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When most people think of Italy, the first thing that comes to mind is food and wine. And rightfully so, Italy has some of the most renown cuisine and vintages on the planet. So what’s a trip to Italy without experiencing the food, wine, and culture?

We’ll start by spending some quality time in famed Bologna, considered by most to be the “Food Capital of Italy”. Here you’ll experience exactly why Bologna gets this title as you enjoy the fresh pastas like Tagliatelle, Tortellini, and traditional Lasagna Bolognese.

After Bologna we’ll journey southward to experience the Go Get Lost version of classic Tuscany, including visits to San Gimignano, Siena, and the Tuscan countryside. Here you’ll find one of the world’s most perfect combinations of history, art, cuisine, landscape, culture…and of course, the people who make it all come to life.

But, this is not your typical tour of Italy…we’ve taken an already incredible tour and added a touch of Lambo! While in Bologna, we’ll venture to nearby Sant’Agata to visit the Lamborghini museum and factory to see “up close and personal” exactly how these amazing automobiles are crafted. By the time we leave, you’ll gain a new appreciation of the craftsmanship that brings these raging bulls to life!

From the first to the last day of this adventure, you’ll be immersed in the Italian culture while enjoying city tours, Italian cooking classes, wine tastings, a balsamic vinegar factory tour, eating amazing meals…and of course tasting some of the world’s best wines! All this, while staying in luxury 4-star accommodations.


Tour Dates & Pricing

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Itinerary

Day 1: Ben Venuti a Bologna

You should plan to arrive in the enchanting city of Bologna by midday at the latest. Most of our travelers arrive a day early in order to be here in plenty of time to relax and meet the others at the "get-acquainted" party and dinner which starts in the late afternoon. (When you book your tour, your guides can help you make arrangements for transferring from your arrival airport to the hotel in Bologna.)

After our orientation party/meeting we'll take a nighttime stroll through Bologna's winding streets to one of our favorite local restaurants where you can relax and recharge at our group "get-acquainted dinner". Plate after plate of incredible food will magically appear in front of you, all you have to do is make it disappear! Bolognese cuisine reflects the best dishes in all of Italy. Robust and flavorful, a wide variety of pastas, meats and cheeses are presented in a staggering variety of dishes. Along with the food, the wines of the region are some of the world's finest vintages. Experiment and enjoy!

To top off your first night in Italy we'll join the locals for the traditional after-dinner passagiatta (stroll) and perhaps visit our favorite gelato bar! All of the great food and wine combined with a little jet lag will ensure that you sleep well tonight!

“The tour to Italy with Go Get Lost was fantastic and the food was an 11 out of 10. Jeff and Steve made sure we didn't miss a thing, even some special requests once we were there, that weren't part of the original trip.”

— Mark

Day 2: Raging Bulls and Balsamico

After a classic Italian breakfast we depart from our hotel via our private motor 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. Want to get a little more “up close and personal”? The best way is to take a 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.

After lunch, we travel to a nearby balsamic tasting facility where we see how the world famous Balsamico di Modena is made by this same family for generations. After we taste some Balsamico, we’ll jump back on our motorcoach and return to Bologna where you’ll have the evening free.

Day 3: Bologna - The Food Capital of Italy!

After your breakfast this morning, it’s time partner with a local chef to learn the secrets of the Bologna cuisine. Bologna’s food culture is renowned throughout Italy and even throughout the world. What better way to learn about the incredible cuisine of Bologna than to learn from a local chef! For those interested, you can roll up your sleeves with the chef for a hands-on cooking experience…those that would prefer to sit back and enjoy the wine and watch the action can feel free to do so. Afterwards, we’ll all sit down for a sumptuous meal where you’ll discover why Bologna has earned the title, “Food Capital of Italy”.

But don’t let the great food distract you from this incredible city, Bologna has so much more to offer! This afternoon, we’ll take you on a walking tour of Bologna with a local Bolognese guide where you’ll learn about many of the historic, architectural, and cultural aspects of this great city. After our guided tour of Bologna, you’re free to “Go Get Lost” in on your own…maybe find your new favorite gelateria or let us walk you to our favorite off-the-beaten path osteria!

Day 4: 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!

As the sun sinks over the vineyards and farms of Tuscany, we’ll board our private motor coach and travel a short distance to Siena, one of the most unique walled medieval cities in all of Europe. After checking into our charming hotel, a local guide will provide a glimpse into the special local culture and history of Siena. We’ll then have a walking tour of the winding cobblestone streets of the fascinating and vibrant city center. Our wanderings will end at one of our favorite local restaurants, where an entirely new assortment of regional cuisine awaits us. An after dinner passegiatta around Siena’s stunning Campo, or town square, will cap off another perfect day in Italia.

Day 5: San Gimignano and the Tuscan Countryside

Today our journey will take us to an entirely different area of Tuscany to explore the wonderfully quirky town of San Gimignano. Known 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 it's 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 have ever experienced. This small farm also produces its own wines which we shall match expertly with our meal. This evening, after we have returned to Siena and had time to freshen up and rest, we walk to a small Enoteca where we enjoy a wine tasting in a private cellar with the sommelier, an expert in the wines of this region. This experience will be a memorable one for all. You will have the rest of the evening free to find your own special ristorante.

Day 6: Brolio and the Chianti Region

After breakfast today we’ll relax and enjoy a scenic drive thru the enchanting Tuscan countryside to the vineyards of one of the most historic castles in all of Italy, Castello di Brolio. Our friend and local sommelier will accompany us today to explain grape and olive cultivation and harvesting. We’ll even enjoy a short walk (all downhill!) to admire the stunning Chianti views. Eventually we’ll arrive at the Cantina of the Brolio Castle, where we’ll enjoy a tour of their winemaking facility. No wine tasting here, though, because we’ll save that for after the tour, when we visit the massive Brolio castle perched on top of the mountain! While you wander the grounds of the castle and take as many pictures as possible, the guides will be preparing a picnic of regional delicacies. You’ll enjoy your lunch while relaxingon the walls of the castle, overlooking the vineyards and forests of the surrounding countryside. To make our picnic even more elegant, our resident sommelier will host a wine tasting of some of the fantastic wines of Toscana. This may be the most memorable meal yet on the tour! This afternoon we return to Siena for last minute shopping and wandering. As the darkness falls over the cobblestone streets of Siena, we’ll walk to our final group dinner at one of the guide’s favorite local restaurants. 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.

“My son and I had the best time of our lives. You guys seemed to know all the great places to eat, sleep and wow the wine was amazing.”

— Howie

Day 7: Arrivederci Italia

After breakfast, the guides will help you with your departure plans.

HOTELS

Due to availability at the time of booking, hotels listed may change to similar hotels

Bologna - 4 Star Al Cappello Rosso: With over 600 years of history, this unique hotel is a privileged sojourn a few steps from Piazza Maggiore, in the heart of Bologna, and is the ideal starting point to explore monuments, historic markets, elegant shops, medieval streets and enchanting hidden corners.

Siena - 4 Star Hotel Athena: With a perfect location just inside the walls of Siena’s old city, the Athena is in a quiet residential neighborhood only a short walk from the center of Siena and its famous piazza, Il Campo. Modern rooms are tastefully decorated with dark woods and muted colors. With furnishings by local artisans, colors that echo the tones of the Tuscan landscape and the many comforts available, you will feel completely at home at ease, surrounded by the warmth of a welcome you will always remember.

What´s Included

  • 6 Nights, Double Occupancy Accommodations at 4-star Hotels
  • Meals as Specified, 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 1 Countryside Picnic, 3 Dinners, 3 wine tastings
  • Italian Pasta/Cooking Class
  • Lamborghini Museum and Factory Tour
  • Walking Tours of Bologna and Siena with Local Guides
  • Balsamic Vinegar Factory Tour
  • Tour, Wine Tasting, and Lunch at a Tuscan vineyard
  • Tour of Brolio Cantina
  • Wine Tasting and Picnic at Castello di Brolio
  • Transportation once the tour has begun. The motor coaches and vans we use are modern, air conditioned and roomy. Our tour groups are usually between 8-18 people so we always have lots of room on our coaches to get comfortable.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in itinerary
  • Completely escorted by an English speaking, Go Get Lost Tour Leader with local guides at specified sites throughout the itinerary
  • All gratuities, except for your main local tour leader
  • A lifetime of unforgettable memories!

What´s not Included

  • Airfare package
  • Arrival and departure transfers, tour begins at the hotel in Bologna in the afternoon of Day 1, and the tour ends at the hotel in Siena on the morning of Day 7.
  • Meals where not mentioned.
  • Beverages at meals unless specified in the itinerary (water and wine included at all group meals)
  • Gratuity for your main local tour leader
  • Trip Cancellation /Interruption and Medical Insurance (strongly recommended), call for details
  • Single Supplement Charge

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