Making tourism work to sustain the rural economy and the people

Making tourism work to sustain the rural economy and the people

You will encounter an endangered lifestyle which we don’t want to disappear

Join in with the locals

Join in with the locals

Pick grapes and olives with the estate owner, bake bread with the village baker, cut the cheese curd with the shepherd, cook with Italian mammas, party at village festivals

Inspiring culinary tours of life behind the scenes that you won’t find in any guidebook

Inspiring culinary tours of life behind the scenes that you won’t find in any guidebook

Get to know the food artisans and crafts people of Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont and Liguria

Let Italy surprise you

Let Italy surprise you

Discover a gentle way of life, a generosity of spirit and the enjoyment of simple pleasures

Enjoy Italy’s cultural and natural heritage

Enjoy Italy’s cultural and natural heritage

Music, art, architecture, gardens, shopping and walks in glorious countryside


Sapori e Saperi Adventures are vacations for people who daydream about finding a shepherdess on a hillside with her flock and being transported to her cantina to watch her make pecorino cheese; people who can't stare at a bottle of olive oil without wondering when and how the olives are picked, pressed and bottled; people who love to cook and eat.

The Adventures open locked doors to a brand new palette of exquisite flavours (sapori) and new skills and knowledge (saperi).

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Breaking News

  • Discount on two places on the Tastes & Textiles tour

    I’ve just had a last-minute cancellation on the TASTES & TEXTILES tour in Tuscany (31 May to 8 June 2015). Due to medical reasons a couple has had to cancel their booking leaving two vacant places. Since their travel insurance will cover their deposits, I can give you a 200 EUR discount on each booking. For full details please go to http://www.sapori-e-saperi.com/small_group_tours/tastes-textiles/ and click on the tabs below the introductory paragraph. Not only will you get the discount, but since the Euro is so low right now, it’s the perfect time to save money on travel to Europe.
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  • Cigar Smokers and Lovers of Tuscany

    Friday 28 August – Monday 7 September 2015 You’ll also love our brand new Tuscan Cigar tour that takes you to the best of Tuscany. See all the details here: http://www.sapori-e-saperi.com/small_group_tours/tuscan-cigar/
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Heather’s Blog

  • Lessons from a Fish Stew

    You don’t have to loiter long in a bar in Italy in a small town or village to hear evidence of campanilismo. It’s part of the Italian nature to be convinced that the customs, food, landscape and architecture in the shadow of his or her campanile is best and, furthermore, that the people of the next town are stupid, stingy, lazy, rogues or worse. This is nowhere better demonstrated than in the case of cacciucco (pronounced catch-chooc-co). Cacciucco is a typical Mediterranean fish stew and is the cause of much playful, sometimes acrimonious, banter between the towns of Livorno […]
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  • In Search of Pecorino

    At the end of my Theory & Practice of Italian Cheese course, I organise a little game: an England vs Italy sheep’s milk cheese tournament. This entails a trip back to the UK immediately before the course to go to Neal’s Yard Dairy where I can always find a few excellent sheep cheeses. For the May course I did my shopping instead at the annual Artisan Cheese Fair at the old Cattle Market in Melton Mowbray. Although in its fifth year, I had never heard of it, but being featured by the Specialist Cheesemakers Association, I figured it would be worth […]
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  • Flowers for Santa Zita

    Santa Zita’s mummy lies in a glass case in a side chapel at the Basilica of San Frediano in Lucca. Despite her cadaverous face and bony hands, she looks fresh and almost pretty in the blue dress and white apron of a serving girl. She wasn’t one of those martyred saints canonised for suffering a gruesome death in defence of their faith, such as Saint Lawrence who is said to have been grilled alive. Zita (c. 1212–1272) was a humble and hardworking servant, which earned her the affection of the aristocratic family for whom she worked. What they didn’t […]
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Tours & Courses

  • Small Group Tours

    Special interest tours for fibre and textile enthusiasts, connoisseurs of the Tuscan cigar and the excellent food and wine of Tuscany.
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  • Personalised Adventures

    These fascinating learning holidays are specially designed for you and your family, friends, club or organisation
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  • Family Adventures

    In Italy families delight in all aspects of food and enjoy convivial meals together. You and your children can experience these pleasures whilst…
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  • Day Adventures

    Even if you only have a day, you can meet an artisanal food producer, visit a handloom weaver, lunch in a family restaurant known only to the locals and…
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  • Cooking Lessons

    Immerse yourself in the food culture of Italy, and discover the age-old ways of cooking with a private lesson in an Italian family kitchen or your own apartment or villa.
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  • Courses with Artisans

    Intensive courses for professionals and keen amateurs consisting of theoretical and practical sessions during which you learn with…
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  • It was truly a perfect honeymoon, and a once in a lifetime holiday….

    Kimberly Tortorice & Jay Hochman, USA

  • We had the most wonderful time on our tour. I knew I would enjoy myself but I was blown away by how…

    Kaye & Bryan Dillon, Australia

  • It was one of those magical trips for me that you can’t really ever re-live…

    Libby Saylor, USA

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