Rome & Florence

Taste what Rome & Florence have to offer in a relaxed manner in the company of like-minded travellers. Experience a mix of leisure & lifestyle and explore markets and small grocery shops tasting their wares as you go. Sample classic wines and the finest olive oils and learn the secrets of Italian cookery under the watch of experienced chefs. 

Rome & Florence
Rome & Florence

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Taste what Rome & Florence have to offer in a relaxed manner in the company of like-minded travellers. Experience a mix of leisure & lifestyle and explore markets and small grocery shops tasting their wares as you go. Sample classic wines and the finest olive oils and learn the secrets of Italian cookery under the watch of experienced chefs.

Day 1: Rome

Upon arrival at Rome airport, collect your luggage and transfer independently your centrally located hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is free to relax or start exploring the "Eternal City' on your own. An optional transfer can be booked on request.

Day 2: Vatican & Tasting Tour

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, followed by a guided tour of the Vatican museums. This tour begins by coach passing through Piazza della Repubblica with the Fountain of the Nayads and following the ancient Aurelian walls which once surrounded the ancient city. Continue to Piazza del Popolo where you will see an Egyptian obelisk dating back to the time of Ramses II. Finally, on arrival at the Vatican Walls, your guide will then lead you into the Vatican Museums taking the beautiful Spiral staircase and continuing through the Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Geographical maps, before arriving in the famous Sistine Chapel with its magnificent fresco of the Last Judgement by Michelangelo. At the end of the tour time free to visit the St. Peter’s Basilica, no need to stand in line after the tour. (A visit inside St. Peter's Basilica is not available on Wednesdays, Sundays and religious holidays). In the afternoon you'll enjoy a small-group Tasting Tour of Rome, perfect for food lovers. You'll go on guided walking tour to markets, groceries and gelaterias with tastings at different locations in a group no larger than 12 people. Experience a nice stroll through Rome’s enchanting squares and neighbourhoods while tasting your way through some of the city’s best shops, restaurants, and markets, discovering first hand the secrets of world renowned Italian cuisine. Enjoy pizza with a mortadella tasting, supplì (fried riceball), and pasta. Then, experience Jewish ghetto food specialties: fried artichokes and fried codfish. Savour an artisan gelato tasting alongside tips and history of food in Italy. The tour ends in the Trastavere area of Rome. Return to your hotel for overnight accommodation. (B)

Day 3: Pizza Making Class

The morning is yours to explore Rome as you please. In the afternoon indulge in the most iconic Italian food with a 90-minute pizza making lesson at the popular “That’s Amore” restaurant, located a few steps from the Trevi Fountain. One of the “Fabiolous” chefs will guide you through the Italian tradition of preparing pizza dough from scratch, explain techniques & tips on making the best dough, and teach you how to dress your pizza properly. You’ll be given your own ingredients to top the pizza with whatever you like and experiment with various recipes. At the end you’ll eat what you’ve prepared and discover whether your skill level is now that of a real “Pizzaiolo”. This hands-on class is a fun and delicious experience for all ages! (B.D)

Day 4: Rome | Florence

Following breakfast at your hotel check-out and make your way to the railway station where you will board a first-class train to Florence. On arrival, make your way to your hotel located right in the heart of Florence and in easy walking distance to the cities main attractions. After settling in set out to start discovering this historic city, often referred to as the 'Cradle of Renaissance' at your own pace. Overnight accommodation at your centrally located hotel. (B)

Day 5: Florence Food Tasting

Breakfast at your hotel and morning at leisure. In the afternoon enjoy a guided tour to taste some of the many delicious tastes of the Tuscan region - Wine, Cheese & Olive Oil. Sample unmatched quality wines & cheeses specially selected by our Sommelier and paired with the most traditional flavours of the Tuscan countryside. Limited to small groups as to guarantee an intimate and unique experience, this tour also includes a detailed explanation of the various flavours and history background. We don't forget about the greats Olive oils! The olive tree's roots are inextricably entwined with the culinary history of the region and this fascinating tasting experience is a voyage of discovery through the palette of Tuscan olive oils. Everything will be followed by a special selection of Tuscan cheeses. The menus offered will change according to the season. This tour operates daily except Mondays and all of August. During August it will be substituted with a morning Bike & Food Tasting experience combining a bike tour of the Italian Renaissance Pearl with tasting of three of Florence’s most coveted culinary delights: 'Schiacciata all'olio', Gelato & Traditional Italian pastry. The remainder of the days is free to spend as you please. Take a stroll through the narrow streets and admire the small jewelry stores on Ponte Vecchio or perhaps visit one of the city's famous art galleries. Overnight accommodation. (B)

Day 6: Florence Cooking Class

This morning you'll learn to cook like an Italian with our 'market to table' cooking class and enjoy a Tuscan meal in Florence. The class will start with a visit to the central market where under the guidance of the Italian chef you will choose the best ingredients in season, before learning tips and techniques to make a full Italian meal that you can recreate at home. Once you got everything you need, we will move to the unique location where the class will take place, in the heart of Florence. During the four hour lesson you will prepare a full Italian meal, from appetizer to dessert. We will first prepare all the needed ingredients by washing and cutting them. Our chef will show you how to make fresh pasta from the row ingredients and you will have the chance to knead it yourself. You will also cook the sauce (Tomato, Ragù Bolognese or Pesto), ‘bruschetta’ as a starter, a main course (seafood or meat) with a side dish, as well as a dessert! Our chef will then show you how to decorate your plate and you will finally have lunch with the amazing dishes you made. Lunch will be accompanied by a local wine, water or soft drink as you prefer. At the end of the class you will also get a Graduation Certificate as well as the receipts for the dishes you made,so you can recreate them back home and impress family and fiends with your cooking skills! On Sundays & bank holidays when the central market is closed, the market visit skipped. The remainder of the day at leisure to spend as you choose. (B.L) 

Day 7: Departure

Sadly today marks the end of this Epicurean vacation. Following breakfast at the hotel, make your way to Florence airport or railway station to start your journey back home. Or ask your travel agent about extending your Italy stay with CIT Tours. (B)

Daily departures

Some excursions included in this tour do not operate daily and itinerary will be modified to suit. During August the Florence Wine, Cheese & Olive Oil Tour (pm) will be substituted with Florence Bike & Food Tasting Tour (am).

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