ITALY ON A PLATE

Dis­cover Italy’s prized re­gional spe­cial­ties in pri­vate homes and renowned res­tau­rants, and en­joy ex­clu­sive ac­cess to some of the coun­try’s most-famed cul­tural trea­sures.

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When in Rome, where this jour­ney for just 20 gourmet trav­ellers be­gins, guests are treated to a wel­come din­ner in the home of a lo­cal – a taste of the au­then­tic ad­ven­tures to come.

This 12-day fully in­clu­sive tour takes in many of the boot’s most famed sights with spe­cial ac­cess granted to guests that is sim­ply out of reach for the in­de­pen­dent trav­eller. The unique ex­pe­ri­ences in­clude a guided tour with a his­tory lec­turer in Florence’s Gal­le­ria dell’ Ac­cademia to see Michelan­gelo’s

David, and ac­cess to a pri­vate col­lec­tion of vin­tage Maser­atis.

Italy’s re­gional cuisines are one of the great draw­cards for any vis­i­tor to the coun­try. On this jour­ney, not only will the food of some of the most renowned re­gions be on the menu, but there’s also the op­por­tu­nity to learn to cook like a lo­cal with a hands-on tra­di­tional cook­ing class in a Tus­can home, fol­lowed by a din­ner to en­joy the re­sults.

“An evening gon­dola ride through the canals of Venice is just one of the high­lights of this ex­clu­sive jour­ney.”

In Florence, mean­while, as well as the visit to the Gal­le­ria dell ’Ac­cademia, guests will en­joy a pri­vate mar­ket ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­clu­sive brunch at the Cen­tral Mar­ket pre­pared by lo­cal ar­ti­sans. While in Pied­mont, guests will dine at one of Italy’s most ex­clu­sive res­tau­rants in an 18th-cen­tury es­tate, tour the Coppo Cel­lars, and meet the dogs that hunt the elu­sive white truf­fle.

Other high­lights in­clude Cinque Terre with its cen­turies-old sea­side vil­lages, a visit to Isola Bella and Isola dei Pesca­tori on Lake Mag­giore, sight-see­ing in fash­ion-for­ward Mi­lan and a stay in a 16th-cen­tury villa in Verona.

The hits in this most de­sir­able of des­ti­na­tions con­tinue, with an evening gon­dola ride through the canals of Venice the last but by no means least of the high­lights.

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