CHIANTI COUNTRYSIDE & HILLTOP TOWNS Nestled between Siena and Florence, this Tuscan wine region is most famous for its production of Chianti Classico, made with sangiovese grapes from vineyards that pre-date the Romans. But with ancient hilltop villages, endless olive groves, pecorino cheese farms and breathtaking views, it offers far more than a glass of good wine. Check out our blog from our Chianti scouting trip (hotels may vary).
LUCCA (STOP) Just west of the sea and north of the Apuan Alps, this small historic city is surrounded by completely intact renaissance walls that were built as defensive ramparts but are now covered in trees and dotted with gardens, cafes and restaurants. With beautiful piazzas, charming shops and divine gelato, it also happens to be where we call home. Check out our blog from our home in Lucca.
CINQUE TERRE These five seaside fishing villages date back nearly 1,000 years and are best known for incredible hiking, coastal kayaking, fresh seafood and mind-blowing views. Although this is a bucket list destination, locals here still hold on to centuries-old traditions, like farming coastal lemons and making pesto and focaccia each day by hand. Check out our blog from our Cinque Terre scouting trip (hotels may vary).
MODENA (STOP) This less-visited little town is nestled in the middle of the Po Valley and is home to a charming historical center that dates back to the Renaissance. But the star of the show here is Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, DOP, which can only be produced here, in a series of barrels at varying sizes at family owned Acetaias.
PARMA Named Italy’s Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO, this little city draws foodies from around the world to taste Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, sparkling Lambrusco and anolini in brodo - filled pasta in broth. The parmesan lifestyle is spent combing the cobbled streets with visits to the butcher, cheese shop, local market and fresh pasta shop. Check out our blog from our Parma scouting trip.
CREMA (STOP) This charming, less visited town’s cobbled streets and pastel hued buildings made it the perfect filming location for the 2017 film, Call me by Your Name. While wandering the city center, you may see violins being made in local shops and taste tortelli cremaschi, a type of tortelli with a sweet filling that doesn't exist elsewhere else in Italy.