Cruise companies offer shore excursion options for every port of call. The downside is that these tours are often run-of-the-mill and quite costly. Be it laziness or fear of not making it back to the ship in time before it sets off for the next port, most travelers still book shore excursions through cruise ships.
Think if on the other hand you organized a totally timetable-safe and fun food and wine-themed shore excursion without going through the cruise line.
Cruising to Italy and not having a chance to explore the joys of Italian cuisine is a sin. Although cruising will have you traveling on a full stomach, it’s the authentic Italian food and wine experience on dry land that you’d be missing. Especially if your shore excursion did not include tasting local specialties in artisan shops, learning tips and trivia from your informative, friendly and professional local guide, or taking goodies and memories back with you to the ship.
Here are a few ideas to get your juices flowing. Get picked up at your cruise port and be whisked away to…
Central Rome for one– or half–day private food and wine tasting tours – from Civitavecchia port of call
Mozzarella making and lemon grove explorations along the Amalfi Coast – from the Naples cruise terminal
In-depth food quest in Florence or a wine tasting in Chianti – from the Livorno port of call
Exciting food and wine excursions of Palermo, Taormina and Mt. Etna – from Messina or Palermo ports of call
Ask us how we can arrange to have an air-conditioned chauffeured limo or minivan meet you at your port of call and take you into town for a privately guided, fully narrated half– to full–day foodie shore excursion, wine tasting or cooking class, and guarantee to have you back at the ship in time for departure, all hassle-free.
Eleonora Baldwin is a TV host, journalist, and culinary connoisseur based in Rome, Italy. Her writing appears in several food and travel publications. Her show “ABCheese” is broadcast on Italian food network Gambero Rosso. She loves guiding culturally curious, food-passionate travellers seeking experiences in Italy beyond the guidebook.