When most people think of Italy, they think of food and wine. And rightfully so, Italy has some of the most renown cuisine in the world complemented by incredible vintages from its many wine regions. The Italians have been perfecting their legendary culinary arts for over 2000 years, and produce some of the world’s greatest chefs.
Yet some might think of Italy in terms of their iconic fashion culture, based in Milan…ever stylish, ever evolving, and considered one of the foremost centers of creative and innovative design in the world. Since Northern Italy became the silk and linen capital of Europe in the 14th century, Milan has dominated the international fabric scene for over 600 years, and capped off their supremacy of the style world by becoming the home of Italy’s leading fashion houses in the 1960’s and 70’s.
But for others, when they think of Italy, they think of something a bit different. They think luxury performance automobiles. From some of the most famous manufacturers such as Ferrari and Lamborghini, to some of the lesser known exotic automobile designers such as Pagani, Italian racing machines have dominated the world since the invention of the automobile itself.
The creative design genius of the Italian psyche was born with the Romans over 2000 years ago, refined during the Renaissance to pull Europe out of the Dark Ages, and continues today to permeate and guide the world’s finest fashion, food, wine and automobiles. If you can appreciate these facets of how Italy has shaped the world, this tour might just be for you. Or if you’re just looking for something a bit different, something that is not your typical tour of Italy, you might also be intrigued by this tour. We’ve taken everything that’s great about Italy, wrapped it around an impressive tour of fabric mills, luxury Italian automobiles, and world-class vineyards, and served it with premier 4-star accommodations, iconic restaurants, and a level of service that will make you feel like a VIP.
We’ll start in the north with a private tour of one of the foremost fabric houses in the world, where you’ll be able to purchase your own selection of fabric to be custom made into your own suit. Then on to “Terra del Motori” (Motor Valley), home to some of the world’s most well-known luxury automobiles. During this portion of our tour, we’ll visit the Ferrari museum and the factories Lamborghini and Pagani, getting an up close and personal look at how these beautiful cars are built. For those that want to get behind the wheel of an Italian sports car, we even have an optional track event that will put you on an Italian race circuit in a Lamborghini or Ferrari!
But what’s a trip to Italy without experiencing the food, wine, and culture? While we’re here, we’ll also spend a few days experiencing the Go Get Lost version of classic Tuscany, including visits to San Gimignano, Siena, and the Tuscan countryside. Wine tastings, vineyards, medieval towns and world-class meals!
Kyle Doherty has been outfitting the closets of the elite of Kansas City for many years. He serves as a fashion consultant to many of his clients who rely on him to make them stand out in a crowd. His passion began shortly after birth when his grandmother taught him how to sew. He spends his spare time sewing beautiful leather creations under his label Charles & Richards. This passion was secondary only to his love of Italy. Kyle studied in Italy during both his high school and college years, granting him immersion into “La Dolce Vita!”
Kyle resides in Kansas City with his superbly attired wife and their two well-dressed boys.
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Day 1: Milan
You should plan to arrive in Milan by early afternoon, and check in to your chic 4-Star hotel, perfectly situated in the center of the city. This afternoon you'll meet your private local guide for a fascinating tour of Milan's famous and not-so-famous sites, including the Galleria, the Cathedral, Sforzesco Castle and the Brera Quarter. This evening you'll have a "get-acquainted" dinner with your guide and the rest of your group at one of Milan's typical restaurants. Milan is not only the fashion capital of Bella Italia, but its cuisine culture represents the finest to be found in the north of Italy. Surrounded by the legendary wine regions of Lombardia and Piemonte, Milan's food scene is perfectly complemented by the world-class local vintages. Plate after plate of incredible food will magically appear in front of you, all you have to do is make it disappear! Milanese cuisine reflects the best dishes of the north, with a wonderful variety of creamy cheeses from the Alps just to the north, pastas made fresh in the kitchen, with meats and produce from the farms of the Po Valley to the south. Experiment and enjoy!
All of the great food and wine combined with a little jet lag will ensure that you sleep well tonight!
Day 2: Biella and Vitale Barberis Canonica
After breakfast today you'll enjoy a private transfer through the Lombardia countryside to the world-renown fabric mill of Vitale Barberis. Here you'll have a tour of the facility to learn how they have been producing the planets finest fabrics since 1663. Afterwards you'll have the opportunity for ordering material to be shipped to our Naples tailoring house, to be made into your custom suit, via Charles and Richards! You'll enjoy lunch today in a local ristorante, then return to Milan city center for a free afternoon of to wander and get lost among the many squares, shops, and streets of this historic city.
Tonight we'll sample yet another of Milan's excellent restaurants...Sit back and enjoy...
Day 3: Maranello and the Ferrari Museum
After an excellent breakfast at the hotel we'll have a private transfer to the town of Maranello for a visit to the Museo Ferrari, the world’s most prestigious Ferrari museum and exhibition. Enthusiastic fans will discover an astounding display with as many as 40+ cars and an impressive pit-stop reconstruction. You’ll be inspired by the stunning “Hall of Victory” featuring some of the most famous race-winning vehicles in history, backed by huge video screens recounting the historic moments. After our incredible Ferrari experience, we’ll enjoy lunch at a local Maranello favorite, then continue on to the nearby city of Bologna and check in to our charming 4-Star hotel in the city center. Later today we'll meet for a walking tour with a local Bolognese guide. She’ll introduce us to the shopping and food district that literally surrounds our hotel. If Italy is a country known for its outstanding cuisine, then Bologna is known as the culinary epicenter of Italy. Boasting some of the best restaurants, culinary academies and chefs in the entire country, and blessed with proximity to some of the world's greatest wine regions, the food scene in this enchanting city is outstanding! The walk will terminate at one of Bologna's many fine restaurants for another to-die-for meal featuring many of the regional Emilia-Romagna specialties!
Day 4: Lamborghini and Pagani
After a classic Italian breakfast we depart from our hotel via our private coach. Our first destination will be the little village of Sant'Agata Bolognese, also known as the home of Lamborghini, where we will have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in one of the most legendary automobile cultures in the world. Inside the Lamborghini factory we’ll tour the Lamborghini museum, where we’ll have the chance to admire some of the most famous models of the company, including the first production model built by Ferruccio Lamborghini in 1964, the 350GT. From there, we move on through the years to see other renowned models, including chassis 001 of the legendary Countach! Ever seen a Lamborghini Aventador? How about one mounted side-ways on the wall?! Well, this will likely be the only place you'll see this. After time in the museum we'll enjoy a private guided tour through Lamborghini's assembly lines to get behind the scenes and learn how these incredible cars are built. After this unique Lamborghini adventure, we’ll go to one of our favorite local ristorante for a fantastic lunch, featuring regional dishes.
This afternoon we have a very special event planned…a visit to the very exceptional, very exclusive Pagani factory. Hand-crafting only a handful of supercars each year, each costing millions of dollars, Horacio Pagani’s small factory/workshop is a testament to the Italian concept of art fused with engineering. In the showroom you will be able to see a scale model of the very first Pagani sportscar and the first race car he ever built, at the age of 20! We will also experience a guided visit of the production workshop.
This evening you have a "night-off" to wander on your own to discover some of Bologna's hidden culinary gems.
Day 5: Autodromo di Modena and the F1 Italian Circuit
After breakfast, if you're still all worked up over the incredible cars we've seen over the past two days and you’re dreaming of yourself behind the wheel, then today your dream comes true! You’ll have a unique opportunity to drive a high-performance Italian automobile on an Italian circuit. Choose from four different world-class cars, the KTM XBOW, Ferrari F430 Challenger, the Ferrari F458 Challenger, and the Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo. (optional event, additional cost) After a technical briefing, you'll suit up, get wired up with an interphone and helmet, get strapped in behind the wheel, and you're off. After five laps around the track with a professional driving instructor at your side, you’ll feel like you’re ready for Formula One!
After lunch we'll take some time to visit the nearby Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena. Built around the actual house where he lived, this remarkable museum traces Enzo Ferrari's life and rise to fame as the world’s foremost race car designer. , You’ll also be treated to displays of some of the more famous Ferrari engines along with an impressive assortment of many classic Ferrari autos, from the earliest productions to the latest speed demons.
After all of the auto-culture you've enjoyed today, you'll be ready to switch gears to something different...like cuisine! Awaiting us this evening we have a cooking class and a fabulous dinner! Those that would like to enjoy learning the secrets of the Bolognese cuisine can roll up their sleeves and join the chef...those that would prefer to sit back, enjoy the wine and watch the action can do so. Afterwards, when we all sit down for a sumptuous dinner, we’ll discover why Bologna has earned the title “Food Capital of Italy”.
Day 6: The Tuscan Hills and Vineyards
Today we bid “arrivederci” to Bologna and journey through the picturesque Chianti countryside to experience the Tuscan vineyard culture. The landscape in this area is the optimum combination of rolling hills covered with grape vines alternating with forested tracts. With a near perfect combination of sun, soil, and vines, the winemakers of this region have lifted their craft to unprecedented heights. We'll visit one of the premier vineyards, have a wine tasting of some of their best vintages, with a wonderful meal following!
After lunch we'll board our private coach and travel a short distance to Siena, one of the most unique walled medieval cities in all of Europe. We're staying just outside the city walls in the rustic elegance of a 4-Star country villa. As the sun sinks over the rolling hills, we'll join a local guide for a walk through the cobblestone streets of one of the most unique cities in all of Europe. She will provide a glimpse into the fascinating local culture and history of Siena. Tonight you are free to wander the magical streets of the old city of Siena to find the perfect place for dinner. Your guide can direct you to whatever you desire, from a family trattoria to an elegant ristorante. Siena has a wonderful selection of excellent restaurants, with an entirely new assortment of regional cuisine to experience. An after dinner passegiatta around Siena’s stunning Campo, or town square, will cap off another perfect day in Italia.
Day 7: Tuscan Countryside - San Gimignano
Today our journey will take us to an entirely new area of Tuscany to explore the wonderfully quirky town of San Gimignano. Known today for its ceramics, leathers, and Italian memorabilia, it was also once a powerful city-state with 72 towers scattered throughout the city. Today there are a mere 14 remaining, but there is a fascinating museum with a replica of the city as it was in its heyday with all 72 towers displayed. It is also the home of what some say is the best gelato shop in all of Tuscany. It's difficult to leave here without sampling their astounding selection!
Eventually we leave this beautiful village and make our way to a nearby farm where the hosts will treat us to one of the most incredible lunches you'll experience. This small farm also produces its own wines which will pair perfectly with our meal. As the darkness falls over the cobblestone streets of Siena, we’ll sit down to our final group dinner to have on last Tuscany dining experience. Over plates of wonderful Sienese cuisine and fine Tuscan wine, we’ll relive all our exciting adventures, laugh about our misadventures, and marvel at how much we've experienced in such a short amount of time
Day 8: Arrivederci Italia
After breakfast you'll have a private group transfer to the airport in Florence.
What´s not Included
- Airfare package
- Arrival transfers in Milan
- Meals where not mentioned.
- Beverages at meals unless specified in the itinerary (water and wine included at all group meals)
- Gratuities for porterage, local guides, coach drivers, etc.
- Trip Cancellation /Interruption and Medical Insurance (strongly recommended), call for details
- Single Supplement Charge