Food & Wine Global Leadership Summit: Northern Italy & the Italian Riviera

12 days
Eating isn’t just a part of the daily grind here—it’s a full-on art form. Join speakers and experts at an immersive conference to discuss the future of food from cultural, environmental and economic perspectives. Then, stand beside the Italian masters in their kitchens, farms and wineries to learn more about the region’s most delicious fare. From world-renowned wine in Barolo to Parmigiano Reggiano in Parma to fresh-cooked tagliatelle in Bologna, prepare to indulge in the best Northern Italy has to offer.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 6 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 2 wine tastings, 1 cooking lesson

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing

Milan 4 nights

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Milan today.

Day 2: Arrival in Milan

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Milan, then transfer to your hotel to settle in. Later, gather with your fellow travelers and Tour Director at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Summit conference & sightseeing tour of Milan

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the morning listening to world-renowned keynote speakers and working with local and global experts at a Global Leadership Summit conference. You’ll discover the ways food can bring people together and discuss solutions to help feed our growing world.

Then, embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Italy’s fashion capital.

  • Walk through the Brera District and see the statue of Leonardo da Vinci, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and Piazza della Scala
  • Step inside the Gothic-style Milan Cathedral, Italy’s largest cathedral
  • Pay a visit to the 15th-century Sforza Castle, which currently houses an impressive collection of art

Tonight, discuss the elements of Italy’s food and wine culture while enjoying an included dinner.

Day 4: Summit conference

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, join your group at the second portion of your summit conference. You’ll spend a half day with speakers and experts, considering how what we eat shapes our culture, environment and economy.

Later, enjoy a dinner of local specialties accompanied by regional wines.

Turin 2 nights

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Turin

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Turin, where you’ll set out on a guided tour in the afternoon and discover the home to Italy’s former Royal Family, the House of Savoy.

  • Stop at Santa Maria del Monte for views of the River Po and the city
  • Continue to Piazza Castello to enter Palazzo Madama, named for the female regents who called it home in the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Enter the Baroque-style San Lorenzo church
  • Walk through the Palazzo Reale to Caffetteria Reale to taste the famous bicerin, a layered beverage made from espresso, hot chocolate and dense whipped cream

This evening, enjoy a dinner featuring traditional Torinese specialties.

Day 6: 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 cheese, truffles and wines. Then, continue on to visit Barolo, a small town surrounded by vineyards that’s distinguished as one of the most well-known names in Northern Italian wine.

  • Enter the UNESCO-recognized Castle of Grinzane Cavour
  • Enjoy a light lunch of local specialties
  • Stop at a winery to walk through the vineyards and sample local Barolo vintages

Bologna 3 nights

Day 7: Transfer to Bologna

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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

  • Visit a local Parmigiano Reggiano producer and enjoy a cheese tasting
  • Visit a balsamic vinegar villa for lunch and a tasting of the region’s famous vinegar known as Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Bologna

  Included meals: Breakfast

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 and visit Piazza Maggiore

Spend a free afternoon in Bologna or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dozza Village & Castle Wine Tasting $69pp* Details

Travel to the medieval village of Dozza, a village known for its homes decorated in brilliantly colored, contemporary frescoes. Pay a visit to the village’s famous wine exhibition at Enoteca Regionale Emilia Romagna, located in Dozza Castle, where a professional sommelier will lead you on a tour of the endless selection of regional wines within the enoteca. You’ll be invited to taste three types of wine accompanied by a light snack.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Day 9: Free day in Bologna & cooking class

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day in Bologna before trying your hand at pasta making at tonight’s cooking class and included dinner.

Verona 2 nights

Day 10: Verona via Valpolicella

  Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch, Wine tasting

Transfer to Verona, stopping in Valpolicella along the way. Here, you’ll enjoy a light lunch and sample three red wines typical of the region: Amarone, Ripasso and Recioto. Then, venture on to Verona, home of Romeo & Juliet.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Verona

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join your guide on a tour of “The City of Love.”

  • Discover the sites that served as the backdrop for Romeo & Juliet, including Casa di Giulietta, Juliet’s house and storied balcony
  • Visit Verona’s UNESCO-recognized historic district to see Piazza della Erbe, Lamberti’s Tower and the Roman amphitheater named the Verona Arena

Later, join your group and raise a toast to your trip at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Italy to explore the city of Venice.

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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements

Tour Pace

  • You will walk for about 3 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times. • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Milan and depart from Verona (or from Venice on the tour extension). When you first arrive, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • Water taxi rides in Venice are included in the price of the tour extension.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).


  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.


  • Venice and Northern Italy are known for flavorful meats and pastries. For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa, or limoncello.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotel may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.


  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.


  • The euro is the currency you will be using on this tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.


  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates and prices.

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