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Culinary Highlights of Italy by Rail

Piedmont, Bologna & Tuscany

Best time to travel
Apr – Oct
Ideal length
10 nights
Perfect for
Couples
From (incl flights)
€6,199 pp

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Milan and home from Pisa.
  • All private transfers as well as reserved seats aboard the train.
  • 10 nights’ luxury accommodation in Langhe, Bologna and Florence.
  • Privately guided gastronomic tours in Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna including visits to local wineries and artisanal food producers.
  • Private experiences in Tuscany including a cooking class and a masterclass on the art of truffle hunting.
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Introduction

Go behind the scenes to witness the incredible craftsmanship of Italy’s artisanal food producers. From truffle hunting in Tuscany to wine tasting in Piedmont, we’ve created a tailored luxury experience that celebrates Italian viticulture and cuisine. In the company of your expert guide, meet the makers who tirelessly continue ancestral traditions to produce the finest delicacies in the regions of Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Milan.

Your private driver will be waiting to transfer you along the scenic country roads to Piedmont’s wine country of Langhe. We’ve arranged a three night stay in a luxury countryside estate.

Appreciate the winemakers of Barolo.

With your private guide, start at Barolo Castle’s WIMU Wine Museum before continuing beneath the castle to the ancient wine cellars. After a guided tour and leisurely lunch, enjoy an exclusive wine tasting at a family-run Barolo winery in Vergne.

Enjoy an exclusive wine tasting at a family-run Barolo winery in Vergne
Visit the food producers of Piedmont.

Piedmont’s fertile lands are home to some spectacular artisanal food producers. Explore the hills of Langhe with your private guide, paying visits to a hazelnut producer, local shepherd and cheese maker. Finish with a delicious cheese tasting paired with local wines.

Piedmont Wineries
Discover the highlights of Bologna.

Board the train to Bologna, where you’ll spend three nights in a heritage hotel. We’ll take you on a privately guided tour, exploring landmarks within the confines of the Piazza Maggiore. A particular highlight is the multi-layered complex of churches at the Basilica di San Stefano.

San Petronio Basilica, Bologna
Sample the delicacies of Emilia Romagna.

Embark on a privately guided day tour, learning the traditional techniques as you visit producers of Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto. Witness processes first-hand, tasting as you go before enjoying lunch at a traditional restaurant.

Sample the delicacies of Emilia Romagna
Board the train to the Renaissance city of Florence.

Your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to the surrounding Fiesole Hills, where you’ll spend four nights in a luxury hotel. Settle in and enjoy a refreshing cocktail on arrival, followed by a refreshing dip in the garden pool.

Duomo, Florence
Take part in a private cookery class.

After your in-depth exploration of Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna’s regional cuisine, it’s time to learn about classic Tuscan cooking. Your private chef will teach you how to create a selection of dishes that celebrate the seasons.

Take part in a private cookery class
Learn the art of truffle hunting.

Privately transfer deep into the hills of Tuscany where you’ll meet a local expert and his truffle dog. Wander through the woods and learn the art of searching for these hidden treasures. Finish with a truffle tasting lunch, sampling dishes like the beloved taglioni al tartufo.

Learn the art of truffle hunting
Your culinary exploration has come to an end.

Transfer to the international airport for your flight home. Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

Where to rest your head

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Villa Beccaris

Villa Beccaris

Set in the epicentre of Piedmont’s wine country of Langhe lies the hilltop property of Villa Beccaris. The traditional countryside estate features an elegant farmhouse villa.

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Relais San Maurizio

Relais San Maurizio

The luxury estate of Relais San Maurizio lies in the picturesque countryside of Langhe, surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful vineyards.

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Grand Hotel Majestic gia Baglioni

Grand Hotel Majestic gia Baglioni

Grand Hotel Majestic is a landmark hotel in the heart of Bologna’s city. Set within a grand 18th-century building, interiors are palatially opulent.

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Belmond-Villa-San-Michele

Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel, Florence

Housed in a former Franciscan monastery dating back to the 15th century, this hotel is steeped in history and old-age luxury.

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What people are saying

Conor in OROKO arranged a holiday this summer for us and our four teenage boys. We were unsure where to go and his advice was fantastic! He took over completely after a consultation about our expectations, taking into consideration our boys’ needs too! He most certainly delivered a tremendous holiday for us all – way beyond what we could have done ourselves, with each of our three destinations better than the last. All incredibly located and absolutely stunning!

Everything was done for us – check-ins/five-star transfers/individual bag tags/ferry transfers with all seats pre-booked! Conor was incredibly helpful, patient, knowledgable and open. It made our trip truly memorable from conception to finish and I cannot fathom planning a trip again without OROKO! Thank you for everything we will never forget it!

Valerie & family – Greece, 2022

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