Flavors of Love: A Romantic Culinary Expedition Through Italy
Taste the essence of Italy as you uncover delicate love stories woven throughout the country’s culinary flavors.
DestinationsBologna, Florence, Naples & Taormina
Preferred Travel MonthsSpring/Autumn
About this trip
On this 11-day expedition, you’ll journey through Italy’s most romantic cities and tastiest dishes. Your journey will begin in the charming city of Bologna, known as the foodie paradise of Italy. From there, you’ll make your way to Florence, where art and cuisine blend seamlessly into a love affair for your senses. Next is Naples, the birthplace of one of Italy’s most beloved dishes—pizza. And finally, you’ll conclude your adventure in the picturesque town of Taormina, Sicily, where stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea accompany every bite.
Map & Itinerary
Day to Day
- Day 1: Arrival in Florence, Transfer to Bologna
- Day 2: Tastes & Traditions of Bologna: Food & Market Tour
- Day 3: Transfer to Florence, Best of Florence Walking Tour With David & The Duomo
- Day 4: Tuscany Day Trip From Florence With Chianti, Siena and San Gimignano
- Day 5: Tastes & Traditions of Florence: Food Tour with Sant'Ambrogio Market Visit
- Day 6: Train to Naples from Florence
- Day 7: Original Naples Pizza Tour
- Day 8: Flight from Naples to Catania, transfer to Taormina
- Day 9: Taormina Cooking Class & Food Market Visit
- Day 10: Private Taormina Tour
- Day 11: Transfer to Catania airport, Departure
DAY 1-3: Bologna
On your first day, you’ll land at Florence airport, where your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Bologna.
Check in, get settled, and when you’re ready, you can head out for a stroll around the historic city center.
Bologna is known as Italy’s ‘food capital‘ and has a rich culinary tradition, so spend the evening at one of the city’s best restaurants to start your delicious journey.
In the morning, get ready to set out on a food tour of Bologna with a local guide.
On this tour, you’ll discover all the reasons Bologna is famous for its cuisine. Stroll through its enchanting backstreets, where locals gather for coffee, pastries, and authentic Italian experiences.
Explore the hidden gems and indulge in freshly handmade pasta and delicious pastries at renowned eateries. Wrap up the tour with some of Italy’s finest wine and cheese.
There is no better way to experience the city’s history and culture than through its food. So, take your time to enjoy every bite and sip as you immerse yourself in the local atmosphere.
DAY 3-5: Florence
On day three, pack your bags as your private driver is waiting to take you back to the historic city of Florence, where you’ll spend the next three days.
Check in to your hotel and relax before heading out on your evening walking tour.
With an expert guide, you’ll discover the best of Florence on this inspiring walking tour.
You’ll make your way to the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the David, and explore the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
Stroll through the streets, visit Piazza della Signoria, and marvel at the Ponte Vecchio.
Your guide will dive into the richness of Florence’s history, art, and architecture and share stories of love that have taken place within its walls. After your tour, enjoy a delicious Florentine dinner at a local trattoria.
On the fourth day of your trip, you’ll be heading out of the city on a day tour of the rolling hills of Tuscany.
You’ll explore the captivating streets of Siena and indulge in a delightful homemade lunch at a picturesque vineyard in Chianti.
Savor the region’s renowned wines and soak in the breathtaking views of the countryside, followed by a visit to the romantic medieval town of San Gimignano.
Your driver will drop you back off at your hotel after a full day of exploration. Take some time to relax and freshen up before heading out for a romantic evening at one of Florence’s finest restaurants.
On your final day in Florence, more delicious food is waiting to be tried as you join a food tour of the city.
Start by savoring the perfect macchiato at a traditional cafe and indulge in the freshest local produce.
This food tour takes you beyond the museums and galleries to discover the tastes and textures of the city.
Find yourself in a colorful local market, pour your own wine, try traditional Tuscan dishes, and indulge in cantucci and gelato.
This tour unveils a different side of Florence, making you fall even more in love with the culture and cuisine of this beautiful city.
End your day with a hearty Florentine steak and a stroll along the Arno River, taking in the romantic atmosphere of Florence at night.
Get a good night’s rest because the next day, you are heading South.
DAY 6-7: Naples
In the morning, your driver will be waiting to take you to the train station for your journey to Naples.
Upon arrival, you’ll be escorted to your hotel in the heart of this bustling city. Take some time to settle in and then head out to explore on your own.
Take a walk through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and admire the stunning architecture of the Duomo di San Gennaro and the Royal Palace of Naples.
Day seven is all about pizza. In the morning, you’ll meet your Naples expert, who will guide you to the heart of Naples’ Spanish quarter, where you’ll experience the art of Neapolitan pizza-making.
Witness the mastery of each step, from crafting the perfect dough to cooking in wood-fired ovens. You will meet the talented makers, chat with the chefs, and savor these delicious creations.
Naples is also known for its vibrant street food scene. Stroll through the old town in the evening and try local favorites like cuoppo, pizza fritta, Sfogliatelle, and Panzerotti.
DAY 8-10: Taormina
On day eight, say Ciao to Naples and hello to Taormina. Your driver will be waiting to take you to Naples airport for your flight to Catania, where you will be transferred to the charming town of Taormina in Sicily.
Settle into your hotel and enjoy a leisurely afternoon exploring this picturesque town. Take a stroll down the main street, Corso Umberto, lined with quaint shops and restaurants.
On your first full day in Taormina, you’ll spend the morning getting familiar with Sicilian cuisine.
Following your guide, you’ll visit the vibrant food market, taste local delicacies, and select ingredients for your cooking class.
You’ll learn to prepare homemade pasta, fish, and vegetable dishes in authentic Sicilian style with your ingredients. Along with a glass of Sicilian wine, you’ll make a toast to your delicious dishes and enjoy them for lunch.
Spend the afternoon lounging at one of Taormina’s beautiful beaches, taking in the stunning views of Mt. Etna and the crystal blue waters.
On your final day, you’ll embark on a guided tour of the best of Taormina. Walk through the ancient Greek theatre, with sweeping views of Mt. Etna and the Mediterranean Sea.
Visit the charming town square, Piazza IX Aprile, and indulge in some gelato or cannoli at one of the local pastry shops.
As the day comes to an end, spend your last evening treating yourself to one last Italian meal, enjoying the perfect blend of fresh seafood and Sicilian flavors.
Raise a glass to your romantic journey through Italy, savoring each moment and every dish along the way.
DAY 11: Departure
As day eleven is here, it’s time to say goodbye to all of Italy’s amazing food and experiences.
Your private driver will wait at your hotel to take you to Catania airport for your flight back home.
With a heart full of love and a stomach full of delicious memories, we know that the flavors of Italy will always hold a special place in your heart and belly.
- Boutique 4-5* accommodation
- All private tours with excellent licensed guides, as described in the itinerary
- All private transfers with professional drivers and luxury vehicles
- All domestic and international flights/trains/ferries
- Skip the line entrance fees at all sites
- All taxes and VAT
- Meals, unless mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal travel insurance
- Personal expenses