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Food & Wine: Piedmont & Tuscany with America’s Test Kitchen

11 days
11 days
Group size1222 travelers
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In Italy, food is an art form.

Learn about northern Italy’s rich culinary history by visiting local shops, secluded vineyards, and bustling markets. You’ll witness the passion behind the creation of famous meats, cheeses, oils, and wines by interacting with the producers who keep the traditions alive. Attend the Alba White Truffle Fair and try your hand at making some of the region’s specialty dishes during cooking lessons led by locals.

Your tour package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 3 wine tastings
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Included highlights

  • Piedmont truffle hunt
  • Alba White Truffle Fair
  • Chocolate-making lesson
  • Castle of Grinzane Cavour
  • Balsamic vinegar villa tour
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Milan today.

Turin4 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Milan & transfer to Turin
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Milan, then transfer to your hotel in Turin and get settled in. Later, gather with your fellow group members at a welcome dinner featuring dishes that are typical of the Piedmont region.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Turin & chocolate workshop
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

Set out on a guided tour to discover Turin, home to Italy’s Royal Family, the House of Savoy.

  • Pass the River Po, stop at Piazza Castello, and see Palazzo Madama
  • Sample local foods at Porta Palazzo market
  • Walk past Palazzo Reale, home of the Italian monarchy and the old Roman city gates
  • Enter the Royal Church of San Lorenzo
  • Visit a historic Turin Caffe to try the famous bicerin coffee

Head to one of Turin's famed chocolatiers for a tasting and chocolate-making lesson this afternoon.

This evening, sit down for an included dinner.

Day 4: Truffle hunt & Alba White Truffle Fair
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Set off for Alba to learn all about one of Italy’s most prized foods: the truffle.

  • Learn about local traditions, products, environment, and varieties of truffles in Piedmont
  • Try your hand at finding truffles with the help of an experienced hunter and dog
  • Enjoy a tasting of truffles, robiola cheese and salami with an aperitif
  • Head to the White Truffle Fair, where you’ll have plenty of free time to enjoy the festival, browse the markets, and sample local dishes
  • Discover some of the key characteristics of the fungi, including how it looks and smells, during a guided sensory analysis
Day 5: La Morra & Barolo
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting

Stop at the village of La Morra for a panoramic view of the Langhe, the hilly Piedmont region famous for its cheeses, truffles, and wines. While here, you'll enter the UNESCO-recognized Castle of Grinzane Cavour.

Then, visit Barolo, a small town with one of the most well-known names in Northern Italian wine.

  • Enjoy a light lunch of local specialties at a winery
  • Sample local Barolo vintages in the vineyard’s wine cellar
Bologna2 nights
Day 6: Parmigiano Reggiano producer & balsamic vinegar villa
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tasting

As you head to Bologna, Italy’s culinary capital, stop to try some culinary delights.

  • Visit a local Parmigiano Reggiano producer and enjoy a cheese tasting
  • Tour a family-run balsamic vinegar villa and discover how they produce their high-end, aged balsamic known as Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena
  • Try the balsamic vinegar during a lunch featuring a variety of appetizers, a risotto dish, and a buffet of desserts
Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Bologna & cooking class
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, venture out on a walking tour with an expert local guide.

  • Visit the University of Bologna, the world’s oldest operating university
  • Peruse the local fish and vegetable market district and visit Piazza Maggiore

Break into smaller groups and learn how to make tortellini, tagliatelle, and ragu during a cooking class this evening. Then, bring your masterpieces together and enjoy eating the meal you’ve prepared for dinner.

Tuscan Agriturismo3 nights
Day 8: Tuscan agriturismo via San Gimignano & Chianti
Included meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting, Tasting, Dinner

Make several stops en route to your agriturismo, or farm stay, located in the beautiful Tuscan countryside today.

  • Explore the small medieval town of San Gimignano on your own
  • Sample some of the city's renowned gelato
  • Continue on to Chianti to tour a vineyard and sample some of the region’s fine wines during a tasting

Later, arrive at your agriturismo and tour the grounds before gathering with your group for an included three-course dinner.

Day 9: Culinary walking tour of Florence
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Head into the nearby city of Florence for a culinary-themed walking tour of the city with a local guide.

  • View the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo
  • Stop for a typical Italian breakfast of cappuccino and brioches​
  • Pass the Dante House and Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture
  • Stop in the Pazzi Palace courtyard and admire the Renaissance-style palace featuring ceramic and stained glass decorations
  • Walk to the lively Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio and see locals picking up their daily groceries
  • Taste finger foods loved by Florentines including coccole, fried dough balls, and veggies meatballs

Enjoy free time in the city before returning to the agriturismo this afternoon.

Day 10: Cooking class at Tuscan agriturismo
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting, Farewell dinner

Spend a free morning at the agriturismo and enjoy the activities that they offer, including walks through the grounds, wine and oil tastings, bicycle tours, and farm tours.

This afternoon, head to a neighboring agriturismo where you’ll take part in a hands-on Tuscan cooking class alongside one of their chefs. Then sit down for an included lunch and enjoy what you’ve crafted along with local wines.

Later this evening, enjoy a wine tasting in Chianti as you celebrate your trip with your group during a farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.4 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastico
    10/19/23 by 2nd-time traveler Anthony

    the best-food, locations, everything great

    5 out of 5 stars

    10/19/23 by 1st-time traveler Judee

    One of best guided tours we have been involved with

    4 out of 5 stars

    Great way to see northern Italy
    10/19/23 by 1st-time traveler Anonymous

    The tour was a great way to see many towns in northern Italy and get a flavor of the culture, landscape, and people. I loved the many demonstrations of truffles, wine, and balsamic vinegar as well as all the cooking lessons. The tour director and driver were fantastic (Linda and Luca). I only have 2...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 11/21/23

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    NH Torino Lingotto Congress
    NH Torino Lingotto Congress

    This upscale hotel is located in the Lingotto area, south of Turin's city center. Guests enjoy a tropical garden, rooftop jogging area, bar and restau...

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    Hotel Porta San Mamolo
    Hotel Porta San Mamolo

    This artfully decorated hotel is located in the heart of Bologna. Guests enjoy the peaceful garden courtyard, on-site coffee house, and bar. Nearby yo...

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    Villa La Palagina
    Villa La Palagina

    This rustic-style hotel is located in the Chianti countryside. Guests enjoy the beautiful grounds, house made wine and olive oils, and yoga in the vin...

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