Rome, Tuscany & Florence with Joshua McFadden

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7 Days, 6 Nights

The Best of Italy: Rome, Tuscany, Florence

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$4,900*

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Rome, Tuscany & Florence with Joshua McFadden

The Italy we know is a place of wonder. Medieval hamlets perched atop of hilltops, looking out across noble vineyards and olive groves. It is centuries old wine cellars, barns fragrant with Pecorino. It’s encounters with people rich in traditions and heritage. And, of course, it is food. Food that excites with fresh seasonal ingredients, food made with love. The Italy we know inspires and begs to be explored.

Someone who knows the depth of inspiration Italy can offer is Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s in Portland, Oregon. Joshua will share the Italy he knows and loves. Join us as we weave our way through the vibrant and eclectic neighborhoods of Rome, discover the farm-to-table delights of Tuscany, and be immersed in the art and architecture of Florence.

At every turn we are joined by experts eager to share their knowledge and pride – the local farmers, chefs and artisanal producers who make our culinary adventure possible. And a highlight of our time together is an evening where Joshua will prepare a feast for us to enjoy. If you call yourself a food lover, if your heart is drawn to art, passion and celebration – this is the trip for you.

Explore

Iconic cities, archeological marvels, ancient hilltop villages

Connect

Travel with a legendary chef who loves Italy truly, madly, deeply

Savor

The exquisite food, wine and produce of Tuscany

Celebrate

Rooftop cocktails, farm-to-table meals, our time together

Joshua McFadden

Chef

Joshua McFadden is more than just executive chef/owner of Portland's highly acclaimed Ava Gene's and Tusk restaurants. Joshua is a legend. His enthusiasm is infectious. We learn something new from him every day, and we’re proud to have his culinary expertise by our side on this journey.

Joshua has worked at Momofuku, Lupa, and Blue Hill in New York; for Alice Waters at the American Academy in Rome; and at the Four Season Farm in coastal Maine as a farm manager, where his love for soil and seeds was born.

There’s a thoughtfulness to his technique that we can’t help but admire, a love for the ingredient that shows on the plate. Experiencing Joshua’s food does something to you. Diving into one of his beautiful plates makes you aware of the intricate work that went into the meal and makes you appreciate every last morsel on your plate.

Meet Joshua McFadden

Joshua McFadden

Chef

Joshua McFadden is more than just executive chef/owner of Portland's highly acclaimed Ava Gene's and Tusk restaurants. Joshua is a legend. His enthusiasm is infectious. We learn something new from him every day, and we’re proud to have his culinary expertise by our side on this journey.

Joshua has worked at Momofuku, Lupa, and Blue Hill in New York; for Alice Waters at the American Academy in Rome; and at the Four Season Farm in coastal Maine as a farm manager, where his love for soil and seeds was born.

There’s a thoughtfulness to his technique that we can’t help but admire, a love for the ingredient that shows on the plate. Experiencing Joshua’s food does something to you. Diving into one of his beautiful plates makes you aware of the intricate work that went into the meal and makes you appreciate every last morsel on your plate.

Meet Joshua McFadden

Your Experience

Watch Joshua knead a roll of dough and you’ll instantly see what we see: magic. Small knobs of orecchiette; long, twisting strands of bucatini; wheat-colored strips of pappardelle. If you can dream it, Joshua can make it.

Rome | Tuscany | Florence

Roman pizza. Tuscan Brunello di Montalcino. Florentine lampredotto. Whatever you choose, your mouth is in for the experience of a lifetime.

Day by Day

Rome, Tuscany and Florence with Joshua McFadden. We’ll explore Italy’s iconic cities, medieval hamlets, noble vineyards and - of course, its food. Join Joshua and experience Italy through the lens of food, wine and celebration.

Day 1

We’ll kick off the trip at our hotel in Rome, in the heart of the vibrant Trastevere district. Freshen up, sip an espresso or two, and prepare for a food-lover’s introduction to Rome led by Katie Parla, an expert on Italy’s highly evolved food culture and author of the award-winning cookbook Tasting Rome. Katie will lead us on a walking tour of the neighborhood focused on food: from Rome’s humble street stalls and centuries-old bakeries to its traditional bars and grand trattorias.

In the evening we’ll regroup for a neighborhood appertivo, then head to dinner at a traditional Roman pizzeria. This is pizza like you’ve always dreamed of – tucked away in cobbled back alley, packed with Rome locals, serving up slow-rise dough that crisps up beautifully in the wood-fire oven. With no disrespect to Neopolitan-style pizza, Roman pizza is where it’s at.

Day 2

We start with a stroll through Rome’s famous Campo de’Fiori, soaking up the bustle and vibrancy of this bountiful market. We’ll explore Piazza Navona and Piazza Farnese, cross over the Arno river via Ponte Sisto, and stop for an espresso and walk-through of the mighty Pantheon, the jewel in the crown of Rome’s Baroque period.

After lunch, we split up into small groups for an activity of your choosing: a ride-along Vespa tour of the city, motoring through Rome’s iconic neighborhoods; or a walking tour of ancient Rome and a deep dive into archaeology and architecture.

Day 3

We leave Rome and head to the idyllic and iconic countryside that is Tuscany. First stop on our short journey is the remarkable hilltop village of Civita di Bagnoregio, home to fewer than 50 people (no cars allowed) to enjoy an aperitivo and typical Tuscan lunch in a glorious medieval setting.

Next is a visit and tasting at Oliviera Sant’Angelo, a family-owned olive grove and mill. With just 3,000 trees, it produces some of Tuscany’s finest varietals (Frantoio, Coorreggiolo, Moraiolo, Pendolino) and an extraordinary range of flavors and aromas.

Dinner is in the ancient courtyard of our hotel, with produce from the adjacent farms and a selection of wine from surrounding vineyards.

Book Rome, Tuscany & Florence with Joshua McFadden

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$4,900

Per Person,
Based on Double Occupancy

So many questions, right?

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  1. What does the price include?

    Six nights of four-star hotel and country lodgings; most meals (wine generally included with lunch and dinner); wine and food tastings, and guided activities, as noted; private in-country group transportation from Rome to Florence; luggage transfers.

  2. What is not included?

    Air transportation to/from Italy; airport transfers; one lunch and one dinner; alcoholic beverages (except at included lunches + dinners, and at wine tastings); entrance fees, meals, and all personal items during leisure time; travel insurance; excess baggage charges; gratuities and items of a personal nature; personal services in hotels (telephone, laundry, room service).

  3. How do I book?

    Access our secure online reservation form by clicking the “Book Now” button on this page. Once your purchase is confirmed, your booking is guaranteed subject to our fine print (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).

  4. How many people on the trip?

    We limit the group to no more than 18 fellow adventurers.

  5. What is the cancellation policy?

    You may cancel up to 91 days prior to the scheduled departure date and receive a full refund minus a $500 per person service fee. If you cancel between 90 and 61 days in advance, there is a 50% cancellation fee. Within 60 days or less of departure there is a 100% cancellation fee. (See our Terms and Conditions for full details.)

  6. Do I pay a supplement for a single room?

    Yes, there is a $850 supplement for solo travelers, to be paid after your booking is confirmed.

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