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 in the world. And let’s not forget the incredible wine from the various regions of Italy.
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.
If you’re one of the individuals that most relate to the automobiles of Italy, 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 luxury Italian automobiles, and served it with deluxe 4-star accommodations, incredible restaurants, and a level of service that will make you feel like a VIP.
We’ll start in the “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 Ferrari 458 or Lamborghini Gallardo!
But what’s a trip to Italy without experiencing the food, wine, and culture? While we’re here, we’ll also spend several days experiencing the Go Get Lost version of classic Tuscany, including visits to San Gimignano, Siena, Pienza and the Tuscan countryside. We have some incredible activities planned, including some private vineyard tours, a private cooking class with some outstanding local chefs, balsamic vinegar factory tour, many amazing meals and more.
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Day 1: Bologna
You should plan to arrive at your hotel in Bologna by midday. Your 4-Star property is perfectly situated in the center of the city, in the midst of historic squares, wonderful restaurants and myriads of shops. Italy is a country known for its outstanding cuisine, and 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! This evening you'll have a "get-acquainted" dinner with your guide and the rest of your group at one of Bologna's finest restaurants. 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, expertly paired with local 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!
Day 2: Maranello and the Ferrari Museum
After an excellent breakfast at the hotel we'll have a private transfer to the nearby 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 travel to a nearby balsamic tasting facility where we see how the world famous Balsamico di Modena is made by this same family for four generations. After a light lunch we’ll return to Bologna for a walking tour with a local Bolognese guide. She’ll introduce us to the shopping and food district that literally surrounds our hotel. Eventually we'll make our way to one of our favorite local restaurants for yet another Bolognese cuisine experience. Whew! What a great first day!!
Day 3: Lamborghini, Pagani, and Pasta
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. Depending on the timing of our tour, we may have the opportunity for a private meeting with Mr. Pagani in his workshop.
After being overwhelmed by the artistry of Pagani, you’ll be ready to switch gears and think about something other than autos…like cuisine!
Tonight we'll take you to one of the more renown venues in Bologna for yet another world-class dining experience.
Day 4: 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. After a technical briefing, you'll suit up, get wired up with an interphone and helmet, get strapped in behind the wheel of a Ferrari 458 Challenger, 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!
For those not drving at the Modena Track we will have a guided tour of the Museo Panini Stanghellini. Modena has always been a place that has generated boys who are fascinated by engines, cars and racing cars. Its people have this passion in their blood and they are unable to give it up, just as they are unable to give up a tasty dish of tortellini! Stanguellini is certainly the oldest Modenese name to be active in the car field since 1900, but before that in 1879 Celso Stanguellini founded a company for the production of orchestral kettledrums with mechanical tuning, which he himself patented. So are engines a disease that runs in this family? Yes, they certainly are, given that Celso’s son Francesco raced with motorised three-wheelers at the very beginning of the twentieth century, and then became the first representative of Modena with a Ceirano and a Fiat Scat.
In 1925, the newly established Stanguellini racing stable gained fame by racing and winning with Modena-produced Mignon motorcycles.Sporty, dynamic Francesco died prematurely in 1932. Vittorio, his only son, found himself with responsibility for the company when he was only 19 years of age. However, this young man blessed with extraordinary insight regarding engines, quickly developed both the business and the theme of car formulation, which was to become a veritable ongoing activity as of 1935.
Lunch today will be in a typical farmhouse in the hills surrounding Bologna.
After lunch we'll take some time to visit the nearby Enzo Ferrari Museum. Built around the actual house where he lived, this remarkable museum traces Enzo Ferraris 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.
Awaiting us this evening we have a cooking class and a fabulous dinner! Those that would like to enjoy learning the secrets of the Bologna 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 5: 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 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 6: San Gimignano and the Tuscan Countryside
Today our journey will take us to 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. After lunch we'll make a stop at a local wine estate for a private tour of their cellars...and a tasting, of course! We're not done with our countryside tour yet, as we'll stop at the picturesque walled city of Monteriggioni to wander and explore.
After we return to our villa this evening, you'll have time to relax and freshen up before enjoying another wonderful dinner at the villa's fine kitchen. An after-dinner coffee or drink in the garden under the stars will be an excellent ending to another Italian day.
Day 7: Montalcino and Pienza
After breakfast today we’ll relax and enjoy a scenic drive thru the enchanting Tuscan countryside as we head south through an area known as the Val d'Orcia. This is the classic postcard Tuscan scenery, with winding country roads bordered by cypresses and grain fields. Our first stop will be the imposing walled medieval city of Montalcino, known today as the epicenter of Brunello wine production. Brunello is one of the great vintages of Italy, and in fact the world. After a tour of the town we'll visit the nearby St. Antimo Abbey (another postcard-perfect spot) and continue on to a prestigious Brunello wine estate for a private guided tour of the wine cellar, followed by lunch and of course, wine tastings.
In the afternoon we'll visit the Renaissance village of Pienza, a compact little gem just a short drive away. Originally named Corsignano, Pienza had the good fortune to be the hometown of Pope Pius II in the 15th century. Pius renamed the town and proceeded with a grandiose rebuilding scheme to transform the humble village into his ideal Renaissance city. Unfortunately Pius died before his plans were completed, but enough magnificent buildings were erected to give Pienza a place in history.
Among Italians, though, Pienza is most famous for producing some of the best hard cheeses in Italy, called pecorino. An abundance of winding cobblestone streets, a picturesque square and numerous cheese shops makes Pienza an ideal place to explore. Speaking of cheese, we'll also have a private visit to an organic farm in the Pienza countryside for a cheese tasting of eight types of their own various sheep and goat cheeses made from raw milk . During the tasting they will explain the stages of cheese production from hand –milking to the final product. Meanwhile you may relax on the terrace with a breath–taking panorama of the Val d’Orcia Valley .A glass of wine from their production range , home made bread baked in their own wood-oven and jam and honey to accentuate the cheese will make this an unforgettable culinary journey into beautiful Tuscany.
Tonight we have a special farewell dinner planned, it will be as delicious as it will be memorable. Over plates of wonderful Senese 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 transfer to the airport in Florence.
What´s not Included
- Airfare package
- 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