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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  • Truffle Hunt with Riccardo and His Truffle Hound

    Sunday 1 March 2015 at 9.00 am – Join us on a hunt for marzuolo truffles (close cousins of the white truffle) near San Miniato. After the hunt we’re going to Riccardo’s house where his wife Amanda will be preparing a truffle feast for us. Transport can be provided. NEAR: Florence, Lucca, Pisa | MORE INFO: info@sapori-e-saperi.com
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  • Bake Bread with Village Baker Paolo

    Monday 2 March 2015 at 9.00 am Come with us to the spectacular mountainous scenery of the high Garfagnana and learn to bake Slow Food Presidium Garfagnana potato bread in a wood-fired oven. Lunch prepared by the baker’s wife. NEAR: Lucca, Bagni di Lucca, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana | MORE INFO: info@sapori-e-saperi.com
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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

  • A New Tour: The Tuscan Cigar

    Tobacco? Smoking? Well, yes, responsible smoking. Nothing promiscuous, please. If you drink fine wine to enhance a meal, you’ll understand: this tour is about connoisseurship. It’s also about Tuscan history, cultural traditions, craftsmanship, and the many sublime products of Tuscany. Even though I don’t smoke, designing this new tour has been fascinating. All the people I take you to visit on my tours are Italian, but this is the first time an Italian has helped me with the creation of a tour. Antonella Giusti works for the Tuscan tourist bureau and is a member of Slow Food and of […]
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  • To Cook or To Cook

    The first year I went to the International Truffle Fair at San Miniato one of the sideshows was a small bookstall. A woman thrust a book into my hands and explained exasperatedly, as she touched a finger to her head, that it had been written by her loopy husband.  Perhaps he had insisted she listen as he declaimed each of its 121 pages. As I read the polemical Cibo Contro Natura (Unnatural Food) I could hear Signor Pitinghi shouting his manifesto while gesticulating with his hands. The flowery language can be over the top, but far from being mad, […]
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  • No Olive Oil

    It was the olive harvest of November 2004 that set me on the path to creating Sapori e Saperi Adventures and organising my special type of slow travel tours. Ten years on there will be very little olive oil from Lucca. To find out about the Tuscan olive oil disaster, please read my blog on the Slow Travel Tours website, a group of independent tour organisers like  me. http://slowtraveltours.com/blog/no-olive-oil/
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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 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

  • 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

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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!