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Italy! Rome, Villaggio della Birra, Bologna & Venice

September 4 - 16, 2017
11 nights - $3795, $715

Italy is a wine country... right? Over the last 20 or so years -- especially the last 10 -- Italy has become a beer country, too. Creative brewers embracing local and regional culinary traditions have sprung forth to offer Italian interpretations of the world's great beer styles. Join us as we seek out the best of beer, food, history, and wine in Rome, off-the-beaten-track Tuscany, Bologna, and iconic Venice.

We start in awe-inspiring Rome feeling its living history and global influence in every step.

A beer festival in Tuscany, you say? Villaggio della Birra is a festival like no other, and is the beery keystone of our trip. Brewers from Belgium, the UK, the US, Spain, Norway all in attendance. Add some festival-loving Italians in costume, weilding loaves of Mozzerella, live music, face painting, amazing food vendors and you have a uniquely Tuscan beer festival.

We continue to gloriously historic and under-touristed Bologna, and dive into Emiglio-Romano for Parma-things, and 2 great breweries. Eenjoy fine hotels, great beer and excellent Italian cuisine before ending the trip in frenetic and beautiful Venice. Locally guided beer and food walks, daily breakfasts, travel by rail and private coach, tons of history and natural beauty, and wonderful brewery hospitality awaits. Discover a side of Italy few have seen as we meet friendly brewers and have special tours. We will also feature other culinary producers, and a winery or two. Come to Italy on a BeerTrip! For Registration Policies & Details: Click Here

Daily Itinerary*:

Day 1, Monday – Travel to Rome, Italy -- The Eternal City

Fly to Rome, Italy.

Overnight on a plane

Day 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Rome, Neighborhood Beer Bars, Welcome Dinner

Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel in the heart of the city. Settle in and meet the group for an informal walk and pub crawl in the cool neighborhood surrounding the hotel - which happens also to be home to best beer bar in Rome. We will end up in an eatery for Roman favorites and beer.

Overnight in Rome.

Day 3, Wednesday - Guided City Tour, Trastevere Food tour, Pub Crawl

This morning we will meet our friendly and knowledgeable local guide for a walk around some of the cities main sights. Lunchtime and the afternoon is unscheduled. Later this evening we will take a multi-flavored guided food drink and history tour, with the opportunity to taste a variety of local flavors. The evening is free for a pub crawl, or to experience Rome's many squares and piazzas at night.

Overnight in Rome.

 

Day 9, Thursday – Free Day in Rome, Colosseum at Night

Today is totally free to explore Rome and check stuff off your bucket list. This evening we will visit Rome's Brewdog, next to the Colosseum, before our guided tour of the Colosseum at night.

Overnight in Rome.

 

Day 10, Friday – To Tuscany, Hill Top Hotel, Villaggio della Birra!

Overnight in Buonconvento.

 

Day 11, Saturday – Morning Free, Afternoon Festival Events

Overnight in Buonconvento.

 

Day 5, Sunday - Travel to Bologna, Bologna Beer and Food Tour

Overnight in Bologna.

 

Day 6, Monday – Morning City tour, Free Time, Beer Bars

Overnight in Bologna.

 

Day 7, Tuesday – Daytrip - Breweries, Ham, Cheese near Parma

Overnight in Bologna.

 

Day 8, Wednesday - Train to Venice, evening in Venice, Gondola Cruise

Overnight in Venice.

 

Day 9, Thursday – Walking Tour, Evening Free, Venice Beer Bars

 

Overnight in Venice.

Day 10, Friday – Visit Murano, Farewell Beer Dinner

Overnight in Venice.

 

Day 11, Saturday – Farewell Italy! Travel home.

Take a Water Taxi to the Airport for your flight hiome. Cheers!

Overnight in Your House.

Beer Highlights
& Brewery Visits

Italian Cuisine and Beer - Creative brewers are taking food and beer (and you) to delicious places.

Brewpub/Brewery Visits

Villaggio Della Birra

Discover a wide variety of excellent interpretations of classic beer styles.

Great coffee, wine and food are simply the norm in Italy.

Good folks to travel with who will share your ecclectic taste for antipasti, gelato, mortadella, parmasean, wine and excellent beer!

Overnight Stays*

Cinque Terre -

Genoa -

Vernante -

Alba -

Torino -

Included Tours

Park and Train ticket in Cinque Terre

City Tours in Genoa and Torino

Olive Oil Museum in Imperia

Vinegar Producer

Included Meals

9 Breakfasts

4 Lunches

3 Dinners

Trip Price
(Land-only, Based on double occupancy)

$3095 per person

Single Room add $635

Arrival & Departure

Trip Begins in Monterosso al Mare

Trip Ends in Milan

Please Note:

The overall style of the trip is best suited for somewhat adventurous, beer-loving travelers who want the camaraderie and structure of a tour, as well as the opportunity to explore independently. Planned events and excursions will, for the most part, be informal. Guided touring is generally the exception, though travelers can always rely on the support and assistance of the trip leader.

* Please note also:

This itinerary is subject to change based on brewery or hotel availability, force majeur, acts of dieties, common sense or bad weather, etc. Smaller breweries, as well as the Trappists, are often unable to commit to hosting groups until a couple of weeks before we arrive. Substitutions, when necessary, will be as good or better than what we replaced. And, don't worry, the beer is always good!