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There are many attractions in Italy, but today we are not talking about them. Get ready, a delicious article about Italy awaits you)) Namely, Gastronomic tours to Italy, which are held at different times of the year, because in Italy it is warm all year round.
Tour types by duration
As a rule, gastronomic tours are organized for 2-4 days. Long and short day trips are few and far between, and there are certainly reasons for that. This, of course, if we are talking specifically about tours, just a trip with a gastronomic bias can be arranged by almost any guide in different parts of the country. But we will definitely come back to this question, as Aviamania loves gastronomic tourism, especially in Tuscany)
If we talk about the timing of the trip, it is worth noting that short tours, for one day, are not held. You understand, flew in, checked in, so the day has passed. And long trips, for 7-14 days, are suitable for those who decided to combine rest, go on vacation and organize a gastronomic trip for themselves as part of a separate excursion. This is exactly what we love and recommend to do. But, nevertheless, back to talking about targeted food tours to Italy.
In a standard 2-4 days, you can visit several cities, towns, resorts, famous shopping centers, wine factories, factories producing local food. So that you do not get bored from reading the article, I will interrupt the text with our videos on the topic of gastro tourism. And, friends, do not forget to subscribe to the Aviamania YouTube channel!
As part of a gastro tour in Italy, tourists will visit local supermarkets, small shops, appreciate the abundance of products in the markets, and be able to feel the difference between our shopping culture and Italian.
Again, I will give an example of our travel experience and show you a family shop that appeared on the square of the small town of Greve in Chianti in 1700. The famous monument to the navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano, who discovered the New York harbor in Piazza Matteotti, has not yet existed, but the shop was already there)
Gastronomic tours, oddly enough, are often included in the program of shopping tours. But the program of the trip depends on the imagination of the organizers, for the most part. Depending on the individual preferences of the traveler, you can stop at visiting one city, where all the masterpieces of local culinary research will be presented.
Meals on 2-day tours are offered in restaurants, local eateries, cafes, depending on the travel budget. If the usual vouchers are purchased with one-time, two-time meals or "all-inclusive", then the gastronomic tours are fully loaded with food programs. In addition, you can buy food yourself on the recommendation of the guide. But keep in mind that often the food according to the tour program is chosen in terms of the least losses on the part of the organizers. I mean, you won't be taken to the place where the hosts cook and it's insanely delicious if you need to get there for a long time. Food locations are determined, inter alia, in terms of their location along the tour route.
Usually there are two directions - urban and rural tours. As you can imagine, the difference will be huge both in the sensations and in the tour program.
The optimal group size is up to ten people, then everyone will be comfortable and have enough attention. Such an amount is convenient, helps to save money, and in a group it is usually more fun for people to spend time.
Italy is an amazing country in Europe. In addition to many cultural and architectural monuments, it has a distinctive cuisine, which, nevertheless, is one of the most popular in the world. Read on to find out what food masterpieces await you if you go on a gastronomic tour in Italy, and specifically in the province of Tuscany.
Italy is divided into 20 regions and each region has its own culinary preferences. Tuscany is the center of Florence, and Florence is the cradle of art, a treasure trove of world cultural heritage. There are many tourists here at any time of the year, but there are even more small cafes and family restaurants. After checking into your hotel, take a stroll through the Tuscan streets. Mind-blowing smells are heard everywhere. Beans and beef are loved in Tuscany. Beans are only at first glance far from Italian cuisine. In fact, they have long and firmly entered its basis along with pasta. Beans and peas cooked here will please even not big fans of these products. The best chefs from all over the world and those who want to become one come to Florence for culinary master classes.
On Calle San Antonio, in the heart of Tuscany, there is a market that has been preserved since the Middle Ages. It is here that the best chefs in Florence and ordinary housewives buy the most delicious and freshest meat. This market embodies the secret of the local cuisine that when preparing food, you need to spend more time choosing products and less time preparing them.
A whole book can be written about Tuscan spices. Everyone who happens to be here always brings them home and as a gift to friends. Any food, even far from Italian, with the addition of these spices becomes Tuscan, the same fragrant and mildly spicy. A mixture of rosemary, sage, garlic, salt and various peppers can turn any scrambled eggs into a culinary masterpiece. Local spices can be used as aromatherapy, they are not pungent at all, everything is balanced in them, you just need to inhale and enjoy.
Fresh produce is the main secret of the local cuisine. Chefs are very careful in their choice of ingredients, thanks to which simple familiar products turn into delicious creations. A must-have for one of your dinners if you're not a vegetarian is cacchiatore chicken, a classic Tuscan recipe. The recipe for this chicken does not include beans, so it will appeal to those who do not like beans, and will fully allow you to feel the local culinary flavor. Delicate zucchini frittata will delight those who do not eat meat. All food in Italy is prepared only with extra virgin olive oil. This oil has nothing to do with what is sold in our stores.
Medieval castles, theaters, exhibitions, urban architecture, this is not a complete list of what Italy is famous for, a gastronomic tour can become another pearl in the necklace of impressions from this country.