Try the taste of Italy: traditional Italian cookery at a culinary class

What could be better than discovering Italy’s most famous delicacies? Your itinerary begins following the traditional local cuisine trail. Excite your passion for good food and wine by travelling through Venice, Verona, Padua, Treviso and the Dolomites, guided only by your culinary senses. Continue discovering world-renowned wines including Amarone, Prosecco and Cabernet Sauvignon, and famed Michelin starred restaurants or the best hidden local gems for a genuine Italian gastronomic experience.

Familiarise yourself with the freshest “0km” strictly local produce, such as Radicchio di Treviso, Asiago cheese, Prosciutto San Daniele and risotto all’Amarone. Learn for yourself the very best of traditional recipes and bring these secrets home to surprise your loved ones and friends! “Pesce fresco!” (fresh fish!) shout the fishmongers in Venice’s centuries old fish market. Join the early morning crowds to experience this unique, buzzing atmosphere, and watch the locals acquire the freshest fish to prepare typical dishes such as spaghetti con le vongole. Fancy risotto con funghi? Perhaps radicchio di Treviso? Then prepare for your next stop at Treviso and the rolling Prosecco hills. This is what the real dolce vita of Italy is all about: plentiful food and wine, splendid weather, a rich history and culture, and natural landscapes like nowhere else in the world. All this combines to a holiday that will pamper you on every level!

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8 days Gourmet feast in Venice and wine tasting in Veneto

Day 1 Arrive in Venice and be amazed by the magic view of the lagoon while you sail though the sea on your journey to your stylish hotel in Venice.

Day 2 After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, start a guided tour of Venice to explore all the most important sights and secret corners. From the mosaics of Basilica di San Marco to Palazzo Ducale, you will admire the endless beauty of this unique city. In the afternoon you can experience a romantic gondola tour through Venice canals. In the evening you’ll have the opportunity to attend the opera or concert at the famous La Fenice Theatre. Dinner and an overnight stay in Venice.

Day 3 In the morning you’ll enjoy a guided tour, visiting the islands of the Venetian lagoon, including Murano, Burano and Torcello. Murano is world famous for its centuries old art of glass making, which is passed on from generation to generation. You’ll visit a vetreria to witness the expertise of a true maestro who’ll transform sand into a beautiful piece of glass art in mere minutes. Next, you’ll head to Torcello to explore its ancient church before wandering around the starkly painted houses of Burano island, which were originally decorated by the fishermen who lived there, so their homes would be easily recognised after returning from long voyages at sea. Have lunch in Venissa, a Michelin Starred restaurant located in Mazzorbo, an island in the middle of the lagoon surrounded by wineyards. In the evening you’ll dine in a typical Venetian restaurant and spend your night in Venice.

Day 4 In the morning you’ll enjoy a guided visit in the Rialto vegetable and fish market. After sampling some cicchetti (finger food) and a glass of wine, you will learn all the secrets of Italian delicious food thanks to a personalized cooking demonstration in a superb Venetian location. In the afternoon enjoy some free time wondering around Venice calli, you can also go shopping or simply admire the beauty of Venice. You’ll dine in a typical Venetian restaurant and spend your night in Venice.

Day 5 In the morning leave Venice to discover the prosecco hills! Enjoy the day sampling some of the top quality Prosecco wine from around the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene region, where the superior DOCG Prosecco is produced. You will have lunch at a renowned osteria, where you will be delighted with typical food products such as “spiedo”, typical meat cooked on the fire place! Stop for an aperitif in beautiful Asolo, known as "the pearl of the Province of Treviso" and also as "the city of a hundred horizons", for its mountain setting. Stay the night in Vicenza.

Day 6 Wake up in Vicenza and explore the beauty of the city at your own pace. Vicenza is famous for its longstanding tradition of gold jewellery handicraft. In the afternoon set your GPS to Verona, a beautiful city made famous by Romeo & Juliet’s love story. Take time to discover the ancient Roman arena with a guided tour and Verona’s small historic streets. Follow our suggestions for a great dining experience, and spend the night in Verona.

Day 7 Today learn the secrets of local Amarone wine making, then delight your senses with a wine tasting experience. Continue in the afternoon with wine tasting along the Valpolicella wine trail, where you’ll discover several local wineries and sip on the best Valpolicella. Season permitting, we can book you an opera night at the famous Arena, then dinner at a recommended restaurant and an overnight stay in Verona.

Day 8 Depart at a convenient time from Verona airport.

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4 days of the best wines, olive oil and Italian cooking in the areas around Verona and Lake Garda

Day 1 You’ll arrive at Venice or Verona airport to a warm welcome! Yellowboot staff will greet you and deliver all the necessary documentation and help you with any formalities. A transfer service will bring you to your first destination: Verona! You’ll stay the night in Verona.

Day 2 Wake up early to learn the secrets of local Amarone wine making, then delight your senses with a wine tasting experience. Visit up to 3 wineries and enjoy some of the best Italian wines including Amarone, Recioto and Ripasso. You’ll stay the night in Verona.

Day 3 You’ll continue on to explore the natural beauty of Lake Garda, visiting the quaint town of Lazise and discovering nearby villages surrounding the lake, including for example Peschiera del Garda and Sirmione. In the meanwhile learn the secrets of Italian cousine with a cooking class, and enjoy great dishes with wine paring. Stop by a frantoio to learn all about olive oil and enjoy a tasting. Stay overnight in Verona.

Day 4 Today you’ll enjoy a guided tour of Verona, a city made famous by Romeo & Juliet’s love story, then take time to discover the ancient Roman arena and the small historic streets. Have lunch in a typical osteria and delight yourself with local food and wine delicacies! Depart at a convenient time from Venice or Verona airport.

3 days in Venice and within the Prosecco hills

Day 1 You’ll arrive at Venice airport to a warm welcome! YellowBoot staff will greet you and deliver all the necessary documentation and help you with any formalities. A transfer service will bring you to your first destination: the prosecco hills! You’ll sample some of the top Prosecco from around the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene region, where the superior DOCG Prosecco is produced. You’ll discover some of the best traditional cuisine over dinner at a local osteria surrounded by the Prosecco hills. You’ll stay the night in the Prosecco hills area.

Day 2 You’ll be taken on a boat tour, visiting the islands of the Venetian lagoon, including Murano, Burano and Torcello. Murano is world famous for its centuries old art of glass making, which is passed on from generation to generation. Next, you’ll head to Torcello to explore its ancient church. In the afternoon, you’ll wander around the starkly painted houses of Burano island. You’ll dine at a nice restaurant in the prosecco hills and you’ll stay the night in the Prosecco hills area.

Day 3 Begin your day with a guided tour of Venice to explore all the most important sights. Discover the mosaics of Basilica di San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale; pause for a perfect photo opportunity in front of the Ponte di Rialto; queue for a cool gelato in town; and if you like experience a romantic gondola tour through the canals of this beautiful and unique city. In the evening we will accompany you back to the airport for your flight home.


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8 days food and wine discovery

Day 1 You’ll arrive at Venice airport to a warm welcome, where YellowBoot staff will greet you and provide all the information you need for an unforgettable stay! You’ll cruise to Verona, your first destination. You’ll enjoy a delightful dinner and spend the night in Verona.

Day 2 Your day begins with a guided tour of Verona, a city made famous by Romeo & Juliet’s love story. Take time to discover the ancient Roman Arena and the small historic streets, surrounded by vineyard hills. Learn the secrets of local Amarone wine making, then delight your senses with a wine tasting experience. You’ll dine at a Michelin starred restaurant and spend the night in Verona.

Day 3 You’ll spend the day exploring the natural beauty of Lake Garda, starting in Barolino and following the Barolino wine trail. Visit the lovely town of Lazise before enjoying lunch in Borghetto, near Valeggio sul Mincio, famous for the local tortellini. You’ll get a chance to discover other villages around the lake, including Peschiera del Garda in the afternoon. Season permitting, we can book you an Opera night at the Arena, dinner at a recommended restaurant and an overnight stay in Verona.

Day 4 The day begins early, with you heading to your next destination: Treviso! Spend your morning discovering this small gem of a town, with its medieval houses and canals. You’ll enjoy a typical local lunch at a welcoming osteria, where you’ll sample local dishes prepared with the famous radicchio di Treviso. You’ll spend the afternoon experiencing the Italian lifestyle with a stroll through the centre of town, where you’ll sample some of the best tiramisu; a world-renowned Italian dessert that is said to have originated here. You’ll dine at a Michelin starred restaurant and spend the night in Treviso.

Day 5 Your next destination is Asolo, known as "the pearl of the Province of Treviso"province of Treviso" and also as "the city of a hundred horizons" for its mountain setting. You’ll enjoy some local delicacies over lunch, in a restaurant located in the heart of this medieval town. In the afternoon you’ll sample some of the top Prosecco from around the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene region, where the superior DOCG Prosecco is produced. You’ll discover some of the best traditional cuisine over dinner at a local osteria surrounded by the Prosecco hills. You’ll stay the night in Treviso.

Day 6 You’ll depart in the morning and head towards Venice, where you can leave your rental car and take a water taxi to your hotel. In the afternoon, you’ll explore the mysterious small streets (calli) of this illustrious city with a guided tour. In the evening you’ll attend a concert at the famous Teatro La Fenice, then enjoy a delightful dinner at a Michelin starred seafood restaurant, where you can sample sarde in saor and spaghetti al nero di seppia, together with other local delicacies. You’ll spend the night in magical Venice.

Day 7 You’ll be taken on a boat tour, visiting the islands of the Venetian lagoon, including Murano, Burano and Torcello. Murano is world famous for its centuries old art of glass making, which is passed on from generation to generation. Next, you’ll head to Torcello to explore its ancient church before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you’ll wander around the starkly painted houses of Burano island. You’ll have dinner and spend the night in Venice.

Day 8 Depart at a convenient time from Venice airport. (Depending on time of departure, it may be possible to organise a cultural visit during the day by request).

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4 day Treviso and Verona food & wine tasting experience

Day 1 You’ll arrive at Venice airport to a warm welcome! YellowBoot staff will greet you and deliver all the necessary documentation and help you with any formalities, including renting a car. Set your GPS to your first destination: Treviso! Spend your morning discovering this small gem of a town, with its medieval houses and canals. Stroll through the centre of town, where you’ll sample some of the best tiramisu, a world-renowned Italian dessert that is said to have originated here. You’ll dine at a Michelin starred restaurant and spend the night in Treviso.

Day 2 Your next destination is Asolo, known as "the pearl of the Province of Treviso"province of Treviso," and also as "the city of a hundred horizons" for its mountain setting. You’ll enjoy some local delicacies over lunch, in a restaurant located in the heart of this medieval town. In the afternoon you’ll sample some of the top Prosecco from around the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene region, where the superior DOCG quality is produced. You’ll discover some of the best traditional cuisine over dinner at a famous local osteria, then spend the night in Treviso.

Day 3 You’ll arrive at Verona, where your day begins with a private guided tour of the city, made famous by Romeo & Juliet’s love story. Take time to discover the ancient Roman Arena and the small historic streets, surrounded by vineyard hills. Enjoy lunch at a local osteria, then learn the secrets of local Amarone wine making in the afternoon. Season permitting, we can book you an opera night at the famous Arena, then dinner at a recommended restaurant and an overnight stay in Verona.

Day 4 Start your day off with wine tasting along the Valpolicella wine trail, where you’ll discover several local wineries and sip on the best Valpolicella. Enjoy lunch at a typical local osteria, then head back to the airport in the late afternoon to catch you flight home.

4 day Vicenza to Padua wine sampling and villa discovery

Day 1 You’ll arrive at Venice airport to a warm welcome! YellowBoot staff will greet you and deliver all the necessary documentation and help you with any formalities, including renting a car; and make sure you receive useful information to get the most out of your Italian holiday. Prepare for your first stop: Vicenza! Begin discovering this fascinating town and several of its UNESCO Heritage sites, including architectural treasures from Andrea Palladio, the Basilica Palladiana and Teatro Olimpico, the world’s first covered theatre. Enjoy dinner at a recommended restaurant and stay overnight in Vicenza.

Day 2 Start the day off by discovering the Vicenza countryside and its numerous villas. In the afternoon you’ll sample the local wines along the Colli Berici DOC vineyard hills, before heading to Padua. Dinner in a Michelin starred restaurant and an overnight stay in Padua.

Day 3 Your day begins with a guided tour of Padua, where you’ll experience some amazing sights, including Giotto's Cappella degli Scrovegni, Sant'Antonio basilica and Prato della Valle square. In the afternoon you’ll enjoy a wine tasting experience along the Colli Euganei wine trail. You’ll dine at a local restaurant and spend the night in Padua.

Day 4 Today you’ll be taken on a guided boat cruise to explore the elegant Ville del Brenta, a collection of stunning 16th century villas. In the late afternoon, you’ll head back to the airport to catch your flight.

4 days sampling Prosecco and Venice

Day 1 You’ll arrive at Venice airport to a warm welcome! YellowBoot staff will greet you and deliver all the necessary documentation and help you with any formalities, including renting a car. Set your GPS to your first destination: Treviso. Discover this small gem of a town, with its medieval houses and canals. You’ll spend the afternoon experiencing the Italian lifestyle with a stroll through the centre of town, where you’ll sample some of the best tiramisu, a world-renowned Italian dessert that is said to have originated here. You’ll dine at a Michelin starred restaurant by the canals and spend the night in Treviso.

Day 2 Your next destination is Asolo, known as "the pearl of the Province of Treviso" and also as "the city of a hundred horizons" for its mountain setting. You’ll enjoy some local delicacies over lunch, in a restaurant located in the heart of this medieval town. In the afternoon you’ll sample some of the top Prosecco from around the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene region, where the superior DOCG Prosecco is produced. You’ll discover some of the best traditional cuisine over dinner at a local osteria surrounded by the Prosecco hills. You’ll stay the night in Treviso.

Day 3 You’ll depart in the morning and head towards Venice, where you can leave your rental car and take a water taxi to your hotel. In the afternoon, you’ll explore the mysterious small streets (calli) of this illustrious city with a guided tour. In the evening you’ll attend a concert at the famous La Fenice theatre, then enjoy a delightful dinner at a Michelin starred seafood restaurant, where you can sample sarde in saor and spaghetti al nero di seppia, together with other local delicacies. You’ll spend the night in magical Venice.

Day 4 You’ll be taken on a boat tour, visiting the islands of the Venetian lagoon, including Murano, Burano and Torcello. Murano is world famous for its centuries old art of glass making, which is passed on from generation to generation. Next, you’ll head to Torcello to explore its ancient church before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you’ll wander around the starkly painted houses of Burano island, before heading back to the airport for your flight home.

4 day wine sampling around Verona and Venice

Day 1 You’ll arrive at Venice airport to a warm welcome! YellowBoot staff will greet you and deliver all the necessary documentation and help you with any formalities, including renting a car. You’ll enjoy a guided tour of Verona, a city made famous by Romeo & Juliet’s love story, then take time to discover the ancient Roman arena and the small historic streets, surrounded by vineyard hills. Learn the secrets of local Amarone wine making, then delight your senses with a wine tasting experience. Season permitting, we can book you an opera night at the famous Arena, then dinner at a recommended restaurant and an overnight stay in Verona.

Day 2 Start your day off with wine tasting along the Valpolicella wine trail, where you’ll discover several local wineries and sip on the best Valpolicella. You’ll continue on to explore the natural beauty of Lake Garda, starting in Barolino and following the Barolino wine trail. Visit the quaint town of Lazise and discover nearby villages surrounding the lake, including Peschiera del Garda. Enjoy dinner at a recommended restaurant and stay overnight in Verona.

Day 3 You’ll depart in the morning and head towards Venice, where you can leave your rental car and take a water taxi to your hotel. In the afternoon, you’ll explore the mysterious small streets (calli) of this illustrious city with a guided tour. In the evening you’ll attend a concert at the famous La Fenice theatre, then enjoy a delightful dinner at a Michelin starred seafood restaurant, where you can sample sarde in saor and spaghetti al nero di seppia, together with other local delicacies. You’ll spend the night in magical Venice.

Day 4 You’ll be taken on a boat tour, visiting the islands of the Venetian lagoon, including Murano, Burano and Torcello. Murano is world famous for its centuries old art of glass making, which is passed on from generation to generation. Next, you’ll head to Torcello to explore its ancient church before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you’ll wander around the starkly painted houses of Burano island, before heading back to the airport for your flight home.

6 day Lake Garda food and wine tour

Day 1 You’ll arrive at Venice airport to a warm welcome, where YellowBoot staff will greet you and provide all the information you need for an unforgettable stay! You’ll cruise to Verona, your first destination. You’ll enjoy a delightful dinner and spend the night in Verona.

Day 2 Your day begins with exploration of the small villages surrounding Lake Garda, including Malcesine and Torri del Benaco. You’ll enjoy a local lunch at a typical osteria in Garda, then wander around the ancient streets with a gelato in hand. In the afternoon you’ll visit several wineries in the Bardolino region for a memorable wine tasting experience. Enjoy dinner at a recommended restaurant and stay overnight in Verona.

Day 3 You’ll start the day with a guided tour of Verona, a city made famous by Romeo & Juliet’s love story. Take time to discover the ancient Roman arena and the small historic streets, then admire the beauty of the city’s churches and squares, including Basilica di San Zeno and Piazza delle Erbe. Season permitting, we can book you an unforgettable opera night at the Arena, followed by dinner at a local restaurant and an overnight stay in Verona.

Day 4 Today your destination is Sirmione, a beautiful and historic village by Lake Garda which dates back to the Roman times, where it’s possible to visit the ancient ruins of Catullo’s villa, from where the poet wrote some of his most famous poems. In the afternoon you’ll enjoy Soave wine tasting, then dinner and an overnight stay in Verona.

Day 5 Begin your day early and head to Mantua for a guided tour of the city. Mantua is known as the birth place of the poet Virgilio, and was ruled by the wealthy Gonzaga family for several centuries, who invited some of the most prolific architects and artists of the renaissance era. You’ll discover some magnificent sights, including Palazzo Ducale, the Duomo, the basilica of Sant’Andrea, Palazzo Te, Piazza Sordello and Piazza delle Erbe. Enjoy a typical local lunch, then in the afternoon visit an old rice mill in the Isola della Scala region. Enjoy dinner at a recommended restaurant and stay overnight in Verona.

Day 6 Depart at a convenient time from Verona airport.