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Where Luxury meets Authenticity - Our curated experiences connect you to Italian culture through its food, wine, history and hidden gems

 

 
 

 

 

The GastroNomad is a boutique travel company, focusing on exclusive and bespoke private tours in Italy.  We want you to experience the Italy we learned to know and love without all the frustrations of planning a visit to an unknown territory. Coupled with our local expertise, strong relationships with our local suppliers and guides, deep passion for what we do and Margie's advanced wine certifications,  we endeavor to provide an extraordinary and unique adventure.  We will send you to hidden gems carefully selected by us. One of the most difficult parts of planning in Italy is logistics and it's is big part of our benefits and value. Eliminating the stress of travel in a foreign country, our tours are designed to give you a streamlined journey based on your interests.  We go well beyond what you can plan using search engines and travel sites to curate your trip and navigate through Italy. Our VALUE: first we learn about you and understand preferences, next we tailor a unique experience for you, then we collaborate together to review prior to execution, and it doesn't stop here as we continue to work with you during your journey. Relax, sit back and let us take over. Read our reviews here: Our Testiminals and learn more about why customers use our services here:  What we Offer

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Piedmont

Gorgeous hilly landscape covered in vines, with a mountainous backdrop, in northwest Italy near the French border.

A gourmand's paradise with some of the best cuisine in Italy. Known for the world famous Barolo and Barbaresco wines and the Alba White Truffle, Piedmont also boasts UNESCO World Heritage vineyard landscape sites, and castles. Some favorite activities are Alba white truffle hunting, wine tours at hidden gems along with pairing lunch or dinner in the cellar, cooking courses from a local, local cheese production and tasting, e-biking, 4wd vineyard tours, hot air balloon rides and visits to historical castles. We also help you avoid tourist traps and hassles in travel. Click below for more info and photos.

 
 

 

 

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Tuscany wine tours

Tuscany

Located in central Italy. Its major cities are Florence, Pisa and Siena.

Known for Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Moltepulciano, Vin Santo, gorgeous sunsets stunning landscapes, and comforting Tuscan cuisines to pair with the wines.
Some favorite activities are wine tours at hidden gems and lunch or dinner in the cellar, black truffle hunting, cooking courses, local cheese production and tasting, historical village tours, e-biking, 4wd vineyard tours, hot air balloon rides and visits to historical castles. We also help you avoid tourist traps and hassles in travel. . Click below for more info and photos.

Where is Tuscany

Valpolicella and Trentino-Alto Adige

Valpolicella is just north of Verona and known for Valpolicella, Amarone, and Soave Classico wines.  Fruit trees and vegetation interspersed with the vineyards make for a beautiful landscape, and provide gorgeous cuisines to pair with the wines.

Trentino-Alto Adige is further north, at the edge of the Dolomite mountains and bordering Austria. It boasts many indigenous and international varieties, grown at higher altitudes, making a perfect backdrop for tastings. These 2 regions are undiscovered gems and definitely  not to miss.

Some favorite activities are wine tours at hidden gems, wine tasting lunch among Roman ruins in a panoramic setting, cooking courses from a local, local cheese factory tour and tasting in a cellar, aperitivo with Italian champagne-style wine overlooking the gorgeous valley below, and visits to historical villages and castles. We also help you avoid tourist traps and hassles in travel.  Click below for more info and photos.

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Amarone tours and Roman Ruins
Lake Como boat tour

Lake Como and Valtellina

The dramatic and breathtaking Lake Como is known for significantly more than its most famous Hollywood villa owner.  Enjoy everything from authentic and rustic venues to luxurious 5 star accommodations.

Valtellina is a stunning wine region with steep vineyards, just north of Lake Como. They produce elegant, structured and beautiful wines made with the Nebbiolo grape, the same grape used to produce the famous Barolos. 

 

Some favorite activities are luxury boat tours with a knowledgeable and fun local guide, cooking courses from a local, guided hikes with panoramic views and village tours for all levels with optional picnic lunch, local cheese production and tasting, day of golf in a gorgeous course with Lake views, seaplane tours, kayaking or paddle board, and our most popular option, a day of wine tours and lunch in nearby wine regions. We also help you avoid tourist traps and hassles in travel. Click below for more info and photos.

 
 

 

 

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ABOUT US

Margie and Kevin Clancy

Why the name GastroNomad? Gastro: Margie has always been a food enthusiast.  Nomad: she spent 20 years traveling the globe, embracing the culture in each country she visited or lived.  Learn why Margie and Kevin chose Italy and created this business together by clicking here.

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