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ItalyCooking Vacations, Foodie Tours, Culinary Getaways

Just as there is a special art to preparing Italian dishes, there is also an art to serving and consuming this world-class cuisine. Unlike faster paced societies of the world, meal time in Italy is a time to kick back and relax. The average Italian meal is three hours long in which friends and extended family members consume 10 courses or more. When traveling through Italy on a cooking vacation, indulge yourself in the Italian lifestyle as you discover their passion for food and wine, learning both the art of preparation and the art of consumption. Take in regional techniques, ingredients, and family recipes that have been passed down over the centuries.

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A Taste of Abruzzo Culinary Vacation
You will spend your week exploring the historic villages of Abruzzo, witnessing the creation of organic products at the hands of local artisans, immerse yourself in the art of cooking with professional chefs, and taste the hypnotic flavors of Abruzzese cuisine. This tour is designed as a full-immersion culinary adventure that is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.
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Carunchio, Italy
A Taste of Puglia Culinary Adventure by the Sea
In a week experiencing the Southern Comfort of Pulgia, you will have a seen firsthand the historic villages of Salento with your personal guide, felt the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean, learned rich culinary secrets from a professionally trained chef in an abundance of cooking classes, and tasted the extraordinary wines, olive oils and cuisine. Your memories will follow you home as well as the great new techniques you’ve learned to impress your family and friends.
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Puglia, Italy
A Taste of Rome City of Fountains and Culinary Delights
Rome is magnificent and overwhelming with timeless magic and a great place to visit any time of year. Walking though vineyards and olive groves, tastings their abundance brings to life the great culinary traditions of the Roman kitchen. This week you will explore the full range of food, culture and cuisine. Through cooking classes in unique settings, all run by accomplished chefs, you will bring these traditions home.
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Rome, Italy
A Truffle Hunt in Tuscany - Epicurean Quests in Chianti
This fabulous adventure in the Chianti region of Tuscany combines hands-on cooking with multiple wine tours and in-depth educational tastings. Hunt for truffles in ancient villages, tour the birthplace of Amerigo Vespusci, and feast on the flavors that have labeled Tuscany a world-class foodie’s paradise. In a word – Perfecto!
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Greve In Chianti, Italy
Amalfi Coast Cooking & Pastry Adventure with Michelin Star Restaurant Chef
How many times have you spent a week with a Michelin Star Restaurant Chef? On this tour you'll be eating foods that have been hand-picked from an organic garden just minutes before, reveling an entirely new dimension of how real food tastes. Chef Giuseppe will lead you in using only local produce, meats and cheeses in all six cooking classes. He will heighten your taste buds and elevate your skill level. Daily foodie tours and sightseeing will capture your heart on the Amalfi Coast.
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Piano di Sorrento, Italy
Blending Culture, Cuisine and Cooking in Sardinia
Surrounded by deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the island of Sardinia is attractive to beach lovers while its incomparable cooking style makes Sardinia the perfect destination for culinary enthusiasts, who discover a cuisine that revolves around the freshest of ingredients simply prepared.
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Sardinia, Italy
Cooking Along The Amalfi Coast and Positano
Join a select group of privileged foodies on an Italian cooking vacation that is bourn of romantic dreams and culinary delight. In this true Italian cooking vacation, you’ll learn from local celebrity chefs in no less than three days of cooking classes, dine on the ultimate Mediterranean cuisine, and explore regional wines famous the world over. Come celebrate a taste of the Amalfi Coast in true Amalfi style.
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Positano, Italy
Culinary Adventures Into The Italian Countryside
Come enjoy a rustic unchartered territory that is rich in tradition and best known for its simple, savory and hearty Italian dishes. The “Cuoca Ciociara” makes mouthwatering specialties such as Zuppa di Pane, Sagne e Fagioli, Fettucine con sugo di coniglio, Gnocchi con spuntature di maiale, Salsiccia patate e peperoni con pane Casereccio e Ciambelle di vino only to name a few.
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Castro dei Volsci, Italy
Culinary Discovery in Sumptuous Sorrento
This full immersion culinary itinerary will be a discovery of the aromas of Italy through authentic restaurants and hands-on cooking classes featuring the freshest organic ingredients. The foodie and cultural excursions extend to both the Campania land and sea for a complete Southern Italian experience.
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Sorrento, Italy
Culinary Excursion Through the Hills of Umbria
Many regard the cuisine of Umbria to be the best in Italy. A mixture of prized olive groves, pastureland with nut-fed black pigs, vineyards, lakes and medieval hamlets result in a region full of rich cooking traditions. Professional chef’s lead four hands-on cooking classes, from your private hill-top castle-like sanctuary that offers a complete resort style experience. Foodie tours showcase the best of the area.
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Canalicchio di Collazzone, Italy
Old Abruzzi & The Adriatic Culinary Holiday
During this cooking holiday you will have the opportunity to learn the recipes of traditional Italian and Abruzzese cuisine, from homemade pasta and gnocchi to desserts and other culinary delights. You will visit local markets, a winery, cheese factory, bell foundry, olive mill, trabocchi an historic abbey and medieval villages.
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Tastes of Perugia, Florence and Assisi Culinary Vacation
Come to Perugia, the petite capital city of Umbria and discover the true lifestyle and foods of the Italian countryside. From the moment you arrive, you’ll become a part of the family and experience the abundant hospitality in this 15th century Palazzo. Enjoy culinary classes, foodie tours filled with wine, chocolate and olive oil tastings as well as visits to Florence, Assisi, Deruta, and Perugia.
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Monte Castello di Vibio
Tuscany, Truffles, Town Tours, Cooking and Wine
Welcome to Tuscany (Toscana in Italian) with its rolling hills, snowcapped mountains, dramatic cypress trees, and miles of coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Tuscany has been home to many figures influential in the history of art and science, known as well for its wine production, particularly Chianti. Its simplistic, yet elegant, cuisine makes Tuscany the perfect escape for a culinary getaway.
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Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

Taste What's Happening!

Firenze Gelato Festival

Florence
4/24/2015 - 5/1/2015
Gelato, tastings, displays, workshops and more held in different squares around the city.

Risotto Festival

Sessame
5/3/2015
A huge feast of the special rice dish dating back to the 13th century.

TUTTOFOOD

Milan
5/3/2015 - 5/6/2015
World Food Exhibition

Vino In Festa

South Tyrol
5/9/2015 - 6/6/2015
All invited to taste & enjoy the wine or simply linger in the historically and architectonically special villages.

The Fish festival of Saint Fortunato

Fortunato
5/10/2015
A huge fireworks display and bonfire competition followed by free fried fish on Sunday.

Slow Fish

Genoa
5/14/2015 - 5/17/2015
Dedicated to the world of fish and marine ecosystems, the event is organized by the Liguria Regional Authority and Slow Food.

Roma Gelato Festival

Rome
5/18/2015 - 5/21/2015
Gelato, tastings, displays, workshops and more held in different squares around the city.

Cantine Aperte

Countrywide
5/23/2015 - 5/24/2015
Open Wineries Day, taking place across Italy, with wine tastings and other events--a great chance to sample local wines.

Chianti Wine Festival

Montespertoli
5/31/2015 - 6/8/2015
Tastings in the village's main square - Piazza San Pietro in Mercato - tasting and sale of Chianti D.O.C.G., gastronomic pavilions.

Wine Cellar Night

South Tyrol
6/6/2015
Wine cellars along the Wine Road open their doors for visitors and you can experience different wine routes with a shuttle.

Torino Gelato Festival

Turin
6/11/2015 - 6/14/2015
Gelato, tastings, displays, workshops and more held in different squares around the city.

Vitigno Italia

Naples
6/24/2015 - 6/26/2015
Wine show dedicated primarily to wines made from indigenous Italian varieties.

Strawberry Festival in Val Martello

Martell
6/27/2015 - 6/28/2015
Represents the traditional start of strawberry picking in the highest mountain-strawberry cultivating area in Europe.

Parma Ham Festival

Parma
9/4/2015 - 9/20/2015
Ham factories will open their doors to the public and give visitors the chance to watch the production process and take part in free tastings.

SANA

Bologna
9/12/2015 - 9/15/2015
International Exhibition of Organic and Natural Products.

Vino al Vino

Panzano
9/17/2015 - 9/20/2015
Sample the different styles of wines, chat with the winemakers and listen to some great jazz!

The First of Italy (I Primi d’Italia)

Foligno
9/24/2015 - 9/27/2015
Classic Italian food firsts: pastas, gnocchi, soups and rice with tastings, demos, master classes and traditional medieval foods for sampling.

Vivi La Vendemmia

Subbiano
10/1/2015 - 10/10/2015
Celebrates the Grape Harvest in Tuscany. Held in early October.

Boccaccesca

Certaldo
10/2/2015 - 10/4/2015
A gastronomic fair the first two weekends of October is held in Certaldo Alto, Tuscany. (See pictures of the red brick hill town of Certaldo Alto)

International White Truffle Fair

Alba
10/10/2015 - 11/15/2015
Head to the market to buy truffle oil, butter, creams and truffle-infused sauces. Every Saturday & Sunday.
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