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!

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Itinerary at a Glance

2024 Tour Itinerary:

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

Tour Highlights

  • Walking tour of Turin with bicerin tasting
  • Wine tasting and tour at Wine Bank, a historical memory museum of Italian wines
  • Underground Cathedrals in Canelli, UNESCO World Heritage Site and Spumante tasting
  • Cinque Terre
  • Pesto pasta cooking class
  • San Gimignano market and gelato tasting
  • Pasta-making factory in Chianti
  • Bologna Walking Tour
  • Tuscan farmhouse for wine tasting accompanied by Pecorina & Brushetta
  • Parmigiano Cheese and Parma Ham tasting in Parma
  • Balsamic Vinegar Tasting

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

Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect

2024 Tour Itinerary


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

Note: Flights are not available on departures.

You must book your own flights to the tour destination and you are responsible for making your own way to the tour starting point, where you will meet your Tour Director. This is normally the first hotel in your itinerary.

You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.

Day 1: Arrive in Turin

Today we'll arrive in Turin, the capital city of Piedmont in northern Italy and a city known for its cuisine and architecture. Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive program will be met at the Milan Malpensa Airport and transferred to our hotel. This evening your tour director hosts a welcome dinner at a traditional Trattoria for a 3-course dinner with a glass of local wine.

Accommodations: Starhotels Majestic Turin or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Turin

Day 3: Turin – Canelli – Italian Riviera

Day 4: Cinque Terre Excursion

Day 5: Italian Riviera – Chianti Valley

Day 6: Chianti Valley

Day 7: Chianti Valley – Bologna

Day 8: Parma Excursion

Day 9: Depart Bologna

Guided Tour Pricing

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Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA.

2024 Tours Tour Only  
Oct 14–22
$3,199 $2,849
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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 (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Eastern) 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

Enhance your trip with these 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

Wine Experience with Sommelier

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 20 travelers

Activity Level: Level 1

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

New in 2025: ETIAS Visa Waiver Required for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. Effective for travel in 2025, U.S. passport holders are required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. Please visit our Passports & Visas page to learn more about any required actions, next steps, and additional costs.

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.


Judith I

2 weeks ago
I loved this trip and would highly recommend it to anyone

Susan C

2 weeks ago
Overall, an excellent tour., and great value for the cost. The Tour Director, Francesca, was outstanding

Philip M

7 months ago
This was a very enjoyable tour that focused on Northwest Italy. Overall we liked the itinerary and choices of locations, experiences, tours, etc. A number of events were hands on. the walking tours were excellent and in each case were led by very knowledgeable guides. Beautiful countryside and intriguing city sites. Visits to a prosciutto processing facility, a pasta manufacturing facility, a balsamic vinegar site plus several wine venues. The opportunity to eat out at restaurants of our own choice was readily available. We were busy each day and felt that our time was well-structured. Our SmarTours guide, Francesca, was excellent. We enjoyed the comradry of our fellow participants; they were a great mix of interesting and capable individuals, couples and in one case a family. A great tour.

Virginia O

7 months ago
Flavors of Italy was so much fun! Our tour guide Francesca was an absolute gem, she was funny, smart, knowledgable and very kind. The food, the wine and the hotels were all top-notch, we are planning our next tour with SmarTours now! Highly recommend this company and this tour, especially if it's your first trip to Italy.

Lisa A

7 months ago
The smarTours Flavors of Italy was fantastic! Our tour guide, Francesca, was a treasure. She had an engaging personality, a great sense of humor, an interesting personal history (food industry in Australia, Buddhist temples in Thailand!), and was helpful in many ways to myself and other tour participants. The tour group was small (16 people) and enjoyable companions on this tour. There were so many highlights: a) the beauty and spectacular preservation of the city of Bologna; b) the fascinating visit to a multi-generational balsamic vinegar establishment in Modena; c) the wonderful family in Chianti who welcomed us and gave us tastings of the many wines/spirits they produced; d) the views of Manarola in the Cinque Terre from the vineyards high above the town and coastline; and e) everything about Turin - the beautiful old cafes, chocolatiers, patisseries, and gelaterias; the food; the museums (Royal Palaces esp the Armory; Egyptian Museum); history and walkability!
I will definitely return to these regions of Italy in the future and this tour was an excellent introduction!


7 months ago
Flavors of Italy was a wonderful fast-paced tour! We moved quickly but did and saw a lot to maximize the time on our tour. Francesca was an excellent tour guide! We enjoyed the city tours by local guides in Bologna, Cinque Terre, and Turin. Highlights were the Prosciutto di Parma ham and cheese tour, balsamic vinegar tour, multiple wine tours (especially guided visit at the Banca del Vino in Pollenzo), pesto making, and pasta factory tour. San Gimignano was filled with tourists even though we weren't there in peak tourist season (Oct.). Our optional boat tour to Portofino was cancelled due to bad weather but we were still able to visit Portofino and walk around. Cinque Terre we visited via bus, taxi, and train. Truffle hunting was fine but short. We walked along with the truffle hunter and dogs who sought out truffles. It lasted less than 30 minutes and then we tasted local foods/wines from the Chianti region. Note that this tour has limited free time and there is a lot of time spent on the bus moving from one city to the next. We stayed in cities that we wouldn't have thought to have visited had it not been with this tour. Overall, I would highly recommend this tour. We enjoyed the variety of activities and appreciated seeing parts of Italy where we had not visited before.

Melanie R

7 months ago
This was my 2nd adventure with smarTours, and I’m sure there will be more, in fact, I’m already looking. The value is good, great actually, especially for the price. I like that all I have to do is show up on time and everything is planned for me. It takes the guesswork out of it AND allows me to feel more confident in booking solo travel.

Ellen A

8 months ago
For only my second trip overseas, Flavors of Italy did not disappoint. Our tour guide was great; she was there when we landed, with us every step of the way, and was there at the end to make sure we all made our flight. The towns and cities we went to were wonderful, different, and really gave you a sense of Northern Italy. The experiences we had were terrific: a prosciutto plant, balsamic vinegar producer, local winery, wine bank, making our own pesto, learning about pasta making back in the day...were all interesting and led by locals. The wine was the best! Food took a close second; I never ate so much delicious cheese and bread. As a vegetarian, the guide made sure food was prepared accordingly. The hotels for the most part were comfortable with delicious breakfasts provided by all. We did have an unfortunate experience in Radda, my friend and I were in the attic and the bathroom was half in darkness and that was never rectified (they gave us a big flashlight), there were also no windows save for a skylight. Small problem. I would highly recommend this tour.

Peter M

8 months ago
was fun

Bob S

8 months ago
This tour was a great trip through northern Italy that introduced us to magnificent regions glorifying the food, wine and lifestyles of this beautiful country that we so much enjoyed. Our hotels were top notch. There was beautiful scenery everywhere with green hills and farms dotted with centuries old cities that amazingly blend the old with the new. The Italian Riviera had wonderful seaside cities with sandy beaches and charming harbors, mixed with colorful ancient villages that appear to rise out of the rocky shores.
Thanks for this wonderful tour.