Italy's Epicurean Journey

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  • duration 9 days
  • tour type Group Tour
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Rome, Italy
  • Ends Ascoli Piceno , Italy
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Travel to Ascoli Piceno, see one of Italy's most beautiful squares
  • Enjoy 2 cooking classes, learn more about the secrets of Italian food
  • Explore vineyards around Ascoli Piceno and try some of the best Italian wines
  • Taste delicious Italian food throughout the tour
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 experience first-hand their passion that continues to be 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 class 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.
Customer reviews
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 6 reviews
Highly recommended
4 - Very Good
  • Ronald Ferri
  • From Canada
  • On Mar 13 2019
“My wife an I had the good fortune to join four others for a tour of the Ascoli Piceno area of Italy in September 2018 led by Giovanni and Chantelle. If you are interested in avoiding the touristy of parts Italy, if your are interested in gaining a better insight into the culture and the cuisine of this part of Italy, if you want to visit one of the more picturesque parts of Italy and you want to experience the intimacy of a small group; this may be the tour for you. The accommodation was excellent as was the food experience. It was a well paced tour, a typical day would start shortly after nine, a drive through the rugged country side in the region, a visit a hill-top village, historical site, vineyard, etc. and then on to a wonderful lunch. This would be followed a visit to another site, returning to the hotel in late afternoon. One cannot enough good things about the tour leaders, they are very knowledgeable about the region and most accommodating to the needs of the tour participants. We would likely recommend this tour.”
100% Recommended!!
5 - Excellent
  • Belinda Reilly
  • From Australia
  • On Dec 26 2018
“If you’re tired of travelling with busloads of fellow tourists then a small boutique tour with The Italian on Tour is the perfect solution. Chantelle and Giovanni have put together a wonderful introduction to the region they call home based around the beautiful town and province – Ascoli Piceno.
I was travelling solo for the first time, but they made it entirely comfortable and made me feel very welcome. They take groups of up to 8 (ours was 6) and because you base yourself in Ascoli there is no packing and unpacking every day. Each day is a mix of wineries, culture, cooking classes, long lunches, local sites and beautiful views.
There’s plenty of time for yourself, and Chantelle and Giovanni take the time to show you anything that you have a particular interest in. If you want to do some extra shopping they’ll happily show you their favourite places. This is relaxed touring with a personalised touch where you are meeting the winemakers or producers. This is where the tour operators live and work, so they have relationships with the people you meet that go beyond herding people in with the hope they will buy merchandise. Every experience feels very authentic.
Ascoli itself was a great base for the tour. As a solo traveller it felt very safe. I was completely comfortable wandering around by myself in my free time.”
Unforgettable trip!
5 - Excellent
  • Anna Pesti
  • From Australia
  • On Oct 18 2018
“My partner and I had an unforgettable trip to Ascoli Piceno in September on Chantelle and Giovanni Tour. They were amazingly warm and helpful and I couldn’t recommend it more!”
Best tour!!
5 - Excellent
  • Lee Farrington
  • From Australia
  • On Sep 29 2018
“This tour was without doubt the best tour we have done. Giovanni and Chantelle have put together a package that is second to none. Their intimate local knowledge enables them to take you to amazing places that are not crowded and generally not on most tourists agendas. They have partnered with some exceptional people that own the restaurants and wineries that you visit enabling you to have personable experiences and hear their interesting stories first hand. The accommodation in Ascoli Piceno was superb. The hotel staff were lovely and happy to help with anything you might need. Its location was also exceptional, allowing you to easily stroll into the main city piazza and soak up the atmosphere of the locals living life the Italian way. The food we experienced with Giovanni and Chantelle was absolutely brilliant, in lovely small boutique wineries prepared and served by the owners to first class restaurants with magnificent views and ambiance. The small group enabled the flexibility to accommodate individual preferences. Giovanni and Chantelle have a genuinely warm and friendly style that ensures you feel very comfortable in their company. A perfect tour, well done Giovanni and Chantelle, couldn't recommend it highly enough.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: ROME TO ASCOLI
  • Day 2: Offida & the estate of the original purveyor of the pec
  • Day 3: ASCOLI PICENO, THE CITY OF TRAVERTINE AND 100 TOWERS
  • Day 4: COOKING IN THE ITALIAN COUNTRYSIDE
  • Day 5: WINE & ROMAN TIMES
  • Day 6: FORMIDABLE FORTRESSES & ITALY'S TOP SLOWFOOD
  • Day 7: MAKE PIZZA WITH A MASTER PIZZAIOLO
  • Day 8: SEASIDE SIGHTSEEING
  • Day 9: ARRIVERDERCI!
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 8 breakfasts & 9 meals, including wine, coffee and dessert
  • 8 nights of 4-star-hotel accommodation
  • Services of your own private Italian On Tour guide
  • Two Wine Experiences
  • Privately guided walking tour of Ascoli Piceno with a local expert & guide
  • Privately guided walking tour of Offida with a local expert & guide
  • Two Hands-On Cooking Classes
  • Optional sightseeing as per itinerary
  • All entrance fees are included as per itinerary
  • All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off in a private vehicle
  • All gratuities for city guides and service at meals
  • Airport pick-up/travel from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport
  • Departure day transfer to Ascoli Piceno’s bus or train station
  • All special events, private tours, and local experts as per itinerary
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Supplement add-on
  • Gluten-Free supplement
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Flights are not included
  • Travel and trip cancellation insurance is not included
  • Items of personal nature are not included
  • Return transfer from Ascoli Piceno to Rome or elsewhere
  • Any items not mentioned on the itinerary
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A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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ACTIVITY LEVEL This trip is appropriate for people who enjoy a good stroll, and feel comfortable while on the move. Daily walking times vary from 1 to 4 hours, from urban strolls to uphill walks in medieval fortresses and standing on your feet for a up to 3 hours while cooking up a storm. ACCOMMODATIONS Nestled in the heart of Ascoli Piceno’s Centro Storico (Historic Center) our selected accommodation is a stunning property that is locally-owned and operated. Once having its life as a noble palace and convent, the two were combined to create a perfectly curated luxury boutique 4-star stay that is a unique expression of our territory. Tucked away down a cobble-stone paved alley its position offers tranquility, yet it is conveniently located just steps away from the city center and one of Italy’s most beautiful squares: Piazza del Popolo (The People’s Square). It is the perfect location to immerse yourself in the rhythm of our city, allowing you to easily enjoy an evening passeggiata (stroll), and ease into what the Italians call “La Dolce Vita”. DISCLAIMER The product will not run unless there is two or more than two participants. Although very rare, if such an occurrence happens, you will be informed before the booking.
CANCELLATION 20% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
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