In what kind of travel experiences is Italian Flavours specialised?

Italian Flavours is a boutique tour operator specialised in creating unique cultural-culinary tours in Italy. I will be sharing with you the best insights into Italian wine & food culture, art and traditions, unveiling mysteries and revealing secrets that only a true local could know. I will be supervising your entire journey and accompanying you every day, immersing you in the real spirit of a place and connecting you to locals in a way you’ll never forget. You can choose among already settled tour dates, Tailor Made itineraries perfectly designed according to your needs and dreams, if you are a group of friends, a single-traveller, a couple looking for an unforgettable honeymoon or for a special and immersive escape in the most authentic Italy, a group of women looking for an exciting women-only tour or a group of colleagues keen to experience an immersive and relaxing break, it will be a joy for me designing the best itinerary for a “life-changing” holiday in Italy.

What’s your story Angelina?

I am a professional travel designer and advisor, I am a professional tour manager and I am the founder of Italian Flavours. I am Sardinian and I have been head-over-heels in love with Italian culture and gourmet traditions since I was a little child. I always felt my mission was to dedicate my life to share the beauty and uniqueness of the most authentic Italian traditions, as well as food & wine culture, in one word, the real soul of Italy. I graduated in Italian Literature and I attained a Masters degree in Gourmet and Quality Food at the renowned University of Florence, where I had the chance to deepen my knowledge about the history and quality of Italian gourmet food products. I collaborated with the Tourist Board of my city, Oristano, and I worked as a senior quality consultant for 10 years. After many years working in the field, I decided to put these experiences to use and I founded my first company, Sardinia Flavour, with the aim of making people all over the world know and taste the most precious and traditional delicacies of my beloved Italy. The inspirational experience with Sardinia Flavour allowed me to get in touch with the best Italian artisans, who pass down the generations old and fascinating traditions, as well as the leading Italian food laboratories, wineries and gourmet restaurants, allowing me to create a network of precious jewels, the ones you are going to visit during the exclusive travel experiences I create every year with Italian Flavours. You can discover something more about me here: I Am Angelina.

What other kind of tours does Italian Flavours offer?

Working on tailor-made tours is my passion, the variety of experiences I offer are several, but I have a peculiar passion for transformational travel experiences, journeys where my guests can discover places definitely off the beaten track, but where they also have the chance to re-discover themselves and experience life-changing emotions they will bring with them forever. These journeys are a match between wellness and spirituality, Nature is the main character in those experiences. I also have a palette of active tours where my guests can experience exciting walking itineraries as well as excursions and trekkings over easy mountain paths, mule tracks, rural and secondary roads, cypress-lined dirt roads or those shaded by majestic pines, always accompanied by professional guides. And if you are brave enough, in my tours you can also challenge yourself in indomitable raftings, paragliding or exciting excursions in the most amazing, secluded caves in Italy, as for example the fascinating gravine di Puglia.

What is your blog about?

With my blog I would like to enable you to see Italy, its most untouched and amazing places, its culinary traditions and culture from a vantage point, the point of view of a local, as I am.

How my data will be managed after I send them to you?

The safety of your data is my first concern and among my first priorities, your data will be managed according to the European GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation, Directive (EU) 2016/680) and the Italian Data Protection Regulation Decreto Legislativo 10 agosto 2018, n. 101, your data are safe with me, as you are in my gourmet safaris. If you want, you can also read the full Privacy Policy.

How do your tours work?

I run several tours during the year, you can find the already settled dates related to my upcoming tours on the Tours in Italy section. My tours are escorted, the group size varies from 4 to 12 people, but for a truly magical experience I design Tailor Made journeys to your exact specifications, so that not only will you get to choose exactly where you go and what you do, you will be also able to limit the size of group according to your own needs. 

When travelling with me you enjoy unrivaled insider access to the authentic heart and soul of the most untouched hidden spots of Italy, you will experience immersive adventures with locals that lie far beyond the reach of the average traveller. I will be with you and assist you from the day the tour starts till its end, you only have to seat back, relax and enjoy your adventure in the most magic Italy with me.

Are your tours all inclusive?

My tours are all inclusive, except when you have free time. International air tickets are also not included, as well as internal air tickets you may need (but of course I can book them for you), also personal insurance is not included.

What is the maximum number of guests for each tour?

The maximum number of people for each tour is 12, but if you are thinking about a more intimate group-size, you are a solo traveller, or you are already a group and you would like to have a dedicated tour only for you, I will be super happy to work on a Tailor Made itinerary that perfectly suits your needs.

In which languages are your tours provided?

My tours are usually in English, of course we can speak Italian whenever you like. On request I can definitely provide my tours in other languages, as Japanese, Chinese and Portuguese. Feel free to contact me for any need about it, I will be super happy to assist you in order to make your experience exactly as you dreamt.

Why don’t you provide the flight tickets booking service?

I do not provide an international flight tickets booking service but of course, with an additional cost, I can provide a dedicated booking service for all your transfers in Italy. When designing your dedicated itinerary we will discuss all the details related to this.

Why are your tours for adults only?

My tours and gourmet safaris include activities and experiences mainly suitable for adults only, this is why they are preferable addressed to adults.

Are your tours also addressed to couples or single-travellers?

Of course they are! You can join one of my already settled tours by clicking on the Tours in Italy section or contact me for a tour perfectly designed according to your desires by clicking on the Tailor Made Tours section.

I saw some Italian regions are missing in your nowadays tours offer, do you also have proposals for those regions?

Yes, I do. I am definitely able to satisfy any request about your ideal destination in Italy, my on-the ground presence and local knowledge allows me to design the perfect itinerary for you, also managing your safety and security, which are always my first priorities.

In how much time I will receive the complete itinerary of the tour I am interested in?

I always give priority to the requests I get and I try to send the itinerary requested in no more than 5 working days, if I get the request when I am in tour it may take a little be longer, but do not worry, I will be constantly in touch with you from when I get your request till the itinerary will be sent to you.

What I am going to get once I send my request for a specific tour?

Once you send your request for a specific tour you will get a confirmation e-mail, this means I got your request and that I will be start working on that as soon as possible.

General

How does my request will be handled after I send it to you?

Once I receive your request I will check for availability and make sure all your needs and desires could be satisfied, I will then get back to you as soon as possible (this usually takes 3 working days). Consider that I am often in tour with my guests, so, during high season (April to July and September to October), it might take a little bit more to get back to you, I anyway try to give quick responses to all the requests I receive.

Why are your tours for adults only?

My tours and gourmet safaris include activities and experiences mainly suitable for adults only, this is why they are preferable addressed to adults.

Why are your tours for maximum 12 participants?

Setting the standard for small-group travels in Italy, I deliver the best in comfort and service in the one which is on of the world’s greatest destinations. This intimate group size, together with my local knowledge and painstaking attention to detail allow me to bring your destination in Italy to life with one-of-a-kind local insight.

Why don’t you provide the flight tickets booking service?

I do not provide an international flight tickets booking service but of course, with an additional cost, I can provide a dedicated booking service for all your transfers in Italy. When designing your dedicated itinerary we will discuss all the details related to this.

I read you will always be with me during my tailor-made tour? Can you tell me more?

I will be overseeing your entire journey and accompanying you every day, my aim will be to reveal you the real spirit of the place we will visit together, connecting you to the people, places and local life we encounter in a way you’ll never forget. Of course during the tour you will have your privacy and some free time to relax and enjoy those places by your own.

How can I be sure you will be available on the selected days?

When a reservation is confirmed or I am in touch with a person to define his Tailor-Made tour I have a script that blocks automatically the selection of those dates that could made by other persons interested in my tours. So if you can select a range date it means that I am completely available to guide your tour.

I saw that in the section Tours in Italy there are tours available in the same dates I can select for my Tailor Made Enquiry, how can I be sure you will be available if I select those dates?

If those dates are open it means that I have no reservations for both tours in that period, so you can absolutely make your enquiry for the dates you are looking for.

In how much time I will receive my dedicated tailor made itinerary?

I always give priority to the requests I get, of course the “working time” for a tailor-made tour depends on the complexity of the itinerary I have to design, but do not worry, I will be constantly in touch with you from when I get your request till the itinerary will be sent to you.

Experiences & Activities

What changes if the tour is composed by family members only?

The tour will be designed in order to perfectly meet your needs and desires, my first priority will be creating an unforgettable travel experience in Italy for you and your family, just following your rhythms.

What changes if the tour is composed by only Business Associates or Colleagues?

I will design your bleisure tour in Italy according to your needs and requirements. Whether you are looking for enhancing your productivity for a special project, improving motivation or increasing a positive attitude among your team members, I will support you in designing the perfect bleisure travel experience for your team, an enriching holiday able to enhance performance and creativity at work without losing sight of the enjoyable and social dimension of travel.

What changes if the tour is a Women-Only one?

My women-only expeditions and holiday experiences are designed in order to create itineraries that feature iconic destinations experienced at the perfect pace. You will enjoy all the benefits of my tours, including longer stops in places you most want to see, visits to vineyards, producers and exceptional wineries, delicious wine and olive oil tastings, shopping tours, Italian language courses, super funny cookery courses set in gorgeous rural locations where you will connect to local people and places in an unforgettable way. They are very transformative experiences perfectly shaped just for you.

Can you be more detailed and explain me what a Genealogy Tour is?

I love providing dedicated travel experience for those who are eager to know more about their family history and ancestral origins. Are you ancestors originally from Calabria, Sicily, Puglia, Campania or other regions in Italy? Are you dreaming about visiting that small town in Calabria from where your grandmother emigrated or walk the cobblestoned streets through your Sicilian ancestors’ village into the church where your great-great-grandfather was married. Envision the fullness in your heart as you share photos with family you never knew existed! My heritage trips are exactly as funny as my other travel experiences, they are exclusively designed according to your needs, they will include historical tours, exciting cookery courses in rural villages, with hands-on lessons and visits to local markets, wine tastings, lectures that will enhance your knowledge of your ancestors’ lives. My aim will be providing you the opportunity to experience the culture of your heritage and family in the most authentic way, and of course, organizing an exciting genealogy research where we hopefully meet your extended family here in Italy.

Are there any exceptions or any particular notes about the activities?

Truffle Hunting is available according to truffle season in the following regions: Tuscany, Piedmont, Calabria, Marche, and Umbria.

Catamaran, Sail and Motorboat Mini-Cruises are available from June to 15 September in Sardinia, Apulia, Calabria, Sicily, Liguria and Campania.

Services

Why can I choose only between “Breakfast plus Lunch or Dinner” or “Breakfast plus Lunch and Dinner”?

My enquiry form is shaped to be flexible, so that you can choose the solution that better suits also also related to this aspect of your holiday.

How does it works with the drinks? Are they always included?

½ liter of wine and 1 liter of water are included at lunch and dinner. I will be selecting the best local wines, the ones more connected with the terroir we are visiting. It will be a joy for me providing my assistance for any particular need or question about the wine selection for your tour.

I would like to see the details and the quality standards of the accommodations, how can I do?

I will provide you all the details of the accommodation I will choose for you in the tour itinerary I will design for you, so that you could be informed about every detail related to this aspect of your tour.

I would like to see the details and the quality standards of all the transfer services you provide, how can I do?

I will provide you all the details of the transfer services I will choose for you in the tour itinerary I will design for you, so that you could be informed about every detail related to this aspect of your tour.

Do I need to pay something in advance or all at once?

I will be asking for a deposit when the tour is confirmed, the final payment will be placed according to the terms & conditions I will send you together with your tailor-made itinerary.

When and how will I pay?

Upon confirmation of the itinerary I will send you an encrypted e-mail with a secure link provided by RazorPay through which you can comfortably pay your tour with your credit card. Alternatively you can make a wire transfer to my company’s bank account.

How if I have to cancel my tour?

Together with your itinerary I will send you detailed terms & conditions with all the information about the “cancellation policy”.

You maybe did not find what you are looking for or you probably have more question? It would be a joy hearing from you. You can contact me anytime using the dedicated section or you can send me an email at info@italianflavours.it. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.