Food and Wine Tourism

Follow the wine routes in search of refined tastes

There’s more to a holiday than sea or mountains; rows of vines, country roads, places rich in tradition accompanied by fine wine and cuisine. Wine tourism is the new frontier in the Italian tourism sector, helping visitors to learn about the pleasures of regionally characteristic products. A new type of relaxation through the tasting of typical food and wine specialities, where the palate is enchanted by wines, the product of our land. Local Italian aromas and flavours thereby become the leading players in special tours, genuine wine roads which lead those interested on a trip of discovery through the countryside, the custodian of art, culture and history, taking in vineyards and tradition.
On these taste tours, the different regions of Italy retell the history of their land with their typical products, irreplaceable protagonists of our cuisine, and wines with unmistakable flavours which characterise a unique terroir. Fashionable food and wine tourism has become reality over the last few years, a new concept of holidays immersed in nature, a perspective which has aroused the interest of an increasing number of tourists. Thanks to wine and food holidays, the different regions of Italy have seized the opportunity to tell their stories, inviting the traveller to find their treasures.

La chiesa di Santa Maria Novella a Radda in Chianti (www.radda-in-chianti.com)

IN SEARCH OF CHIANTI

A tour in search of the aroma of Chianti Classico and Tuscan country traditions, recounted by farmhouses from past times along with parish churches, castles and medieval villages.

Le infinite distese di vigneti in Val di Cembra (Fototeca Trentino S.p.A.)

The vineyards of high altitude between Teroldego and Lagrein

I am travelling among the culinary traditions of the north Italian Region of Trentino-Alto Adige, where among mountain peaks and meadows the fragrant wines and typical dishes of the tasty local cuisine were born.

Un vigneto di Orvieto (www.umbria2000.it)

A TOAST IN THE GREEN HEART OF ITALY

In crossing through Umbria you are captured by the thousand nuances of this land, in a puzzle of colours, landscapes and memories that exalt the magic perfume of vines.

Il vitigno Nerello Mascalese prima della Fillossera (www.salvofoti.it)

THE STORY OF THE SICILIAN VINE

In search of the ancient and often tormented love affair between the island and the vine, a hard battle in which in the end the perfume of the vine triumphs.

Villa Lechi, la nota villa patrizia di Erbusco (www.franciacorta.net)

FRANCIACORTA WINE-ROUTE

Between Mt. Orfano, Mt. Alto and the Oglio and Mella Rivers, in the central and eastern areas of the region of Lombardia, you will find an area with a ‘sparkling’ history: Franciacorta, home to the king of Italian sparkling wines.

Logo della Federazione Strade del Vino di Toscana (www.terreditoscana.regione. t

WALKING AMONG THE VINES

Among the Tuscan vineyards in a world waiting to be discovered, it is the wine that tells its ancient story through the numerous famous “routes” dedicated to it.

Grappolo di Brunello di Montalcino (www.consorziobrunello dimontalcino.it)

A GENETIC CODE OF EXCELLENCE

The cultural heritage of the Tuscan countryside provides the setting for fine wines with a prestigious history, produced from a red berry indigenous grape considered the “king of Tuscany”.

(www.collinedifirenze.it)

CHIANTI COLLI FIORENTINI WINE ROAD

A journey through one of sixteen districts of Tuscany and through the mild hills around Florence offering a great wine tradition.

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THE WAY OF WINE IN CAMPANIA

A trip between past and present to appreciate one of the most delicious food and wine districts of Southern Italy. Here are interwoven the flavors of popular and aristocratic, with full respect for the traditions that make the inimitable character of this land.

Il campanile dell'antica Chiesa di San Bartolomeo, a Montefalco

THE SAGRANTINO ROAD

A tasty, cultural itinerary full of medieval fascination and deep-rooted Umbria spirituality, a trip among genuine flavours irresistible to the palate.

Vasi custoditi al Museo Jatta di Ruvo di Puglia (www.palazzojatta.org)

THE WINE ROUTE OF DOC CASTEL DEL MONTE WINES

In search of the taste of Puglia’s certified wines and typical local products, one can experience to the full the many perfumes and flavours of this region by following one of the nine wine routes: the wine route of doc Castel del Monte.

Il marchio del Gallo Nero (www.chianticlassico.com)

UNDER THE BLACK COCKEREL’S WING

A trip through the winemaking area between the provinces of Florence and Siena in the heart of Tuscany, an area protected by the Gallo Nero (black cockerel) symbol.

Grappolo di uva Nero d'Avola (www.portedibufalefi.it)

EXPERIENCE SICILIAN PASSION

Following the colours and aromas of this land involves experiencing the passion and warmth of local people to the full, a passion embodied in the traditions, tasty dishes and fragrant wines.

Il Parmiggiano Reggiano (www.emiliaromagnaturismo.it foto di G. Bianchini)

ONE THOUSAND PERFUMES FOM THE LAND OF GOOD TASTE

By following the wine-routes, one is able to discover the ancient culinary traditions and the historical beauties that characterise this land with its two hearts, Emilia-Romagna: it is a region that offers a great variety of wines as well as 25 different gastronomic specialities.

Logo dell'associazione (www.terreditoscana.regione. toscana.it)

CHIANTI RUFINA AND POMINO WINE ROAD

The ancient itinerary through the smells of two Chianti districts.

Il fumante vulcano siciliano (www.zafferana-etnea.it)

THE ETNA WINE ROAD

An itinerary in the heart of the warm Sicily, between scent and taste.