Famous for its cuisine, fresh ingredients and world-renowned wine, Italy is a culinary haven for the most discerning of palates. Indulge in regional specialties and learn the secrets of traditional Italian cooking.
Culinary enthusiasts will learn authentic recipes, made with fresh pasta and vegetables picked in the homeowner's garden, as you prepare dinner with a family in their home. If you'd prefer to leave the cooking to a professional, we'll arrange for a private chef to craft your meal at a luxury apartment on Rome's elegant Aventine Hill or overlooking Trastavere's beautiful medieval piazza for the ultimate dining experience.
No matter your pizza preference while at home, it's a must to try the classic dish in its native country. Pizza makers on the Amalfi Coast put an acrobatic spin on their creations, flipping circles of dough under legs and overhead with spectacular style.
From late September into October, harvest season in the follinwg vineyards of Piedmont is in full swing. Wine connoisseurs can visit with a local vitner during this time and become winemaker for a day, helping to gather grapes and create your own vinetage. Once your wine is ready, they will ship you a bottle complete with a customized label.
Interested in enjoying seasonal cruisine? Here is the year in food in Italy
Spring: Asparagus, artichokes, Easter specialties and a handful of festivals, like Turin's ChoccolaTo.
Summer: Aubergines, pepper & berries are in season. Don't forget to cool off wih some gelato.
Fall: Food festivals, chestnuts, mushrooms and game are in season. It is also the best time for truffles.
Winter: Time for Christmas and Carneval treats. Look to Sardinia for fresh, local catches like sea urchin.
Fun facts: On average, Italians consume 57 pounds of past per person, per year. The average Italian also consumes 26 gallons of wine per year.