- Great Hotels. Centrally located, 4- & 5-star Hotels.
- Smaller Tour Groups. 20 to 40 guests per tour.
- More Motorcoach Legroom.
- Airport Transfers. (see conditions)
- Buffet Breakfast Daily.
- 4 Dinners & 3 Lunches.
- Hands on Cooking Class with a Professional Chef.
- Wine Tasting. Vineyard tour & wine tasting.
- Wireless Headsets to hear your tour guide clearly.
- Travel Wallet, baggage tags and travel documents included.
- Baggage Handling throughout. (Except at airports)
- Hotel Taxes, City Taxes, Hotel Service Charges and All Tips for hotel and restaurant personnel.
- Professional Tour Directors all licensed local guides.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on our buses.
- Depart USA
- Bologna - Dinner Out
- Bologna - FICO - Cooking Class & Light Lunch
- Bologna City Tour
- Bologna - Florence City Tour - Dinner in Hotel
- Florence - Siena City Tour + Wine Tasting & Lunch
- Florence - Perugia - Dinner in Hotel
- Perugia - Spoleto City Tour - Perugia
- Perugia - Assisi City Tour - Rome - Dinner Out
- Rome - Cooking Class - Lunch
- Flight Home - Rome - USA
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Boarding your overnight flight, you're off on a journey that will remain in your heart forever!
Welcome to Bologna, Italy's city of food! We are pleased to offer complimentary transfers from the Bologna airport to our hotel at scheduled times. Your Perillo representative will be at the airport to greet you.
We will check in to our beautiful resort located in the Emilia Romagna countryside. You will have some time to relax this afternoon or explore the grounds of your beautiful hotel.
Tonight, we'll meet our tour leader for a brief orientation and welcome drink, followed by dinner in a local restaurant.
This morning we will visit the new culinary attraction in Bologna: FICO - "Fabbrica Italiana Contadina", or Italian Farming factory. FICO is the largest agri-food park in the world - a one - stop location bringing together agriculture and food production, marketing and education. A million square feet of Italian delicacies, pasta, prosciutto, porchetta, gelato, wine and so much more!
Our tour will start from the outdoor fields to learn about the main Italian crops and the local animal breeds.
Next, your FICO guide will take you to the heart of FICO Eataly World: the 40 farming factories, where you will meet and speak with local artisans to learn about the process of marking traditional Italian food.
We will then start our cooking class where we will prepare a classic Lasagna and we will stuff our own tortellini, a popular type of pasta that has become a symbol of Bolognese cuisine! Our instructor will make sure that our tortellini will be good enough to earn praise from a local grandmother.
Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own. Be sure to try one of Bologna's signature dishes: Tagliatelle alla Bolognese, ragu served over egg tagliatelle.
This morning we enjoy a city tour of Bologna, the gastronomic capital of Italy. To Italians, Bologna is known as the city of "Two Towers", worldwide it's known as the city of lasagna, tagliatelle, tortellini, and Bolognese sauce. Good food must also boost brain power because Bologna is home to the oldest university in Europe!
This afternoon is yours to enjoy on your own. Why not visit the market stalls selling beans, tomatoes, and cheese. Have lunch at a trattoria serving fresh pasta with their signature ragu. This city is a food lover's paradise!
Tonight you're free to enjoy a night on your own for dinner. Don't forget to have some gelato after dinner.
This morning, we depart for Florence. We visit the Academy of Fine Arts where Michelangelo's proud David stands. Breathtaking is the only word to describe one's first view of Michelangelo's David. It's truly mind-blowing to think that Michelangelo transformed a lifeless rock into a man. All with just a hammer and a chisel!
We'll visit the majestic Duomo (complex) built in 1296, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistery with its renowned Gates of Paradise doors. We follow the medieval streets to the mist striking square in Florence, Piazza della Signoria, Home of Santa Croce Church, Michelangelo's final resting place.
Tonight, we enjoy a Florentine dinner in our hotel with fine wines.
Today we travel back in time to the middle ages: Siena, a beautiful medieval city. Its historical center has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visit the famous Piazza del Campo, one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares. And the site of Siena’s famous horse race, the Palio di Siena.
We visit Siena’s town hall, Palazzo Pubblico, a beautiful gothic building which sits on Piazza del Campo by the bell tower, and the enchanting Duomo featuring the most ornate mosaic floor in all Italy. Siena’s grand Cathedral, which was built in the 1200s, is one of the finest examples of Italian Gothic architecture.
Next, we’ll visit our favorite local winery where we’ll enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch and wine tasting with the world’s most enchanting sommelier— our dear friend, Pierluigi Giachi! Salute!
This evening we return to Florence for dinner on your own. Make sure to try Pappa al Pomodoro, a rustic Tuscan soup made with tomatoes, garlic, onions and, of course, Tuscan bread!
Today we drive to Perugia, a lively medieval hill town with historic buildings, peoplefilled squares, and modern shops. It is home to a university and a large Italian language school for foreigners. Etruscan remains are still visible in several places.
This afternoon, you will have time to do some shopping on your own or just relax before having dinner in our hotel.
Today we go to Spoleto where we will visit The Cathedral of Spoleto, which is dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. We also visit the Palazzo della Signoria, the octagonal Church of Santa Maria della Manna and the small Theater Caio Melisso.
Tonight you will have the chance to enjoy dinner on your own at one of Perugia’s lively restaurants.
Today we venture to Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, and namesake of our new Pope. We visit the Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the main church of the Franciscan order and an important pilgrimage site dedicated to St. Francis. Our day in Assisi also includes a visit to the crypt where the remains of Saint Francis are kept.
After this visit, we proceed to Rome where we will check in to our hotel.
Tonight we enjoy a fun dinner in the characteristic district of Trastevere, one of the centers of Roman nightlife, with wines fit for the Roman Gods! This lively area of tiny winding streets gives a taste of what one imagines Italy to be like, with cobblestone streets and music filled trattorias on every corner
Today is your chance to enjoy a hands-on cooking class in a unique underground space with a centuries-old brick vaulted ceiling in Rome. You will learn the secrets of traditional dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Of course, once the meal is ready, you’ll get to enjoy it along with some great local wines.
This afternoon is yours to enjoy your final day in the Eternal City. Tonight, treat yourself to one of Rome’s fine restaurants for dinner. Wherever you decide to eat, be sure to try some of Rome’s specialties: supplì, a fried rice ball filled with ragù and mozzarella; Carciofi alla Romana, artichokes cooked Roman-style—braised, stuffed with herbs and sprinkled with lemon (only available in spring and fall); Spaghetti alla Carbonara, made with eggs, Pecorino cheese, guanciale or pancetta and black pepper.
This morning you board your flight home, arriving in the USA the same day. While we say arrivederci to Italy, we realize we’re taking a little piece of it back home with us.
Thanks for traveling with the Perillo family and please return soon.