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One of the top countries in the world for fine wine and impeccable food, Italy tops any foodie’s list as a must-visit destination. It is easy to see why, with the abundance of fresh ingredients and the idyllic climate. From seafood to dessert, and from beautiful meat dishes to pasta, there is no shortage of options that allow you to immerse yourself in the beautiful culture through gastronomic offerings. Need more convincing? Find out why you should taste your way through Italy by rail:
Rail tours connect a unique mixture of gastronomic destinations.
The first things that come to mind when thinking of Italian cuisine are, of course, pizza and pasta; however, they are just the tip of the iceberg. Each region in Italy is marked by its unique food offerings. Take the coastal regions, which highlight freshly caught seafood on their menus; Central Italy where beautiful cuts of meat are the star; or the north, where the foods from the Austrian-Hungarian Empire are still favourites today. With a culinary rail vacation from Holidays By Rail, the fare of diverse regions and cities both big and small are thoughtfully highlighted. Our tours visit large cities, such as Parma that is beloved for its prosciutto and cheese, and lesser-known locales, including Cuneo, where traditional, rum-filled chocolates reign supreme, for an all-encompassing experience.
Culture comes to life through your taste buds.
The most notable element of Italian cuisine is not expensive ingredients or complex techniques; it is the tradition. Recipes passed from generation to generation are the hallmark of some of the best dishes in Italy - chefs preparing their dishes “just like Grandma used to make.” It goes even deeper than this, though. Imagine the stories cuisine can tell about a region’s specialities, such as Pasta alla Norma in Sicily, which highlights Mediterranean ingredients and has ties back to the 19th-century. In Bologna, fresh pasta served with ragù have left critics hailing chefs for their culinary achievements since the 16th century. Peasant traditions of centuries past - including the use of whatever is available locally - have continued to impress their stories upon some of the world’s best food today.
Excursions enhance your culinary delights.
A rail holiday is so much more than just an itinerary of destinations; it is a story yet to unfold. As we flip from chapter to chapter, excursions add excitement to the pages. Our rail tours are designed to bring just this excitement through planned expeditions in each locale. In some destinations, we enjoy an in-depth tour through a city or a private wine tasting at a local vineyard. Other vacations bring the opportunity to perfect your Italian cuisine with a cookery class. One of our tours allows guests to sample prosciutto and parmesan cheese in Parma, while another takes us into a true Tuscan castle for an unforgettable evening of wine and food. The excursions are just as unique as the vacations they help narrate.
Expert planning makes for a successful vacation each time.
Take the guesswork out of selecting the best cities and getting the most out of each day by tasting your way through Italy by rail. Our experts create itineraries that follow a fascinating route through the country. Each destination is chosen because of its unique offerings, whether they be scenic, gastronomic or cultural. Each tour is complete with transportation arrangements from one destination to the next, and all of your hotels are preselected.
There is no bad approach to tasting your way through Italy yet adding in the nostalgic element of doing so by train makes the experience one to remember for a lifetime. Select one of many Italian tours from Holidays By Rail, including Gastronomic Italy, Gastronomic Piedmont, Best of Italy, Highlights of Tuscany and Top to Toe of Italy, and don’t forget to bring your appetite!