Italian Cuisine

On this Rascal + Thorn culinary insights tour we explore the cuisine of Northern Italy.  From truffles to parmigiano to balsamic and more, Northern Italian product is superb.  Our tour visits some of the best dining to be had from Modena to Alba.

Restaurants included are Osteria Francescana, Piazza Duomo, Mirazur, Dal Pescatore, Tokuyoshi, Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia, and many others.

Unique Excursions

This trip offers so many great excursions!

These include market visits, tours of parmigiano, balsamico and grappa producers, Barolo winery visits and tastings, and a truffle hunt near Alba.

Historical Sights

The area we are visiting is full of historical sightseeing.  We will visit the Last Supper in Milano, an exhibition on Madness in Lago di Garda, a castle near Alba overlooking the Barolo vineyards and the Egyptian Museum in Torino.

These are just some of the historical sights we will visit on this great overview trip on Northern Italy and its cuisine.



  • Ristorante Tokuyoshi
  • Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia
  • Osteria Francescana
  • Lido 84
  • Dal Pescatore
  • Ciau Del Tornavento
  • Piazza Duomo
  • Mirazur
  • Il Centro
  • Magazzino 52
  • And many others


  • Tour of the Last Supper in Milan
  • Visit downtown Milan and the Duomo
  • Visit markets in Modena, Alba and Torino
  • Tour a parmigiano producer
  • Tour a balsamico producer
  • Tour a grappa producer
  • Visit Barolo wineries
  • Truffle hunt near Alba with guide and dog
  • Chocolate walking tour in Torino
  • Visit the Egyptian Museum in Torino
  • Many other treats
Wednesday, November 8 Day 1, Milano – Arrive in Milano for 1 night, Dinner at Ristorante Tokuyoshi (D)
Thursday, November 9 Day 2, Milano – morning city tour and visit to Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie to see The Last Supper, Lunch at Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia, we leave for Modena for 2 nights, dinner in the evening (B,L,D)
Friday, November 10 Day 3, Modena – morning market tour in Modena, lunch at Osteria Francescana, tour of a balsamico producer, light dinner (B,L,D)
Saturday, November 11 Day 4, We leave Modena for 1 night in Lake Garda, tour of parmigiano producer, light lunch near Parma, dinner at Lido 84 (B,L,D)
Sunday, November 12 Day 5, We leave Modena for 3 nights in Alba – morning visit to exhibition on Madness in Lake Garda, lunch at Dal Pescatore, visit the truffle fair in Alba, light dinner in Alba (B,L,D)
Monday, November 13 Day 6, Alba – Full day of historical visits near Alba in Barolo country, dinner at Ciau Del Tornavento (B,L,D)
Tuesday, November 14 Day 7, Alba – Morning visit to a Barolo winery, light lunch, visit Alba city center, Dinner at Piazza Duomo (B,L,D)
Wednesday, November 15 Day 8, We leave Alba for Menton, France, for 1 night, lunch at Mirazur, evening stroll through Menton (B,L,D)
Thursday, November 16 Day 9, We leave Menton for 2 nights in Torino, morning truffle hunt near Alba, lunch at Il Centro, afternoon visit to grappa producer and Barolo winery, light dinner in Torino (B,L,D)
Friday, November 17 Day 10, Morning chocolate tour in Torino, visit the Egyptian Museum and other historical sights, dinner at Magazzino 52 (B,L,D)
Saturday, November 18 Day 11, We depart Torino for Milan and our departure (B)
Breakfast (B) – 10, Lunch (L) – 9, Dinner (D) – 10
  • 7 Overnights in 5***** & 4**** Hotels in Milan and Modena
  • All meals at restaurants included in the itinerary
  • All Transportation within Italy (private Vehicle)
  • Tour Leaders Dr. John Sconzo & Charles Grabitzky
  • Comprehensive Sightseeing Including All Admissions
  • Guided Food Excursions
  • Tasting and Wine-Pairing Menus
  • All Taxes
Not Included
  • Airfare before or after trip
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Tips to tour, hotel staff

We will stay at boutique hotels throughout Northern Italy.

$5995 per person

A deposit of $995 is due to secure a place on the trip. Reservations are taken on a first-come / first-serve basis.

Single Supplement $1700

Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of the tour

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