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Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

1. Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

Over the course of five days, visit the most enchanting locations of Italy, soaking up art, culture, cuisine and the famous Italian romance. Led by a friendly guide, depart from Rome and visit Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Padova, Venice and Montepulciano. See masterpieces from the likes of Michelangelo, Giotto, and Cimabue. Roam ancient cobbled streets, marvel at magnificent cathedrals, and taste delightful wines. This tour aims to inform and entertain you at the same time. Staying in comfy accommodation and traveling by deluxe bus, touring Italy couldn’t be easier. With 4 meals provided for you, plus an excellent itinerary and knowledgeable guides, sit back, relax and "get Italian". Day 1 Depart from Rome at 7:15 AM heading towards Assisi. Explore this tiny town dating back to the Middle Ages. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis and see works by Giotto and Cimabue. Afterwards drive towards Siena, whose highlight is Piazza del Campo. Continue to Florence where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner (included) and a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Florence After breakfast, spend the day exploring Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the Duomo, the Campanile Tower, Palazzo Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch (for free) in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. In the afternoon, wander the cobbled streets or take a short, optional trip to Pisa where you could enjoy a tour of the Square of Miracles, the Leaning Tower and the Duomo. Dinner is at your leisure. Back in Florence rest in your hotel and recharge your batteries for the next day. Day 3 Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. Wander through the city’s 38 kilometers' worth of elegant arcades, for which it is famous. From Piazza Malpighi, walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the city. In the afternoon, continue towards Padova, with its original Sant’Antonio Basilica. Later, you will arrive in Venice, famous for its quaint gondola boats and intricate architecture. Check in at your hotel and enjoy your first Venetian dinner (included) and overnight stay. Day 4: Venice Hit the water and board a private waterbus to enjoy a cruise through the canals of Venice. Stop off at Murano to learn about the ancient art of glass blowing. Continue on to St. Mark’s Square for an exterior visit of the splendid cathedral. See the Doge Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy a spritz or Prosecco with your guide to cap off a day of discovery. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel and overnight. Day 5 After breakfast, departure from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches, castles and its delicious wines. Proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Noble” wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included! Spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace, enjoying free wine tastings in many wine shops and free time for shopping. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome, where the tour ends.

Padua: Pasta and Tiramisu Class with a Local Host

2. Padua: Pasta and Tiramisu Class with a Local Host

Learn how to make authentic Italian pasta and tiramisu at a friendly local host's home. Find out how to roll fresh pasta dough by hand, make two traditional pasta shapes, and prepare the perfect melt-in-your-mouth tiramisu. Get to know the tricks and trades of authentic Italian cooking and hear fascinating stories about the local culture and cuisine. Dine with your host and taste the finished dishes accompanied by a selection of local wines. Experience the warmth of Italian hospitality and return home with something more than just souvenirs — classic Italian cooking knowledge that will stay with you for life.

Padua: Private Home Cooking Demo with a Four-Course Meal

3. Padua: Private Home Cooking Demo with a Four-Course Meal

Visit a local host's home and watch an exclusive cooking demo of authentic regional recipes. See how to prepare a four-course Italian meal which includes a starter, pasta dish, main course, and dessert. Dine with your host and taste the finished dishes accompanied by a selection of local wines. Hear fascinating stories about the local culture and cuisine and experience the warmth of Italian hospitality.

Padova: Guided Spritz Walk

4. Padova: Guided Spritz Walk

A spritz walk is an ideal way to experience the Italian apertivio while exploring some of the most characteristic areas of the city. Where better to enter the world of the spritz than Padova, the birthplace of Aperol 100 years ago. You'll meet your expert local guide in Piazza delle Erbe to begin your spritz walk. From there you will discover Padova like a local as you stroll through the charming main squares and narrow cobblestone streets. Throughout your experience you'll enjoy two stops at two unique locations. At each stop you will taste an authentic version of the Italian spritz, served with traditional local finger food such as cheese, prosciutto, olives, and foccaccia. Your tour tour will eventually wrap up with your guide providing some suggestions on recommended restaurants in Padova.

8-Hour Prosecco Wine and Tastings Tour from Venice or Padua

5. 8-Hour Prosecco Wine and Tastings Tour from Venice or Padua

This tour of the Prosecco hills takes you northeast of Venice through the countryside near Valdobbiane. On this tour you will have the opportunity to visit the lush green hills of the Prosecco winegrowing region that included the town of Valdobbiane, Conegliano, and Vittorio Veneto. Admire the beautiful scenery of the steep hills covered by vineyards and framed by the nearby Dolomite Mountains. Discover one of the most famous sparkling wines produced in Italy well known for its fruity aromas and its charming unpretentiousness. In this picturesque winegrowing region you will visit one of the top wine producers, where you can learn about the traditional production methods and enjoy a guided wine tasting. The tour then stops for lunch at one of the most historic Frasche (simple rustic trattorias) specializing in simple local cuisine. You will then continue on your journey, stopping to visit a second cantina to experience the small, family-run wine production that is so important to this area, followed by a wine tasting.

Amarone Wine Tour & Tasting from Venice, Padua or Verona

6. Amarone Wine Tour & Tasting from Venice, Padua or Verona

Join an Italian Sommelier on this special 8-hour trip to small prestigious vineyards in the Valpolicella Valley. Discover the best Amarone and other quality Valpolicella wines, and sample the local cuisine in a beautiful atmosphere. On this tour, you will drive through a landscape of classical villas, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, and orchards. Pick-ups are available from Venice, Verona, or Padua, and each tour starts with a visit to a typical cantina, set in a 15th-century building. Drive along tiny roads that wind through the vineyards. Enjoy tastings of Valpolicella’s classic wines - Valpolicella, Ripasso della Valpolicella, Amarone, and Recioto. Each wine will be paired with cheese, selected by the vineyard owner and your guide, who is a sommelier and master cheese taster. Next, take a scenic drive to a typical restaurant, for a light lunch with tradional dishes and wine. After lunch, visit a second cantina, where the grapes for Amarone and Recioto are withered before vinification. After a short visit to the vineyard and winery, taste some more famous wines for a chance to compare the differences and similarities of the two different producers.

Padua: Market Tour, Private Home Cooking Class and Dinner

7. Padua: Market Tour, Private Home Cooking Class and Dinner

Go food shopping like a local, enjoying the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produce from the land. Then immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor with local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

From Padua: Walking & Wine Tasting City Tour

8. From Padua: Walking & Wine Tasting City Tour

Discover the taste of Padua on this wine tasting tour of the city. On foot you’ll visit two different enoteche (wine bars), set in authentic areas of Padua. In each your personal sommelier will select two quality wines for you to taste, each paired with small Venetian appetizers, called cicchetti. During the tour, you’ll learn about the most important aspects of Italian wine production and its role in Italian culture. Your guide will be happy to focus on any particular wine topic that interests you, including history, tasting guidelines, or quality standards. The classic wine tasting includes 4 glasses of wine from the Tri-Veneto area (the area formerly ruled by the Venetian Republic). Examples of the quality wines you’ll taste are Prosecco and Tocai (white wines), and Refosco and Ripasso della Valpolicella (red wines).

Padua: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

9. Padua: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine. Afterwards, you will taste the fruits of your labor accompanied by local wines. Throughout your lesson, your cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. You can have fun putting your cooking skills to the test, with a workstation equipped with utensils as well as all the ingredients to make the dishes. At the conclusion of your activity, you will be free to taste everything you have prepared, as accompanied by a selection of local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, this is your chance to take home Italian cooking skills which will stay with you for life.

Padua: 2-Hour Food Market Discovery Tour

10. Padua: 2-Hour Food Market Discovery Tour

Discover the food markets in Padua, a city home to a rich culinary tradition and some of the best open-air food markets in Italy. On this 2-hour walking tour of the city you will meet in the morning to visit the fruit and vegetable markets in the Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta. The expert gastronomic guide will take you through the maze of fresh food stalls and explain to you about the seasonal produce, local traditions and specialties, and the importance of quality fresh ingredients in Italian cuisine. At the end of the tour you will finish off your walk with a refreshing glass of Prosecco.

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What people are saying about Padua

If you want a great day of meeting fantastic people, learning about Amarone. Eating a great lunch snd enjoying very nice wine with families that have been making wine for generations, then this is the trip for you. Marco is extremely knowledgeable about wine and culture and is an extraordinary individual. We visited 2 small wineries and were led by the owners who explained the wine making process and history of their winery in detail. The owners were both pationate about their wines but about the environment around them. We enjoyed amamazing lunch where the chef prepared a pesto dish with an herb he had just picked that day. Of course we had amarone for the table. Marco is a superb sommelier but is a great person. I would highly recommend this tour as it exceeded all our expectations

We had fantastic days, the tour director Sabrina was a caring person, everything was clearly on the note, explaining how or where you want to go, and show you how not to get lost easily, during the trip, was not boring in the tour bus, we had a lot of fun, creating a lot of cozy atmosphere, lots of laughs. She gave us even more great tips, after that, we did an extra day trip to see more of the south coast, it's a very nice experience, thanks Sabrina. The driver Franco was an experienced driver, he also helped everything, the elderly getting in and out with the high steps, the heavy suitcases. On the last day we had a problem, taxi strike, he help us again. thanks Franco.

Our cooking experience with Catia was fabulous. She made us feel so welcome in her home - we felt like family. We were able to make our own pasta and she gave us so much information about the ingredients we were using, the traditional Italian food and culture, and the 4 course meal was wonderful. Catia is so full of energy and fun. We will be recommending Cesarine to friends and family.

Mario, our tour guide, was outstanding! A sommelier by profession as well as native to the area, he was the perfect person to educate us on all aspects of the wine-making and wine tasting plus give us his personal remarks about the areas and vineyards we visited. I can’t say enough about the phenomenon day we had!!! Eight hours of pure delight!!!!!

The tour was amazing. We learned so much about prosecco and the region!