What You Get
Five-day, four-night luxury food-and-wine tour of Italy. All options are Travel with a Friend packages (two Groupons required), or pay a fee of $399 to travel alone. Read about package structures here.
- Option 1: $1,999 per person, valid for 10/13/12 departure (a $3,349 value)
- Option 2: $1,999 per person, valid for 11/14/12 departure (a $3,349 value)
- Option 3: $1,999 per person, valid for 2/13/13 departure (a $3,349 value)
- Option 4: $1,999 per person, valid for 3/13/13 departure (a $3,349 value)
- Option 5: $1,999 per person, valid for 4/15/13 departure (a $3,349 value)
- Option 6: $1,999 per person, valid for 5/8/13 departure (a $3,349 value)
- Option 7: $1,999 per person, valid for 6/19/13 departure (a $3,349 value)
- Option 8: $1,999 per person, valid for 7/10/13 departure (a $3,349 value)
- Option 9: $1,999 per person, valid for 8/27/13 departure (a $3,349 value)
- Option 10: $1,999 per person, valid for 9/18/13 departure (a $3,349 value)
Book by: 9/15/12
Included in all tours:
- Four-night stay at the Hotel Palazzo Bocci in Umbria, or similar four-star hotel in the region
- Daily food, wine, and cultural excursions
- Four dinners featuring regional specialties, artisanal dishes, and local wines
- Three private winery tours and tastings
- One special culinary experience (changes month to month)
- Local guide, driver, and ground transportation
Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Tour with Private Wine Tastings, Meals Featuring Regional Specialties, and Cultural Side Trips
In central Italy, the regions of Umbria and Tuscany are known for their medieval towns, rolling countryside, and wines—both the brunello and orvieto classico call this area home. You’ll get a chance to sample these as well as other local wines and regional specialties during the five-day, four-night luxury Italian food-and-wine tour from Ciao Andiamo, a tour company that earned praise from Newsday for its focus on small, family-run businesses. Each tour is limited to eight people to ensure each participant receives personalized and attentive service.
The culinary tour includes four nights of luxury accommodations, some meals, and daily excursions that delve into the region's food and wine. Each tour also includes a special culinary experience that changes each season: autumn travelers might visit an olive grove for an olive-oil pressing and tasting, whereas springtime excursions visit an Old-World bread-making factory. View the full itinerary here. Three-day post-trip extensions and other add-ons are available for an additional fee.
Day 1: You’ll be picked up in Rome to make the 1.5-hour drive north to Orvieto, a city in southwestern Umbria famous for producing orvieto classico, a dry white wine made from five grape varietals. Here, visit a local winery to taste several Umbrian wines with a spread of cheeses and bruschetta. Then it’s on to the Hotel Palazzo Bocci in Spello, about 60 miles (96 km) northeast, where you’ll settle into double rooms. Due to availability, a similar four-star hotel in the region may be substituted if necessary. That night, the tour heads into the city for a dinner of tagliatelle with cheese and black peppercorns, oven-roasted lamb, black-truffle frittata, and other classic Umbrian dishes.
Day 2: In the morning, the group will drive about 90 minutes to Cortona for a private tour of the centuries-old Fortress of the Girifalco and Museo Etrusco, where you’ll see ancient artifacts from the Etruscan civilization. You’re on your own for lunch, but you can stop at a local trattoria to sample dishes flavored with regional olive oils, black truffles, and sheep’s-milk cheeses. After visiting a goldsmith workshop, you’ll get an exclusive visit at Braccesca dei Marchesi Antinori, a local winery that’s closed to the general public.
Day 3: A full-day, private trip into Tuscany brings you to the towns of Pienza and Montalcino—known for pecorino cheeses and brunello wines, respectively—as well as Montepulciano, where you’ll taste wines and antipasti at one of the region’s oldest wineries. At sunset, the group will head to a local farm for a hearty dinner.
Day 4: In the morning, you’ll learn to create classic Umbrian cuisine during a family-run cooking class, and then eat your handiwork for lunch. That afternoon, the group heads 30 minutes south to tour Spoleto, a medieval city best known for storied basilicas (one dates back to the fourth century) and the Tower's Bridge constructed of 10 stone arches. In the evening, you’ll return to Cortona for country-style pizza served in a family home—a quintessential Italian experience.
Day 5: The drive back to Rome includes a stopover in Montefalco, where you’ll have lunch with regional wines, as well as a visit to Cascata delle Marmore, the world’s tallest manmade waterfall, created by the ancient Romans.
The Fine Print
- Promotional value expires Sep 15, 2012. Amount paid never expires.
- Book by 9/15/12 or promotional value expires
- Valid only for date purchased
- Limit 4 per person, may buy 3 more as gifts for option 1, 4 more as gifts for options 2-10
- Limit 1 per visit
- Valid only for option purchased
- Reservation required, subject to availability
- All cancellations require a fee of 15% of the Groupon price; 59-day cancellation notice or fee of up to 1/2 Groupon price; 30-day notice or fee up to Groupon price
- Must be 18 or older to check in, 15 or older to stay
- Not valid with reward points
- Must sign waiver
- Airfare and travel insurance not included
- $399 single supplement fee for solo travelers.
- Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Luxury Food-and-Wine Tour of Italy
- By plane: airfare is not included in the cost of the trip; the main international airports in Rome are Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA) and Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO).
- By transit: transportation to and from Rome is included as well as ground transportation for the duration of the tour.