Italy Vacations ~ An Early Christmas Sale

Culinary Vacations Italy

Again in 2016 Food Lover’s Odyssey will be offering local and immersive vacations in Italy; to the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, and Puglia. And also in 2016, we’re adding a new 11-day vacation to Venice and its countryside – one that explores food, wine (lots of wine) and art. Just in time for Christmas, all of these Italy vacations are on sale now. What better gift to give that special Italophile in your life than a vacation to Italy?!

As those of you who already follow me on either Instagram or Facebook know, I’ve just been to each of these regions to fine-tune our trips for next year, and I shared just a little of what we’ll see and do in each place.

All our vacations focus on the best food, wine and culture of the region. All include cooking classes with Italian mammas – always a highlight of the week. Each vacation, however, has its own unique food and cultural discoveries, like the Soave castle and historic villas of the Veneto, or the trulli of Puglia, the picturesque, rustic Italian beauty of Tuscany or the jaw-dropping sea scenes and tranquility of the Amalfi coast.

Whichever vacation you choose, it’s going to be a fabulous food and wine adventure. Previous guests have given only rave reviews about our trips, many citing them as the “best vacation ever!” Several guests have returned for second and even third vacations with us. Our 2016 vacations will continue to be experiences of a lifetime, and I hope you’ll join us. Spaces are limited and some vacation dates are already sold out. If you’ve wanted to join one of our Italy vacations, now is the time to do it.  As an added Christmas bonus, if you secure your spot today, you’ll also save!

11 days in Venice and its Wine Regions (Save $300 per person)

Venetian Food and Wine Vacation

Venetian Painting & Cooking Vacation, new for 2016:

If you love wine, art, Venice, being immersed in vineyards, 18th-century villas, and Italian lakes, this is the vacation for you. We’re going on an 11-day odyseey that combines food, wine and art, art that you’ll also be involved in creating. It includes four nights in a 4-star luxury hotel in Venice and six nights among the vines in a country villa just above the Soave wine region.

A few of the highlights:

  • Two hands-on cooking classes (one with our favorite Venetian mammas and another with a local chef)
  • Three painting classes with artist Kelly Medford
  • Hand-bound sketchbook and watercolor set and daily informal classes with Kelly
  • Private boat tour along the canals of Venice
  • Visits to historical Venetian villa and the Soave Castle
  • Wine tasting at estates in the Prosecco, Valpolicella and Soave wine regions
  • Cicchetti Food Tour with our favorite Venetian food expert
  • Day exploring Lake Garda
  • Private artisans of Venice walking tour including a chocolate tasting at the best chocolate shop in Venice


The Amalfi Coast (Save $200 per person)

Food and Wine Amalfi Coast Vacation

A food and wine week along the Amalfi Coast:

If you’re about specatular sea views, villages perched at the sea’s edge, pizza, pasta and some of the best pastries in all of Italy, and an exclusive day at sea, our Amalfi Coast Culinary vacation is for you. This is the second year we’re traveling to the Amalfi Coast and last year’s group was left speechless by the views, our cooking classes, and all the delicious meals.

Some of the highlights include:

  • SEVEN nights in a bouique hotel with a sea view
  • TWO fun hands-on cooking classes with a local family
  • Pizza-making class
  • Day-long private boat outing along the Amalfi Coast and around Capri
  • Amalfi coast pastry shop visit with tastings
  • Winery visit and wine tasting with a wine-pairing lunch
  • Amalfi Lemon grove tour and Limoncello demonstration and tasting


Our Tuscany Vacation (Save $200 per person)

Tuscany Culinary Vacation

Food, Fun and Wine in Tuscany:
If you’d like a  Rustic Italian countryside surrounded by vineyards, Chianti, and Brunello wine, hearty Tuscan cuisine and villages perched on hilltops, try our Tuscany vacation. This year’s trip was a sell-out and guests sent  emails raving that it was the “best vacation ever!”

Highlights of our Tuscany adventure include:

  • THREE full-meal hands on cooking classes
  • SEVEN nights in a classic Tuscan villa just outside of Siena
  • Explore picturesque Tuscan hill towns and villages: Castellina in Chianti, Greve-in-Chianti, Monterriggioni, Monticchiello and Pienza
  • Drive through the UNESCO World Heritage Val d’Orcia
  • Visit to an olive oil farm with lunch
  • FOUR winery visits and tastings, two in Chianti, one in Montepulciano and one in Montalcino
  • Pienza cheese farm visit and tasting with a view of the Val d’Orcia


Food Lover’s Week in Puglia (Save $200 per person)

Puglia Italy Culinary Vacation

The Food Lover’s Puglia Vacation:

If you want a truly local and authentic Italian experience, to visit a land untouched by throngs of tourists, be surrounded by the most pristine blue sea and endless olive groves, and eat some of the best food that comes from the creative cucina povera, our Puglia vacation is for you. This was the first Food Lover’s Odyssey vacation and like a fine red wine, it gets better and better with age.

Some highlights from Puglia include:

  • SEVEN nights at a luxury masseria in the Salento countryside
  • FOUR hands-on cooking classes with Italian mammas and a pastry chef
  • Cheese making experience with tasting afterwards
  • TWO winery visits and tastings with lunch
  • Day exploring the Itria Valley and visiting the famous Trulli
  • Unique Olive oil tasting in an ancient underground olive mill



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