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This unique small group tour will take you on an unforgettable journey through some of Italy’s most beautiful regions. As you travel from Campania to Sicily, you’ll discover the incredible culture, history, wine and cuisine of the south and become fully immersed in its magic and charm. In Campania, explore Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast, sip Fiano and Greco wines (and fresh limoncello!), and taste authentic buffalo mozzarella. Then, travel further south to two of Italy’s most spectacular regions: Basilicata and Puglia to discover the secrets behind Primitivo, Aglianico and Negroamaro wines, learn about orecchiette, and walk the streets of the UNESCO villages of Matera and Alberobello. Afterwards, continue through Calabria and swim in pristine Tirreno sea water, and finish on the beautiful island of Sicily with extraordinary sites like Mount Etna, Taormina, and the Valle dei Templi.

  • Tour Category: Small Group Tour (max. 12 participants)

  • Duration: 16 Days, 15 Nights

  • Departure Dates: Monthly departures available. Please contact us for specific dates.

  • Max. Number of Participants: 12

  • Tour Pick-Up Location: Rome International Airport

  • Tour Drop-Off Location: Palermo Punta Raisi Airport (Sicily)

  • Level of Activities Included in Tour: Easy/Medium (steps, staircases, uneven terrain)

This tour can be customized for independent travellers and private groups. Any element can be tailored, including the activities, length, hotels, and destinations. All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Single room supplement for this tour: $800.

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Itineraries

Day 1

ROME TO AMALFI COAST

We meet at the Rome airport in the afternoon, set our compass south and depart in our comfortable private bus for the region of Campania. After an approximate 3-hour drive, we arrive on the Amalfi Coast where we check-in to our hotel for three nights and enjoy an authentic Italian welcome dinner.

Day 2

IRPINIA WINES & AMALFI COAST FOOD

After breakfast at the hotel, we visit one of the best wineries in the Irpinia DOC appellation, near the town of Avellino, to sample a variety of wines: Fiano, Falanghina, Greco White and Aglianico. In the afternoon, it’s time for anchovies! Anchovies are essential to the southern diet, and are a rich and buttery fish packed with flavour. We visit an anchovy processing plant in the town of Cetara to taste both the freshly-caught and packaged product. Some people say they don’t enjoy the briny and robust flavour of the anchovy, but something tells us it's because they’ve never tasted them fresh!

Day 3

AMALFI, LEMONS AND POMPEII

Tart, lush and sunny yellow, the lemon is a fitting symbol of Amalfi. In the morning, we tour the beautiful town of Amalfi and discover all about lemons (a regional DOP product) and limoncello liqueur. Lunch is in a lemon grove and finishes with a tasting of chilled limoncello - this aromatic alcoholic drink is the best way to enjoy the pure flavour of lemon without the bitter bite! Afterwards, we spend the afternoon discovering the fascinating history of Pompeii with a visit to the ancient city destroyed 2,000 years ago by Vesuvius, led by a professional local historian.

Day 4

THE REAL BUFFALO MOZZARELLA

Today, we visit a bufala farm and mozzarella producer in the town of Capaccio because you haven’t really tasted Mozzarella di Bufala until you’ve had it in Campania. This traditional Campanian product is also the star of today’s lunch! Afterwards, we stop in Paestum for a guided tour of the ancient archaeological site, and then depart for one of the beautiful seaside towns of Puglia where we check-in to our hotel for three nights.

Day 5

UNFORGETTABLE WINE AND SEASONAL FOOD

We’re now in northern Puglia, in the kingdom of the Nero di Troia, a red grape that produces an intense, ruby-coloured wine with elegant tannins and a rich bouquet. We immerse ourselves in the landscape with a visit to one of the prestigious Antinori wineries for a spectacular tasting and meal. This area has very rich soils and locals eat their food right out of the garden – and today, so will we! We’ll experience food from a local family kitchen and visit their traditional “orto” or vegetable garden full of seasonal treasures. Afterwards, there is time to relax at our hotel.

Day 6

BASILICATA AND ITS ANCIENT VOLCANIC WINES

It’s time to take in the lesser-known region of Basilicata – a remote hidden gem of Italy with a distinct cultural identity. Basilicata borders Calabria, Puglia and Campania and is known as the most mountainous region of Italy. Today, we get the opportunity to see how this unique landscape influences the local wines as we visit one of the area’s top wineries growing the Aglianico del Vulture grape varietal around the extinct Monte Vulture volcano.

Day 7

MATERA, ALBEROBELLO AND LECCE

After breakfast, we head south to visit the UNESCO village of Matera, a place truly lost in time. The homes here are known as Sassi, or houses of stone, and were excavated by hand into the side of a gorge, one built on top of the other and connected by an elaborate system of staircases and alleyways. We visit a typical oven or “forno” to discover their ancient cooking methods and sample local bread, pizza, and focaccia fresh from the oven. Then, we follow our local guide for a private tour of the “Sassi” and continue onto Alberobello, known for its famous Trulli houses. You’ll have time to explore on your own in Alberobello. Afterwards, we continue to Lecce, check-in to our hotel for three nights and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 8

THE ART OF MAKING ORECCHIETTE PASTA

Today, we challenge ourselves to the making of orecchiette – a homemade pasta typical of Puglia. After our cooking class, we enjoy a traditional lunch and guided tour of the historical centre of Lecce, a city affectionately known as “the Florence of the south” due to its ancient romantic beauty, baroque architecture and history. The evening is at your leisure.

Day 9

ENCOUNTERS WITH THE GREAT PRIMITIVO DI MANDURIA

The Manduria region’s distinct wine and food culture is currently attracting a lot of international attention. This hot and dry region is extremely fertile and produces an abundance of olives, wheat, and grapes, all of which grow perfectly. Among the best local grapes are Pampanuto, Bombino Bianco, Bombino Nero and Nero di Troia. Today’s tasting will also involve Primitivo, the king of grapes known for its powerful intensity and opulent red colour. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure.

Day 10

FROM PUGLIA TO CALABRIA

After breakfast, we check-out of our hotel in Puglia and head south. The full-morning drive brings us to the western coast of Calabria and the sea town of Amantea where we check-in to our hotel on the beach. There is time to relax and later join back up with the group for a 4-course dinner paired with Calabrian wines.

Day 11

FROM CALABRIA TO SICILY

Today, we head towards the Messina Strait where, along with our bus, we ride a ferry for 30 minutes to reach the island of Sicily. After we check-in to our hotel, we embark on a guided tour of Siracusa with a local expert guide. In the evening, we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 12

WINE, CHOCOLATE & THE BAROQUE

After breakfast, we check-out and depart for Noto, a famous wine-producing area where we enjoy a special winery tour and tasting. We continue to Modica, an amazing Baroque labyrinth and town famous for its traditionally-made chocolate, which we reach right around lunch time. After our lunch, we continue to Catania where we check-in to our hotel for two nights. The evening is at your leisure.

Day 13

TAORMINA AND VOLCANIC GRAPES

We set out to discover the wine route of the Mount Etna volcano with a visit to an amazing winery in the Etna DOC appellation where the volcanic soil has an incredible impact on the wines and notably adds minerality and structure. After a fascinating tasting and lunch, we stop in Taormina – a city carved out of mountains with Greek archaeological sites, amphitheatres, wonderful art and views of the sea and Etna. You have time to explore the town, shop in the characteristic “botteghe” and visit the Greek amphitheatre (the entrance fee and English audio-guide is included in the tour). We return to our hotel in the evening.

Day 14

THE GREEK SICILY: AGRIGENTO AND VALLE DEI TEMPLI

After breakfast, we depart to reach Agrigento where we stop and visit the “Valle dei Templi”, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an incredible example of preserved Greek architecture from the 4th century. This is one of the world’s largest archaeological sites and our professional historian guide, Simona will enlighten us on its remarkable history! In the early evening, we arrive in Marsala, our most western destination, and check-in to our hotel for two nights.

Day 15

WINE AND SALT: A WINNING COMBINATION

Just as the volcanic soil influenced the terroir at the beginning of our tour, so too does the sea salt in Sicily. Today, we visit the “saline” or salt flats to understand the traditional production and history of this product, and then taste the local grape varietals. This is a densely cultivated wine region, so there are many to try! And since we’re in Marsala, we also enjoy the area’s world-renowned fortified wine. In the evening, we enjoy an arrivederci dinner in Marsala.

Day 16

MARSALA TO PALERMO: END OF TOUR

After breakfast, we depart for the airport in Palermo where our tour ends. Participants can also choose from any number of possible trip extensions, like in the city of Palermo, at the famous beaches of Mondello or Capo San Vito, to the Aeolian Islands or on the island of Favignana.

INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • Private winery tours and tastings in prestigious DOC and DOCG wine appellation areas (Fiano, Falanghina, Greco, Taurasi, Vulture, Primitivo di Manduria, Negroamaro, Nero di Troia, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Marsala, etc.)
  • Limoncello sampling experience in Amalfi and visit to a typical “limoneto” with lunch in a lemon grove.
  • Visit to the town of Cetara on the Amalfi Coast for a tasting of ‘colatura di alici’, a Slow Food gourmet delicacy.
  • Mozzarella di Bufala DOP production visit and sampling experience.
  • Tours of the world-famous archeological sites of Pompeii, Paestum, Taormina and the Greek temples of Agrigento.
  • Visit to the famous UNESCO site of “I Sassi di Matera” with an expert local guide.
  • Hands-on pasta making class featuring orecchiette pugliesi.
  • Walking tour of the city of Lecce with a local guide.
  • Visit to Alberobello and the unique Trulli homes.
  • Tour and walk on the lava and side craters of Mount Etna.
  • Visit to some of the Baroque towns that make up Sicily’s Baroque Triangle: Siracusa, Modica and Ragusa.
  • Many memorable meals in typical trattorie and ristoranti where you will fully absorb traditional Italian cuisine, customs and lifestyle.

PLUS

  • Hand-picked hotels with every effort made to choose the best-rated available in each destination.
  • Breakfasts, plus a variety of lunches or dinners as per tour itinerary, including two glasses of wine.
  • Comfortable private deluxe mini-coach with a professional licensed driver from tour origination to the final drop-off point.
  • Use of professional local guides when touring areas of significant historical / artistic / cultural importance.
  • An amazing tour director!  Your friendly guide will be at your side for the entire tour and available to answer all of your questions.
  • Included are all entrance fees, applicable taxes (including hotel city taxes) and some of the gratuities associated with the tour.

WHAT YOU DON’T GET ANYWHERE ELSE!

  • Visits to carefully selected wineries of different sizes and a chance to talk to the winemakers!
  • For food-lovers: in-depth discussions on regional cuisine and how it pairs with local wines while enjoying ‘garden to table’ meals.
  • A perfect mix of wine and non-wine related activities.
  • Immersion in Italy’s culture and heritage up close and off the beaten track.
  • Group sizes typically consisting of 12 to 16 participants.

NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • Airfare.
  • Transfers and accommodations pre and post tour.
  • Any expense incurred for personal items, services or hotel room extras.
  • Travel, cancellation and medical insurance.

CONTACT US OR YOUR TRAVEL AGENT IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE WITH ANY OF THE ABOVE ITEMS.

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Tour Highlights

EXPLORE THE ANCIENT RUINS OF POMPEII

Step back in time and spend an afternoon exploring the ancient ruins of Pompeii, destroyed by Vesuvius in 79 AD, with a local professional historian.

TASTE THE REAL BUFFALO MOZZARELLA

Experience authentic Mozzarella di Bufala in Campania, the region where this hand-cut, creamy and pure white traditional Italian product originated.

DISCOVER THE HIDDEN TREASURES OF BASILICATA

Sample ancient volcanic wines on an extraordinary wine tasting adventure in the remote and rugged Italian region of Basilicata.

The Most Perfect Vacation

We had saved up a few years to plan the trip of a lifetime. We found Savor Italy's website by chance, and contacted Antonio to inquire about his services. We sent him our budget, what we were hoping to see/do, and our traveling style. He responded promptly and put a "spot on" itinerary together for us. It almost sounded too good to be true, until we arrived in Italy. Every single part of our itinerary happened without a glitch. The custom tours & service blew us away. It was the most perfect vacation, and we will remember this trip for the rest of our lives.

Julie

Savour Italy Tours
5.0
2019-10-11T19:10:47+00:00

Julie

We had saved up a few years to plan the trip of a lifetime. We found Savor Italy's website by chance, and contacted Antonio to inquire about his services. We sent him our budget, what we were hoping to see/do, and our traveling style. He responded promptly and put a "spot on" itinerary together for us. It almost sounded too good to be true, until we arrived in Italy. Every single part of our itinerary happened without a glitch. The custom tours & service blew us away. It was the most perfect vacation, and we will remember this trip for the rest of our lives.

Great food, wine, activities and tours

There is only one way to describe a Savour Italy tour... in superlatives. From initial booking to final farewell, Antonio and his gang do their utmost to ensure you have a wonderful trip sometimes off the beaten track. The memories of a recent 13 day trip to Puglia and Sicily are still fresh and warm. Great food, wine, activities and tours. I've done 2 tours with Savour Italy and am looking forward to another... the sooner; the better.

Carol

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5.0
2019-11-05T16:19:56+00:00

Carol

There is only one way to describe a Savour Italy tour... in superlatives. From initial booking to final farewell, Antonio and his gang do their utmost to ensure you have a wonderful trip sometimes off the beaten track. The memories of a recent 13 day trip to Puglia and Sicily are still fresh and warm. Great food, wine, activities and tours. I've done 2 tours with Savour Italy and am looking forward to another... the sooner; the better.

Attention to Detail

I am recently back from a fabulous 10 day tour of Italy with Savour Italy Tours. This is my second time going with one of their tours and will most definitely not be my last. The attention to detail … the local artisans and family owned restaurants and tour companies SI uses makes our time even more authentic. We were a group of 19 and we had private tours of wineries and gardens and farms and the most delicious food and wine... Grazie!.... I will be back!!

Donna

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2019-10-11T17:46:46+00:00

Donna

I am recently back from a fabulous 10 day tour of Italy with Savour Italy Tours. This is my second time going with one of their tours and will most definitely not be my last. The attention to detail … the local artisans and family owned restaurants and tour companies SI uses makes our time even more authentic. We were a group of 19 and we had private tours of wineries and gardens and farms and the most delicious food and wine... Grazie!.... I will be back!!

Well Worth It

A travel companion and I used Antonio's customised tour service for an eight-day trip to Piemonte and Toscana. All directions and reservations for accommodations, some meals, winery and enoteca tours were easy to follow. Antonio's recommendations were all stellar, bringing us to places we would not have found on our own and ensuring that we were well received everywhere. His selection of visits and arrangements was superb. The cost was well worth it and added incommensurable value to our trip. I will avail myself of his services again.

Ron

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2019-10-11T17:48:08+00:00

Ron

A travel companion and I used Antonio's customised tour service for an eight-day trip to Piemonte and Toscana. All directions and reservations for accommodations, some meals, winery and enoteca tours were easy to follow. Antonio's recommendations were all stellar, bringing us to places we would not have found on our own and ensuring that we were well received everywhere. His selection of visits and arrangements was superb. The cost was well worth it and added incommensurable value to our trip. I will avail myself of his services again.

Nothing Compares

This was an amazing tour of Southern Italy and Sicily. Everything was organized and taken care of. I was able to just experience all the wonders of the wine, food and culture of the regions. This is my second tour with Antonio's company and I am in the process of booking my third! Having also done bus tours and cruises with other companies, nothing compares to this experience! You visit places off the beaten path and have wonderful encounters with the locals. It is so worth it and I highly recommend any tour with Savour Italy!!!!

Rachel

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5.0
2019-10-11T12:23:19+00:00

Rachel

This was an amazing tour of Southern Italy and Sicily. Everything was organized and taken care of. I was able to just experience all the wonders of the wine, food and culture of the regions. This is my second tour with Antonio's company and I am in the process of booking my third! Having also done bus tours and cruises with other companies, nothing compares to this experience! You visit places off the beaten path and have wonderful encounters with the locals. It is so worth it and I highly recommend any tour with Savour Italy!!!!

Everything Went Like Clockwork

Buongiorno Antonio!

Thank you so much for the wonderful trip.... starting with the magical entrance into Venice right through to the great tours of Milan; everything went like clockwork. Not to mention your personal email of wishing us a good journey before we left. We had a great time with Enrico. I have reached out to him in an email, as he had suggested, and anxiously waiting for his reply.

We will definitely be back to consult with you again sometime soon.

Debbie & John

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5.0
2019-10-23T17:43:17+00:00

Debbie & John

Buongiorno Antonio! Thank you so much for the wonderful trip.... starting with the magical entrance into Venice right through to the great tours of Milan; everything went like clockwork. Not to mention your personal email of wishing us a good journey before we left. We had a great time with Enrico. I have reached out to him in an email, as he had suggested, and anxiously waiting for his reply. We will definitely be back to consult with you again sometime soon.

Everything Was Taken Care of Expertly

Our group of four women combined the Discover the South and Sicily tours. From the time that our tour leader met us at the airport in Rome until we arrived in Palermo sixteen days later, everything was taken care of expertly by our Savour Italy team. This was an absolutely fabulous, carefree, first class trip full of authentic Italian experiences. If you want to immerse yourself in Italian culture, cuisine & wine, as well as visit numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Savour Italy is the tour company for you! Just say Yes to Italy!

Lynn

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5.0
2019-10-11T17:02:30+00:00

Lynn

Our group of four women combined the Discover the South and Sicily tours. From the time that our tour leader met us at the airport in Rome until we arrived in Palermo sixteen days later, everything was taken care of expertly by our Savour Italy team. This was an absolutely fabulous, carefree, first class trip full of authentic Italian experiences. If you want to immerse yourself in Italian culture, cuisine & wine, as well as visit numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Savour Italy is the tour company for you! Just say Yes to Italy!

Ask and You Will Receive

There is no greater lover of all things Italian than Antonio. He is always ready to give you inside information to build your own itinerary in Italy. Ask and you will receive, whether it be a winery recommendation or a favorite restaurant.

Our last tour of Italy would not have been nearly as memorable had it not been for Antonio’s recommendations. We are returning again this fall and will again be following Antonio’s passion as we build our own itinerary.

Allan

Savour Italy Tours
5.0
2019-10-11T17:45:52+00:00

Allan

There is no greater lover of all things Italian than Antonio. He is always ready to give you inside information to build your own itinerary in Italy. Ask and you will receive, whether it be a winery recommendation or a favorite restaurant. Our last tour of Italy would not have been nearly as memorable had it not been for Antonio’s recommendations. We are returning again this fall and will again be following Antonio’s passion as we build our own itinerary.
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