8-Day Tour, Northern Italy

DAY 1:

Arrival - Milano to Parmense

From Milano to Parmense – From the home of the Kings of the Duchy to Home of the KINGS of ham and cheese.

After Picking you up from your hotel in Milan, we make our way to the plains along the Po river to the town of Polesine Parmense, home of Culatello, Italy’s most prestigious and expensive ham, and the home town of Guiseppe Verdi. Spend the afternoon exploring the grounds of the Spigaroli family Estate which forms our relais for the next two nights.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Luxury Accommodation

DAY 2:

Organic Farm Tour, Culatello Caves, Parmigiano Reggiano and Cooking Class

After your beautiful breakfast overlooking the expansive grounds of our relais, we will pick up our bicycles and head to a Parmigiano Caseificio and watch as this regal cheese is produced by our Artisan cheese maker.

We then spend the rest of the morning at the Spigaroli farm and in their private caves to witness the amazing collections of Cured Hams.

Next up we commence the never to be forgotten cooking class with our Michelin Starred Chef using ingredients freshly plucked from the grounds garden.

This evening we take a short stroll to our delectable restaurant that has been in the family history for generations.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Luxury Accommodation

DAY 3:

Lago di Iseo and the Franciacorta Wine Region

‘Only by listening to the silence can we understand the soil, the water, the air and the light while they create life” – the winemakers of the Franciacorte Region

After our delicious breakfast, alfresco style, we will visit some of the most spectacular scenery that Italy has to offer, home to some of Italy’s best seafood and stunning views, Lake Iseo is Italy’s undiscovered gem of the North, and any traveller’s paradise. We pick up our vintage cars, we take a leisurely drive along the lake en-route to the Franciacorta Region. Franciacorta wine is Italy’s answer to champagne. Our hill top drive will overlook the lakes and provide stunning views of the beautiful Vallecamonica Mountains. Sampling some of the regional wines is inevitable before we check in at our Luxury Relais – an oasis. Spend a few hours meandering amongst the vines. Tonight we wine & dine & serve up regional plates including fish found only on the lake.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Luxury Accommodation

DAY 4:

Castello di Torrechiara, Prosciutto Tour and Parma

Once ruled by some of Europe’s Wealthiest families Emilia Romagna is a territory of rich farming and agricultural landscape that stretches from the Po River to the Appenines’ crest.

The Food and Wine roads that run through these villages, are also renowned for the production of some of Italy’s most famous delights. Today we take the time to experience the best that this territory has to o er. We make our way to one of the most magnificent of Castles of the Duchy of Parma. We stop for lunch in their Locanda before heading on to Langhirano where we will watch specialist Norcino make the most prized cured ham in Italy… Prosciutto di Parma. Late afternoon will be free to explore the city of Parma, famous for its architecture and palaces and of course SHOPPING. This evening we head out for a real Parmigiano tradition… Aperitivo!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Appertivo
Accommodation: Luxury Accommodation

DAY 5:

Artisan Balsamic Vinegar Producer, Ferrai Museum and Tuscany

After breakfast, it is time to head towards Modena. We take an exclusive trip into the attic of one of Modena’s oldest producing families who explain to us the processes needed to produce this liquid gold.

Be one of the first in the culinary world to sample an authentic 50 year old drop and then come for a walk with us as we tour the vineyards. Lunch will be on the premises dedicated of course to the tasting and pairing of the Vinegars.

After Lunch it is all fast cars and big bucks as we head to the Ferrari Museum, where you each get a ride of 1 lap in the Formula 1 car simulator. We then, give up the fast and furious for the quaint and quiet Tuscan hills as we transfer to our private Villa just outside of Florence. Spend a few hours lazing by the pool whilst enjoying picturesque views over Chianti. For this evening we head behind the walls of our private estate to a dinner spread just like Nonna would make.

Meals: Breakfast, Tastings, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Luxury Accommodation

DAY 6:

San Gimignano, Chianti and Dario Cecchini

This morning we arrive at the beautiful hamlet often dubbed as the ‘Medieval Manhattan’Famous for its Artisan Ceramics, San Gimignano.

We will visit a local pasticceria that is the true essence of Florentine sweets…from panforte to ricarelli and pandolce, we watch the artisans create the dolce that all of Italy talk about. Take your time to explore this beautiful place, and why not head in and watch some of the ceramic makers perfecting their craft.

We then continue on to the historical town of Panzano, the heart of the Chianti, and here we meet the Heart and Soul of Panzano – Dario Cecchini. Dario is probably the world’s most famous butcher. His philosophy on both life and meat all roll into one and he will serve your lunch loudly quoting Dante’s Divine Comedy. For lunch today we will sample Dario’s most prized dishes… some typically Tuscan and some typically quirky and finish with the most famous Tuscan dish of all… ‘The Fiorentina Steak’. After a quick sneaky tour through the butcher shop we head toward our villa for some well-deserved R & R. Tonight we will dine at the Villa and share some wine as we delve into the heart and soul of Tuscan cuisine.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tastings, Dinner
Accommodation: Luxury Accommodation

DAY 7:

Greve Market, Wine tasting and Michelin Dinner

Today we tackle the ‘Strada del Chianti’, and this morning we stop at its gateway – Greve in Chinati.

In Greve, the heart of Chianti, they have their famous open air mercatino, where the local artisans come to showcase their labours. This morning we will walk around the market before heading o to one of Italy’s most antique delicatessens. On the way back to our villa we will stop for wine tasting before heading back to relax and spend some time by the pool.

Tonight we will dine at an ancient abbey for our Michelin starred farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine Tastings, Dinner
Accommodation: Luxury Accommodation

DAY 8:

Departure

After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to our luxury relais, beautiful Tuscany and those that are not travelling onto Puglia.

For those travellers joining us on our Southern Italy Tour, we head towards Trani on the Freccia Bianca bullet train for the pristine beaches and unforgettable landscapes of Puglia.
We will follow the scenic coast along the Adriatic Sea from Bologna, through Ancona and Pescara before finally arriving at Trani. Enjoy your spacious seats with lots of leg room and power to catch up on emails. First Class train private carriage is not included in any of the tour costs.

Meals: Breakfast
Transfer: Transfer to Bologna Airport or Train Station

YOUR ITINERARY INCLUDES:

  • Seven (7) breakfasts, Four (4) Tastings, One (1) Aperitivo, Five (5) lunches, seven (7) dinners & Two (2) wine tasting

  • Unforgettable lunch at Dario Cecchini, wine tasting, dinner in Michelin restaurant, two fine dining dinners, cooking class with Michelin chef

  • Excursions – Visit and guided tour of Parmigiano Caseificio, Culatello Caves, Balsamic vinegar producer, Proscuitto de Parma, visit and tastings local pasticceria, visit to Castello di Torrechiara, market tour Panzano, visit to Ferrari museum and 1 lap in Formula 1 car Simulator

  • Transfers in private coach, boutique accommodation

  • Fully escorted by Melina Puntoriero, Manuelina Culinary, 8 days of professional local guides

  • TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

    • INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS,

    • TRAVEL INSURANCE,

    • PASSPORT,

    • ITEMS OF A PERSONAL NATURE (LAUNDRY, ETC),

    • BEVERAGES,

    • TIPPING

  • PLEASE NOTE: Hotels listed are subject to change. All menus and meals listed are subject to change without prior notice.