28 February 2021
No one can be immune to the charms of Italy. From its rolling green hills, spectacular lake region, mountains and national parks to its fabulous beaches, from its world-renowned art and architecture to one of the greatest cuisines in the world, this is one of the planet’s most popular holiday destinations for very good reason.
Travel Counsellors works with hand-picked partners all around Italy to help you really get under the skin of this fascinating country, including local guides who will take you off the beaten track into the very heart of Italian life. Our fully bespoke itineraries can include the major sites that no visitor should miss as well as exclusive experiences full of surprises, guaranteeing you an insider perspective of whichever destinations you choose to explore. I can also arrange accommodation suited to your personal tastes and requirements from a wonderful array of hand-picked options.
Foodie tours are a particularly good way of getting to grips with Italy in all its passion and fervour, providing shortcuts to the country’s history and heritage through its cuisine and its world-renowned wine. This country’s love affair with food is legendary. Cacio e pepe (pasta with Pecorino Romano cheese and fresh black pepper) in Rome, pizza in Naples, pasta e fagioli (pasta and bean soup) in Venice, panforte (fruit cake) in Tuscany, granita (fruit juice and crushed ice) in Sicily and gelato on just about street corner – these are just a few of the ways that food will sweep you up into Italian life and make you feel like a part of this welcoming country.
A Food and Wine Tour of Venice - Highlights
A gentle stroll around the residential Cannaregio neighbourhood, an authentic spot where locals meet after work, learning about its 1,000-year history and noting down recommendations from your local guide as to things to see and do during your stay in this iconic city. In Cannaregio alone, these include Orsoni Furnace, the city’s most antique gold mosaic and Venetian enamel producer.
A ride across the Grand Canal the way locals do, in a traditional stand-up traghetto. Low-cost and eco-friendly, these gondolas carry up to 10 passengers at a time and most have been operated by the same families for generations.
Food tastings in Rialto, including a look at local produce at the market and a stop-off at a small eatery owned by a group of young locals with a passion for giving traditional recipes a modern twist in dishes such as black ink calamari.
A stop in a historic bacari (a type of wine bar where you stand at the bar eating small tapas-style snacks called cicchetti) as an introduction to enjoying this unique local experience under your own steam. Classic dishes to sample include tiny whole octopi, sweet-and-sour sardines, potato croquettes, polpette (meatballs), fried olives and a huge array of cheeses.
Visits to secret, hidden spots that will demonstrate ‘the real Venice’ just steps away from the well-trodden tourist hotspots.
A farewell at the iconic Rialto Bridge with its great nearby restaurants and shops, with some final recommendations from your guide.
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Travel Counsellors works closely with in-destination travel experts and locals throughout Italy to give access to unprecedented local experiences that can be combined any which way you like for the ultimate bespoke itinerary.
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