An Edible Boston Adventure through Piedmont & Tuscany

11 days
Learn about northern Italy’s rich culinary history by visiting local shops, secluded vineyards, and bustling markets. You’ll witness the passion behind the creation of famous meats, cheeses, oils, and wines by interacting with the producers who keep the traditions alive. Attend the Alba White Truffle Fair and even try your hand at making some of the region’s specialty dishes during a cooking lesson.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

You will walk for about 3.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Overnight flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Turin today.

Turin 4 nights

Day 2: Arrival in Turin

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Gather with your fellow group members at a welcome dinner featuring dishes that are typical of the Piedmont region.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Turin

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, set out on a guided tour to discover Turin, home to Italy’s Royal Family, the House of Savoy. 

• Make a photo stop at Santa Maria del Monte, which overlooks the Po river and the city center 

• Pass through Piazza Castello to make your way inside Palazzo Madama 

• Enter the Royal Church of San Lorenzo 

• Walk through the Palazzo Reale courtyard to visit Caffè al Bicerin and try the famous bicerin coffee 

Head to Porta Palazzo, the largest open-air market in Europe, where you’ll have time to walk around and shop at your leisure. Then, visit the Peyrano Fabbrica chocolate shop and enjoy free time to explore Eataly.

Day 4: Truffle hunt & Alba White Truffle Fair

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set off for Alba on a full-day excursion to learn all about one of Italy’s most prized foods: the truffle. 

• Try your hand at finding truffles with the help of an experienced hunter and dog 

• Discover some of the key characteristics of the fungi, including how it looks and smells, during a guided lesson 

• Head to the White Truffle Fair, where you’ll have plenty of free time to enjoy the festival, browse the markets, and sample local dishes

Day 5: Barolo

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Enjoy a full day of delicious foods, regional wines, and beautiful sights in and around Barolo. 

• Stop at the village of La Morra and soak in panoramic views of the Langhe region 

• Step inside the UNESCO-listed Castle of Grinzane Cavour 

• Visit a winery in Barolo, where you’ll walk through the vineyard and enjoy a light lunch followed by a wine tasting

Bologna 2 nights

Day 6: Parmigiano Reggiano producer & balsamic vinegar villa

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

As you head to Bologna, Italy’s culinary capital, stop to try some culinary delights. 

• Visit a local Parmigiano Reggiano producer and enjoy a cheese tasting 

• Tour a family-run balsamic vinegar villa and discover how they produce their high-end, aged balsamic known as Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena 

• Try the balsamic vinegar during a lunch featuring a variety of appetizers, a risotto dish, and a buffet of desserts

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Bologna & cooking class

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, venture out on a walking tour with an expert local guide. 

• Visit the University of Bologna, the world’s oldest operating university 

• Peruse the local fish and vegetable market district and visit Piazza Maggiore 

Learn how to make tortellini, tortelloni, and tagliatelle during a cooking class this evening. Then, enjoy eating the meal you’ve prepared for dinner.

Tuscan agriturismo 3 nights

Day 8: Tuscan agriturismo via Antica Macelleria Cecchini

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Say goodbye to Bologna and make your way to an agriturismo located in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. 

• Stop at Antica Macelleria Cecchini, a Tuscan butcher shop, and meet with the owner, Dario Cecchini 

• Tour the grounds of the agriturismo before gathering with your group for a wine tasting and dinner

Day 9: Culinary walking tour of Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Head into the nearby city of Florence and visit a traditional market, where you’ll be able to purchase fresh, locally sourced foods for a picnic dinner this evening. Enjoy free time in the city before returning to the agriturismo this afternoon.

Day 10: Free day at Tuscan agriturismo

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a free day at the agriturismo and enjoy the activities that they offer including walks through the grounds, spa treatments, cooking classes, wine and oil tastings, painting, hot-air balloon rides, bicycle tours, horseback riding, and Vespa tours. 

This evening, gather with your fellow group members to celebrate your trip during a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Passport & visa requirements

• In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 

• We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps. 

• There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. 

• If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.      

Tour pace

• You will walk for about 3.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs. 

• Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. 

• You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times. 

• If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

• Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Turin and depart from Florence. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 

• Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost. 

• All other included transportation is by private motor coach.  

Baggage allowance

• Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 

• Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 

• One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted. 

• Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

• We recommend packing lightweight, loosefitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear. 

• A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing. 

• You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. 

• It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

• There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. 

• At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov. 

• If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered. 

• If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

• Tuscany is world-famous for its wine, oil, sauces, and pasta. Menus favor subtle, lighter pastas and desserts made with nuts, fruit, and honey. Try a dish featuring the region’s Chianina beef, perhaps the most prized breed of cattle in all of Italy. For wine, popular Tuscan reds include Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which are primarily made from the Sangiovese grape. Well-known white wines are also made around the San Gimignano region. 

• Northern Italy is known for flavorful meats and pastries. 

• For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello.

Electricity & air conditioning

• Italy operates on the European standard 220240 volts and use Types C, F, or L plugs with two or three small, round pins. 

• We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.  

• The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 

• Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed. 

Connectivity

• Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 

• There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 

• Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

• Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

• When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

Currency

• You will use the euro on tour. 

• Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 

• We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 

• You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 

• Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges. 

• International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

• At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind. 

• We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver. 

• If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 

• Tips can only be paid in cash.

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