Join Chef Fraser MacFarlane and Georgina Mitropoulis of Quatrefoil restaurant on an exceptional seven-day cultural and gastronomic experience to Tuscany and the Emilia Romagna regions of Italy. Luxury accommodations, Michelin starred dining, charming multigenerational
family restaurants, VIP visits to wineries and specialty regional culinary producers have all been hand selected for you
to experience the best these regions has to offer and will ensure this is a culinary adventure to remember!!
Optional overnight flight from Toronto to Florence (connections via Frankfurt or Brussels). Alternatively, flights can be booked through Milan or Rome with an approximate 3-hour land transfer to Florence from each.
Coach transportation from Florence airport to our hotel (30km), the ideally situated 5* St.Regis Florence on the banks of the Arno River with views to the Ponte Vecchio. Perfectly placed in the city’s historical center, the hotel offers an unrivaled immersion into the cradle of the Renaissance where we will spend the next three nights. Florence, a romantic, enchanting and utterly irresistible city, is a great place to feast on world class art and gourmet Tuscan cuisine. After check-in to the hotel, guests will have time to rest and relax or explore the city center before this evening’s welcome dinner at a specially chosen trattoria.
Breakfast in the hotel at your leisure. Morning departure into the hills of the Chianti Classico wine region, featuring cypress-lined roads and medieval hilltop villages. We will visit a quintessential town in this region where we will enjoy a VIP premium wine estate visit and tasting, followed by a leisurely group lunch at a local gastronomic farm-style restaurant. The recipes from this region have taken their secrets from the country traditions and the dishes are made exclusively with ingredients that are in season. Late afternoon return to the hotel and free evening to explore Florence. Optional dining recommendations will be available.
Breakfast in the hotel at your leisure. Morning guided pedestrian tour of central Florence, the capital of Tuscany and home to Micheangelo, the Medici, and some of the most beautiful architecture in the world. Our in-depth guided tour will showcase both historic landmarks as well as the city’s vibrant gastronomy scene including the Mercato Centrale di Firenze – Florence’s historic food market. In its beautiful two-storey structure you will be impressed by the rich selection of fresh traditional products with flavors linked to the rich and genuine local cuisine. Free time for lunch and open afternoon to explore the city, with optional guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s finest and oldest art galleries, or perhaps a local cooking class for those interested. Group dining experience this evening at a specially selected gourmet Florentine restaurant.
Breakfast at your leisure in the hotel. Morning departure for the Emilia Romagna region, exploring the countryside of this scenic area en route, with free time in a charming village for lunch. Our base for the next two days is hotel Casa Maria Luigia, an intimate guest house in the countryside near the town of Modena. The world famous chef Massimo Bottura and his wife Lara decided to convert this beautiful property into an exclusive and intimate “albergo” where they could showcase their elaborate art and provide their guests with an even more immersive gastronomic experience than their nearby restaurant Osteria Francescana – which has regularly been voted the No. 1 Restaurant in the World! – could offer. This evening at Chef Bottura's agriturismo we will have a nine course meal with wine pairing, showcasing Chef Bottura’s most famous Michelin starred courses in what will undoubtedly be a once in a lifetime gastronomic experience.
Breakfast in the hotel at your leisure. Check out and morning departure for the city of Bologna where we will spend the next two evenings. Upon arrival to Bologna, we will enjoy a historical guided tour of the “Central Storico” and learn about the rich history of the art, culture and food of the city. Bologna is often overlooked by tourists who tend to flock to the more famous attractions of Florence and Venice. As we will discover, Bologna is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved cities in Europe, home to its oldest university (founded in 1088), rich in art and culture, and last but not least, the gastronomic capital of Italy. Our guided tour will be followed by a group lunch in one of Bologna’s most celebrated trattorias. After lunch we will check into the 5* Grand Hotel Majestic where we will spend the next two nights. This evening you will be free to explore the wonderful city of Bologna with recommendations for dining provided.
Breakfast in the hotel at your leisure. Mid-morning we will venture into the “Land of Truffles” in the hills of the Bologna and Imola region, where we will learn all about Italian truffles. This region is famous for these delicacies and our expert guide and his truffle sniffing dog will take us on a walking journey and teach us about the different varieties growing in the region while we hunt for the elusive truffle. After our hike we will enjoy a farewell lunch (with truffles of course!) at a delightful restaurant with top quality cuisine that has strong roots in the gastronomic traditions of this region. Late afternoon return to Bologna. This final evening is at your leisure, with the option to meet as a group to enjoy a farewell cocktail at the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel followed by fond farewells as we go our separate ways until the next tour. Transfer to Bologna airport included.
• 7 nights luxury accommodation based ion 2 people sharing (Single supplement available upon request) • Transportation by luxury coach • Group activities as per the itinerary including museum admissions, wineries visits, truffle hunt etc. • Daily breakfast • One group lunch or dinner per day with paired wines • Tour representatives from Pauwels Travel who will accompany the group and be available 24/7 to take care of every need while on tour • Gratuities
• Airfare • Meals not shown in the itinerary • Items of a personal Nature • Optional travel insurance. Please contact the office for premiums.
January 12 - 27, 2024
$13,000 (door to door)
February 06 - 26, 2024
$8,995 including air from Toronto based on double occupancy
February 10 - 22, 2024
Inside Cabin sharing $2,312