Tuscany & Piedmont with the Voltaggio Brothers

One Exclusive Departure | September 16 - 25, 2023

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Heritage & Connection

Dive deep into the culture, cuisine and craft of Italy with Bryan and Michael Voltaggio

September 16 - 25, 2023

One departure only—and this will sell out!

10 Days, 9 Nights

Best of Florence and Tuscany; Bra, Pollenzo and Piedmont; Modena and Emilia-Romana

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The flavors linger like an Italian aria. You’ve just tasted a perfectly crafted glass of Barolo in its birthplace. As you look out over an expanse of centuries-old vineyards, the sun dips behind the Alps and streams a symphony of color over the valley — and it suddenly hits you. The simple ingredients, the methodical preparation, the exact harmony — it’s one long love letter to Italy, a place rooted in the philosophy of Slow Food that feels like nowhere else in Europe. You’ll soon be eating freshly foraged truffles, and dessert topped with hazelnuts harvested from just down the road. You take another sip and whisper salute to slowing down, to the stories that emerge with every course, to every small moment of this unforgettable experience.

With you is Top Chef duo, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, the Maryland-born brothers known for showcasing their friendly sibling rivalry on and off screen. While Michael may have won the coveted Top Chef title (Bryan placed second), both hold their own scrolls of accomplishments running kitchens across the United States. Bryan stacks up multiple “Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic” nods from the James Beard Foundation; meanwhile, Michael received a Michelin star while Chef de Cuisine at both Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Kitchen and, later, at The Dining Room in Pasadena. This trip puts the competition aside as an opportunity for Bryan and Michael to explore their ancestry in this region for the first time as a family — a deeply personal window into both brotherhood and craft.

If your idea of the perfect adventure is tinged with local wines, ancient history, and plenty of truffles, then this is the trip for you. Join us as we celebrate the artisans, chefs, and visionaries of Italy’s cuisine culture.

Go Deeper

Go behind the scenes and meet local chefs, producers and winemakers at the top of their craft

VIP Access

Drive a Ferrari 458, hunt for elusive white truffles, dine at Michelin-star kitchens and in humble family homes


Get hands-on with makers and artisans celebrating centuries of tradition, and with Bryan and Michael Voltaggio


The best of Italy's culture and cuisine, and connect with curious and passionate travelers like you

3 Reasons to Travel with Bryan & Michael

Together the Voltaggio brothers are responsible for an impressive combined body of work, including the (very) short list of ink., VOLT, Thatcher & Rye, the Voltaggio Brothers Steak House and the newly opened Vulcania on Mammoth Mountain. However, ask these Food Network stars about their culinary beginnings as teens, and you quickly learn that these two brothers from Frederick, Maryland, are as talented as they are down-to-earth.

Finding their Roots

The Voltaggios want to let you in on the story of where their family originated with a visit (maybe you saw this coming?) to Voltaggio, in Italy's Piedmont region It’s an intimate look into their world as they experience Italy for the first time together with us.

Brotherly Love

While they love a good battle of the brothers, Bryan and Michael look out for each other — starting in their teens at a Holiday Inn. Bryan was the sous chef while Michael bussed tables. One day Bryan told Michael to show up in a chef's uniform... the rest, they say, is history.

Tempo Allegro

From working in Michelin-star kitchens to penning their own cookbook to extending their impressive roster of restaurants, Bryan and Michael are always on the move. Even as they gear up to join us in Italy, they are busy tweaking the menu at their new Italian-American spot, Vulcania, and opening Retro, a 1980s and ‘90s inspired restaurant inside Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay.

Your Experience

“I'm so excited to dive deep into the art of hand-shaped pasta and share the secrets of garganelli and orecchiette.”
Michael Voltaggio

Tuscany, Piedmont, Emilia-Romana

“We cannot wait to learn the ingredients and dishes from the village of Voltaggio.”
Bryan Voltaggio

Day by Day

Day 1: Arrival in Turin

Benvenuto to Italy!  Our first day in this idyllic landscape is all about settling in. We’ll leave the airport in Turin and head to Pollenzo, weaving through the green meadows of black-eyed susans, and witnessing the burnt orange of persimmons as they lend their color to vineyards that produce some of the world’s finest wines.

After checking into our country estate, we will officially begin our journey with hors d’oeuvres and scratch cocktails outside our hotel. We’ll raise a glass with Bryan and Michael and toast to the adventures ahead. 

Day 1: Arrival in Turin Highlights

  • Transfer from Turin airport
  • Welcome cocktails
  • Stay at Albergo dell’Agenzia

Day 2: Barbaresco & Bra

We begin the day by heading to the nearby village of Barbaresco. Awaiting us there are Milva and Renoto Fennochio, renowned winegrowers with a diverse portfolio of award-winning vintages. After a personal tour of their vineyards and cellar, we’ll taste their organic Barbarescos and toast to our dynamic hosts, Michael and Bryan Voltaggio.

From Barbaresco, we’re driving through vine-covered hills and fortified villages to reach Bra, a storybook town known as the birthplace of the Slow Food movement. We’ll be just in time for Cheese, the highly-anticipated Slow Food festival celebrating the best of raw-milk cheese and dairy products. As we wind down Bra’s cobbled streets, we’ll chat with the farmers, cheesemakers, and affineurs behind Slow Food’s most esteemed formaggi, sampling cured meats, honeys, chutneys, and other local fare as we go. We’ll end the day with dinner at one of Bra’s Slow Food trattorias before heading back for the hotel, lulled to sleep with memories of fine wine and company.

Day 2: Barbaresco & Bra Highlights

  • Tour & tasting with the Fennochios
  • Bra cheese festival
  • Trattoria dinner in Bra
  • Stay at Albergo dell’Agenzia

Day 3: Pollenzo

Pollenzo is a tiny town resplendent with ancient roots. This morning, we’ll step outside our hotel to explore the Roman amphitheaters and temples next door, then wander among more than 100,000 bottles of Italy’s rarest and most celebrated wines in the University of Gastronomic Science’s Wine Bank. 

From Pollenzo, we’ll make the scenic drive north to Papa dei Boschi, a family-owned farm producing Italy’s favorite hazelnut: the Tonda Gentile delle Langhe. With owners Jose and Marina Noé as our guides, we’ll learn about the unique heritage of this delicate nut while sampling the family’s line of artisanal hazelnut snacks, creams, and pastes. Our nocciola masterclass is rounded out by the Voltaggio brothers, who will share their favorite recipes.

Lunch today is at a local favorite: Reppublica di Perno, a Michelin-star bistro where regional classics come to life in the rustic, open-view kitchen. Buoyed by our vitello tonnato and bagna cauda, we’ll head to the hilltop town of La Morra for a Barolo tasting, then take it the sights at Piazza Municipio—it’s the best spot in town for soaking up panoramas of Piedmont in all her autumnal glory.

Day 3: Pollenzo Highlights

  • Wine Bank tour
  • Hazelnut farm visit with the Noés
  • Lunch at Michelin star Reppublica di Perno
  • Stay at Albergo dell’Agenzia

Day 4: Voltaggio & Gavi

Our day takes us through storied towns and ancient villages, but first thing’s first: cheese. Fresh burrata and mozzarella di bufala are the stars of the show at our private cheesemaking workshop in the medieval town of Costigliole d’Asti.  

From there, we’ll head to the namesake village of our illustrious tastemakers: Voltaggio. Nestled within the historic province of Alessandria, the village of Voltaggio counts 800 residents and one of the most renowned galleries of monastic art in Italy. Filled with sacred paintings dating back to the 15th century, the collection hosts work by storied names the likes of Luca Cambiaso and Paolo Pagani. This visit will be truly special for the Voltaggio brothers, tracing their roots and — who knows — maybe bumping into a long lost ancestor.

After lunch at one of the town’s intimate osterias, we’ll return to our hotel to refresh before reconvening for an evening aperitivo. Spellbound by the quiet lull of the vineyards, we’ll watch the sun set over Piedmont with a glass of local wine, then head back inside for what we’ve all been waiting for: pizza. The Voltaggio brothers will serve as our expert pizzaiolos, and we’ll help them roll out decadent pies topped with this morning’s fresh cheeses before toasting to a full day of sumptuous adventures.

Day 4: Voltaggio & Gavi Highlights

  • Cheesemaking workshop
  • Visit to Voltaggio
  • Hands-on pizza making with Bryan & Michael
  • Stay at Villa Sparina

Day 5: Parma & Modena

Today we’re experiencing Emilia-Romagna in full force. After breakfast, we’ll indulge in Parma’s best salumi with seasoned culatello producers, then make our way to Modena for a tour of the city’s oldest acetaia. The family-owned estate is a cornerstone of ancient craftsmanship, and we’ll feel the full magnitude of Italy’s gastronomic legacy as we wander between hundreds of dusty barrels of Aceto Tradizionale Balsamico di Modena. After a tasting of the acetaia’s luxuriously aged balsamicos, we’ll gather for a lunch of regional specialties and listen in as the Voltaggio brothers share their favorite uses for balsamic in recipes both sweet and savory. 

Somehow, the day gets even better from here: Those with a need for speed will follow Michael and Bryan and hop into the driver’s seat of Italy’s most heralded supercar. Engines revving, we’ll take turns zipping around Modena’s race track in the one and only Ferrari 458!

Then we’re off to dinner at the legendary Osteria Francescana — twice named the best restaurant in the world!! — for a meal as nuanced and vibrant as Tuscany itself. 

Day 5: Parma & Modena Highlights

  • Parma & Modena food tours
  • Drive Ferraris in Modena
  • Dinner at Osteria Francescana
  • Stay at Hotel Rua Frati

Day 6: Bologna & Modena

Our morning begins with giant copper cauldrons, heavy wooden paddles, and hot branding irons. You guessed it — it’s Parmigiano Reggiano time! On our drive to a dairy cooperative where the inimitable cheese is produced, we’ll pass grassy pastures where Bianca Modenese cows season their milk with a hearty alpine diet of alfalfa, corn, and barley. It’s the first step in Parmigiano’s artisanal production process, which our guide and Casaro (master cheesemaker) will walk us through.

Our emiliani adventure continues at Amerigo 1934, an intimate osteria beloved by locals and the Michelin Guide alike. Traditional Bolognese cuisine is owner Alberto Bettini’s specialty; we’ll join him alongside apron-clad nonnas for an unforgettable tortellini-making workshop and lunch. These intrepid nonnas don’t speak English, so we’ll let the pasta do the talking and delight in the back and forth between Bryan, Michael and our local experts. 

The afternoon is yours to author. While you can enjoy some rest and relaxation in your hotel room, we’re also organizing a bonafide truffle hunt alongside a giddy truffle-hunting dog and an experienced local hunter who will help us root out the most prized fungi of them all: the Alba white truffle. 

Day 6: Bologna & Modena Highlights

  • Master cheesemaker visit
  • Pasta-making  workshop
  • Truffle hunt
  • Stay at Hotel Rua Frati

Day 7: Florence

After breakfast, we’ll pass through thick cypress groves and rolling Fiesole hills on our way to Fattoria di Maiana for an immersive olive oil experience. The picturesque agricultural estate is one of only 21 crus producing Laudemio, an emerald-green oil that’s the pride and joy of Tuscany. We’ll tour the Fattoria’s historic mill, then join the Voltaggio brothers in the botanic gardens for a hands-on masterclass in herbs and spices. After a tasting of Laudemio’s best, we’ll make the quick drive south to Florence for a rejuvenating afternoon siesta at the hotel.  

After that, it’s time to hit the streets for a walking tour of the city’s cinematic sights. As we wind down the same cobbled alleyways and piazzas that Boccaccio and Galileo once tread, it’s impossible not to feel the thrill of Florence’s unparalleled history. Dinner today is wholesome and fiercely local. At Al Tranvai — a humble, authentic Tuscan eatery and one of the last spots where Anthony Bourdain filmed — we’ll gather around picnic tables inside a tram car for some of the finest cucina povera in Tuscany.

Day 7: Florence Highlights

  • Olive oil estate visit
  • Florence walking tour
  • Dinner at Al Tranvai
  • Stay at 25H

Day 8: Florence

Our day begins with a deep dive into Florence’s culinary heart: its markets, where local families and the city’s best chefs make their way through these winding shops and stalls to stock their kitchens with the freshest produce and choicest seafood. Alongside seasoned nonnas, we’ll rummage stands filled with fragrant olives, vibrant spices, and locally grown fruits and vegetables, selecting the best ones for our dinner tonight. Our guide, an expert in Florence’s foodie scene, will arm us with insider lunch recommendations to explore during our free afternoon.

Ever wonder what it feels like to enter a cooking competition? Our dinner experience tonight is straight from the script of a reality show. Our menu is a spirited cooking contest led by our favorite Top Chef veterans: Bryan and Michael Voltaggio. With a local Tuscan chef as our judge and referee, we’ll split into teams with Bryan and Michael to slice, season and sear our market produce until a winner is declared. (Spoiler alert: We’re all winners tonight!)

Day 8: Florence Highlights

  • Florence market tour
  • Cooking with the Voltaggio Brothers
  • Stay at 25H

Day 9: Tuscan Countryside

Still energized by last night’s lively cena, we’ll have the morning on our own before heading off to San Casciano Val di Pesa for a dreamy afternoon in the Tuscan countryside. Our destination is Fattoria Corzano e Paterno, a sprawling organic farm renowned for its fresh sheep cheeses, regional wines, and fragrant extra virgin olive oils — all produced within the 500 acres of the family-owned estate. 

We reconvene for lunch at the extraordinary Officina della Bistecca. Dario Cecchini is an international legend, Netflix star and the beating heart behind this cozy neighborhood restaurant and ethical butcher shop — he’s renowned throughout Italy for his commitment to honoring the animal and using all of its parts. Over a spread of seared carpaccio, Florentine steaks, and innovative vegetarian entrees, we’ll toast to the unparalleled splendor of a day well spent in Tuscany. 

It’s the perfect prelude to our farewell dinner tonight at Camillo, a cozy trattoria with a multigenerational legacy of serving up family-style Florentine cuisine. We’ll sample fresh cheeses, homemade pastas, and a classic Tuscan fry, rounded out by local olive oil and wines produced at the Camillo family’s farms.

Day 9: Tuscan Countryside Highlights

  • Organic farm visit
  • Lunch at Dario Cecchini's butchery
  • Farewell dinner at Camillo
  • Stay at 25H

Day 10: Departures

After a final leisurely breakfast at the hotel — and our time together, exploring the backroads and culinary byways of Italy with the Voltaggios — we’ll make the quick 20- to 30- minute drive to the Florence airport where we’ll say arrivederci before our flights home.

Day 10: Departures Highlights

  • Final breakfast & farewells
  • Transfer to Florence airport

Where We Sleep

From sleek urban sanctuaries to dreamy vine-covered retreats, our accommodations are packed with authentic Italian character and style.

Albergo dell’Agenzia


Storybook windows look out onto vine-covered hills and imposing castles — a landscape so dreamy even UNESCO has recognized it as a World Heritage Site. This idyllic luxurious retreat sits a few kilometers from Alba and Bra, between the Langhe and Roero hills, and virtually next door to the acclaimed University of Gastronomic Sciences. It's the perfect home base for our time in Piedmont.

Villa Sparina


Set near lush woods and the sprawling vineyards of Monterotondo, our boutique villa hotel is the perfect nature-meets-luxury experience, set in a beautifully restored 18th-century farmhouse manor with all the modern comforts. It's also a working vineyard, producing acclaimed Gavi and Barbera wines stored on the grounds in historic cellars you can visit in between visits to the spa or simply wandering the expansive grounds.

Hotel Rua Frati


The grandeur of the Italian Renaissance meets modern-day Modenese hospitality in this elegant urban sanctuary. Impeccably restored with buttery leather furnishings and luxury wellness amenities (think Turkish spa and Finnish sauna), the 16th-century estate still brims with authentic character. You’ll find historic frescoes patterning spacious rooms, while the timeless flavors of Modenese cuisine shine in the stately Locanda restaurant.



Located off a tranquil cobbled street in Florence’s historic center, this sleek urban hideaway takes its design notes from famed Florentine architect Dante Alighieri. Curated allusions to the virtues and vices of the Divine Comedy embellish the hotel’s Negroni bar and restaurant, while ethereal hues and pops of vibrant red abound in its stylish rooms. Equipped with webs of scenic trails leading to the surrounding countryside, 25H is the ultimate Tuscan getaway.

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  1. What does the price include?

    Nine nights at boutique four- and five-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; departure airport transfer; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.

  2. What does the price not include?

    International roundtrip airfare to and from Italy; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.

  3. Where does the trip start and end?

    Our adventure begins at the Agenzia Pollenzo in Pollenzo, Italy. The closest airport is the Torino International Airport (TRN) in Turin. We recommend arriving one day early to ensure you’re at our starting point on time. Our adventure ends in Florence, a short drive from Florence’s international airport (FLR). 

  4. What travel documents are needed?

    US citizens are not required to have a visa for stays in Italy of less than 90 days. Just bring a valid US passport. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Italian embassy or consulate for information and requirements.  

  5. Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?

    For solo travelers, there is a $3,000 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room.  These spots are extremely limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

  6. Who is going on this trip?

    This trip will have no more than 14 guests, plus our Modern Adventure team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.

  7. Who is leading the trip?

    This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.

  8. What is the cancellation policy?

    You may cancel before May 19, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after May 20, 2023 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after July 18, 2023, there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).

  9. Do I need Travel Insurance?

    We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.

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