Experiencing the Italian food and wine specialties of the region is the perfect way to start a journey to get to know Italy, from its land to its people and history. One of the joys of travelling in Italy is the immense diversity of culture, that one encounters from region to region and their amazing recipes. Foccacia in Liguria, Mozzarella di Bufalo and Pizza in Naples,  Truffles in Florence, Risi e Bisi in Venice and on it goes…

Wine touring has become Italy’s third greatest attraction, after beaches and art. Each year over 3 million tourists travel through the vineyards, to sample the wines and meet the producers. Italy’s annual “Cantine Aperte” or open cellars brings 750,000 visitors in a single day.

Be guided by our local Italian wine experts and discover the wineries where some of the world’s most prized Italian wine is produced, from the Chianti Wine Region and the Montepulciano red wine Region in Tuscany, Valpolicella and Prosecco Wine Regions in Veneto as well as Sicily with its ancient heritage in viticulture.

We can also tell you the restaurants where you can find quality cuisine and where the locals eat, from the little family run trattoria, to the best international restaurants. Italians are passionate about their food.

When you become a client of Passion for Italy Travel we will give you a list of restaurants for each town that are recommended by the experts themselves – the local inhabitants.

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Culture of Food in Italy

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Why Italian food is voted one of the best in the World!

Italian food culture is different to other countries I have visited. It used to annoy me at first that Italians talk about food […]

Wine Tasting in Tuscany

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A wine tasting at a beautiful vineyard is one of the quintessential attractions of Tuscany.  Passion for Italy is proud to send our clients to a special winery near the charming medieval town of […]

Chianti Wine Region What To see

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The Chianti Wine Region in Tuscany is winding roads, small towns, beautiful scenery and rows and rows of grape vines. There are four main towns to visit, and two small hamlets. Allow at least […]

Veneto Northern Italy 335

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Autumn in Northern Italy 13 days offers a leisurely introduction to Venice and the Veneto with something for everyone. Come on your own or bring your partner, your parents, your friends. Whether you already love group […]

San Gimignano, Tuscany

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San Gimignano is a small hill-top town in Central Tuscany. It is a tourist magnet, but we love it just the same! Its famous towers (once numbering 72, now only 14 remain), its cobble-stoned […]

Il Veneto Wine Regions

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The wines from the hills above Verona dominate the wine scene in the Veneto region. This region has 20 recognised zones for production, with grapes including Corvina, Rondinella, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon (reds); and Garganega, […]

Lunch Tuscan Vineyard 286

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Tuscan Reds with Dinner – Taste 13 Wines
Lunch or dinner in a fabulous Tuscan winery with wine tasting of 13 wines, located just outside the medieval town of San Gimignano, Italy in the province […]

Chianti Cooking & Wine 287

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Amazing cooking course on a beautiful winery and estate set in the Chianti Wine Region of Tuscany in the countryside outside San Gimignano.

This course is all about having fun while learning about the magnificent […]

Naples Positano Capri 245

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A great Southern Italy Tour Campania Package 2017, 12 nights, visiting Naples, Campi Flegrei, Isle of Capri on the Bay of Naples and Positano and  Ravello on the Amalfi Coast. If you would like […]

Tuscany Tour dep. Rome 264

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Group minibus full day tour departing from Rome to the beautiful Val d’Orcia in Tuscany visiting the small medieval villages of Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza in the Brunello and Montepulciano wine regions with wine tastings. Pick up […]

Venice to Como Package 246

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A leisurely tour across Northern Italy, from Venice to Lake Como organised and customised for you by Passion for Italy.  Staying in 4 star accommodation, you will learn about food, wine, art and history as you travel across […]

France Mayes discusses Tuscany

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It is terrible to not have the time to blog. I would love to be able to have the time to write like Francis Mayes from “Under the Tuscan Sun” fame and other books […]

Tuscany day Trips – Chianti Wine Region

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In this series of blogs we will highlight some of our favourite day trip destinations in Tuscany – the Chianti Wine Region

When we think of Tuscany, it is often the rolling hills, valleys and vineyards […]

Spring – Artichoke Season in Italy

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I always seem to write articles about food when down here on the gulf of Napoli at Pozzuoli. It is because the Italians are obsessed with food and what they are going to eat […]

How much does it cost to eat out in Italy?

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I travelled to Rome, Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Venice and Sicily on my recent visit to Italy in September and October. Over my 5 week stay, my travelling companion and I spent, on average, 40 […]

Why the Italian lifestyle has got it right

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After working with Italians for many years, I cannot help but be jealous of their lifestyle. Every time I return from Italy I am determined to try to adapt the same routine that I […]

Food Simple and Pure in Italy

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What I love about the spring in Italy is that the air is so soft – dolce.  What I love about living in small villages anywhere in the world, is that people have time […]

Eating Out in Italy

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I always encourage my clients travelling in Italy to eat at the local restaurants where there are lots of local Italians and no tourists. However this means venturing into waters unknown where there could […]

Perugia’s Festival for Lovers of Chocolate Italy

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The International Eurochocolate festival of Perugia is undoubtedly one of the most sought after Chocolate Festivals amongst Italians and chocolate lovers alike.The Umbrian capital will turn into a huge open-air chocolate shop! View our Perugia […]

Prosecco Wine Region Italy

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Springtime is magical season in the Prosecco Wine Region, north of Venice Italy,when the gentle sloping hills are surround by the colors, scents and flavours of the wine of the harvest. Prosecco is a […]

Valpolicella Wine Region Italy

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Located in northeastern Italy, to the east of Lake Garda , the Valpolicella scenic vineyards, start in the fertile plain and climb up to the hills, north of Verona, offering a magnificent view over […]

Maremma, Tuscany

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Maremma is the beautiful country of South Western Tuscany. This area has verdant green, rolling hills dotted with small villages and farmlands and sandy beaches. This is also a big archaeological area for Etruscan […]

Montepulicano Wine Region

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Montepulciano is a village in the Val d’Orcia, south eastern Tuscany, which would have to be one of the prettiest towns in the whole of Italy and is the place for lovers of fine […]

Chianti Wine Region Tuscany

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The word Chianti evokes images of sloping Tuscan hills cultivated with vineyards and glasses generously filled with the famous red Italian wine Chianti Classico. A territory steeped in history and tradition, where, for centuries, […]

Tuscany – La Toscana

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Tuscany is one of the most popular and romantic tourist destinations in Italy. One dreams of rolling green hills covered with vineyards as well as hill top medieval villages and ancient fortified towns and […]

Cooking Class Valpolicella 68

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Enjoy the flavours of the Valpollicella Wine Region with this hands-on cooking class held at a large historical wine estate, that has been in the same family for twenty generations over the last six centuries. […]

Cooking Ravello, Amalfi C. 88

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Fantastic cooking organic course in the spellbinding village of Ravello high on the Amalfi Coast with views over the sea. Select the vegetables straight from the organic garden.

This three-hour hands-on cooking class is held […]

Sorrento Epicurean Tour 58

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Private Epicurean tour, full day departing from Naples port or Sorrento Hotel in Campania Italy, where you will view the production process and taste the end product of Olive Oil, Mozzarella cheese, wine tasting and […]

Private Tour Guide Italy 56

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We have a number of local private guides in each city displayed on www.pfitravel  who specialise in different aspects. . The guides we use, are licensed under the Italian Government, which ensures they are professionals […]

Chianti & Castles Siena 17

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Chianti and Castles bus tour departs from Siena and San Gimignano, Tuscany after lunch, taking you through the Chianti Wine Region and landscape in the beautiful golden afternoon light. Also included is a shuttle […]

Siena Brunello Wine Tour 9

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Group Bus tour departing from Siena or San Gimignano. Brunello di Montalcino wine is considered one of the best red wines in Italy. It has its ancestral roots in village of Montalcino in southern Tuscany and […]

Tuscan Villa Cooking Class 12

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Spend a wonderful day in a beautiful villa in the Chianti countryside learning about the regional cuisine of Tuscany. The cooking school is one of Italy’s oldest, and the villa, a former Abbey, is […]

Tuscany Wine Tour 157

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Private Tuscany wine tours with an Italian wine expert through the Chianti Wine Region and/or the Montepulicano wine region Tuscany. The tours are for those who want to relax, learn about wine making and wine tasting in Tuscany, […]

Tuscany Week Cooking Course 43

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Our intense week long, Italian Cooking Course, Tuscany  is designed to give you a traditional experience of Italian love for cooking and for pure food. Along the six days of our cooking classes, in preparing […]

Tuscany Cooking Classes 42

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Italian Cooking Classes in a traditional Tuscan villa outside Florence. Both introductory courses for those who cannot cook and advance lessons for the kitchen chef and foodie who wishes to learn new skills. You can […]

Foodies Tour Umbria 53

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Italian Cooking Wine Tour with truffle hunting 2017 in Umbria, Italy.  A tour to delight all lovers of Italian food in the delightful countryside of Umbria.  This small-group 7 day Tour package is perfect for […]

Tusc. Piemonte Food Wine 173

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Food and Wine 10 day Tour Package Sept 25-5 Oct, 2017 in the best wine regions of Tuscany and Piemonte regions of Italy.  Are you a wine and food connoisseur?  Get ready to savour […]

Food Wine 10 Days Sicily 174

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11 Day Food and Wine Package 10-20 October, 2017  through Sicily, Italy limited to 12 people.  Tour is led by a Master of Wine  in search of  sensory indulgence in the wine and food of this amazing […]