Is twelve days enough time to try every single gelato flavor? Likely not—but you can try your best with this food-centric tour of Italy. Start in Bologna, where artisanal cheese, cured ham, and medieval architecture dominate the scene. Then, head to Florence and visit a perfect Tuscan winery before soaking in the sunshine of the Amalfi Coast. End your trip in Rome, with nightlife, the iconic city highlights, and plenty of pizza.
Your tour begins at Trapizzino, where you’ll taste Italy’s newest street food innovation, kind of like a calzone cut in half. Choose your favorite Trapizzino, such as traditional pizza toppings and Roman classics. Or, you can try more gourmet and unusual ingredients, such as parmigiana di melanzane (eggplant parmesan), Roman oxtail stew, artichokes, meatballs, and tripe. Pair your dish with a glass of local wine.
Next, enjoy the best cheeses and hams Italy has to offer at an award-winning salumeria. You’ll taste sweet Gorgonzola, Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano (drizzled with a 30-year-aged balsamic vinegar), and truffles. Participate in the great debate and decide which ham you prefer between Parma, San Daniele, and salami. To complement the food, enjoy a glass of DOCG Chianti wine.
No food tour of Rome is complete without homemade fresh pasta, fine wine, and pizza! You’ll sit down at a cozy restaurant popular with the locals, as it’s home to the oldest wood-fired oven. End your tour with a sweet treat and head to the Fonte della Salute artisanal gelateria. Become an expert in gelato by learning how to spot the real deal from imposters. Favorite flavors include lemon from the Amalfi Coast and pistachio from Sicily.
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Itineraries with Trastevere Sunset Aperitivo in Rome
Spend six days visiting historical sites, eating delicious food, and relaxing in Italy. Start in Tuscany for a wine tour of the Chianti region and admire the beautiful villages of the Italian countryside. Catch a high-speed train to Rome and explore the Eternal City with visits to the Vatican City and Colosseum, then round out your trip with a food tour of the city's famous markets and gelaterias.
From Crete's rocky hillsides to the rolling farmlands of Tuscany's heartland, this 10-day itinerary delivers top destinations in both Greece and Italy — and leaves you hungry for more. Start the trip in bustling Rome, where archaeological sites and quiet neighborhood gelaterias compete for your attention. Continue north to Florence and Bologna for Chianti and Parma ham, then catch a flight to the Greek islands where wineries and ocean-view sunsets abound.