Italian Odyssey Real Food Adventure

05/24/2020 through 09/14/2021
05/24/2020 through 09/17/2021
Intrepid Travel

Italian Odyssey Real Food Adventure

Italians are the masters of creating simple dishes that sing with flavour. Regional, seasonal and as fresh as possible, Italy’s cuisine is simple, satisfying and made with heart. On this food odyssey, you get the best of the northern and southern Italian cuisine. Dine on a converted fishing platform on the Adriatic Sea, take in the sights of the cave city of Matera while learning to cook with the locals, sample olive oil and homemade wine at a small, family-run farm just outside of Rome and munch mozzarella cheese, sip limoncello and learn to prepare the world’s best pizza in the place where it was born. Indulge in the diverse array of unforgettable food you’ll find on this adventure that travels from Venice to Naples.


  • Venice – Welcome Aperitivo
  • Venice – Cicchetti Tour & Tasting
  • Venice – Venetian Breakfast and Market Tour
  • Bologna – Pasta Making Class including Dinner
  • Modena – Acetaia Visit
  • Modena – Trattoria Lunch
  • Agriturismo – Olive Oil tasting
  • Agriturismo – Wine Tour and Tasting
  • San Gimignano – Orientation Walk and Town Tour
  • San Gimignano – Gelateria visit
  • San Gimignano – Wine Museum
  • Rome – Farm tour and cooking class
  • Bari – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Rutigliano – Mozzarella Tasting
  • Rutigliano – Olive Oil and Wine Tasting
  • Rutigliano – Pasta masterclass
  • Matera – Guided Walking Tour
  • Matera – Ipogeo Underground Cistern
  • Matera – Amaro Liqueur Tasting
  • Naples – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Naples – Street food crawl
  • Naples – Pizza making demonstration


  • Italy is an epicurean paradise, but as a visitor it can be hard to escape the tourist traps. Your group leaders will give you an insider’s guide and all the local knowledge.
  • Tasting the real balsamic vinegar in an attic acetaia is a revelation – it’ll be hard to go back to the mass-produced version after this!
  • Make lunch with a family that lives just outside of Rome, sampling homemade wine and olive oil before sitting down for a farmhouse-style feast.
  • In Bari, join a local expert for a masterclass where you will learn to make Apulian focaccia and the famous orecchiette (pasta shaped like ‘little ears’).
  • Lose yourself in the ancient cave-city of Matera, which sits dramatically on the edge of the Gravina gorge.


Day 1 Venice
Day 2 Venice
Day 3 Bologna
Day 4 Emilia-Romagna
Day 5 San Gimignano
Day 6 San Gimignano
Day 7 Rome
Day 8 Rome
Day 9 Rome
Day 10 Bari
Day 11 Bari
Day 12 Matera
Day 13 Naples
Day 14 Naples
Day 15 Naples

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