FAQ

Use this page to find answers to the most frequently asked questions! If you are unable to find what you're looking for, use the contact form!

About Us

It all started in 2011 with Caputo Brothers Creamery, a family-owned cheese business located in the heart of the Central Pennsylvania dairy region. While on their honeymoon, the owners, Rynn and David Caputo, decided to quit their Fortune 500 jobs and attend culinary school in Calabria, Italy.

After traveling across all twenty regions of Italy, they knew they were destined to make their culinary passion their life’s work. They brought their passion for Italian cheese back to the States, along with all of their stories from Italy. They recognized a desire from their cheese customers to experience Italy and all of its culinary offerings and decided to plan a tour in 2012 - their first of many. Kyle Carter, who has been with the Caputo's from the start, is the Chief Curation Officer of Curata Travel. As the years went on, the number of tours continued to grow and we were getting incredible feedback from our travelers so we wanted to be able to offer even more! Thus was born...Curata Travel!

Together, we understand that travel is known to educate the mind and soul - we believe it should educate the palate as well!

COVID-19

COVID-19 travel regulations/guidelines are constantly changing. Currently, Curata Travel requires all guests to be fully vaccinated. As of March 1st, 2022, travel to Italy requires full vaccination, a COVID recovery certificate, or a negative test. These requirements change often and while we try our best to update them here, please use Sherpa for the most up-to-date information.

Logistics

Living like an Italian is what these culinary adventures are all about – years of travel through all 20 regions of Italy have allowed our team to design a culinary stroll that will take even the most inexperienced traveler comfortably “off the beaten path” to enjoy the Italy that tourists rarely get to experience. Each trip is designed for travelers to experience these rich cultural traditions through cuisine. Travel is known to educate the mind and soul – we believe it should educate the palate as well!  

Our small group tours (average group size: 18 people) are not just a memorable vacation, but are full of authentic experiences, friendship, and a reverence for the Italian artisans and food traditions of each region we visit.  Each excursion and meal is planned with care to show you the authentic Italy that we love so much.  

Our newsletter delivers lots of important updates on current and upcoming tours, new blog posts, recipes, and other fun news right to your inbox! Don't you want to be the first to know about a brand new tour???

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Pricing and Booking

Start the process by completing a Booking Request Form for the trip you are interested in. They do fill up quickly, so there is always a chance to be put on a wait list. Once you contact us, a deposit will be needed and a form will be filled out with all of your information. You will then receive updates leading up to the time of your trip!

We do not provide or sell any insurance to our travelers, but we do highly recommend purchasing it for your trip. Please see our Terms & Conditions page for more information.

We accept checks and all credit cards (there is a 3% processing fee for all credit card payments).

Pricing includes all hotel accommodations covered in the itinerary, all planned excursions and classes, daily breakfasts, all meals (may vary depending on your tour) accompanied by local wines, private transportation throughout the tour, and airport transfers on the specified arrival and departure dates/times.

Airfare and trip insurance are not included in the pricing. Also not included are activities, food, and beverage not outlined in the itinerary, as well as hotel incidentals such as hotel bar tabs, international calls, laundry service or room service. Any transportation required outside of the itinerary - taxi fare, airport transfers outside of the planned group transfers, etc. Gratituties for your guides is at your discretion.

Tour Related

We keep our tour groups fairly small, usually between 15-20 travelers per trip.

All over!! From the most northern areas (Lake Como) to the southernmost (Calabria), east coast (Puglia) to west (Amalfi) - even to the islands (Sicily, Sardinia), and everywhere in between!

Our tours are led by any combination of our team members! We usually have 2-3 team members accompanying any given trip.

Our culinary tours to Italy are typically 10 days - sometimes a couple of days less, sometimes a couple of days more. Check each tours itinerary for exact dates!

Well, we focus on the culinary delights of Italy - so that means FOOD! We will visit restaurants, markets, wineries, cheese tastings, olive oil tasting, cooking classes, and so much more! We also take time to appreciate the history, beauty, and culture that Italy has to offer.

This depends on where you're going and when you're going, but the most important thing to keep in mind is comfort! Before your trip, you will receive multiple newsletters and we'll be sure to tell you what to pack in one of those. Don't worry - we've got you covered!

We will be traveling from place to place on our tours, which means we will stay in different hotels. When choosing, we try to diversify the types of hotels we stay in so travelers can get a total experience. This means we aim to stay in places that have a combination of the following characteristics (all while ensuring they are clean and comfortable): 3- or 4-star hotels, family-run hotels, Agriturismo hotels, and hotels located in city centers. Everyone, or each couple, has their own private room with their own bathroom.

Yes! Please use the Contact Us form and let us know which tour you are interested in!

We recommend booking your flights between 3-5 months in advance of your trip. While international flights are released about 11 months in advance, we find this to generally be the time to find optimal pricing. And you can always set up an alert on a site like Google Flights to monitor how prices are fluctuating. Please contact us before booking flights to ensure there have been no changes to the itinerary.