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Italian Culinary Adventure: Blue Breeze’s Unbeatable Deal

Posted on: May 25th, 2016 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Have you ever dreamed of taking an amazing Italian Culinary Adventure? Fully immersing yourself in not only the culture but all of that glorious food?

You are in luck! We made some great friends at Blue Breeze Travel on our recent visit to Utah and they have created a special Italian Culinary Vacation package for you that, really, cannot be beaten!

Italian Culinary Adventure from Blue Breeze Travel

“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” Anna Akhmatova Postcard perfect scenes meet you with every turn of your head and all five senses draw you into the classical surroundings of Italy. Discover for yourself, the exquisite allure of Italy. Ancient sites and authentic cuisine await you. Once you have experienced Italy, you’ll want more. Let us envelop you in an iconic Italian experience leaving you both deeply satisfied and yet craving all things Italian.

The special package takes you on an incredible culinary adventure through 11 days in Italy. You can opt to depart on September 10th, September 17th, October 8th or October 15th. You’ll traverse through Rome, Florence and Venice and are guaranteed to not be bored or hungry even for a second throughout your journey.

Italian Culinary Adventure Overview

  • 3 nights in Rome – Hotel (4 star)
  • 4 nights in Florence – Hotel (4 star)
  • 3 night in Venice – Hotel (4 star)
  • 1 night in Milano Malpensa Airport Hotel
  • Tour Leader each day.
  • Food tour in Rome
  • Wine Tasting in Chianti area
  • Food tour in Florence
  • Cooking class in Florence
  • Lunch in authentic Italian restaurant in Bologna
  • Food tour in Venice
  • Gondola ride in Venice

In Depth Day By Day Look at Your Italian Culinary Adventure

Day One| Welcome to Italy
Arrival in Fiumicino Airport Leonardo da Vinci, meet the transfer to your 4-Star hotel in the heart of Rome.
At 8.00 p.m. meet for dinner and an introduction to your Italian Culinary Adventure! Overnight in the hotel.

Day Two| Coliseum and Roman Food Tour
Breakfast in the hotel and meet with your tour leader before visiting the Coliseum. After the Coliseum, you will have free time on your own for lunch, exploring, and shopping. In the afternoon you will take the Roman Food Tour, meeting at a small local grocery for Gelato and a typical Roma Pizza, all tasting the local specialties! Bring your appetite!
Afterward, you will have free time at your leisure for exploring, shopping, and dinner; overnight in the hotel.

Day Three| Visit of Musei Vaticani
Breakfast in the hotel, meeting with your tour leader. Your leader will escort you on a private tour of the Vatican’s museums where you will admire the irresistible Michelangelo’s ceilings, the Raphael rooms, and important paintings by famous artists as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Roselli, Piero di Cosimo, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Bartolomeo della Gatta, and Luca Signorelli. At the end of the visit you will have leisure time for lunch, exploring, shopping, and dinner; overnight in the hotel.

Day Four| Departure from Rome to Florence
9.30 a.m. Breakfast in the hotel and meeting with your private transfer and tour leader to check out of the hotel. Lunch will be provided at a specially selected location during transit. Arrival in Florence around 5 p.m. Check into Hotel. Leisure time for dinner, shopping, and exploring; overnight in the hotel.

Day Five| The Amazing Chianti Wine Tour
Breakfast in the hotel and meeting with your private guide for the day tour: Discover the fine wines of Chianti! You will visit the vineyards and wine cellars of an 18th-century villa in the heart of the “Chianti Classico” area, receiving an up-close look at the production and aging process of Chianti wines. You’ll also learn the secrets of extra virgin olive oil making. This wonderful experience will include a guided wine tasting and the opportunity to buy some of the best wines of Tuscany. Your tour also includes a classic Tuscan lunch. Return the hotel around 6 p.m. Leisure time for dinner and exploring; overnight in the hotel.

Day Six| Walking Florence Food and Art Tour
Breakfast in the hotel and meeting with your tour leader. You will explore one of the most charming historical areas of Florence, filled with culture and foodie amazements. At the end of the tour you will have leisure time for shopping and dinner; overnight in the hotel.

Day Seven| Cooking Class in Florence and Market Tour
Breakfast in the hotel and meeting your tour leader who will lead you deeper into Italian culinary culture. You’ll visit the Central Market, enjoying the food and tasting many items. You’ll attend a class and receive hands-on homemade pasta and other delicious recipe instructions. You’ll receive a recipe booklet and a certificate! Enjoy your delectable lunch while tasting Chianti wine in a vivacious atmosphere. That evening will be leisure time for exploring, shopping, and dinner; overnight in the hotel.

Day Eight| Departure from Florence to Reach Venice with Lunch in Bologna
Breakfast in the hotel, check out and meet with your private transfer to reach Bologna. Here you can have a brief scenic walk around the city center and lunch in a typical restaurant with the true specialty of Bologna- Bolognese, tortellini made by hand, Prosciutto, and authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano. After lunch continue on to Venice where you’ll be escorted by water taxi to the hotel. After check in, leisure time to explore, shop, and enjoy dinner, overnight in the hotel; overnight in the hotel.

Day Nine| Venice Market and Food Tour
Breakfast in the hotel, meeting with your tour leader and depart for a Secrets of Venice tour. You will be taken to typical osterias, artisanal food producers, spectacular monuments, beautiful artworks, and other quintessential, yet hidden sites. Prepare yourself for a foodie’s paradise amid the stunning scenery of Venice. Leisure time in the evening for exploring, shopping, and dinner; overnight in the hotel.

Day Ten| Venice Tour and Gondola Ride
Breakfast in the hotel and meeting with your tour leader to explore the narrow alleyways, splendid churches, and the hidden piazzas. Experience the enchantment of Venice on this tour, which combines a Gondola ride and a walking tour. Leisure time to explore more of Venice for lunch, shopping, history, and dinner; overnight in the hotel.

Day Eleven| Departure from Venice to Milan
Breakfast in the hotel and meeting with your tour leader to have a final walk in the city centre. Lunch at your leisure before departing at 3 p.m. with your private transfer to Milan, Check into the hotel near the Malpensa Airport. There will be a dinner provided to help you to say, “Arrividerci!” to Italy.

Day Twelve| Goodbye, Italy!
Breakfast in the hotel, and check out. Transfer to the airport for departure.

The cost of this amazing vacation is $3,399 and is based on double occupancy (flights not included). If you were looking for an epic vacation, this is your chance!

And, if you need someone to go with – just let me know!

Have questions? Reach out to Darla Bentley at Blue Breeze Travel at 432.535.3345 and then get your passport and bags ready for the trip of a lifetime!

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© Taryn Jeffries 2016

About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance writer, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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