Thanks to the ease of train travel, you can indulge in food and wine in 3-4 regions of Italy in 10 days. Aspiring chefs can perfect their skills in a pasta-making workshop in Andrano and a pizza masterclass in Naples, while wine lovers can take a tasting tour in Tuscany and sample Prosecco on a sommelier-guided trip to Treviso. Archaeology enthusiasts will appreciate a VIP tour of Rome's Coliseum and a hike among the archaeological wonders of Matera, and art fans will enjoy the galleries (and gelato!) in Florence.

Itinerary #1: Food & Wine in Italy: Bologna, Florence & Rome

Travelers who prefer to explore at their own pace will appreciate the opportunities for self-guided tours on this highlights itinerary. In addition to free time to visit each city's famous sites, including the iconic Colosseum in Rome and Michelangelo's "David" in Florence, you'll also enjoy a Parmigiano-Reggiano and prosciutto tasting in Parma, a wine tour in Tuscany, and a pizza-making class in Rome. 

Savor evening aperitivo in Bologna
Savor evening aperitivo in Bologna
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Rome, Train to Bologna Bologna
Day 2 Day Trip to Parma, Prosciutto & Parmigiano-Reggiano Tasting Bologna
Day 3 Free Day in Bologna Bologna
Day 4 Train to Florence, Self-Guided Tour of the City Florence
Day 5 Tour of Tuscany & Wine Tasting Florence
Day 6 Free Day in Florence Florence
Day 7 Train to Rome, Self-Guided Tour of the City Rome
Day 8 Free Morning, Afternoon Pizza Making Masterclass Rome
Day 9 Free Day in Rome Rome
Day 10 Depart Rome  

On arrival in Rome, catch a train to Bologna and head for the Quadrilatero, a popular gastronomy neighborhood where you can sample street food. Then, freshen up for dinner at a local restaurant where you can try tortelloni in brodo (meat-filled pasta served in broth) and other typical Bolognan cuisine. The next day, take the train to Parma for a tasting of the city's famous exports, Prosciutto Crudo di Parma and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, followed by a lunch at a family-run trattoria. Spend Day 3 exploring Bologna at your own pace, visiting art museums, markets, and historic churches.

Next, take the train to Florence for a self-guided tour of Il Duomo and other iconic sites, ending with a sunset aperitivo (an aperitif and small bites) at a rooftop bar, such as Il Continentale. The following day, tour the Tuscan countryside, visiting the medieval village of San Gimignano and tasting wine in the rolling Chianti Hills. Catch a train to Rome on Day 7 for a self-guided tour of the ancient ruins and art museums, followed by a pizza-making masterclass. Enjoy a free day before departure to do as you please, perhaps indulging in one last pasta dish in the Monti neighborhood or sampling calamari fritti (fried squid) in OstiaLearn more

Itinerary #2: Tastes of Southern Italy: Rome, Naples & Sorrento

Head south to experience the cuisine of Rome, Naples, and Sorrento on this foodie-focused tour. You'll get acquainted with Rome's architecture and aperitivo culture on an evening tour, learn how to prepare the perfect pasta in a cooking class, try your hand at pizza making in Naples, visit ancient ruins in Pompeii, and meet artisanal producers of olive oil, cheese, and limoncello in Sorrento. 

Spaghetti alla scoglio in southern Italy
Spaghetti alla scoglio in southern Italy
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Rome, Evening Aperitivo & City Sights by Night  Rome
Day 2 VIP Colosseum & Roman Forum Tour, Classic Italian Cooking Class Rome
Day 3 Guided Tour of the Vatican, Self-Guided Foodie Tour of Rome Rome
Day 4 Train to Naples, Street Food Tour Naples
Day 5 Explore Naples, Neapolitan Pizza Masterclass Naples
Day 6 Transfer to Sorrento via Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius, Lunch & Wine Tasting Sorrento
Day 7 Visit Capri, Aperitivo & Stroll Around Sorrento Sorrento
Day 8 Tour of Sorrento's Artisanal Producers, Olive Oil, Cheese & Limoncello Tasting Sorrento
Day 9 Private Tour of the Amalfi Coast, Dinner in Positano Sorrento
Day 10 Transfer to Naples, Depart  

See Rome by night on an evening aperitivo tour that includes fried artichokes in the Jewish Quarter and a stop at the market in Testaccio. The next day, visit the Roman Forum and Colosseum on a VIP tour, then learn the art of pasta-making in a culinary workshop. On your final day in Rome, join a guided tour of the Vatican, followed by a self-guided tasting adventure in the Prati, Trastevere, and Testaccio neighborhoods. Take the train to Naples on Day 4, where you'll nibble cuoppo di pesce fritti (cones of fried fish) and other street food before perfecting your pizza skills in a Neapolitan pizza masterclass.

Head to Sorrento, stopping in Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius National Park to visit ancient ruins and taste local wines en route. Then, board the ferry to Capri, where you can stroll the Old Town, sample gelato, and take the chairlift to Mount Solaro for sweeping views and photo ops. Back in Sorrento, meet artisanal producers and enjoy tastings of olive oil, cheese, and limoncello. Cap off your trip with a private tour of the hilltop villages of the Amalfi Coast that includes free time for shopping handcrafted souvenirs, a stop at the 13th-century Villa Rufolo, and a farewell dinner in Positano. Learn more

Plan your trip to Italy
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.

Itinerary #3: Food & Wine in Bologna, Verona, Milan & Turin

Sticking to the country's north, this food and wine trip is an excellent choice for fashion-savvy travelers interested in adding a shopping trip in Milan to their culinary journey. You'll sample street food in Bologna and Turin, participate in a pasta-making class and shop in Italy's fashion capital of Milan, and enjoy wine tastings in the Valpolicella region and Langhe Hills.

Northern Italy is famous for its excellent red wines and white truffles
Northern Italy is famous for its excellent red wines and white truffles
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Milan, Train to Bologna Bologna
Day 2 Self-Guided Tour of Bologna Bologna
Day 3 Day Trip to Parma, Prosciutto & Parmigiano-Reggiano Tasting Bologna
Day 4 Train to Verona, Guided Tour of the City Verona
Day 5 Wine Tour of the Valpolicella Region Verona
Day 6 Train to Milan, Free Afternoon Milan
Day 7 Milan Pasta Making Masterclass Milan
Day 8 Train to Turin, Street Food Tour Turin
Day 9 Langhe Hills Wine Tour Turin
Day 10 Depart Turin  

On arrival in Milan, board a train to Bologna, a culinary capital and Europe's oldest university town. Stroll around the Piazza Maggiore, visit the towers of the Due Torri, and sample street food at the Quadrilatero market before sitting down to a traditional Bolognan dinner of tagliatelle al ragù (a popular pasta dish with meat, vegetables, and herbs). The next day, you'll visit Bologna's art museums and churches before heading to Parma for a prosciutto and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese tasting, followed by lunch in a family-run trattoria.

Then, take a train to Verona, famous for its opera and as the setting for Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." After a tour of the city, you'll venture to the Valpolicella region, where you'll taste some of the region's best reds, like amarone and Valpolicella. Next, return to Milan for a pasta-making masterclass and an afternoon of shopping in the city's famous fashion district. Continue to Turin for a guided tasting tour of the Porta Palazzo, Europe's largest open-air market, and the city's bakeries and confectioners before wrapping up your journey with a private wine experience in Langhe Hills. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Food & Wine in Verona, Lake Garda, Padua & Treviso

Honeymooners and travelers interested in pairing culinary experiences with a bit of art and architecture in romantic settings of Italy's north will enjoy this alternative food and wine itinerary. You'll visit some of the sites in Verona that inspired "Romeo and Juliet," learn the secrets of preparing the perfect risotto, check out the Castillo Scaligero fortress on a tour of Lake Garda, indulge in a fish dinner in Sirmione, taste regional wines and olive oil in the Euganean Hills, marvel at the mosaics in Saint Mark's Basilica and watch the sunset from the Ponte dell'Accademia bridge in Venice, and toast your journey with a tour along the Prosecco Route in Treviso.

Browse the Rialto Food Market for seafood
Browse the Rialto Food Market for seafood
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Venice, Train to Verona Verona
Day 2 Pasta & Risotto Masterclass, Free Afternoon Verona
Day 3 Transfer to Lake Garda, Explore Sirmione Sirmione
Day 4 Guided Tour of Lake Garda Sirmione
Day 5 Train to Padua, Free Afternoon Padua
Day 6 Euganean Hills Wine & Olive Oil Tasting Padua
Day 7 Self-Guided Visit to Venice Padua
Day 8 Train to Treviso, Free Afternoon Treviso
Day 9 Italian Prosecco Experience Treviso
Day 10 Depart Treviso  

After landing in Venice, you'll take a train to Verona, where you'll have free time to visit popular sites, such as the Roman amphitheater and Casa di Giulietta, a source of inspiration for Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," and prepare pasta and risotto in a cooking class. Next, you'll head to Lake Garda for a guided tour that includes a stop at the Castillo Scaligero fortress, followed by free time to taste local specialties such as formagella di tremosine (a semi-hard cheese) and sbrisolona (a crumble cake). Save room for dinner in Sirmione; there's fresh trout and risotto di pesce (fish risotto) on the menu.

Then, catch a train to Padua, where you'll admire the Basilica di Sant'Antonio's blend of Romanesque, Gothic, and Byzantine architecture, take a walk in the Orto Botanico, and taste regional wines and olive oil in the Euganean Hills. On a day trip to nearby Venice, you'll have a chance to see the mosaics at Saint Mark's Basilica, partake in the Venetian cicchetti (the local version of tapas) experience, and watch the sunset from the Ponte dell'Accademia bridge. Finally, spend the last leg of the journey in Treviso—treasure hunting in vintage shops and sampling Prosecco alongside a local sommelier. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Discover the Tastes of Salento & Southern Puglia

Travelers eager to experience the agritourism, cuisine, and archaeological wonders of Puglia and Salento (regions in the heel of the "boot") will appreciate this itinerary of Italy's south. You'll tour a pasta factory and make your own pasta in Andrano, spot marine life at Zinzulusa Seacaves, visit historic landmarks in Gallipoli and trulli houses in Alberobello, savor local flavors in olive oil and burrata tastings, explore the Sassi cave system and archaeological wonders in UNESCO-listed Matera, and more. 

Cool off with some gelato in Alberobello
Cool off with some gelato in Alberobello
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Andrano, Olive Oil Tour & Tasting Andrano
Day 2 Guided Tour of Lecce, Pasta Factory Visit Andrano
Day 3 Guided Day Trip to Otranto, Fresh Pasta Cooking Class Andrano
Day 4 Guided Tour of Puglia & Zinzulusa Seacaves, Dinner in Gallipoli Andrano
Day 5 Visit Alberobello & Ostuni Andrano
Day 6 Authentic Salento Cooking Class in Maglie, Burrata Tasting Andrano
Day 7 Explore Puglia's East Coast, Transfer to the UNESCO Town of Matera Matera
Day 8 Discover Matera's Archaeological Wonders Matera
Day 9 Guided Tour of Matera, Hosted Farewell Dinner Matera
Day 10 Depart Matera & Puglia  

Your driver will meet you in Salento and transfer you to Andrano, where you'll kick off your culinary adventures with an olive oil tour and tasting. Next, you'll embark on a guided walking tour of the historic churches and Baroque architecture of Lecce, followed by a visit to a traditional pasta factory in Maglie and a farmhouse dinner back in Andrano. Take a day trip to Otranto, where you'll try orecchiette con cima di rappa (pasta with broccoli, garlic, and chili), soak in the natural pools of Marina Serra, pick up ingredients at the market in Porto Badisco, and prepare fresh pasta in a cooking class.

Hit the road for a guided day trip that includes a stop at the prehistoric Zinzulusa Seacaves on the Ionian Coast and a tour of Angevin Fortress and other historic landmarks in Gallipoli. Visit the fairytale-style trulli houses in UNESCO-listed Alberobello, then continue to Ostuni, where you'll admire 18th-century art at the Gothic cathedral. Gain a deeper appreciation for the flavors of Puglia with a Salento cooking class and burrata tasting in Maglie. Wrap up your trip in Matera, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, where you'll explore cave churches and archaeological wonders and celebrate with a farewell dinner. Learn more

More Great 10-Day Italy Itineraries

Looking for more inspiration for your trip to Italy? Check out these other 10-day Italy itineraries, with outdoor adventures, culinary trips, and best-of tours to hit the highlights.


Map of 10 Days in Italy - 5 Food & Wine Itinerary Ideas
Map of 10 Days in Italy - 5 Food & Wine Itinerary Ideas