ITALY TRAVEL GUIDES

Gastro Guides

Food & Wine Lover Travel Guides for

Planning your trip to Italy around your next meal

Leave that giant guidebook from Barnes & Noble at home, skip the tourist traps and start dreaming about eating your way through Italy like a local with…

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Gastro Guides

…and get access to honest advice & up-to-date information from local travel food & wine experts 

Your subscription unlocks: 

✔️ Easy-to-navigate Food city guides

✔️  Kick-back free recommended food & wine experiences, and

✔️  Advice on where to eat & what to drink from local Italian Food & Wine experts… 

All from your phone. 

 

“COULDN’T HAVE FOUND THESE AMAZING PLACES ON OUR OWN”

JENNIFER LEVESQUE

North Carolina, USA

“FANTASTIC! WE APPRECIATED THE FOCUS ON QUALITY”

HELENE POWER

Washington, USA

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If you could connect with (and eat like!) the locals all while experiencing genuine Italian life –

and zero hours wasted in the Google spider web

(or photocopying yet another map)

…would you give yourself that chance?

Or, would you keep on…

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🚫  Wasting hours researching, not knowing where to start, & being overwhelmed with too much information

🚫  Relying on reviews from TripAdvisor when you know most of reviews weren’t left by locals & some are even bought and paid for

🚫  Reading blog posts on Italy and wondering if their restaurant recos are honest reviews or just a free meal ticket

🚫  Packing outdated heavy guidebooks filled with unreliable information landing you in front of restaurants with closed doors displayed “out of business” signs

*Truth Time*

You’re weighed down researching your epic Italian food & wine adventure: heavy outdated guidebooks & unreliable info.

It’s time to travel light!

If you’re ready to eat your way through Italy like a local,

get the inside scoop from trusted Italy Food & Wine experts,

access comprehensive Foodie City Guides (gluten free options included),

and never be overwhelmed by a vast amount of information again…

…then we’ve got

GOOD NEWS:

Inside every Gastro Guide  

You’ll uncover the secret to eating like a local & planning your trip to Italy around your next meal 

Enjoy a curated list of restaurant, food, wineries & cooking class recommendations inside the easy to navigate comprehensive City Guides 

Get up-to-date information about restaurants from local travel experts

Explore beyond the main cities with new Italian regional guides, restaurant, wine & food recommendations & foodie travel tips added monthly

And NEVER worry about feeling overwhelmed or led astray with a vast amount of

 outdated food & wine recommendations for Italy! 

You’ll get organized, practical information & insider tips just like these travellers before you….

“The exceptional scenery, the out of the way amazing places, wineries and food, all worth the trip to Italy and you wouldn’t find them without Giovanni & Chantelle!”

LEE FARRINGTON

Melbourne, Australia

With Giovanni & Chantelle’s local knowledge we were able to experience food and restaurants we would’ve never discovered on our own

KELLY SERVINSKI

Squamish, BC, Canada

But first, you need to know

about my First Trip to Italy

 

Leaving for a 6 month solo trip backpacking around Europe, I ordered everything single major guidebook:

✅  Lonely Planet

✅  Europe on a Shoestring

✅  Rough Guides

…practically every guide you can get your hands on.

And ended up doing what most first-time travellers do: lug as many guidebooks in my bag without hitting the dreaded excess weight limitations. 

Even the best books are flawed with:

✖️  List of outdated restaurants 

✖️  Closed restaurants or significant management changes

✖️  Zero food & wine tips from actual locals

✖️  Poorly organized, overwhelming amount of information

Then I founded The Italian On Tour… 

Becoming an expert in perfectly planned Italian Food & wine tours (and living as a local in Italy) that maximize your enjoyment on vacation and give you a backstage pass to experiencing Italy like a local…

 I set out to create food & wine guides that don’t weigh you down

Guides that you can access from wherever you are in the world

That won’t overwhelm you but instead provide you with

 Up to date practical information (like what’s the best restaurant near the Pantheon) from local Italy travel, food & wine experts

More than just a restaurant list….

A complete set of growing guides where you’ll discover not only where to eat, but what to eat and where is the best place to enjoy food & wine experiences on your next trip to Italy. 

These are….

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Gastro Guides

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Accessible from all your devices!

“I wanted an authentic experience as a local in Italy. Giovanni & Chantelle absolutely exceeded my expectations!”

Chantelle and Giovanni are a very insightful, educated, cultured husband-wife team.  From the moment they greeted me at the airport, I felt like a friend. A friend they looked out for and introduced to their local Italian friends who were also lovely, friendly… and local experts.

STEPHANY BRANHAM

Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Ready to know the best place to eat pasta carbonara?

here’s how we can help!

Here’s the thing…

You Only Need to Crave 4 Things to Enjoy the Gastro Guides

NEVER COMPROMISE ON LUGGAGE SPACE

Remember carrying a heavy backpack filled with textbooks? Not your jam anymore. You don’t want to feel like a high school student preparing for a research project.

With the downloadable app you’ll have the convenience of a pocket guide with all the comprehensive information of a bulky guidebook

EASY TO NAVIGATE, PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Find exactly what you’re looking for! Every guide is organized into precise topics so you’ll never be overwhelmed by a vast amount of information or waste your time filtering through general information to find what you’re looking for.  Instead you’ll get practical, organized advice from locals (like where the best place to eat near the Trevi fountain)

ACCESS TO EXPERT ADVICE

Chantelle & Giovanni’s passion for top quality truffles, Italian food and wine is your gateway to local guides, experts.We’ve tapped into our network of local experts & put together a list of experiences that have been tried, tasted and tested by locals to ensure quality and authenticity. Zero tourist traps, or paid promotion, just honest, trustworthy advice from Italy Travel, local food & wine experts.

UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION

Italy is a trip of a lifetime & you want to make the most of your Italian vacation.  Never worry about getting duped by a tourist trap or eating a bad meal again (even near the Colosseum)!  Inside every Gastro Guide you’ll find places personally vetted by us and our trusted network of local Italian food & wine experts

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Ready to get the inside scoop from trustworthy Italian Food & Wine experts?

here’s how we can help!

Have we mentioned each city guide also has gluten-free options & recommendations?

 

Your All Access pass to getting advice from locals isn’t off limits because you have to dine gluten-free. 

Chantelle is a celiac & she’s got you covered with restaurant recos and gluten-free dining out tips to help you can enjoy a trip to Italy – minus the vacation glutenation!

 Now you can have your GF cake and eat it, too!

“All the gluten-free food & wine was amazing!”

“Highly recommended if you want to enjoy amazing cuisine in Italy on gluten-free diet

NICOLE HUNTER

Nova Scotia, Canada

A SNEAK PEEK INside your italy travel guides

  • Get the in depth practical information you’re looking for with easy to navigate topics

  • Find exactly what you need, when you need it with the simple search engine

 

  • Access your gastro guides from wherever you are in the world with the convenient app

 

  • Dining Get directions with the click (or tap of your finger) of a button & access to in app maps for restaurants & food & wine experiences

 

  • Italian Food & Wine tips including what to eat, how to navigate the Italian menu & more!

PLUS exclusive posts to…

  • Fuel your wanderlust for your next trip to Italy.  Each month, be inspired with new food & wine tips, additions to city guides, restaurants and recommended experiences extending to all of Italy’s 20 regions!

 

“Local insider knowledge & travel tips for Italy”

 

“That I could have never discovered on my own”

JULIANA YU

Victoria, BC, CANADA

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 DON’T FORGET Your MEMBERSHIP Perks 

INSIDER RECOMMENDATIONS

Whether you want to spend the evening sipping aperol spritz in the piazza or sink your teeth into a slice of pizza romana, you’ll get up to date local expert advice for where to eat, what to see, and what’s happening around Italy.  

KICK-BACK FREE LIST OF FOOD & WINE EXPERIENCES

As a member of the Gastro Guides you’ll feel good knowing 100% of your dollars is going to support small local businesses. From spectacular wine experiences to cooking experiences overlooking Rome’s rooftop terraces, each and every experience is recommended because WE trust them (not because someone paid us to say so!). 

EATING & DRINKING TIPS FROM ITALIAN FOOD & WINE EXPERTS

Discover the dishes (and the wines to drink with it) you gotta try as you eat your way through Italy!   You’ll get tips on where to find local delis, markets and shops to cure your craving for gourmet Italian food & goodies.

“Loved the local shopping tips!”

“…and all of Giovanni & Chantelle’s food & wine recommendations.”

ANNA PESTI

Brisbane, Australia

Ready to eat your way through Italy like a local?

here’s how we can help!

“They should charge more!”

Their prices are unbelievably fair. If you’re hesitant about their pricing then I would say don’t go to Italy…”

RACHEL RUVO

North Carolina, USA

THE 10 QUESTIONS YOU WANT ANSWERED

(and the ones we get asked alot)

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1. WHO ARE THE ITALY FOOD & WINE EXPERTS INSIDE THE GASTRO GUIDES

With over 30 years of combined Italy Travel, Food & Wine expertise, Giovanni and Chantelle created the Gastro Guides to offer their personal Italian food & wine recommendations and tips they’ve used to plan perfect Italy vacations for food & wine lovers for just like you!  Everything inside your guide has been tried and tested by us or recommended by locals we know, love, and trust.

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“Giovanni & Chantelle are the perfect guides to translate the Italian experience”

“Traveling like a local is not straight-forward. This type of experience requires someone on the inside who can guide you – and that’s where The Italian On Tour steps in.”

2. HOW DETAILED ARE THE CITY GUIDES?

Comprehensive, detailed and organized! Each city is organized by topics featuring different types of places to eat & where to enjoy the best food & wine experiences. Helping you eat your way through Italy without feeling overwhelmed & stress-out by a vast amount of information.

3. I’VE ALREADY BEEN TO ITALY...THE GASTRO GUIDES RIGHT FOR ME?

 Yes, because this means you already love Italy and you’ve probably already traveled to all of Italy’s major tourist sites, but you want to revisit them with insider tips or discover Italy beyond Rome, Venice and Florence while eating your way through Italy like a local. When you get access to the Gastro Guides you’ll get reliable Italian food & wine advice from trusted local food & wine experts. 

4. HOW ABOUT IF IT’S MY FIRST TIME TO ITALY - ARE THE GASTRO GUIDES RIGHT FOR ME?

Whether you’re traveling to Rome, Florence, Venice or looking for something away from the crowds, the Gastro Guides provides you with trustworthy Italian food, wine & restaurants recommendations every first time traveller needs to plan a successful food & wine lovers trip to Italy.

“I’VE BEEN TO ITALY MULTIPLE TIMES”

“With Giovanni & Chantelle’s local knowledge we were able to experience food and restaurants we would’ve never discovered on our own.”

KELLY SERVINSKI

Squamish, BC, Canada

5. Help! I can’t eat gluten?

No problem! Your membership to the Gastro Guides isn’t off limits because you’re gluten-free.  Every city guide offers practical gluten-free recommendations on where to eat, drink & cook gluten-free.

6. I’M VEGETARIAN, WILL THE GASTRO GUIDES WORK FOR ME?

Absolutely! Inside every guide you’ll find recommendations for restaurants that offer vegetarian options on their menus.

7. WILL I GET ACCESS TO NEW CITY GUIDES ON THE MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP?

All new city & regional guides are only available on the Yearly Membership plan.  Your monthly membership will give you access to the Gastro City Guides for Rome, Venice & Florence and any updates during your membership period.

“AMAZING PLACES, WINERIES & FOOD!”

“…and exceptional scenery all worth the trip to Italy and you wouldn’t find them without Giovanni & Chantelle!””

LEE FARRINGTON

Melbourne, Australia

8. HOW DO I ACCESS MY GUIDES FROM MY PHONE OR TABLET?

You’ll have complete access to your Gastro Guides from whereever you are in the world!  All you have to do is download the Mighty Networks App to your phone or tablet, login and start planning savoring artisan gelato in the piazza on your next trip to the Bel Paese.

9. WHAT MAKES THE GASTRO GUIDES DIFFERENT THAN IF I BOUGHT A BOOK FROM BARNES & NOBLE?

Once it is printed, it’s printed.  Things are changing so fast in Italy, especially in the last few years.  With the Gastro Guides you won’t run the risk of showing up at someone’s doorstep and the business being closed, or even worse the restaurant management has changed and that perfect plate of carbonara, it’s no longer the best place in town.  Inside each Gastro Guide we’re going to keep you up to date with information accessible from your phone, so you’ll ever have to look like a tacky tourist pulling out a bulky guidebook in front of the Trevi fountain. 

10. HOW BULKY ARE THE GUIDEBOOKS?

As heavy as your iPhone. Better than a traditional Italian travel, food & wine guidebook, the Gastro Guides have all the information of a comprehensive heavy guidebook with the convenience of fitting in your pocket.  Download the mightynetworks app and you’ll have access to your gastro guides from wherever you are in the world.

You answered my questions!

Italy here I come!

TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THESE ITALIAN FOOD & WINE TRAVEL GUIDES, YOU SHOULD…

Be ready for insider knowledge — you already know the best way to eat your way through Italy is with advice from Italy Food, Wine & Travel Experts that live in Italy (and know Italy like the back of their hand!)

Want to save time and mistakes  – you’re tired of relying on TripAdvisor & outdated guidebooks.

Crave practical information – you don’t want to miss out on the must-try dishes & where to eat the best carbonara near the Pantheon.

…and never want to schlep around a bulky guidebook or compromise on luggage space again – you’re ready to savor every last bite of pizza romana & have more room in your suitcase for stylish vacay outfits and swoon worthy souvenirs.

This means, you shouldn’t pop the prosecco if…

You want your trip planned for you – want to sit, back & relax knowing everything is taken care of? Then click here to check out our tours!

Planning your Italy itinerary around Food & Wine doesn’t sound like fun. You’ll get inspiration, recommendations for the best restaurants, and travel tips from locals for what to eat, where to cook, and drink on your trip to Italy.

(Don’t worry, if you need a little extra help, an Italy Itinerary Enhancement call is for you! Click here to book your call.)

Italian History & Encyclopedia on Italy is what you want.  The Gastro Guides is for food & wine lovers that want practical advice for planning trips to Italy around your meals – like where’s the most spectacular rooftop dining in Florence & the best restaurants near the Rialto Bridge. 

“The authentic Italian food was AMAZING!!!”

 

“Chantelle & Giovanni take the guesswork out of planing your Italian vacation.”

ANNE PETRO

San Jose, California, USA

Still Reading?

Then You Should Know This…

 

Plenty of people will end up wasting time using a outdated paperback guidebooks (that should come with a warning sign: BEWARE OF BULKY BOOKS) and being mislead with unreliable reviews on TripAdvisor, because they’ve been sucked into a vast amount of Italy information in the Google Spiderweb.

And here’s what will happen…

They’ll wind up wasting their precious time and luggage space, making mistakes, and just being another tourist relying on paid, outdated, and untrustworthy advice from bloggers, and writers that get paid to promote the restaurants & experiences they write about. 

…leaving you overwhelmed and confused, not knowing where or how to start, and missing out on the joy of eating like a local in Italy.

But that isn’t going to be you…

You want practical information like where’s the best restaurant to eat near the Vatican & how to order from an Italian menu

You want the convenience of a pocket guidebook, with curated recommendations organized into easy to navigate topics 

You want the inside scoop from local food & wine experts, never worry about falling into a tourist trap, plan your foodie adventure with a kick-back free list of restaurant recommendations, so you can enjoy that plate of pasta amatriciana or bistecca fiorentina, knowing it’s authentic Italian food and best your money can buy. 

Ready to get the inside scoop from Local Food & Wine experts?

choose your membership

“Best places to explore and visit!”

 

“Giovanni & Chantelle pick the best places to explore and visit.”

JULIANA YU

Victoria, BC, CANADA

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