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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.
A Celebration Of The Tuscan Countryside
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.
Location: Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
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.
Location: Carunchio, 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!
Location: Greve In Chianti, 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.
Location: Sardinia, Italy
Cooking Along The Amalfi Coast
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.
Location: 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.
Location: Castro dei Volsci
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.
Location: 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.
Location: Canalicchio di Collazzone, Italy
Savory Sorrento - A Culinary Tour of Southern Italy
On the Peninsula of Sorrento is found the heart of Italian cooking and entertaining the way you have always dreamed it would be. Prepare yourself for the natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast, the romantic charm of Capri and the rich history of Pompeii. Experience the divine Mediterranean kitchen, the abundance of rich warm hospitality and the attention to every detail that embellishes for you an atmosphere of truly loving where you are and what you are doing.
Location: Sant’Agata sui due Golfi, Italy
A huge feast of the special rice dish dating back to the 13th century.
Vino In Festa
5/10/2014 - 6/7/2014
All invited to taste & enjoy the wine or simply linger in the historically and architectonically special villages.
Chianti Wine Festival
5/31/2014 - 6/8/2014
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
Wine cellars along the Wine Road open their doors for visitors and you can experience different wine routes with a shuttle.
6/8/2014 - 6/10/2014
Wine show dedicated primarily to wines made from indigenous Italian varieties.
Strawberry Festival in Val Martello
6/28/2014 - 6/29/2014
Represents the traditional start of strawberry picking in the highest mountain-strawberry cultivating area in Europe.
9/6/2014 - 9/9/2014
International Exhibition of Organic and Natural Products.
Chianti Classico Wine Festival
9/11/2014 - 9/14/2014
Buy a wine glass along with a ticket to taste up to eight of the wines offered at the stands.
Vino al Vino
9/11/2014 - 9/14/2014
Sample the different styles of wines, chat with the winemakers and listen to some great jazz!
Salted Anchovy & Olive Oil Feast
Monterosso al Mare
Festival of anchovies: tasting of salted anchovies with bruschette and wine of the Cinque Terre at Monterosso.
10/3/2014 - 10/5/2014
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)
10/17/2014 - 10/26/2014
A chocolate lovers paradise - famous for its Perugina Baci chocolates.
Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre
10/23/2014 - 10/27/2014
Displaying food that is defined not only by excellent taste, but also environmental sustainability and social justice.
5/3/2015 - 5/6/2015
World Food Exhibition