Italy has been inviting the world to its shores forever
Thinking about a trip to Italy? Whether you travel to Italy to discover memories of your Italian family or travel to Italy to create your own family memories, Italy will guide you along.
Along Roman roads, past castles and Etruscan ruins, through medieval walled villages, around alpine lakes with mountain vistas, visiting Renaissance chapels and Gothic cathedrals, on foot, horseback or barge, by train, car, bus, or plane.To experience the culture, history, art, food, wine and remarkable landscape.
Invest in an experience and accept the invitation.
Trip Itinearies to Northern Italy, Tuscany and Umbria from author, teacher and Italian food entrepreneur Pamela Marasco to see and savor Italyin a way that is more than a "show and tell" tour. Itinearies are based on travel experiences from her book Seeing and Savoring Italy - A Taste and Travel Journey through Northern Italy, Tuscany and Umbria - many of the iconic sites of Italy seen a little differently traveling outside the tourist flow to places most Italians enjoy when traveling in their own country. Lifestyle itineraries focus on the culinary and cultural traditions of the region.
Seeing and Savoring Italy Lifestyle Itinerary Sample -10 Day Trip
(selected accommodations may vary according to availability and activities may vary according to the season)
See and Savor Milano- shopping and eating with the fashionable Milanese including a visit to the Milan Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, shopping at La Rinascente with a tasting at the Obika' Mozzarella Bar, food finds at Peck's and visits to other selected sites near Milan Centro. Dinner along the canals of Navigli, Milan's hip club district. Riding the Italian Metro to a Milan suburb to experience the lifestyle of an Italian city dweller.
See and Savor Emilia Romagna - traveling along the Via Emilia to visit a castle and experience the regional artisan food of Emilia Romagna attending a cooking class in Italy's Food Valley where pasta, parmigiano and prosciutto are legendary, with meal to follow. Staying in a country house you can visit an Etruscan-Celtic Museum to learn about the first taste travelers in Italy, play golf, hike or visit a caseificio (cheesemaker) in the Bolognese Hills with stop at an Italian outlet mall and Maranello to test drive a Ferrari!
See and Savor Toscana - with truffles, termes and traveling to Carmignano NW of Florence to visit the vineyards and olive orchards of an estate farm that has been making wine since the year 804 located on the grounds of a Medici Villa. Here we will have a rare chance to see the production of Vin Santo, a traditional Tuscan dessert wine. Stopping in Florence for Renaissance art and essences and a panoramic view of the city from the surrounding hills with a visit to the heart of Tuscany to a city designed by a Pope to taste pecorino cheese and buy artisan linens of exquisite quality.
*suggestions include accommodations in hotels and country inns and apartamenti, restaurants and picnic sites, cooking schools, wine estates and olive oil mills, museums,castles, shops and malls, churchs, archeological sites, attractions for recreation and study
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org at the Cositutti Group to arrange for a direct contact with your own italy taste and travel consultant who can help and advise you on all your Italian travel conundrums; from where to stay to what to wear, to learning the right amount of Italian to make your trip more than a "show and tell tour".
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"I've been to Italy before but never like this - we got to meet with wine growers whose families have been making wine for centuries"
"the best experience you could possibly have in Italy . . . eating, traveling, cooking and shopping . . . in other words you get to EXPERIENCE ITALY"
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"evocative eating at its best"
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"there's even a Tummy Tour for kids . . . a family vacation with time spent at a real Castle . . . Cositutti rocks"
"Cositutti's Italy is private, personal and authentic, you never feel like a tourist because you're traveling like an Italian!"
"it's not just about the food, you get to see some of the truly great sites of Italy including sites very few tourists see"
"Attending a Cositutti selected cooking class in Italy is like icing on a
There are many cooking schools in Italy to choose from. A recent Google search resulted in 1,410,000 hits with vivid pictures of mouthwatering pasta paired with ruby red wines and decadent desserts located in villas and Tuscan farmhouses "immersing" you into the d'arte della cucina of Italy. Culinary vacations and gastronomic adventures are becoming the trip d'jour as travelers search for more than a show and tell tour. But hands on can sometimes mean hands off and you may be one of the many rather than one of few, in a stage-designed demonstration kitchen more suitable to the Food Network.
Our cooking schools are 100% hands on with an emphasis on the gastro-history and traditions of regional Italian food. You'll learn the techniques and principles of Italian cusine to see and savor Italy with the most congenial of hosts whose chefs bring "la dolce vita" to everything they cook.