Flavors of Italy

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Savor a sampling of Italy’s greatest culinary hits from a prosciutto tasting in Parma to a wine tasting at a Chianti Valley farmhouse to a pesto pasta cooking class in the Italian Riviera. This 10-day limited edition tour with international airfare takes us all over northern Italy from Bologna down to Turin. Between our foodie adventures, we’ll discover some of Italy’s most incredible destinations and sights including San Gimignano’s fascinating medieval architecture, the colorful buildings of Cinque Terre, Turin’s baroque architecture, and more!

Learn more about San Gimignano from World Heritage Journeys!

Did you know you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 10 or more travelers.

Itinerary at
a Glance

Tour Itinerary:

  • 2 nights in Bologna
  • 2 nights in Chianti Region
  • 2 nights in Italian Riviera
  • 2 nights in Turin

Tour Highlights

  • 3-course dinner in Bologna featuring local cuisine
  • Parmigiano Cheese and Parma Ham Tasting in Parma
  • Visit a farmhouse in the Chianti Valley (Tuscany) for wine tasting accompanied by Pecorino & Bruschetta
  • Tour a pasta-making factory in Chianti
  • San Gimignano
  • Pesto pasta cooking class
  • Underground winery cave with Spumante tasting
  • Guided tour of Turin
  • Wine tasting and tour at Wine Bank, a historical memory museum of Italian wines

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at first-class hotels
  • Porterage service at hotels except Chianti (1 luggage per person)
  • Ground transportation in an air-conditioned motor coach
  • 13 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners plus 7 additional tastings
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Top-rated, professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 20 travelers

Activity Level: Recreational

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 3 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day) on easy terrain with some light stairs. Learn More

Pacing Level: Moderate

Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect several early mornings and/or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 2+ nights (with limited 1-night stays). Learn More

No Additional Entry Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. Currently, there are no additional entry requirements for U.S. passport holders, but this can change at any time. Before travel, both U.S. and non-U.S. passport holders should visit our Passports & Visas page to reconfirm entry requirements.

Please note that Cinque Terre has uphill climbs with uneven surfaces. Good balance is required in order to get on boats. This tour features limited free time.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.

Tour Itinerary


Passengers who purchase flights will depart 1 day before the tour starts and return on the same day as the tour ends.

For flight details, see Before You Depart.

Day 1: Arrive in Bologna

Arrive in Bologna in the Food Valley! Food is a focus here as it is throughout the Emilia-Romagna region—home of Parma ham, balsamic vinegar, and Parmesan. Cured meats, aged cheeses, cream, butter, game, and truffles abound in this most indulgent of cuisines. This evening, we'll enjoy a three-course dinner with a specially chosen wine at a traditional Trattoria near our hotel.

Accommodations: Zanhotel Tre Vecchi or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Parma

Day 3: Bologna/Radda in Chianti

Day 4: Chianti Valley

Day 5: Chianti Valley/Italian Riviera

Day 6: Cinque Terre

Day 7: Italian Riviera/Canelli/Turin

Day 8: Turin

Day 9: Depart Turin

Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Mar. 31, 2023 to get the best price.

Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination. Please note this may change your tour start date.

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$4,299 $3,799
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$4,199 $3,699
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$3,999 $3,499
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$4,399 $3,899
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$4,137 $3,637
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$3,599 $3,099
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$3,499 $2,999
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$3,299 $2,799
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$3,699 $3,199
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* Departures designated as "Guaranteed" may be canceled or rescheduled only under Extraordinary Circumstances, for example in situations deemed to be unsafe or nonviable due to local conditions. See Terms & Conditions for full details.

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am - 5:30pm EST) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

Truffle Hunting Experience

Discovery of Rapallo, Santa Margherita & Portofino by Boat

Wine Experience with Sommelier



Some good, some bad. I was the only one using a cane and not used to hiking. The group moved quickly, up and down hills/stairs. I was not prepared. It was extremely hot (end of May) which did not help. The local tour directors hearded us into restaurants where he had to get a kickback. $15 for burned pizza, soda, and inedible dessert. I am a vegetarian and the selections were slim - eggs, plain pasta mainly. The breads were not enticing, nor were desserts. We did not gain any weight! Hotels were so-so. I would rather have paid more to stay in better locations. Carpe Diem.

Suzanne U

Really enjoyed this tour! Not "typical" tourist towns, so an excellent Flavor of Italy. Hotels were first rate, as well as the tour leader and the local tour guides. Fabulous food including fresh sea food and local specialities. And, oh, the wine tastings! Lots of walking and stair climbing including uphill and small stairways. Small group offered easy camaraderie--great for a single traveler. Would highly recommend this tour.

Adrienne G

Great tour. The hotels were really very good. All were in the best locations. Excellent choice of restaurants. Fast paced with lots of walking. Learned a lot about Northern Italian food and wine. Highly recommend.

Sandra G

The trip was really good especially the truffle hunting and the pesto making.


REALLY, really enjoyed this trip with a very few negatives. Highly recommend this tour.

Ann L

Lots of walking (and uphill, too) but lots of eating, tasting, and even making food. Nice variety of activities. Beautiful countryside, small towns as well as big cities.

Karen M

The Flavors of Italy has become my favorite tour. The wine and food tastings were incorporated beautifully into the sightseeing. Although it is rated as an "explorer", the pace of the excursions was good and it was not overly strenuous. There are a lot of steps in Cinque Terra, but if you take your time it is not difficult. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Janet W

Overall the trip was excellent; exceeded my expectations. Hotels were first rate, itinerary varied, accommodating tour leader, expert local tour guides. Good food and wines. More strenuous than I thought it would be as there was a lot of walking uphill and managing stairs. Some in the group had to opt out of some of these activities.

Geraldine W

Plenty of value for your money. Hotels are lovely and centrally located. Sights and local tours extensive. Food outstanding. At each location we were introduced to the local foods. Wine tastings were outstanding and lots of fun.
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