Italy Culinary Vacations: When Can I Travel to Italy?

A view of Portofino, on of Italy's loveliest villages, during a culinary vacation on the Italian Riviera.Updated May 7, 2021.

When will you be able to travel to Italy? We hear this question frequently. Millions of people in the U.S. and Europe have already been vaccinated. The European Union declared a few weeks ago that vaccinated US travelers will be able to travel to Europe this summer. And most recently, the Italian Prime Minister indicated Italy will reopen its border to U.S. travelers May 15th.

So now we are increasingly hearing, how do I start planning?

Walking among the fields of flowering lentil crops near Norcia, Umbria.Status of Travel to Italy

The status of travel to Italy since early last spring was that US travelers were not allowed entry for recreational travel, only for business, school, or emergency reasons. Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced in two statements this past week that restrictions will ease mid-May and U.S. travelers will be readmitted (with proof of vaccination or negative COVID test) in mid-May.

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You can find up to date information on the situation in Italy at the US Embassy in Italy website. Or, check out the Italy page of Reopen Europa’s website.

A view of beautiful Castelluccio, a medieval village of Umbria, during our Food Lover's Paradise in Umbria cooking vacation.Booking a Culinary Vacation in Italy

One thing is certain: our partners in Italy can’t wait to welcome our travelers back on our amazing and authentic culinary vacations in Italy. And we’re making it easier to book than ever, with dozens of Worry-Free Trips. These trips allow you to cancel without penalty up to 31 days prior to the trip and receive a full refund on your deposit. (Read more about our Worry-Free Trips.)

Discover one of our best culinary vacations on the Amalfi Coast.

Delicious homemade cavatelli pasta with a meat ragu, made during your authentic culinary vacation in Italy.And we have many, many more culinary vacations in Italy currently offered with special flexible booking terms. For these trips, you can cancel up to 31 days prior and receive a refund of your deposit minus a cancelation fee of $200 per person. (See our special flexible trips in Italy.)

Choosing a Culinary Vacation in Italy

You might be asking yourself, “How do I choose a culinary vacation in Italy?” The best place to start is our website, where we offer detailed itineraries, pricing, and tons of pictures. But it is also always a good idea to contact us. We know our culinary vacations in Italy like the backs of our hands. We can help steer you toward the culinary vacation that seems right for you.

The farm in Molise, home during your farm to table culinary vacation with The International Kitchen.For instance: Are you looking for something off the beaten path? You might try our Authentic Italy from the Mountains to the Sea in the region of Molise.

Looking for a farm-to-table experience? Try A Culinary Adventure in Puglia and cook with the lovely Chef Chiara while you stay on their family estate. Want something romantic? How about our Truly Tuscany Wine Tasting Tour in Western Tuscany?

Using all your senses during a cooking class with Chef Silvia as part of our Cooking under the Tuscan Sun cooking vacation.Perhaps you want to pamper yourself with a luxury culinary vacation with Michelin Star chefs? We have you covered with our best-selling Cooking under the Tuscan Sun culinary vacation, or our amazing cooking vacation at Don Alfonso near Sorrento.

Or, maybe you’re traveling on a budget and want a shorter culinary vacation? Try our Authentic Experience in Piedmont, and stay at the lovely and cozy inn of your hostess, Francesca.

A beautiful scene in Italy during a cooking vacation with The International Kitchen.If you’re looking for a totally private experience for a culinary vacation with family or friends, we can offer that too. We have private weeks for 4-6 people at our Living the Real Tuscan Dream culinary vacation, or for larger groups at many of our other destinations.

A spectacular view on an Amalfi Coast food tour with TIK.In short, if you’re anxious to travel on one of our culinary vacations in Italy, there is plenty of good news to be had. Travel to Italy should be possible again very soon, we’ve got plenty of amazing and safe culinary vacations to satisfy any travelers, and we’re offering more flexibility than ever before.

Contact us to get started!

By Peg Kern

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