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ITALIAN SUMMER ESCAPE

7 day itinerary for food & wine lovers that want to escape the crowds and get a backstage pass to experiencing an Italian summer like a local.

Leave the Umbrella Waving Tour Guide (+ Crowded Bus) Behind, Dive into the true blue Adriatic Sea, dig into Spaghetti alle Vongole & hunt for truffles in all of Italy Wrapped up into One Region with the…

ITALIAN SUMMER ESCAPE

…and explore two of Italy’s hidden regions  on this only-offered-once-a-year summer getaway.

For 6 nights, indulge in personalised service, award-winning wines, and real Italian life. 

Plus, exclusively curated experiences & day trips (including some of Italy’s most beautiful villages, amazing blue-flag beaches & foraging for truffles with one of Jamie Oliver’s Truffle hunters).

“WE WANTED TO BE ITALIAN FOR A WEEK”

“This trip was exactly what we wanted and gave a glimpse into real Italian life.”

RACHEL RUVO

North Carolina, USA

“THE PERSONAL ATTENTION & SERVICE WAS AMAZING!”

“This is not like other tours.  On this personally led tour you’ll get amazing service and gain local insight into a part of Italy not really known by tourists”

SUSANA SANCHEZ

California, USA

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

without ever having to lift a finger

(or worrying about the lingo)

…would you give yourself that chance?

Or, would you keep on…

🚫 Feeling overwhelmed with planning your Italian vacation while worrying about the logistics & guessing if the activities you’ve planned are money well spent or even worth your time? 

🚫 Rolling up in a coach bus packed with 50 people on a whirlwind “Ultimate Italy” tour only to be exhausted from the summer heat fighting through lines, and wasting your precious vacation days on a crowded bus?

🚫 Vacationing in a beautiful villa (think Under the Tuscan Sun) leaving you isolated and missing out on actually experiencing genuine Italian summer life?

🚫 DIY planning your Italian vacation with TripAdvisor and scoring a deal on Groupon to save big bucks only to find out the activities mentioned were “just suggestions” and “not included in the price” ?

🚫 Purchasing a self-guided itinerary, hiring a private driver (white gloves top hat and all), just to realize your itinerary wasn’t put together by locals and those “hidden gems” mentioned are where every other single tour goes?

*Truth Time*

You’ve fallen into just another

tourist trap!

If you’re ready to have that “Wow! I can’t believe this is my life!” Italian moment as you mingle with the locals (like Jamie Oliver’s, & Gordon Ramsay’s Truffle Hunter), relax seaside under a striped umbrella, indulge in award-winning wines, incredible cuisine, authentic places and exclusive experiences…

…then we’ve got

GOOD NEWS:

On this 7 day Italian Summer Escape

You’ll uncover the nuances of everyday Italian life 

Enjoy the best meal of your life moments

Sit, back & relax by unpacking once at a 4-star boutique hotel just steps away from one of Italy’s most beautiful squares 

And NEVER pull out your wallet for the “extras” not included in the price

You’ll take the guesswork out of your Italian vacation & experience the “Real Italy” just like these travelers before you….

“WE GOT TO SEE THE REAL ITALY!”

“The Italy that so many people who visit Italy multiple times, never get to experience in their lifetime.”

JENNIFER LEVESQUE

Mooresville, North Carolina, USA

“YOU’LL TAKE ALL THE GUESSWORK OUT OF PLANNING YOUR ITALIAN VACATION”

“Giovanni & Chantelle take care of where to go, what to see, where to eat: all while experiencing genuine everyday Italian lifestyle and cuisine.”

ANNETTE PETRO

San Jose, California, USA

“YOU WON’T HAVE THIS EXPERIENCE ON YOUR OWN.”

“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

“THIS WAS AN AUTHENTIC ITALIAN EXPERIENCE”

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

STEPHANY BRANHAM

Columbia, South Carolina, USA

But first, you need to know

I thought about you during my Big Fat Italian Wedding…


A small town girl from beautiful British Columbia, I knew there was so much more out there to discover and dreamed of traveling Europe. 

On my first trip, I did what most travellers do: big bus tour. Exhausted after returning home and feeling like I barely scratched the surface I knew there had to be a better way to travel.

Then I met Giovanni… 

Determined to find that elusive La Dolce Vita I packed my bags and returned to Italy for the third time. 

But now I had my trusty guide (my future Italian hubby & expert in Italian Food & Wine): Giovanni…

Evening strolls, scenic routes, relaxing seaside, traveling where the Italians live, digging into authentic Italian food, and discovering all the nuances of everyday Italian life.

This Was The

Italy Insider Difference…

An experience only achievable with a homegrown Italian with passion and expertise for everything Italy. When we finally got around to tying the knot, we wanted to share a slice of our untainted Italy with our bffs…

Which brings me back to my a-ha moment about you…every single guest had their Italy Insider moment.  The kind of experience you can only achieve with local insight and insider intel.

It was that day, walking down the aisle, saying our vows, devoting our love, and sharing our Italy with family and friends…

YOUR BACKSTAGE PASS TO ITALY WAS BORN

“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

Here’s the thing…

 

You Only Need to Crave 4 Things to Claim This Exclusive Pass

LIVE LA DOLCE VITA FULL OUT SEASIDE (& TRUFFLE HUNT WITH JAMIE OLIVER’S GUY)

Meet an award-winning pizza maker, dip your toes in the Adriatic Sea and forage for truffles with one of Jamie Oliver’s truffle hunters and still get to toss that coin into the Trevi fountain? Or float away on a romantic gondola ride in Venice? You don’t have to choose. 

Just 3 hours from Rome and a train ride away from Venice & Florence you can tag on those bucket-list items before or after your trip with us.

ACCESS TO LOCAL EXPERTS

Giovanni’s passion for top quality truffles, Italian food and wine is your gateway to to local guides, celebrity chef approved truffle hunters, and drivers (who also happen to be passionate foodies & sommeliers!) leading your entire trip…with a dash of multi-generational wine producers and all-star chefs.

We’ve personally tried, tasted and tested every single experience ensuring quality and authenticity. Zero tourist traps, subpar service or food.

SMALL GROUP

Remember that whirlwind Contiki tour you took with 50 other guests? Not your jam anymore. You want to feel like you’re traveling among friends – not a participant on a high school field trip. 

From the moment we welcome you on tour to our final goodbyes, we’ll be there every step of the way…and limit your group to just 14 people. 

MAKE MEMORIES

 Instead of a whirlwind city-to-city, unpacking and packing every night trip where everything you see and do becomes a blur…

You want to create never forget moments with hand-picked highlights connecting you with the locals, fellow travellers, and our beautiful territory of hidden Italy (older than Rome!).  

Join us in kicking off the first week of summer 2023

with just One exclusive date a year!

Filling up fast!

“OTHER TOURISTS WILL NEVER HAVE THIS EXPERIENCE!”

“This was an experience that throngs of other tourists won’t have. A unique and nice way to see a different culture. And actually spending our last 24 hours in Rome punctuated that. Rome was cool, but we spent exactly the right amount of time there.

RACHEL RUVO

North Carolina, USA

“SINCE OUR GROUP WAS SMALL WE GAINED INSIGHT & ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED ITALY”

“A portion of Italy, we would have never had the luxury of experiencing if we had been traveling on our own.”

ANNETTE PETRO

San Jose, California, USA

SNEAK PEEK INTO YOUR 7-DAY ITALIAN SUMMER GETAWAY
  • 6 nights 4-star boutique accommodations in the historical center just steps away from one of Italy’s most beautiful squares so you can relax & enjoy golden-hour every single evening on your tour.
  • 6 breakfasts of local & zero-km products and 7 meals including coffee, dessert, and local wines.
  • Eat like a local with a summer truffle tasting menu – designed for The Italian On Tour guests
  • Taste & Learn about  award-winning wines with a Private Wine Taste at a Biodynamic Winery in the heart of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine country 
  • All private day trips and guides to some of the Borghi più belli d’Italia (most beautiful medieval villages) throughout Italy’s hidden truffle country of Le Marche & Abruzzo
  • Visit Macerata, home to one of the Oldest Universities in the world!
  • Soak up the Italian Sun & Relax Seaside with a classic seafood lunch & day trip to One of Italy’s Top Blue Flag Beaches
  • Travel to not one, but two Italian truffle regions!
  • Experience One of Italy’s Top 10 Terraced Gardens in full bloom with a Guided Visit of Villa Buonaccorsi
  • Privately guided evening walking tour of Ascoli Piceno – a city older than Rome – just for Italian On Tour guests
  • Visit Campli, the birthplace of Porchetta & home to One of just 3 Holy Stairs in the entire world!
  • All tips for drivers, restaurants and guides included.
  • All entrance fees to monuments included.

PLUS THESE EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCES…

  • Private Cooking Experience at a 17th century Villa with a locally renowned chef & level 3 sommelier followed by lunch paired with award-winning wines – designed exclusively for our guests!
  • Private Summer Truffle Hunting Experience with one of Jamie Oliver’s & Gordon Ramsay’s truffle hunters followed by a handmade pasta all’uovo demonstration & a summer  truffle lunch (designed exclusively for our guests!)

  • Private Orientation walk of Ascoli Piceno, your homebase on tour, with one of the founders of The Italian On Tour.

And, don’t worry…we’ll pick you up…

  • Pick-up and transfer from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport to Ascoli Piceno.
  • Transfer to Ascoli Piceno’s bus/ train station from the hotel with a private driver. 
  • All ground transportation in private vehicles.

*Not Included: flights, travel and trip cancellation insurance, items of personal nature, return transfer from Ascoli Piceno to Rome or elsewhere, any items not mentioned in the itinerary.

YOUR 7-day ITALIAN SUMMER ITINERARY

DAY 1: ROME TO HIDDEN ITALY

Benvenuti!  You’ll be welcomed to Bella Italia by us – Giovanni and Chantelle! 

Flick your switch to vacation relaxation mode as we whisk you away from Rome’s airport to your boutique hotel located just steps from fabulous shops, charming cafes and one of Italy’s Most Beautiful Squares (and an artisan gelateria, perfect for quenching your daily gelato craving).

Immediately you’ll sense the rhythm of La Dolce Vita. Unpack once, shake off your jet-lag with a doppio espresso macchiato, and settle into your boutique digs for the week.

Tonight, get cozy around the dinner table inside a 17th century Villa  and get to know your fellow travellers and new Italian bffs. Cin, Cin with a glass of vino rosso, great conversation, and delicious local & organic eats.

Round out your first evening with a passeggiata (stroll) in the piazza or hit the sack to catch some Zzz’s before day 2 begins. Buonanotte!

Meals: Lunch, Private Multi-course Dinner inside a historic 17th century Villa in the Italian countryside

Pick-up point: Stazione Aeroporto Fiumicino outside Terminal 3 at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport at 11:30 am

DAY 2: MAKE PIZZA WITH A MASTER PIZZAIOLO

Buongiorno! Welcome to your first morning in The Italian On Tour bubble. Everyday begins with breakfast in your charming boutique hotel (want the luxury of breakfast in bed? Customize your stay starting at just $347 per room). 

You’ll always be met at your hotel before embarking on your adventure of the day.

Take in some free time this morning and head to Ascoli’s bi-weekly Market that happens today from 8:30am -12pm.

 Late morning meet up with your exclusive Italian Food & Wine Expert to head to a Gambero-Rosso Award-winning Pizza-maker where you’ll uncover the secrets to making delicious & digestible gourmet pizza.  

After learning to make pizza with a Master Pizzaiolo, return to your hotel to relax, book in a time for a massage or make good use of the spa.

 Optionally, you can soak up the beauty of One of Italy’s Most Beautiful Squares at Golden hour with an evening privately guided walking tour of Ascoli Picenoexclusively arranged just for The Italian On Tour guests. 

Energized from your afternoon espresso, you’ll explore epic millennial history, gorgeous renaissance architecture, Ernest Hemmingway’s favorite cafe, hidden churches, and the historic center of Ascoli that was the movie set of Dustin Hoffman’s Alfredo, Alfredo.

Worked up an appetite? 

Your evening is free to soak up the beauty of the piazza and have dinner on your own (for restaurant recos consult your exclusive The Italian On Tour Dining Guide).

Meals: Breakfast, Gambero-Rosso Awarding-winning Gourmet Pizza

Activity: Late-morning Cooking Class where you’ll be standing on your feet for 1-2 hours (can’t stand the whole time, no worries, pull up a chair and relax, this is your vacation after all!), Gourmet Pizza Lunch, Optional early evening walking tour of Ascoli Piceno

DAY 3: BEACH DAY ITALIAN STYLE

Kick off the first week of summer by heading to the Palm Riviera of San Benedetto del Tronto.

Home to sandy beaches, pristine Adriatic coastline and one of Italy’s cleanest beaches garnering the Blue Flag Stamp of approval, you’ll spend the morning seaside soaking up the Italian summer sun.

Not much for getting your toes wet?  Grab a book, an Aperol Spritz and take this morning as the perfect moment to sit under a striped umbrella, sink into your lounger and settle into full-on relaxation mode.

After a morning of getting your beach-on it’s time to dig into a classic summer seafood lunch by the seashore.

Grab a glass of Passerina or cool off with the seabreeze and a gelato as you savor the quiet moments after lunch before heading back to your hotel.

Post-beach time, return to your hotel, continue your R&R at the spa or enjoy an afternoon of optional  guided shopping for leather goods, gourmet goodies & shoes.

Your evening is free.

Now that you’re feeling full-on Italiana head out to the piazza for the local evening ritual of Apericena (Italian style tapas) and a post-gelato passeggiata (stroll).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (please note that menu varies with the season to offer you the freshest and most flavorful local dishes)

Activity: Spend a morning relaxing seaside, swim in the Adriatic Sea or just grab a good book and soak up the Italian sun.  Enjoy lunch by the beach. 

Optional guided shopping in the late afternoon in Ascoli’s historic center.

DAY 4: GOURMET ITALIAN & TOP GARDENS

Today’s adventure will take you up Le Marche’s Adriatic Coast to discover One of Italy’s Top 10 Terraced Gardens & the magnificent estate of Villa Buonaccorsi that was once home to one of Le Marche’s most powerful families.

A beloved national treasure, unknown by most, is not to be missed!  Not only will you experience some of Italy’s most beautiful gardens in full bloom, but you’ll be awestruck by the spectacular views of Le Marche’s patchwork countryside featuring olive groves & vineyards that you can view from the property.

Next up, head to Macerata for lunch!  Home to one of the oldest Universities in the entire world.

To have lunch, we’ll take a short walk to the center of town to enjoy gourmet zero-km, authentic dishes garnering the SlowFood Stamp of approval.

Post-pranzo (after lunch), soak up the beautiful architecture with some afternoon sightseeing in Macerata.  Not only known for it’s university but the Sferisterio an unique outdoor neoclassical theatre that is still in use today, hosting many prestigious lyrical events such as Macerata’s summer Opera festival.

Return to Ascoli in the late afternoon for some shopping at the local boutiques or chilling in the piazza. 

Or enjoy the art of Apericena (think Italian-style tapas) at one of Ascoli’s hip cafes just minutes from your hotel.  

Meals: Breakfast, SlowFood Lunch 

Activity:  Early-morning head up the Adriatic coast for a Guided tour of the Gardens at Villa Buonacorsi, Lunch at a Slow Food Restaurant & sightseeing in Macerata.

Mainly walking on flat terrain besides a short inclined portion to reach the restaurant of the day!

DAY 5: FOOD & WINE LOVER’S DAY IN MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO WINE COUNTRY

Wake up and ease into your day with a double cappuccino morning. Early risers can head to the local farmer’s market to discover seasonal ingredients and partake in a slice of everyday Italian life.

Or simply enjoy some free time before being whisked away to Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine country for a wine-taste at an award-winning family-run organic winery.

Post-wine taste travel deeper into Abruzzo for lunch inside a beautifully restored 19th Century farmhouse set amid gentle rolling hills & olive groves.

After working up an appetite, pull up a chair and settle in to enjoy classic creative dishes accompanied with an excellent selection of Extra Virgin Olive Oil &  produce that is all grown on site.

Finish up the day with a drive to the heart of Abruzzo’s Truffle country and the Birthplace of Porchetta: Campli, one of Italy’s Borghi più belli (Most Beautiful Villages)!  

Be transported back in time as you enjoy an afternoon stroll through this quaint medieval town, and check off a visit to One of just 3 Holy Stairs in the entire world!

Revel in the beauty of the Italian countryside as you take the scenic route back to Ascoli. 

Your evening is free to relax, dig into another plate of handmade pasta all’uovo (if you’ve managed to save some room after your gourmet lunch).

Meals: Breakfast, Wine Taste, Slow Food Lunch

Activity: Morning spent wine tasting in the heart of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine country followed by Lunch. In the afternoon visit one of Italy’s Most Beautiful Villages for some leisurely paced sightseeing on foot.  The terrain is flat to gently inclined.

DAY 6: “TRUFFLE HUNT” WITH JAMIE OLIVER’S TRUFFLE HUNTER

Put on your sturdy shoes and comfortable clothes, you’re headed into Le Marche’s truffle country to hunt with one of the best!

Supplying famous chefs (Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay & Gennaro Contaldo – just to name a few!) Paolo and his truffle hunting dogs: Elettra, Trilli & Ghianda are just the team you need to find yourself a bounty of Gordon Ramsay approved Tartufi Estivo (Summer Truffles). 

Pre-pranzo (pre-lunch) ready your taste buds with a handmade pasta all’uovo making demonstration and enjoy an exclusive Summer Truffle Menu crafted – just for The Italian On Tour guests!

Pull up a chair, sit back and settle in for a gorgeous meal composed of organic ingredients, and freshly foraged summer truffles. After a satisfying lunch you’ll take in the beauty of Le Marche’s truffle country as you’re whisked away back to Ascoli Piceno.

Your evening is free to relax, dig into another plate of tagliatelle with tartufi, (if you’ve managed to save some room after your tasty truffle lunch).

Meals: Breakfast, Farm-to-table Summer Truffle lunch paired with local wine selected by Giovanni, an Italian Food & Wine Expert

Activity: A morning of foraging in the woods for truffles followed by a leisurely lunch composed of truffles and seasonal organic ingredients. 

Sturdy shoes and comfortable clothing required. (Don’t feel like foraging? No problem!  Relax under the pergola and take in the scenery at the Agriturismo).

DAY 7: ARRIVEDERCI!

It’s check out day…

You feel elated and invigorated after your Italian summer vacation with us, you’re having this was the “best trip ever” moment. 

Should you wish to stay longer in Ascoli or explore Rome, Florence, Venice or connect with the ferry over to Croatia, we’ll be happy to offer you local insider advice on how to get to your next destination. 

You’ll be driven to Ascoli’s bus or train station to connect to the next leg of your trip. 

Bid farewell, with a hug and a kiss on each cheek (because after your trip with us you’ll be feeling like an Italian now).  

Until next time “Arrivederci”! Buon viaggio!

Meals: Breakfast

Drop-off: Ascoli Piceno bus/train station. Drop-off available between 8:30 am to 12 pm

“Best trip ever! The itinerary was spot on.”

“Enough free time, interesting towns, great food and wine. Don’t just consider this tour – it is a must.”

RACHEL STENDER

Bethseda, Washtington, DC, USA

DON’T FORGET Your Trip Perks

PERSONALIZED SERVICE

Get the details on catching your flight home or connecting to the next leg of your Italian adventure. We’ll get your flight and connecting destination info to give you personalized trip planning advice.

SHOPPING TIPS

Couldn’t quite fork out the coin for the that luxe Michael Kors bag that you’ve been drooling over for months?  Chantelle will take you to a local hidden gem and spot to pick-up your quality Italian leather lookalikes for a fraction of the cost. 

Psst…more foodie than fashion lover?  Giovanni has you covered.  Head over to Armando’s (no, that’s not the name of the shop!) to taste hand cut prosciutto and stock up on Italian goodies for your trip back home.

INSIDER RECOMMENDATIONS

Whether you want to spend the evening sipping aperol spritz in the piazza or hit-up the local art scene, you’ll get our local expert advice for where to eat, what to see, and what’s happening in town.  

“When I lost my luggage, Giovanni took his personal time to help me sort things out”

“This showed me that Giovanni & Chantelle really care about their clients. They really went above and beyond the scope of the tour.

RACHELLE HYNES

Squamish, BC, Canada

“Loved the personal shopping tips!”

“…and all the food recommendations. Giovanni and Chantelle helped us with buying cheese so we could

bring some of the experience back with us. “

ANNA PESTI

Brisbane, Australia

PLUS…A LIFETIME PASS TO THE VACATION  VAULT

✔Packing lists & tips

✔What you need to know guides

✔Restaurant Recos & a local event listing – so you can make the most of your free time on tour!

✔Allergy dining out cards for those who are gluten-free (separate cards for celiacs and gluten intolerant)

“This is where Giovanni and Chantelle live. They have relationships with the people…every experience is very genuine!”

This is relaxed touring with a personalised touch where you meet the winemakers or producers…It goes beyond herding people in the hopes they’ll buy merchandise. “

BELINDA REILLY

Brisbane, Australia

Ready to SIP aperol spritz in the piazza?

starting at 

$3,997 USD per person

Grab your spot for just $549 down

 (pop open the prosecco & get excited for your trip)

“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 will I be traveling with?

Giovanni –  Your Exclusive The Italian On Tour host & Italian Truffle expert – Chantelle, and your fellow Italian summer lovers. Our guests range in age from their late 20s to being in their 70s. When you’re on tour with us, age is just a number because everyone is here to sit back, relax, and experience Italy like a local all while enjoying Italy’s amazing culinary and cultural delights.

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“Giovanni & Chantelle are the perfect balance of tour guides & friends.”

“You can really feel the love and care they put into their business and getting to know them was a definite value add.”

Rachel Ruvo

North Carolina, USA

“I’VE BEEN TO ITALY MULTIPLE TIMES & NO OTHER EXPERIENCE COMPARES.”

“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

2. I’ve already been to Italy...is this the right trip 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 are dying to experience Italy like a local. When you travel with us you’ll experience a new culture among locals who become friends (and know Italy like the back of their hand!). Your trip will be the perfect balance of vacationing and relaxing so you can indulge in La Dolce Vita while taking the guesswork out of your Italian vacation

“You’ll want to go back & experience their Italy, again and again!”

MINETHA BROWN

Toronto, Canada

“THE ITALIAN ON TOUR SURPASSED OUR EXPECTATIONS!”

As seasoned travelers, we have high expectations. It’s hard to imagine any other place in Italy that better exemplifies the charms of the country that make it a magnet for travellers. It’s even harder to imagine more engaging, charming and thoughtful guides than Chantelle and Giovanni.

MICHAEL ZACKS

Toronto, Canada

3. How about if it’s my first time to Italy - don’t I need to go to the Vatican?

Just 3 hours from Rome and a train ride away from Venice you can tag on those bucket-list items before or after your trip with us.

While you’re with us, forget worrying about the language, logistics, or having a bad meal – you’ll travel stress-free knowing we’ve taken the guesswork out of planning your trip. 

4. HELP! I REALLY WANT TO BOOK THIS TRUFFLE TOUR, BUT NO DATES ARE AVAILABLE WHEN I CAN TRAVEL. CAN I CUSTOMIZE MY DATES?

 This tour is your kick off to celebrating the first week of Summer in Italy.  To ensure you’ll enjoy summer without the crowds  this tour is limited to just one date in June. 

Summer off the books? Check out Italy’s Epicurean Journey or Italy Undiscovered  which are available from late Spring to early Fall. Or experience the beauty of the Prosecco Hills in the Spring or Fall with the Venetian Epicurean.  

Coming for the truffles?  Then join us on the Italian Truffle Adventure that happens in November at the height of Italy’s Truffle season.

“It was the best trip ever. The tour of a lifetime!”

We had taken other tours around the world, but this was our first time to Italy. I was a little skeptical at first, not knowing the region of Le Marche, but to my amazement it turned out to be the best tour we have ever done!  If you’re planning on going to Italy choose The Italian On Tour.  After your trip with Giovanni and Chantelle

you’ll want to go back to experience their Italy again and again!

MINITHA BROWN

Toronto, Canada

Our accommodation was perfect in quality and location. The hotel staff were very obliging and nothing was too much trouble for them.

LEE FARRINGTON

Melbourne, Australia

5. Where will I be staying?

Smack dab in the middle of Ascoli Piceno’s historic centre is your homebase. Locally owned and operated boutique 4-star hotel where you can enjoy extra R&R at the spa after a fulfilling day of foraging for truffles. 

Home to one of Italy’s most beautiful squares, you’ll be walking distance to boutique shops, your perfect scoop of gelato, and streets lined with cafes that have something perfect for everyone’s taste buds.

The hotel was perfect! Clean, friendly staff, great food and my room was very comfortable with lots of space for luggage.”

RACHELLE HYNES

Squamish, BC, Canada

6. I’m not a “tour person” (I usually plan my own trips). Is this right for me?

Great! Our guests travel with us because they’re looking for an authentic experience, something that they simply cannot pull-off on their own. Think of this as the kind of trip planned by your local Italian BFFs who just happen to be Italian food, wine & truffle experts. 

“It was a nice balance between feeling like we were vacationing and relaxing but also getting the history and learning about the local culture.” 

RACHEL RUVO

North Carolina, USA

7. Help! I can’t eat gluten?

Your backstage pass to Italy isn’t off limits because you have to dine gluten-free.  Although the Italian Summer Escape is not available gluten-free you can still get a behind-the-scenes look at genuine everyday G-Free Italian lifestyle – at no extra cost to you – when you join any of tours that can accommodate gluten-free travellers.

Click here to discover how you can travel gluten-free.

8. WHICH AIRPORT DO I FLY INTO?

You’ll be picked up from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport at 11:30 am. Flying into another airport in Italy? The Italian On Tour team will help you plan the best way to meet up with your tour.

9. HOW DO I MEET UP WITH MY TOUR?

Forget the headache of organizing an airport transfer you’ll meet us at Rome’s Fiumicino airport, hop in your private air conditioned vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride knowing you’ll be taken care of.

10. I’m traveling on my own, will I be charged a single supplement?

Heck no! You’ll be paired up with another solo traveller. 

Don’t want to share a room? No problem! You can have the privacy of your own room for just $749.

*Please note if there is not another solo traveller to pair you up with a single supplement will be applied to your booking.

“It was my first time traveling solo and Giovanni & Chantelle made me feel comfortable and very welcome”

“Ascoli Piceno is a great base for the tour and as a solo traveller I felt very safe there!”

BELINDA REILLY

Brisbane, Australia

You answered my questions.

Italy here I come!

starting at 

$3,997 USD per person

Grab your spot for just $549 down

 (pop open the prosecco & get excited for your trip)

“It's an experience of a lifetime that is worth every dime!”

"An immersive experience of Italian Culture, Food & Wine. The best part is that while on tour it feels like you're traveling with good friends."

ANGELICA ESTRADA

Santa Clara, California, USA

We Get It...Life Happens Guarantee

IF, FOR ANY REASON, YOU CAN’T TRAVEL WITH US, GET YOUR MONEY BACK. 

(minus the $549 non-refundable deposit)

Take advantage of this guarantee anytime between the day you book your trip and 120 days before your tour departs.  

Plus your spot is fully-transferable up to 30 days before your tour departs – just in case you wanna score brownie points with your bff.

Can’t make it on your original departure date?  No problem! 

You get one complimentary trip switch that you can use to switch your trip to any of the 2023 dates available for your original itinerary up to 60 days before your tour departs.*

[*Trip switches are subject to availability. For any other cancellations or rescheduling outside the above policy please refer to the terms and conditions for a complete breakdown.]

“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.”

To get the most out of this Italian adventure, you should…

Be ready for insider knowledge — you already know the best way to experience a new culture is among locals who become friends (and know Italy like the back of their hand!)

Want to take the guesswork out of planning your trip. Sit back and relax knowing we’ve taken care of it.  

Love Italian food, enjoy walking, picturesque countryside, and off-the-beaten-path places where you can immerse yourself in the local culture – you want a ticket to being Italian for a week.  

…and never want to stress about all the logistics, having a bad meal, eating fake Italian truffles (yes, they exist!) or worry about speaking the local lingo.  

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

The flow of Italian lifestyle – dinner at 8pm, shops close for siesta-leisurely meals, and a full glass of vino – isn’t your jam. 

Exploring picturesque villages by foot & foraging for truffles doesn’t feel fun. We visit hill-top villages — exploring them means we’ve arranged some private walking tours to give you insight into the history and local culture.

(Don’t worry, if you find walking uphill tough, Italy Undiscovered is for you! Please refer to each individual day in the itinerary for an approximation of the activity level.)

Boutique 4-star accommodations with focus on location to amenities, relaxation, character and pure Italian charm isn’t where you want to stay. You’re looking for huge rooms, a swimming pool & accommodations located far outside the city center. (Need extra space? Want to enjoy an evening at the spa? Don’t worry! Upgrades including full access to the spa & breakfast in your room are available starting at just $349 per room)

“You’re not shuffled in and out of a bus. There are no lines to cue up in. Chantelle & Giovanni take all the guesswork out of planning your Italian vacation.”

 

“They take care of where to go, what to see, where to eat: all while experiencing genuine everyday Italian lifestyle and cuisine.  The authentic Italian food was AMAZING! And best of all we had two locals to enlighten each day with their knowledge and experiences.”

ANNE PETRO

San Jose, California, USA

Still Reading?

Then You Should Know This…

 

Plenty of people will DIY it and book that too-good-to-be-true big bus tour because they think they’ve gotta see Italy’s famous spots or that they’ve scored a deal of a lifetime.

And here’s what will happen…

They’ll wind up being just another tourist on a big bus tour with 50 other people or stranded in the Italian countryside without a clue of where to go, what to see, who to meet, and what to eat.

…leaving you on the sidelines, missing out on experiencing the real Italy during the height of the Italian truffle season. 

But that isn’t going to be you…

You want more time relaxing than spending countless hours planning and stressing about all the details

You want to forget about getting from point A to B, and relax knowing you’ll be taken care of

You want to enjoy foraging for truffles with one of Jamie Oliver’s truffle hunters, digging into that second plate of pasta al tartufo made with Nonna’s love, and treating yourself with a second scoop of gelato because you’re in Italy and everyday is a celebration. 

READY TO TRUFFLE HUNT WITH JAMIE OLIVER’S GUY?

starting at

$3,997 USD per person

Grab your spot for just $549 down

 (pop open the prosecco & get excited for your trip)

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