Our selection of food, wine, gourmet tour and gastronomic vacation proposals from Veneto to Sicily put together by passionate local operators who live in and know their territory best. They include incoming tour operators, hotels, official guides, tour service companies and local agencies, all offering something different.

A Taste of Prosecco and the Veneto

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A Taste of Prosecco and the Veneto runs just once in 2015 from September 13-19 and is 5 days and 6 nights discovering a territory made famous around the world for everyone's famous fizzy aperitif wine, Prosecco. Best of all, the tour is scheduled to take place during the annual harvest. But you will also visit the lagoon of Venice and island of Burano, the cities of Treviso, Bassano del Grappa and Asolo all in this unique tour for food and wine lovers.  
Last modified on 10 February 2015

West Sicily Wine Tour with Sommelier

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This wine tour of western Sicily includes 4 nights in Palermo and is proposed by Francesca Lombardo a qualified tour guide and sommelier of the Associazione Italiana Sommerlier (AIS). On request a similar wine tour can be put together for the other side of Sicily taking in the zone of Etna. Wine is becoming more and more important for the Sicilian economy. In recent years, beside the most popular French grapes, an increasing number of Sicilian wine producers are focusing their attention on old native or autoctonous grapes, One of these is the Perricone. It’s a red grape, largely used in the past for making Ruby…
Last modified on 08 May 2015

Italian Days, Bologna Food and Wine Tours

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Italian Days Food Experiences are based in Bologna and are the brainchild of Alessandro Martini. His tours are not only a very personal and personalized discovery of some of Italy's world famous gastronomy such as ham and balsamic vinegar, but are also cooking classes, wine tastings and special guided visits of events and traditional sagra. Below we are highlighting his speciifc tours which depart from Bologna such as a visit to a traditional Italian wine cantina to see first hand the full process of wine production. Or else a one day cooking classes in a professional kitchen in hills of Bologna where you will…
Last modified on 12 May 2015

Grand Barolo Wine Tours

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This special wine tour in Piemonte by Tasting Tours takes the visitor to some of the best barolo producing wineries in the region. Piedmont is a wine region rich in history yet there are viticulture and enology methods have only taken root over the past two decades. Nebbiolo is the great grape of the region and makes a wine of prodigious quality worshipped by wine lovers everywhere – Barolo. Most would agree that despite efforts to cultivate it elsewhere, Piedmont is the only place where it feels truly at home. Despite the relative calm among the beautiful hills and villages of the…
Last modified on 09 February 2015

Sorrento Food Tour and Cooking Lesson

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This 6 hour tour is proposed by Sorrento Cooking Art based in Piano di Sorrento. It is a culinary experience taking in much of the Sorrento Peninsular followed by a cooking lesson in a fabulous location overlooking the Bay of Naples and lunch. You will be shown how to make a full course Italian meal by Teresa and Monica, who are also experienced guides to the territory, in Villa Il Pizzo. This noble villa is truly unique, not only for it's setting but also being the largest private lemon grove in Italy. Not only that, it was recently used as the lcoation for…
Last modified on 29 August 2014

Discover the Bread and Wine of Altamura

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Puglia Grape Harvest Tour This autumn tour takes place during the grape harvest has been organized with the direct cooperation of Cantine Botromagno one of the most interesting wine cellars of the territory. You will leave appreciating the wider history, nature and human endeavour over the centuries from megalithic times. You will stay in Altamura and all transfers are included.  Even in Italy, very few of people know that the so called Sassi of Matera actually start geologically not from Matera but Gravina, before extending east to Altamura just 10 kms away along a wonderful walk called 'Il Sentiero Belvedere'.  The name of the town of…
Last modified on 04 September 2014

Lake Garda Experience

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Lake Garda Experience tour runs just once in 2015 from April 26 - May 2 and is 5 days and 6 nights discovering not only the lake and towns on its shore such as Desenzano sul Garda and Sirmione, as well as nearby centers such as Brescia and the beautiful Borghetto sul Mincio towards Verona. Due to its special climate, Lake Garda is the most northerly area of Italy where olive groves and lemon trees actually grow and the local wine is equally unique.   
Last modified on 10 February 2015

Grand Barbaresco Wine Tour

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Tasting Tours based in Asti propose this Grand Barbaresco wine tour to discover three producers located in the 3 villages of the Barbaresco region where only 1,200 acres are planted (the area is much smaller than the Barolo district).  Made from the same nebbiolo grape which gives Barolo, Barbaresco is in a way the younger brother of Barolo. More elegant and aromatic, it is though very powerful and great over ageing. While Barolo has been around for centuries, Barbaresco is only a few hundred years old and started to be popular in the world of wine thanks to Angelo Gaja who…
Last modified on 09 February 2015

Barolo and Barbaresco Wine Tour

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This day long guided wine tour of Barolo and Barbaresco is being proposed by Tasting Tours of Asti. Meet your English-speaking guide in your hotel and depart for the Langhe area in the southern part of Piedmont, famous for white truffles and some of the most sought-after red wines in Italy, i.e. Barolo and Barbaresco, as well as being recently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage area.
Last modified on 09 February 2015

Campania Wine Tours with Driver

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All the provinces of Campania produce wine and Sorrento Silver Star can escort you to the best zones for discovering the region's upcoming producers. The map below is taken from the dedicated wine section of www.sorrentosilverstar.com where you will find quick links to an introduction to each of the 21 varieties. The 3 DOCG from the region can be found in the territory of Avellino. They are of course, Taurasi, Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo. This what you can read about Greco.
Last modified on 18 June 2014

Wine and Truffle Tours near Asti

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Tasting Tours of Asti will help you discover close up the wine and truffles of Asti and Monferrato in Piemonte and a zone recently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage area. The hills also produce the third great jewel of the local wine-making scenario, Barbera d'Asti, and the unique black and white truffles (black truffles from February to September, white truffles from mid September to early January). The guided visit also includes white and black truffle hunting with dogs and a visit to a Barbera.
Last modified on 09 February 2015

Half Day Piemonte Tours

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Local incoming travel planner, Tasting Tours, will help you discover the best corners of the famous truffle zone of Alba and equally famous wine capital of Asti. In between you will discover the culinary secrets of the gastronomic heart of Piemonte from Barolo to Barbaresco and further afield. On this page the full range of half day trips is highlighted and do contact Tasting Tours for a quotation.
Last modified on 09 February 2015

Parma Golosa Food Tours

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The gourmet food tours organised by Parma Golosa consist of guided visits to the production sites of some of Italy's most famous DOP food products such as Prosciutto di Parma ham, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese as well as Traditional Balsamic Vinegar from Modena. You will have the opportunity of admiring and experience the different steps involved in the production. The visits are formed around 4 main single tours, which we list below, but are flexible to be combined together in a pair, or three or all four if you wish to fit in with your travel plans. 
Last modified on 29 August 2014

Tropea Culinary and Cooking Tours

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As well as cooking classes in Tropea, the following day long food tours are also proposed by In Italy Tours based in Tropea. They are interesting options which can be added to your stay in the region, or even taken in on a daily basis to make a wonderfullly introduction to the food, wine and gastronomic traditions of Calabria.  The excursions will take you to Pizzo Calabro, Caria and into the Mediterranena Sea for unique vacation experiences in this part of Italy. Click on the title of each tour for full details of each on the in Italy Tours website. 
Last modified on 24 February 2015

Wine Tasting in Venice

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The wine tastings proposed by Venice and Veneto Gourmet have been created and are hosted by qualified sommelier and Venice guide Sara Cossiga. You will be tasting some of the best wines of the territory with each lasting around 2 hours and usually being held in late afternoon. They are designed to be an event which involves all the senses, not just those of your palate. They are hosted with a touch of style and extravagance which sums up the essence of city and which will hopefully stay with you long after you return home.
Last modified on 08 April 2015

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