Culinary events and tours

Unique and unforgettable gastronomic journeys…

★★★★★

“This was our third trip with Natalina and will not be our last. We toured a rather undiscovered region of Italy and found it to be a wonderful experience filled with new activities every day.

– Wayne Harloff

Natalina’s Food & Wine Experiences

Tico Licence: #50018105, #50021759

Since 2015, Natalina has hosted small groups in southern Italy to experience the small-town charm and incredible food and wine.

At Natalina’s, we like both our food and travel ‘slow’.  Slow food means we choose experiences and restaurants that promote local food and traditional cooking.  Slow travel means our itineraries limit hotel changes, select only the best experiences so that they can be enjoyed deeply and allowing sufficient time to wander as you wish.  Our small group tours are capped at 18 people.  

We also embrace the shoulder seasons.  Spring and fall are the best times to visit Italy – great weather, great food, less crowds.  We meet all guests at the first hotel.

Choose from our longest running experience, Taste of Puglia (the heel!), join Natalina in her ancestral home of Calabria (the toe!), try Sicily & Malta (island hopping!) or our newest destination, Abruzzo (only 2 hours from Rome, perfect to add on Rome).  Not sure which tour is right for you? Contact Natalina for advice!

Please note we are a “walking tour” with transfers from town to town only, not a “bus tour”. You are required to some days, walk up to 4 hours daily, with brief stops and you are required to move your own luggage from the coach to the hotel. As we prefer hotels in the old town centres, this can be a 5-minute walk or up to a 15-minute walk. (new traffic restrictions are having the coach drop offs further out)

Need more history or additional stops in your itinerary? Add a few days before or after your tour and we would be happy to help you plan them as a FREE service to registered clients~

Contact us to book and we will introduce you to our TICO licensed travel partners at Maxima Tours.

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★★★★★
Best. Vacation. Ever. Trip to Puglia region of Italy with Natalina and small group….can’t say enough good things about it. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys wonderful travel made easy :)”

Janice Reiner

★★★★★
“Taking the “Taste of Calabria” tour with host Natalina and guide Silvia proved to be one of my best travel decisions. With 13 other guests, we explored this part of southern Italy together, and by the end of the trip I felt I had gained 13 new friends”

Valerie Anderson

★★★★★
“I had an amazing time in Sicily and Malta! First time overseas, well organized, full days filled with interesting sites, amazing food and experiences. I will definitely travel with Natalina again”

Susan Keleher


Upcoming Culinary Experiences

Taste of Puglia

We start our adventure in the beautiful seaside town of Giovinazzo with walking tours, cheese making experience (the famous Burrata) and cooking in a local farmhouse. We travel south and inland to experience the wonderful hill towns and talented local artisans (olive oil, wine, bread, textiles) of the Itria Valley. We step briefly outside Puglia to include a must stop at the Unesco world heritage site of Matera. Next, on to the Instagram worthy seaside towns of Polignano a Mare and Monopoli. And south once more to the ‘Florence of the South’, Lecce. Of course, every stop and location are accompanied by memorable meals, local wines, leisure time and our guides bringing everything to life.

Dates: April 30 – May 10, 2024 (SOLD OUT, wait list)

Length: 10 nights
2024 Cost Double: $5545pp CAD Single: $6150 CAD
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Taste of Calabria

Calabria combines rugged mountains, historic villages, and dramatic coastline. We start with the seaside vistas of Tropea. Inland to San Giorgio Morgeto, we savor award winning salumi and olive oils and stroll through olive groves. A walking tour of Reggio Calabria is combined with a visit to the National Archaeological Museum. Pentidattilo, a ‘ghost’ town, is a unique experience. We visit Scilla where cliffs and seaside come together. The Musaba museum is a rare combination of art, science, and architecture. The wine region of Ciro hosts a vineyard tour and tasting. Camigliatello Silano is the mountain setting for a cooking class. One of the best-preserved historical centers in Calabria is found in Cosenza. Cooking experiences and meals from the proud and generous Calabrese will be memorable.

Dates: Sept 12-22,2024
Length:10 nights
Cost Double: $5950 pp CAD Single: $6750 CAD

ONLY 7 PLACES LEFT FOR THIS DEPARTURE!

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Taste of Sicily & Malta

A walking tour of the picturesque hill town of Taormina offers dramatic views to the sea and Arab, Norman and Gothic influenced architecture. The day ends with our first cooking experience. We visit an active volcano, Mt. Etna, followed by a demonstration and tasting of the traditional Sicilian mustarda dolci. Down the coast to Catania to enjoy the chaotic and delicious market and street food scene. The Siracusa and Ortigia walking tours reveal diverse architectural gems. Home to one of Sicily’s most beautiful historical centres is our next step, Noto, and surrounding valley for a wine tasting and lunch. Our introduction to the island of Malta starts with a food and culture tour of the fortified city of Valletta. By ferry to Gozo for a cooking experience with a local chef. We learn about local ingredients and pass a few landmarks along the way! We return to the main island for the medieval city of Mdina and a farm lunch with a local family.

Dates: Sept 27 – Oct 7, 2024 (Depart Sept 26)

2024 SOLD OUT!(wait list)

Length: 10 nights

2024 Cost Double: $ 6399 CAD Single: $7860 CAD
*Single supplement is higher due to limited rooms on the islands.
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Taste of Abruzzo

We begin with L’Aquila and the medieval hill town of Castel del Monte in
Abruzzo’s rugged interior. Among the Apennine mountains, we enjoy a local lunch of arrosticini and visit the hill
town of Santo Stefano di Sessanio. We include a visit to the Stiffe Caves and Abruzzo’s “Sisteen chapel”. Foraging the seasonal produce surrounding San Demetrio Ne’ Vestini will preclude our first cooking experience. We then visit the beautiful hillside town of Navelli, famous for saffron production. Now we head south-east to the dramatic Adriatic coastline in Fossacesia. A seaside visit to a Trabucco for a dining experience is an absolute must!

Back to the interior to explore a working olive tree farm and vineyard and a walking tour of Sulmona, famous for their ‘confetti’. Scanno hosts our next farm to fork experience and finally Pacentro, nominated as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. We finish with a second hands on cooking experience in a working farmhouse and then transfer the group to a Rome Airport Hotel for an easy airport transfer or into Rome for an extended stay.

Date: May 13-23, 2024

This departure is now guaranteed with 7 places left!

Length: 10 nights
2024 Cost: Double: $5860 CAD per person Single: $6449CAD

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This departure includes a group airport transfer from Rome Fiumicino Airport plus 1 night Rome airport hotel & transfer at the end.

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BOOK NOW plus Pre and Post Travel Assistance

We want you to have the best time on your vacation, both the time we spend together on our tour and any travel you wish to do before or after.

As a free service and additional value of travelling with us, we can provide recommendations and helpful planning to further enjoy what Puglia, Calabria, Abruzzo, Sicily and Malta can offer.


Tour Details

Tico Licence: #50018105, #50021759

Fees & Details
  • Each tour is priced based on a 10-person minimum, maximum of 18 guests
  • It is your responsibility to follow all entry requirements to host country and re-entry requirements to home country
  • We meet guests at the first hotel for each tour, does not include flight
  • Includes group airport transfers to first hotel on day 1 & departure on last day
  • Includes all on the ground transportation and entry fees to experiences
  • Includes all tips for guides, drivers, and group meals only
Payment & Refund Dates
  • Reserve your place now with a $2000 CAD deposit. Deposit is refundable, less a $250 CAD* administrative fee, if cancelled 91 days or greater prior to your departure (* bookings after 08/01/23)
  • Balance is required 90 days prior to departure
  • Non-refundable if cancelled 90 days or less prior to departure
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is recommended

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