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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

Welcome

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).

Sign up for one of our seasonal small-group tours or contact us to arrange a personalised tour for you or your group from a day to as long as you like.

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    2 April 2017– This section of the website is broken. For information about current tours and activities, click on the links in the sidebar to the right. For up-to-the-minute news on what Sapori e Saperi Adventures is up to, visit our Facebook page at saporiesaperiadventures (and while you’re there, please like it, if you haven’t already—thanks, Erica).
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Heather’s Blog

  • Relax!

    ‘Relax!’ is a command to me as a tour organiser and to you as a traveller. There’s no way you can see everything, so we may as well leave time to rest, absorb and enjoy. My favourite way to wind down is to go to a village festival, called a sagra. It’s impossible not to relax, while at the same time soaking in the local culture. The village of Cascio is top of my list for an experience without deadlines. I’ve already written about its wood-fired oven sagra in spring (http://slowtraveltours.com/blog/a-feast-from-wood-fired-ovens/). At the end of July and early August […]
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  • Angels, transhumance and pecorino

    This is a true story about how cheese, history and a mountain village are inextricably entwined. It’s a long story because it goes back to Roman times. It has taken me 12 years even to begin to understand it. You probably know that pecorino is an Italian cheese made from sheep’s milk, derived from the word for sheep: pecora. On the contrary, it’s the rare person outside Italy who knows that transhumance refers to the seasonal rotation of flocks and herds between different pastures. Even more obscure is the connection between transhumance and Saint Michael Archangel. On 18 June a group […]
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  • Gone Fishin’

    Sant’Antioco is a small island off the southwest coast of the large island of Sardinia, an island squared you might say. It’s afflicted by two winds: the maestrale from the northwest and the levante from the east. One or the other blows nearly every day, but since they take turns, there’s always a calm sea for fishermen (and us) on the leeward side of the island. On a bright spring morning the fishing boats are tied up to the quay, squeezed in side by side. Too many fishermen chasing too few fish. Many of them augment their income by […]
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Tours & Courses

  • Small Group Tours

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Intensive courses for professionals and keen amateurs consisting of theoretical and practical sessions during which you learn with…
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  • 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

  • It was truly a perfect honeymoon, and a once in a lifetime holiday….

    Kimberly Tortorice & Jay Hochman, USA

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slow_travelSapori e Saperi Adventures is a member of Slow Travel Tours, an affiliation of small-group trip operators offering personalised tours to Europe.  If one of our trips is not right for you, please look at those of others in this group. Follow the Slow Travel Tours blog to learn more about our way of travel, and read Heather’s latest post!