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Italy Food & Wine Holidays

Introduction

Italian food in its various forms can be found the world over, but it's not until you head back to the source that you can truly appreciate the tastes and textures of an authentic Italian meal. And, the country's vineyards – some one-million of them – produce some of the world's favourite varietals. In short, if you're seeking a holiday to tantalise your tastebuds, Italy should be on your radar. In fact, eating is one of the greatest pleasures of being there.

Emilia-Romagna region

Chef slicing dried cured ham in Italy
Italian dry-cured ham

The Emilia-Romagna region of Piacenza, Parma, Modena and Bologna is renowned for its gastronomy. In Parma, world-class restaurants serve everything from smoked pork with truffle and scallops to the region's speciality, parma ham. In Modena, the home of balsamic vinegar, you can visit the best suppliers and taste their wares, while Bologna's food markets, showcase everything from Via Rizzoli’s cheese to Osteria del Sole's excellent wines. Of course, Bologna's most famous dish is spaghetti bolognese, best enjoyed in an authentic trattoria.

Tuscan wine regions

Medieval wine cellar and barrels in Tuscany, Italy
Medieval wine cellar, Tuscany

Tuscany's rolling hills and patchwork landscape of vineyards and olive groves are a paradise of sorts for oenophiles and fans of good food. Staples include pici, a local pasta, cooked with fragrant tomatoes and herbs, aubergines wrapped around prosciutto and buffalo mozzarella, and beef, often cooked with shallots and balsamic vinegar. It's perhaps the wine though, that draws the crowds. Pinot Grigio is, of course, wildly popular, home and abroad, but it's Chianti, the dry red produced in central Tuscany, that this area is most famous for.

Rome, Naples & the Italian cities

Pizza and tomatoes in Naples, Italy

A holiday in Italy wouldn't be complete without pizza, and for that, it's best to head to Naples. After all, it's where it was invented, and strict rules govern its creation. Pizzaiolos – pizza makers – must take two years of apprenticeship before they are employed. The dough has to be made the day before for optimum lightness, then cooked only in a wood burning brick oven, and the tomatoes for the sauce should be grown in the fertile volcanic soil of nearby Pompeii. In fact, Campania as a whole benefits from this ashy soil, which produces flavoured aubergines, figs and delicious Amalfi lemons. In Rome, be sure to sample some spaghetti carbonara, made simply with eggs, parmesan, and guanciale (pigs cheek). And, cacio e pepe, adorned with nothing more than Pecorino Romano cheese and black pepper, is a pared back classic. In any Italian city, you're bound to find its specialities, whether that's seafood in Palermo or ice-cold gelato – delicious all over the country.


If you're keen to discover the gastronomic delights of Italy, we can help. Contact our travel specialists today – with first-hand knowledge of the destination, they're here to help plan your perfect Italian food and wine holiday. Or, simply browse our itineraries below for inspiration.

 

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Our top itineraries for Italy Food & Wine Holidays

Isola Bella, Taormina, Sicily

Best of Sicily

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £855 pp incl. flights

With the flexibility to explore at your own pace, link Sicily’s highlights with spectacularly rural drives and stays in some of the island’s premier hotels. You’ll take in everything from Cefalù’s white-sand beaches to Agrigento’s temple wonders and Taormina's ancient grandeur.

Backstreet restaurant, Taormina

Gastronomy of Sicily

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,055 pp incl. flights

Sicily's rich past has given rise to a uniquely contrasting history and it's a similar story when it comes to its food and wine. You’ll take it all in with stays in boutique properties and pretty country drives, with the island’s famous gastronomy showcased in wine tastings and open-kitchen dining.

Capri, Italy

Capri & the Amalfi Coast

9-day tailor-made holiday from £2,035 pp incl. flights

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Early booking discount – Save up to £105pp
Book by: 31 January 2021

Let stays in world-class hotels and the services of private drivers showcase the best of Capri’s island paradise, the Amalfi Coast’s dramatic beauty and Sorrento’s clifftop views. In between, there's plenty of time for some beach-side relaxation and independent exploration.

Naples, Italy

Naples & the Amalfi Coast

7-day tailor-made independent tour from £1,720 pp incl. flights

With the services of a private chauffeur, private guides and stays in historic hotels, you’ll explore everything from Pompeii and Naples to Mt. Vesuvius’s vineyards and the coast’s pastel-coloured towns.

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Brussels, Belgium

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice to Brussels

6-day tailor-made holiday from £3,385 pp incl. flights

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offer

Early booking discount – Save up to £55pp
Book by: 31 January 2021

After a stay in a canal-side palace, reached by private water taxi, indulge with fine dining as you sweep through the Swiss Alps and through rural Europe to Brussels.

Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Rome to London

4-day tailor-made holiday from £2,835 pp incl. flights

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offer

Early booking discount - must book 30 days prior to arrival – Save up to £125pp
Book by: 15 April 2021

After a stay in a Roman luxury, indulge with drinks and fine dining as you sweep through Tuscany and then over the Alps and through rural Europe.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice to Amsterdam

6-day tailor-made holiday from £3,410 pp incl. flights

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offer

Early booking discount - must book 30 days prior to arrival – Save up to £120pp
Book by: 20 May 2021

After a stay in a canal-side palace, reached by private water taxi, indulge with bar-car drinks and fine dining as you sweep over the Alps and through rural Europe to Amsterdam.

Florence

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Florence to London

4-day tailor-made holiday from £3,165 pp incl. flights

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offer

Early booking discount – Save up to £105pp
Book by: 28 February 2021

After a stay in a riverside luxury hotel, indulge with drinks and fine dining as you sweep through Northern Italy, the Swiss Alps and on through rural Europe.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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