to nutty gianduja chocolate, cream-filled bignoline and tiny, fruity tarts, and ditch your morning cappuccino in favour of bicerin, an indulgent mix of coffee, chocolate and cream. 

Day 3-5: Piedmont

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Map of Day 3-5: Piedmont

Hire a car and head out into the Piedmontese countryside for the next few days. This region is the home of the Slow Food movement, and you’ll find plenty of restaurants that celebrate this. If you’re around in autumn, look out for truffles on the menu (or join a truffle-hunting trip to seek out a few yourself). 
For a local wine to accompany your truffle-topped pasta, you’ll be spoilt for choice – Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto… 
 

Day 6-8: Bologna

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Map of Day 6-8: Bologna

From Piedmont, drive or catch a train down to Bologna. With three nights in the city, you’ll have plenty of time to sample its specialities (like tagliatelle al ragu and tortellini in brodo), graze your way around the foodie heaven of the Quadrilatero market and tour the shops and stalls at newly opened Eataly World.
For more gourmet action, you could visit prosciutto producers in nearby Parma and book a table at ‘the best restaurant in the world’ in Modena. 
 

Day 9-10: Florence

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Map of Day 9-10: Florence

From Bologna, it’s a short hop south to Florence, where we can arrange a market tour and cooking class with a local chef. Walk off the calories with a stroll up to Piazzale Michelangelo, a hillside piazza with panoramic views across the city.

Day 11-12: Tuscany

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Map of Day 11-12: Tuscany

You’ll be getting back behind the wheel today as you wind your way through the vineyards of Chianti towards Pienza. We recommend Hotel Il Chiostro di Pienza as your base for the next couple of nights – the restaurant there is one of the best in town, with a menu of Tuscan classics and views across the beautiful Val d’Orcia. Don’t leave Pienza without picking up some of its most famous export: Pecorino cheese.  

Day 13-14: Umbria

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Map of Day 13-14: Umbria

A leisurely two-hour drive takes you into Umbria, where you’ll be heading for medieval Montefalco. Stay at Hotel Villa Pambuffetti, a family-run place with a fantastic restaurant – dishes are based on old family recipes, with locally sourced ingredients and organic olive oil produced on the estate (look out for local Sagrantino di Montefalco on the wine list).
Twenty-five minutes’ drive from Montefalco is the small city of Spoleto. It’s home to a 12th-century cathedral, a Roman theatre – and the world’s best gelato. Make a beeline for Viale Trento e Trieste to sample Gelateria Crispini’s pistachio, named the finest flavour at the Gelato World Tour Finals earlier this year. 

 

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Flight Information

The majority of international flights arrive into Turin-Caselle airport (TRN), which is approximately 30 minutes by car and 20 mintues by train from the centre of Turin. Direct flights are available from Bristol, Leeds, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.