Vineyard cycling trails, mountain markets, aperitivi culture – we’ve hunted high and low for the best food and wine tours in Italy. These are the foodie holidays that go above and beyond showing you how to make pizza and pasta, introducing you to everything from sprawling wineries to the tiny cafés that locals love.
This eight-day holiday combines three of the foodie capitals of Italy – Bologna, Parma and Modena. As you’d expect, balsamic vinegar tastings and Parma ham-laden charcuterie boards feature highly on the to-do list.
You won’t be short on Michelin-star restaurants, either. The area around Parma is nicknamed the Food Valley, so many of the ingredients and wines are hand-picked from the vine-striped countryside.
Prefer your holiday hands-on? This Rome foodie break will get you rolling up your sleeves and learning how to make Italian classics like tiramisu and pizza in no time.
And it doesn’t stop there – you’ll also pack in walking tours of Rome’s foodie neighbourhoods and a behind-the scenes peek into the city’s best coffee shops and gelato parlours. It’s all rolled in to a five-day city break.
Christmas might barely be over, but any foodie worth their salt knows that the wine harvests and winter festivals at the end of the year are one of the best times to be in Italy. (That’s our excuse for thinking about Christmas markets already, anyway!)
A route around Turin, Verona and Bolzano is your best bet. Have dinner in a Michelin-starred restaurant in Turin, sip spiced mulled wine at the Christmas market at the foot of Verona Arena, and see the craftspeople carve traditional nativity sets in Bolzano. Best of all, you’ll get the chance to catch the train up to the mountainous village.
You’ll be based in Sorrento on this foodie showcase of the Bay of Naples and Amalfi Coast. Our favourite bit is the Sorrento walking tour that winds its way past the town’s best limoncello shops, pizzerias and gelato parlours.
Our cycling tour trundles off the beaten track and into the golden hills of Piedmont. This north-west corner of Italy quietly gives Emilia-Romagna a run for its money when it comes to food and drink, dealing out Barolo vineyards, Slow Food cities, truffle forests and Michelin Guide hotels. Get there before everyone else finds out about this gem!
This eight-day trip must be one of the most stylish food breaks in Italy. It gets you really stuck in to aperitivo – a distinctly Italian happy hour. It’s usually between 7pm and 9pm, when bars set out wine and snacks in preparation for the locals descending for a pre-dinner drink and chat.
The Wine Trail links together both world-famous and lesser-visited wine regions. You can take this self-guided tour at your own pace, but we recommend spreading the trip over 15 days to really get the most out of the northern wine regions.
Vineyards, cellars and bars are the stars of the show, although the settings aren’t too shabby, either. You’ll get to explore everything from big cities like Turin and Florence to laid-back Lake Garda.
Don’t want to stop at one region? No problem – this self-drive tour starts at 14 days long, although you can choose to stay as long as you like in the recommended cities. Turin, Bologna and Florence are all represented.
The second half of the trip sees you sinking south from Tuscany, down into Umbria. You get the chance to stay at real character hotels with top-notch restaurants in little castle towns like Montefalco.