Journeys Rediscovered - Culinary Journey of Northern Italy


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Culinary Immersion Tour Unique to Journeys Rediscovered

Culinary Journey of Northern Italy

Small Group Tour of no more than 8

Milan – Polesine – Iseo – Fraciacorta – Parma – Cinque Terre – Bologna - Tuscany

11 days/10 nights

  • 2 nights accommodation in Polesine
  • 2 nights accommodation in Iseo Lake
  • 3 nights accommodation in Parma
  • 3 nights accommodation in Tuscany
  • Breakfast daily at hotels
  • Many lunches and dinners included at specially selected restaurants and culinary experiences
  • All private transfers 
  • All Activities included as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Sightseeing and private touring with a local English speaking guide 

Contact Journeys Rediscovered for pricing to suit your preferred departure dates as a private itinerary or to REGISTER your spot on our 2021, 2022 or 2023 Small Group Journeys (no more the 8 passengers).

Boutique luxury accommodation twin share. Single Supplements available.

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Contact Journeys Rediscovered for pricing to suit your preferred departure dates as a private itinerary or to REGISTER your spot on our 2021, 2022 or 2023 Small Group Journeys (no more the 8 passengers).

Boutique luxury accommodation twin share. Single Supplements available.

Day 1- Milan/ Polesine: From Milano to Parmense – From the home of the Kings of the Duchy to Home of the KINGS of ham and cheese.After Picking you up from your hotel in Milan, we make our way to the plains along the Po river to the town of Polesine Parmense, home of Culatello, Italy’s most prestigious andexpensive ham, and the home town of Giuseppe Verdi . Spend the afternoon exploring the grounds of the Spigaroli family Estate which forms our relais for the next two nights.This evening we take a short stroll to our delectable restaurant that has been in the family history for generations. 

Meals included – D

Day 2 – Polesine: Organic Farm Tour – Culatello Caves – Cooking Class with Michelin Chef After your beautiful breakfast overlooking the expansive grounds of our relais, we will pick up our bicycles and head to a Parmigiano Caseificio and watch as this regal cheese is produced by our Artisan cheese maker. We then spend the rest of the morning at the Spigaroli farm and in their private caves to witness the amazing collections of Cured Hams. Next up we commence the never to be forgotten cooking class with our Michelin Starred Chef using ingredients freshly plucked from the grounds garden. Tonight we enjoy a celebration of traditional and modern Italian cuisine at our michelin dinner at our relais. 

Meals included – B L D

Day 3 – Iseo/ Franciacorta: ‘Only by listening to the silence can we understand the soil, the water, the air and the light while they create life” – the winemakers of the Franciacorte Region After our delicious breakfast, alfresco style, we will visit some of the most spectacular scenery that Italy has to offer, home to some of Italy’s best seafood and stunning views, Lake Iseo is Italy’s undiscovered gem of the North, and any traveller’s paradise. We pick up our vintage cars, we take a leisurely drive along the lake en-route to the Franciacorta Region. Franciacorta wine is Italy’s answer to champagne. Our hill top drive will overlook the lakes and provide  stunning views of the beautiful Vallecamonica Mountains. Sampling some of the regional wines is inevitable before we check in at our Luxury Relais – an oasis. Spend a few hours meandering amongst the vines. Tonight we wine & dine & serve up regional plates including fish found only on the lake.

Meals included – B L D

Day 4 – Iseo: Enjoy a full day at leisure at the amazing Iseo Lake.In the morning you will enjoy a guided discovery of the largest lake island in Europe : Monte Isola. Famous for the unique panoramas and the artisanal making of the dry sardines. Afternoon : relax by the pool of your exclusive accomodation.  

Meals included – B L D 

Day 5 – Iseo/ Parma: Once ruled by some of Europe’s Wealthiest families Emilia Romagna is a territory of rich farming and agricultural landscape that stretches from the Po River to the Appenines’ crest. The Food and Wine roads that run through these villages, are also renowned for the production of some of Italy’s most famous delights. Today we take the time to experience the best that this territory has to offer. We make our way to one of the most magnificent of Castles of the Duchy of Parma.We stop for lunch in their Locanda before heading on to Langhirano where we will watch specialist Norcino make the most prized cured ham in Italy… Prosciutto di Parma. Late afternoon will be free to explore the city of Parma, famous for its architecture and palaces and of course SHOPPING.This evening we head out for a real Parmigiano tradition… Aperitivo! 

Meals included – B L & Apertivo

Day 6 – Parma/ Modena: After breakfast, it is time to head towards Modena. We take an exclusive trip into the attic of one of Modena’s oldest producing families who explain to us the processes needed to produce this liquid gold. Be one of the first in the culinary world to sample an authentic 50 year old drop and then come for a walk with us as we tour the vineyards. Lunch will be on the premises dedicated of course to the tasting and pairing of the Vinegars.After Lunch it is all fast cars and big bucks as we head to the Ferrari Museum, where you each get a ride of 1 lap in the Formula 1 car simulator. We then, give up the fast and furious for the quaint and quiet Tuscan hills as we transfer to our private Villa just outside of Florence. Spend a few hours lazing by the pool whilst enjoying picturesque views over Chianti. In the evening, once back to Parma, we’ll enjoy a unique dinner at a walking distance restaurant facing the Cathedral and Baptistery square.

Meals included – B L D

Day 7 – Parma/ Cinque Terre: Enjoy a full day excursion to the worldwide known Cinque Terre, the unique five villages facing the Ligurian Sea at only 1 h 30’ drive from Parma.Once arrived, a private boat will wait for you for a unique tour on the sea with amazing views of the coast. A panoramic lunch will be taken at one of the villages followed by an easy walk through the paths that connects all of them discovering the unique wine productions of this area. Return in the evening to Parma, dinner on your own and overnight. 

Meals included – B L

Day 8 – Parma/ Bologna/ Tuscany: Today you’ll check-out in order to reach your next amazing Region : Tuscany !Along the way, we can’t miss a stop to the largest city of Emilia-Romagna : Bologna.Bologna is a unique city and it’s called the Fat, the Red and the Learned.You’ll have a private guided tour of the city center including the main highlights and interesting multiple tastings in different typical spots that will make your lunch.Proceed to Tuscany and arrival in the afternoon at the selected luxury accomodation we found for you. Welcome dinner and overnight.  

Meals included – B L D

Day 9 – Tuscany: This morning we enjoy a visit to the quintessential Italian market and one of Italy’s oldest macchelleria (butcher shop), dating back to the early 1800’s. Steeped in history and tradition - an experience to savour. Enjoy some tastings at the market and free time to pick up some culinary items. Next we continue on to the historical town of Panzano, the heart of   the Chianti, and here we meet the Heart and Soul of Panzano – Dario Cecchini. Dario is probably the world’s most famous butcher. His philosophy on both life and meat all roll into one and he will serve your lunch loudly quoting Dante’s Divine Comedy. For lunch today we will sample Dario’s most prized dishes… some typically Tuscan and some typically quirky and finish with the most famous Tuscan dish of all… ‘The Fiorentina Steak’. After a sneaky tour through the butcher shop we head back to our villa. The evening is free to explore and relax.

Meals included – B L

Day 10 – Tuscany: This morning we arrive at the beautiful hamlet often dubbed as the ‘Medieval Manhattan’, famous for its Artisan Ceramics, San Gimignano. We will visit a local pasticceria that is the true essence of Florentine sweets...from panforte to ricarelli and pandolce, we watch the artisans create the dolce that all of Italy talk about. Take your  time to explore this beautiful place, and why not head in and watch some of the ceramic makers perfecting their craft. Lunch today will be at a stunning winery where we will also enjoy a guided tour and tastings. This family run winery has committed to twenty six generations of wine making, upholding tradition but your contemporary surrounds will astound you.Our final dinner will be a celebration of Tuscan cuisine at the terrazza restaurant of our castello. There are places in Tuscany where time seems to have stopped, and this is one of them. 

Meals included – B L D

Day 11- Departure: After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to our luxury relais in the heart and soul of Tuscany. Transfer to Florence train station or airport.

Meals included – B  

Travel Dates

Valid for travel 01 Oct 2020 - until 31 Dec 2022.

Terms & Conditions

Contact Journeys Rediscovered to register for our 2021, 2022 or 2023 Small Group Journey (no more than 8 passengers.)Journeys Rediscovered Small Group - Culinary Journey of Northern Italy, will run with a minimum of 6 passengers.

Alternatively, contact Journeys Rediscovered for pricing to suit your preferred departure dates as a private itinerary, which is guaranteed with a minimum of one person.

Land-based itinerary is based per person on twin/double share basis (unless otherwise stated), single supplement is available, contact Journey Rediscovered for this surcharge.

International & domestic airfares are additional, please contact Journeys Rediscovered for international flight options and prices.

Travel insurance is strongly recommended and can be arranged for you for an additional cost.

For full pricing, terms and conditions, contact your MTA Travel Expert, Journeys Rediscovered on 0477002235 or journeysrediscovered@mtatravel.com.au

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