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Taste and experience the best of Italy with Ecco La Cucina. In Italian, Ecco La Cucina means “Here’s the Kitchen”, and during our culinary vacation tours in Italy we explore all aspects of the Italian table. With wine tours, local food tours and guided visits to ancient hill towns, along with hands on cooking classes and delectable meals in traditional local restaurants you will be immersed into Italy’s foods and wines, and its culture and history.  Our small group culinary vacation tours in Italy are expertly designed to give you an insider’s view and stress free vacation where you can relax and enjoy the stunning views.

If your dream is to experience the foods, wines and culture of Italy without the crowds and live like a local then travel with us, experts in Italian food and wine – Ecco La Cucina! We explore the enchanting regions of Tuscany, Piedmont, Emilia Romagna and Puglia during our full week culinary tours in Italy. Each of our small group tours are designed to provide you with knowledge and special insights to this beautiful, rich culture. We can help you fulfill your dream as you taste and experience Italy through its food and wines allowing you to truly understand the rhythm of Italian life.

Culinary Tours in Italy

Tuscany Food and Wine Tour

Our all inclusive cooking class and wine tour package gives you an in-depth experience of Italian cooking and the Tuscan way of life. Your accommodations are on a lovely olive estate just south of Siena in an 18th century villa or farmhouse renovated with care to include many of the original Tuscan architectural features. Walking trails through olive groves or cypress lined lanes give you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Tuscany. The culinary tour includes a full week – cooking lessons, visits to local wine and food producers, wine tours, 7 nights’ accommodations, most all meals with wine and visits to quaint local villages. During the week we will open up the world of Tuscan wines from the basics to the complexities of this varied region.

Piedmont Food and Wine Tour

We are excited to share with you one of our favorite places in Italy, the culinary treasures of the beautiful region of Piedmont.  During our Piedmont food and wine tour we will explore the fine wines of Barolo, Nebbiolo and Barbaresco and the gastronomic delights from this region including white truffles, excellent cheeses, succulent meats, stuffed pastas, hazelnuts and chocolate. You’ll learn and love Piedmont by  immersing yourself in its food, wines and culture.  The accommodations are in a beautiful villa just a stone’s throw from Alba, the heart of the Langhe region of Piedmont.

Choose your culinary adventure:

2018 Dates:
Splendid Tuscany: Sept 29-October 6, 2018 – 4 spots open
Splendid Tuscany October 6-13, 2018
Best of Emilia Romagna & Tuscany October 13-20, 2018

2019 Dates:
– Piedmont – June 9-16, 2019
– Best of Bologna & Emilia Romagna – June 16-19, 2019
– Palio of Siena – June 28-July 5, 2019
– Magical Puglia – September 15-22, 2019
– Magical Puglia – September 23-30, 2019
– Splendid Tuscany – October 5-12, 2019
– Splendid Tuscany – October 12 – 19, 2019
– Best of Bologna & Emilia Romagna – October 3-5, 2019

Italian-American chef, Gina Stipo

Italian-American chef, Gina Stipo, leads and teaches the cooking classes and the fun, week-long immersion style culinary tours. She lived in Tuscany for over 14 years conducting cooking classes and tours and sharing insights on Italian foods, wines and the culture of this beautiful area with visitors. She and her sister have traveled extensively throughout Italy and share an insider’s view with their groups.