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Culinary trip to the North of Italy

The North of Italy is an exquisite and diverse region with so much to offer. Gorgeous lakes, charming towns, amazing hospitality and picture-postcard views all make a tour of northern Italy bucket list-worthy. But the ultimate experience through this region would have to be through its food and wine. With its offerings of unique regional delicacies, there’s no better way to authentically experience northern Italy, its culture, history and traditions than through a culinary tour.

With so many incredible dishes and wonderful sights to explore, deciding where to go in northern Italy can be a daunting task. So why not let us whet your appetite? Join us on a culinary tour of one of the most amazing and picturesque regions in Italy.

On this five-day foodie extravaganza, you will sample fabulous wines and cheeses, savour some of the finest dishes the region has to offer, and learn how to create them for yourself. Staying in a lovely boutique hotel set amid stunning scenery, you will be taught skills and techniques by an expert local chef, and learn how to master classic Italian recipes using farm-to-table ingredients. 

This Trip is ideal for…

  • Everyone who appreciates the values of farm to table
  • Foodies and amateur chefs who want to indulge in new Italian flavours
  • Solo-travellers or groups seeking a cultural and gastronomic adventure
  • Culinary enthusiasts who are always on the lookout for authentic food

What we'll do in Northern Italy

Cooking with Francesca

On day one, we’ll kick off our culinary tour in the beautiful town of Arona, where we’ll meet Chef Francesca Settimi for a refreshing welcome drink. We will then head over to Lake Maggiore and stroll through the town to explore the little shops, cafes and restaurants.

In the afternoon, we’ll head over to Chef Francesca’s for an initial introduction to “Cook on the Lakes”. She will narrate the story behind her piece of paradise and the concept of Farm to Table. We will then have the opportunity to brush up on our cooking skills at our first cooking class with an Italian master chef!

Cheese Tasting

The second day will start on a delicious note with a visit to the Guffanti Cheese Caves. Established in 1876, Guffanti is famous for its selection of the best cheeses in Italian and European cheese tradition. We will indulge in some heavenly cheese tasting and wine pairing.

Afterwards, we will venture out to the Sacro Monte of Orta which offers panoramic views of the western shore of Lake Orta. We will tantalize our taste buds with an extraordinary lunch, followed by a visit to explore the magnificent village of Orta San Giulio and the island in the middle of the lake.

Farm to Table Day

On day three, we’ll have a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel before driving to meet Francesca at Cook on the Lakes. There we’ll have an interesting cooking session on rice, and learn its different types and formations. We will then enjoy a delicious farm-to-table lunch before doing one of the following (depending on the season):


In February: visit the crop transformation systems
In May: tour the rice fields of North Italy
In July: explore the Ticino river dams and learn about water management in East Sesia
In September: experience the process of rice harvesting

Time to Explore

On day four, we’ll spend an easy and relaxing morning at our hotel before driving to the Borromean Islands. We’ll cruise by boat to enjoy the picturesque islands and islets located to the west of Lake Maggiore. After a delicious lunch at one of the restaurants overlooking the lake, we will visit Isola Bella to take in its breathtaking palace and gardens. Thereafter, we’ll go on a splendid tour of the botanic gardens of Isola Madre. For a delectable dinner, we’ll dine at the famous la Rampolina, Stresa.

Wine Lesson & Tasting

On the last day of this amazing tour, we will check out of our hotel and head off to a riveting wine lesson with sommelier Davide Gramegna. No trip to the region would be complete without some wine tasting so we’ll also visit a winery and vineyard. After the lecture, we will indulge in a final authentic lunch before saying goodbye to the North of Italy.

Where we'll stay

A highlight of this culinary tour is where we’ll stay. We will enjoy four nights’ accommodation at a lovely boutique hotel in Arona. The stylish hotel is one of the trendiest around Lake Maggiore with excellent views to match. Rooms are charming with elegant décor and a pleasant atmosphere. The hotel is perfectly situated for exploring all the tourist hotspots in the area, and provides a peaceful retreat after a long day of sightseeing.

What's included

  • 4 nights of accommodation in boutique hotels
  • All meals including beverages
  • A private minivan for the duration of the tour, with soft drinks and snacks on board
  • A tour leader who will accompany you on the whole trip
  • Hands-on cooking classes where you will receive all recipes and a certificate of participation
  • Cooking on the Lake
  • A wine tasting of different labels
  • A cheese-making workshop

Extra Information

Is your preferred date not mentioned in the above list? Please send us a request via email so we can check our availability for the date of your choice.

Looking for a custom made trip to this destination? We are happy to help you with a personalized itinerary depending on the number of guests in your group, your length of stay and your personal requirements.

Please note that the booking is only final once you received our confirmation via email. The trip only is confirmed after the minimum number of attendees (=6) is reached per group.

Sometimes we are unfortunately obliged to cancel one of our trips due to the fact that the minimum number of attendees is not reached or we cannot travel to this destination any longer due to safety regulations. We will, of course, inform you as soon as possible about changes to your travel schedule and inform you about the possibilities, other dates. You will be refunded for the amount of your pre-booked trip.

*Prices may change depending on the number of people you're travelling with.

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