Mangia! The foodies tour of Italy

italian specialties in Florence, tuscany and rome

Day 1 – Arrival in Florence

Private transfer from Florence airport to your hotel. Free time to adjust to the timezone and relax. 

Day 2 – Market visit and food tasting

Accompanied by a local foodie expert, first visit a local market to discover and taste some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, local cheeses, such as pecorino, mozzarella di bufala, parmigiano, ricotta, salami, prosciutto, focaccia and more. Next, enjoy an authentic Italian tradition, a cappuccino in a Florentine coffee shop. At the end of the tour you will enjoy a very special food and wine tasting with typical Italian products.

Free time in the afternoon. We will provide you with tickets to the Accademia, which is home to  Michelangelo’s magnificent David, and to the Uffizi Gallery which displays some of the world's greatest Italian Renaissance art. Tickets valid for two consecutive days.  

Day 3 – Cooking class

Join a small group for a half day cooking class with a local chef. You will learn how to make traditional Tuscan dishes using fresh, organic produce. Later, enjoy a few family recipes at 4-course lunch paired with local wines. Examples of the prepared dishes: bruschetta, crostini, handmade pasta, gnocchi, roasted meat, stuffed vegetables, tiramisù and panna cotta.

Free time in the afternoon. Go to a museum, climb up to the cupola of the Duomo or Giotto’s Bell Tower, visit Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Santa Maria Novella Church, San Lorenzo market, Palazzo Vecchio, Galileo Museum or Boboli Gardens.

Day 4 – Tuscany

In the morning, pick up your rental car and drive to the countryside. Enjoy a relaxing day at your quaint Tuscan villa surrounded by vineyards and cypress trees. Alternatively, you can also explore some of the lovely villages in the area.

Day 5 – The Clay Hills of Siena and  Brunello Tasting

Your driver-guide will pick you up in the morning and take you on a full day tour of Tuscany. Visit the Clay Hills of Siena, locally known as Crete Senesi, an especially scenic region. Tour a 14th century monastery which displays original frescoes by Sodoma and Signorelli. Stroll around the picturesque medieval village of Lucignano d’Asso, then continue to Montalcino to taste some world famous Brunello at a local winery. 

Day 6 – Tuscan wines

Free time in the first part of the day, just enough to visit Pisa, San Gimignano, or the Chianti hills. 

In the afternoon, join a wine class in Siena and learn about winemaking in Tuscany, terroir, climate, farming techniques and the various appellations. Taste several Tuscan wines and discover food that goes well with these exceptional wines. This is a class for anyone who enjoys wine, but isn’t necessarily a connoisseur. 

Day 7 – Travel to Rome; Food Tour

Drive back to Florence, drop off the rental car, and transfer by high-speed train to to Rome. 

After a few hours of relaxation, meet your local guide for a Roman food tour. Learn about the history of Italian cuisine and the culinary differences among the various regions of Italy. After a walk around the Jewish neighborhood and learning about the influences of Jewish dishes on Roman cuisine, sample a variety of appetizers from artichokes to pumpkin and other fried vegetables. Try an authentic pizza, then savor some Pasta alla Romana at a historic restaurant run by the same family for four generations. End the night with the best organic gelato in town. 

Day 8 – Italian coffee; The Colosseum

Start the day with a guided tour of the local coffee shops, some of which have been around since the beginning of the 19th century. Discover the competitive world of coffee brewing and roasting, and taste a variety of Italian coffees. 

In the afternoon, join your guide for a tour of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Entrance fees and skip the line access included. Visit the remains of temples, basilicas, government buildings, and entertainment centers built approximately 2000 years ago, and learn about the Caesars and soldiers of the Great Roman Empire.

Day 9 –  Gelato; The Vatican

Morning at your leisure. If you haven’t tried gelato yet, this is your chance! Our personal faves are San Crispino, which makes the best natural ice cream, and Giolitti, the oldest gelato maker in Rome (since 1890).

In the afternoon, take a guided tour of the Vatican. Entrance fees and skip the line access included.  Your guide will walk you through the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica.

Day 10 –  Return home

Private transfer from your hotel to Rome airport.  Buon viaggio!


Based on double room occupancy. Price is subject to variations according to season.Activities may be in a different order depending on availability. Additional terms and conditions apply.

Package includes:

  • Private transfer from FLR airport to to your hotel in Florence
  • 3 nights a centrally located hotel in Florence
  • Small group walking tour of a local market and tastings
  • Shared cooking class in Florence
  • General admission tickets to Galleria dell’Accademi, including audio-guides
  • General admission tickets to Galleria degli Uffizi, including audio-guides
  • 3-day car rental, compact size, manual transmission, no deductible insurance package
  • 3 nights in a Tuscan villa
  • Full day small group tour of Crete Senesi 
  • Wine class and tasting in Siena
  • 1st class train tickets from Florence to Rome
  • 3 nights in a centrally located hotel in Rome
  • Small group walking tour of Rome and food tour
  • Small group coffee tour 
  • Small group walking tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Small group walking tour of  Vatican & Sistine Chapel
  • Private transfer from hotel in Rome to Rome Fiumicino airport
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Most taxes
  • 24-hour emergency line

Package does not include:

  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • International airfare
  • Mandatory city tax at each hotel (to be paid on site)
  • Car rental fees and extras (i.e. road fee, additional driver fee, train station/airport pick-up fee, GPS)
  • Other meals aside from breakfast and tastings mentioned above
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Visa or passport processing
  • Baggage handling
  • Handicap or disability assistance
  • Extended customer support
  • International driver license (mandatory in Italy)