Italy's Epicurean Journey

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Embark on our most intensive culinary journey to date.

Dive into 9 days of authentic Italian experiences exposing you to the heart of Italian culture!

Get off-the-beaten path and go where few travellers have gone before. Visit the “Tuscany” for Italians with like-minded individuals.

Discover the ancient building material of the Renaissance, Travertine!

Eat, explore and be Italian in places you would never discover on your own.

A curated itinerary based on our personal knowledge and local connections with the place we call home.

8 nights sleeping in characteristic 4-star accommodation that is just steps away from one of Italy’s most beautiful Piazzas.

Get whisked into the world of wine with fun and informative in depth tastings for the laid back foodie and connoisseur alike

Two private cooking classes of regional and traditional cuisine with locally-sourced ingredients

Dine on great meals with great people, wine included.

When you travel with us you travel among friends.  Friends that love and know this place like the back of their own hand.

Expect amazing service & advice that only an insider has access to.

Unpack once.  Settle in and relax, because it is your vacation after all!

WHAT TO EXPECT

Embark on our most intensive culinary journey to date.

Dive into 9 days of authentic Italian experiences exposing you to the heart of Italian culture!

Get off-the-beaten path and go where few travellers have gone before. Visit the “Tuscany” for Italians with like-minded individuals.

Discover the ancient building material of the Renaissance, Travertine!

Eat, explore and be Italian in places you would never discover on your own.

A curated itinerary based on our personal knowledge and local connections with the place we call home.

8 nights sleeping in characteristic 4-star accommodation that is just steps away from one of Italy’s most beautiful Piazzas.

Get whisked into the world of wine with fun and informative in depth tastings for the laid back foodie and connoisseur alike

Two private cooking classes of regional and traditional cuisine with locally-sourced ingredients

Dine on great meals with great people, wine included.

When you travel with us you travel among friends.  Friends that love and know this place like the back of their own hand.

Expect amazing service & advice that only an insider has access to.

Unpack once.  Settle in and relax, because it is your vacation after all!

HIGHLIGHTS

Walk the winding medieval streets of Ascoli Piceno, and experience one of the most awe-inspiring piazzas in Italy.

Get the insider’s scoop into what makes the perfect espresso and join us at the best café in town.

Indulge in cuisine that is fresh, local & organic – the original Slow Food at its finest.

Get to know Italy’s rolling hills and hill-top villages. Explore many of Italy’s “Borghi Piu Belli d’Italia”

Tap into the local scene while experiencing two of Italy’s wine regions first hand. Get to know the people behind our world class wine production.

Walk on top of the largest medieval fortress in Italy and experience 360 degree views of ancient olive groves & vineyards lined with Montepulciano grapes.

Be welcomed inside the residence of a Master olive oil sommelier and learn the secrets of spotting an authentic bottle of this liquid gold. 

Embark on the ultimate olive oil and winery experience, taking your food and wine pairings to the next level.

HIGHLIGHTS

Walk the winding medieval streets of Ascoli Piceno, and experience one of the most awe-inspiring piazzas in Italy.

Get the insider’s scoop into what makes the perfect espresso and join us at the best café in town.

Indulge in cuisine that is fresh, local & organic – the original Slow Food at its finest.

Get to know Italy’s rolling hills and hill-top villages. Explore many of Italy’s “Borghi Piu Belli d’Italia”

Tap into the local scene while experiencing two of Italy’s wine regions first hand. Get to know the people behind our world class wine production.

Walk on top of the largest medieval fortress in Italy and experience 360 degree views of ancient olive groves & vineyards lined with Montepulciano grapes.

Be welcomed inside the residence of a Master olive oil sommelier and learn the secrets of spotting an authentic bottle of this liquid gold. 

Embark on the ultimate olive oil and winery experience, taking your food and wine pairings to the next level.

pricing

Starting at €3795 per Person based on double-occupancy

For solo travellers a Single Supplement of  €604 per person is required

Please use our booking engine or inquiry with us directly here for exact pricing of your dates & any desired upgrades

PRICING

Starting at €3795 per Person based on double-occupancy

For solo travellers a Single Supplement of  €604 per person is required

Please use our booking engine or inquiry with us directly here for exact pricing of your dates & any desired upgrades

You want a taste of Italy, we will give you a FEAST!

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Private Travel

Our off-the-rack itineraries offer everything available in our set-date trips – luxury boutique hotels, exclusive events, local immersion and memories to last a lifetime – with the convenience choosing your own dates and going with your own travel companions. Think of these trips as genuine leather shoes handcrafted by your favourite Italian designer: select your perfect pair, pick your dates, choose your travel companions, pack your bags, and meet us in Italy!

Private Travel Pricing From:
2 travellers – €5,495
4 travellers – €4,995
6 travellers – €4,295
8 travellers – €3,795
Single Supplement €604

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Tailor-made Travel

See one of our tours you love?  But you are looking for something tailored to your needs? Not a problem!  Just like swapping out those white laces for something more your style, all our ready-to-book itineraries can be customized to get you runway ready.  Want something unique as you are?  Drop us a line at info@theitalianontour.com and our Trip Designer will take on your request to handcraft you an adventure of our region that you will remember for a lifetime.

Gourmet Gluten-free

We make it easy to travel Italy gluten-free.  Travel worry free and inquire with us directly to make any one of our ready-to-book itineraries Gourmet Gluten-free. Gluten-free Supplement €304 Read more

Click on the calendar below to choose from the available dates

Private Travel

Our off-the-rack itineraries offer everything available in our set-date trips – luxury boutique hotels, exclusive events, local immersion and memories to last a lifetime – with the convenience choosing your own dates and going with your own travel companions. Think of these trips as genuine leather shoes handcrafted by your favourite Italian designer: select your perfect pair, pick your dates, choose your travel companions, pack your bags, and meet us in Italy!

Private Travel Pricing From:
2 travellers – €5,495
4 travellers – €4,995
6 travellers – €4,295
8 travellers – €3,795
Single Supplement €604

REQUEST YOUR DATES

Tailor-made Travel

See one of our tours you love?  But you are looking for something tailored to your needs? Not a problem!  Just like swapping out those white laces for something more your style, all our ready-to-book itineraries can be customized to get you runway ready.  Want something unique as you are?  Drop us a line at info@theitalianontour.com and our Trip Designer will take on your request to handcraft you an adventure of our region that you will remember for a lifetime.

 

Gourmet Gluten-free

We make it easy to travel Italy gluten-free.  Travel worry free and inquire with us directly to make any one of our ready-to-book itineraries Gourmet Gluten-free. Gluten-free Supplement €304 Read more

Click on the calendar below to choose from the available dates

Private Travel

Our off-the-rack itineraries offer everything available in our set-date trips – luxury boutique hotels, exclusive events, local immersion and memories to last a lifetime – with the convenience choosing your own dates and going with your own travel companions. Think of these trips as genuine leather shoes handcrafted by your favourite Italian designer: select your perfect pair, pick your dates, choose your travel companions, pack your bags, and meet us in Italy!

Private Travel Pricing From:
2 travellers – €5,495
4 travellers – €4,995
6 travellers – €4,295
8 travellers – €3,795
Single Supplement €604

REQUEST YOUR DATES

Tailor-made Travel

See one of our tours you love?  But you are looking for something tailored to your needs? Not a problem!  Just like swapping out those white laces for something more your style, all our ready-to-book itineraries can be customized to get you runway ready.  Want something unique as you are?  Drop us a line at info@theitalianontour.com and our Trip Designer will take on your request to handcraft you an adventure of our region that you will remember for a lifetime.

 

Gourmet Gluten-free

We make it easy to travel Italy gluten-free.  Travel worry free and inquire with us directly to make any one of our ready-to-book itineraries Gourmet Gluten-free. Gluten-free Supplement €304 Read more

Day by Day

Day 1: Meet up in Rome and travel across one of Italy’s beautiful national parks to reach Ascoli Piceno.  Tonight, at dinner get to know your fellow travellers and learn about the exciting week ahead.

Day 2: Ease into Italian life as we make our way to wine country. This morning, enjoy a wine tasting experience as prelude to lunch.  Lunch will be in one of Italy’s most beautiful medieval villages at a restaurant renowned for its modern take on traditional, local dishes.

Day 3: Today get to know Ascoli Piceno and its beautiful Renaissance squares with our local guide and expert of the area.  Lunch in the heart of truffle country at one of our favourite local family-run establishments known for its fresh, local, and traditional cuisine. And if  you are lucky you might even taste Nonna’s handmade Olive all’ascolana (stuffed olives).

Day 4: Today your guide will whisk you away into the Italian countryside for a cooking class at a 17th century villa. Your instructor will take you on a culinary journey using fresh ingredients grown onsite or nearby the Agriturismo (farm-stay). For lunch enjoy the fruits of your labour and relax by the poolside before returning to Ascoli in the late afternoon.

Day 5: This morning’s jaunt will take us to Loreto, a beautiful basilica nearby the sea. Experience the breathtaking Renaissance masterpieces located at this pilgrimage site.  Travel down to the blue coast for a seafood lunch by the seaside.  Relax like a local with an evening walk through Ascoli’s breathtaking city squares.

Day 6: Today we will head towards the region of Abruzzo, making our way to Italy’s largest medieval fortress.  Feel as though you entered into your own Game of Thrones episode as we explore the streets within this walled city. After we will delve deeper into Abruzzo and dine at a local restaurant known for its Slow Food and rustically refined dishes.

Day 7: After breakfast bid farewell to Ascoli before being driven to the bus or train station. Arriverderci!

Rome

San Benedetto del Tronto

Roccafluvione

Civitella del Tronto

Ascoli Piceno

Rosara

Offida

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The Full-bodied Experience

Experience all of Italy wrapped-up into one region with a journey that will take you from savouring Slow-food on sun-kissed rolling hills to soaking up the sunshine by the seaside. Enjoy a relaxing vacation by unpacking once and unwinding with 9 days located just steps away from one of Italy’s most beautiful piazzas (town square). This itinerary will focus on introducing you to the most iconic Italian experiences.  You will meet the vintners of our territory that have etched their story in land through award-winning wines, and passion that has been passed on from generation-to-generation. While we explore the territory, you will be introduced to the Italian trifecta: Food, Wine, and People, allowing you to get in touch with the culture of our territory, and learn some culinary secrets along the way. Your hands-on cooking classes will be set in the back-drop of a 17thcentury abbey, not only exposing you to local cuisine and recipes handed down from Nonna (Grandma), but also to the Old-world charm and pure rhythm of “La Dolce Vita”. To round out your trip you will be joined by a Fully-bilingual, 100% Italian, 100% local guide with an International culinary resume that will ensure your vacation is nothing but spectacular. Travel the road less-taken and enjoy the in-depth experience of authentic Italy that you have been craving.

DURATION

9 days

INCLUDES

Italy’s Epicurean Journey includes:

  • Eight nights double occupancy stay in 4-star Luxury boutique historical accommodations with ensuite bathroom
  • Transfer from your hotel to Ascoli Piceno’s train and bus stations on day of departure
  • Transfer from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport to Ascoli Piceno
  • Daily breakfast with local ingredients
  • Welcome Aperitivo (cocktail with small plates) 
  • Six lunches representing the cuisine of the territory
  • Two private cooking class followed by lunch composed of local ingredients paired with regional wine
  • A guided tour of a world class vineyard
  • A wine taste of local award-winning wines paired with local charcuterie and small plates
  • Private guided tour of Ascoli Piceno, the City of Travertine
  • A visit to the largest medieval fortress in Italy
  • Visits to some of Italy’s Borghi Piu Belli d’Italia (Most beautiful Medieval Villages & Hamlets)
  • A knowledge local, bilingual guide that is with you throughout your day
  • All meals include fine local wines, coffee, and dessert
  • When out on the road with us handcrafted gelato & espresso are always on the house
  • All entrance fees to museums & monuments
  • Taxes, tips, and service charges

EXCLUDES

Travel to and from Italy, travel insurance, any other meals not noted in the itinerary, and excursions not listed above.

*All prices are in Euros unless otherwise stated

GETTING THERE

All our tours start at Rome’s Fiumicino airport.  Here you will meet your guide at Noon before embarking on your journey to Ascoli Piceno.*

The nearest train station and bus station are located in Ascoli Piceno. Transfer from your hotel to Ascoli Piceno’s train and bus stations  is included on the day you depart from our tours.  

If your arrival or departure does not coincide with the meeting and departure times stated above we can assist you in booking a private transfer at an additional cost. Please contact us directly to and we will gladly help you find the best transfer to suit your travel needs.  

If you are connecting to or from another part of Italy we are also happy to assist you in planning your pre and post trip connections. We have the insider knowledge and on the ground support to ensure you find the best option available to arrive or depart from your tour.

 

*Please note that all guests arriving on our tours are responsible for ensuring they make it to the meeting point by 11:30 am at Rome’s Fiumicino airport.  Those who are unable to make it to the meeting point for the time specified will not be guaranteed a transfer from Rome to Ascoli Piceno and will have to seek other arrangements to participate in the reminder of the tour.  Please see our Terms & Conditions for further details and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns regarding the latter.

The Full-bodied Experience

Experience all of Italy wrapped-up into one region with a journey that will take you from savouring Slow-food on sun-kissed rolling hills to soaking up the sunshine by the seaside. Enjoy a relaxing vacation by unpacking once and unwinding with 9 days located just steps away from one of Italy’s most beautiful piazzas (town square). This itinerary will focus on introducing you to the most iconic Italian experiences.  You will meet the vintners of our territory that have etched their story in land through award-winning wines, and passion that has been passed on from generation-to-generation. While we explore the territory, you will be introduced to the Italian trifecta: Food, Wine, and People, allowing you to get in touch with the culture of our territory, and learn some culinary secrets along the way. Your hands-on cooking classes will be set in the back-drop of a 17thcentury abbey, not only exposing you to local cuisine and recipes handed down from Nonna (Grandma), but also to the Old-world charm and pure rhythm of “La Dolce Vita”. To round out your trip you will be joined by a Fully-bilingual, 100% Italian, 100% local guide with an International culinary resume that will ensure your vacation is nothing but spectacular. Travel the road less-taken and enjoy the in-depth experience of authentic Italy that you have been craving.

DURATION

9 days

INCLUDES

Italy’s Epicurean includes:

  • Eight nights double occupancy stay in 4-star characteristic and historical accommodations with ensuite bathroom
  • Transfer from your hotel to Ascoli Piceno’s train and bus stations on day of departure
  • Transfer from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport to Ascoli Piceno
  • Daily breakfast with local ingredients
  • Welcome Aperitivo (cocktail with small plates) 
  • Six lunches representing the cuisine of the territory
  • Two private cooking class followed by lunch composed of local ingredients paired with regional wine
  • Guided tours of world class vineyards
  • A wine taste of local award-winning wines paired with local charcuterie and small plates
  • A privately guided tour of Ascoli Piceno, the City of Travertine
  • A visit to the largest medieval fortress in Italy 
  • Visits to some of Italy’s Borghi Piu Belli d’Italia (Most beautiful Medieval Villages & Hamlets)
  • A knowledge local, bilingual guide that is with you throughout your day
  • All meals include fine local wines, coffee, and dessert
  • When out on the road with us handcrafted gelato & espresso are always on the house
  • All entrance fees to museums & monuments
  • Taxes, tips, and service charges

EXCLUDES

Travel to and from Italy, travel insurance, any other meals not noted in the itinerary, and excursions not listed above. *All prices are in Euros unless otherwise stated

 

GETTING THERE

All our tours start at Rome’s Fiumicino airport.  Here you will meet your guide at Noon before embarking on your journey to Ascoli Piceno.*

The nearest train station and bus station are located in Ascoli Piceno. Transfer from your hotel to Ascoli Piceno’s train and bus stations  is included on the day you depart from our tours.  

If your arrival or departure does not coincide with the meeting and departure times stated above we can assist you in booking a private transfer at an additional cost. Please contact us directly to and we will gladly help you find the best transfer to suit your travel needs.  

If you are connecting to or from another part of Italy we are also happy to assist you in planning your pre and post trip connections. We have the insider knowledge and on the ground support to ensure you find the best option available to arrive or depart from your tour.

  *Please note that all guests arriving on our tours are responsible for ensuring they make it to the meeting point by 11:30 am at Rome’s Fiumicino airport.  Those who are unable to make it to the meeting point for the time specified will not be guaranteed a transfer from Rome to Ascoli Piceno and will have to seek other arrangements to participate in the reminder of the tour.  Please see our Terms & Conditions for further details and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns regarding the latter.

 The Full-bodied Experience

Experience all of Italy wrapped-up into one region with a journey that will take you from savouring Slow-food on sun-kissed rolling hills to soaking up the sunshine by the seaside. Enjoy a relaxing vacation by unpacking once and unwinding with 9 days located just steps away from one of Italy’s most beautiful piazzas (town square). This itinerary will focus on introducing you to the most iconic Italian experiences.  You will meet the vintners of our territory that have etched their story in land through award-winning wines, and passion that has been passed on from generation-to-generation. While we explore the territory, you will be introduced to the Italian trifecta: Food, Wine, and People, allowing you to get in touch with the culture of our territory, and learn some culinary secrets along the way. Your hands-on cooking classes will be set in the back-drop of a 17thcentury abbey, not only exposing you to local cuisine and recipes handed down from Nonna (Grandma), but also to the Old-world charm and pure rhythm of “La Dolce Vita”. To round out your trip you will be joined by a Fully-bilingual, 100% Italian, 100% local guide with an International culinary resume that will ensure your vacation is nothing but spectacular. Travel the road less-taken and enjoy the in-depth experience of authentic Italy that you have been craving.

DURATION

9 days

INCLUDES

Italy’s Epicurean Journey includes:

  • Eight nights double occupancy stay in 4-star characteristic and historical accommodations with ensuite bathroom
  • Transfer from your hotel to Ascoli Piceno’s train and bus stations on day of departure
  • Transfer from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport to Ascoli Piceno
  • Daily breakfast with local ingredients
  • Welcome Aperitivo (cocktail with small plates)
  • Six lunches representing the cuisine of the territory
  • Two private cooking class followed by lunch composed of local ingredients paired with regional wine
  • Guided tours of world class vineyards
  • A wine taste of local award-winning wines paired with local charcuterie and small plates
  • A privately guided tour of Ascoli Piceno, the City of Travertine
  • A visit to the largest medieval fortress in Italy
  • Visits to some of Italy’s Borghi Piu Belli d’Italia (Most beautiful Medieval Villages & Hamlets)
  • A knowledge local, bilingual guide that is with you throughout your day
  • All meals include fine local wines, coffee, and dessert
  • When out on the road with us handcrafted gelato & espresso are always on the house
  • All entrance fees to museums & monuments
  • Taxes, tips, and service charges

EXCLUDES

Travel to and from Italy, travel insurance, any other meals not noted in the itinerary, and excursions not listed above. *All prices are in Euros unless otherwise stated

 

GETTING THERE

All our tours start at Rome’s Fiumicino airport.  Here you will meet your guide at Noon before embarking on your journey to Ascoli Piceno.*

The nearest train station and bus station are located in Ascoli Piceno. Transfer from your hotel to Ascoli Piceno’s train and bus stations  is included on the day you depart from our tours.  

If your arrival or departure does not coincide with the meeting and departure times stated above we can assist you in booking a private transfer at an additional cost. Please contact us directly to and we will gladly help you find the best transfer to suit your travel needs.  

If you are connecting to or from another part of Italy we are also happy to assist you in planning your pre and post trip connections. We have the insider knowledge and on the ground support to ensure you find the best option available to arrive or depart from your tour.

  *Please note that all guests arriving on our tours are responsible for ensuring they make it to the meeting point by 11:30 am at Rome’s Fiumicino airport.  Those who are unable to make it to the meeting point for the time specified will not be guaranteed a transfer from Rome to Ascoli Piceno and will have to seek other arrangements to participate in the reminder of the tour.  Please see our Terms & Conditions for further details and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns regarding the latter.

The Italian on Tour Benefits 

Small Groups

Your experience will be in small groups from 2 to a maximum of 8 people. Ensuring you individual attention throughout the duration of your stay.  We are here to take care of you every step of the way. 

Local Support

When you travel with us, you are not just another number:  you are an honorary guest!  We are here to take care of you and offer on the ground local support throughout your stay.

No Stress

Along with our Local Support we are here to offer our assistance with pre and post-trip planning at no additional cost, with no strings attached.  Just pure and truthful knowledge from one traveller to another.

We are Italian

We don’t just speak Italian, we live here.  Our insider knowledge and personal relationships allow you to experience Italy as if it was your home.  Giving you the all access pass to Italy’s local and lively scene.

We get you

We are not just locals and experts of authentic Italian vacations, were travellers of Italy too.  We understand what you want to see and experience, and we know the best way to make that happen!

The Gold Standard

We don’t subcontract out meaning everything has been tried, tasted, and tested by us.  If it doesn’t meet our personal Stamp of Approval, it doesn’t make it on our tours.  You can sleep soundly at night knowing you are safe from tourist traps, subpar service, and second rate Italian food.

Unpack Once

Travel Italy at a more leisurely pace. Get to know the city we call home. Relax, drink a glass of wine among friends, and soak up a little of Italy’s “La Dolce Vita”.

Learn from the best

Get to know the people through their stomachs.  Food and culture go hand-in-hand in Italy with recipes being passed down from generation to generation.  We take you to cook with local chefs that still make it the way Nonna does.  Because Nonna knows best, and you want to know her secrets.

Handcrafted Gelato & Espresso, ALWAYS on us!

We do hospitality right.  Whenever you are out on the road with us you never have to reach for your wallet to get that extra cup of coffee or much needed scoop of artisan gelato.

Travel with like-minded individuals

Italian culture is all about conviviality and family and friends, so why would you want to travel this beautiful country alone?  Surround yourself with great people, in a great place. Get inspired and come back renewed from your Italian vacation.

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