Ski, Bike and Taste Italy

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Get ready to feast your eyes on a selection of tour packages in Italy. From sports to food, and a combination of the two, adventurers and gastronomes alike will find these offerings appealing.

Skiing Piedmont Year after year, the Piedmont region of Italy continues to grow in popularity. Specifically well known among sports-followers is Sestriere Ski Resort, which hosted the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino. And now, travelers can enjoy the same slopes as the pros with World On Skis’ new Piedmont Italy Ski Special.

Created solely for skiing, Sestriere Ski Resort in the West Alps offers three separate slopes starting from 9,260 ft. with a total length of 74 miles. And as part of the Via Lattea complex, Sestriere is linked with various other Piedmont resorts, totaling 248 miles of skiing opportunities—enough for any enthusiast.

Starting from $829 pp dbl, the Piedmont Italy Ski Special includes 7-night accommodations at Hotel Biancaneve, daily breakfasts and dinners, hotel taxes and fees and roundtrip shuttle transfers to and from Torino.

The Piedmont Italy Ski Special is available for travel from March 11-18. For more information, call (866) 678-5858 or visit worldonskis.com.

Biking Prosecco, Veneto and Trentino Italiaoutdoors has finalized its 2012 tour line-up, adding three new Bike the Wine Road tours of the various wine-producing regions in Italy. Each bike route covers 30-45 miles per day, over various terrains from mountains to shorelines, and is accommodating to all skill levels.

• The 8-day Primavera del Prosecco is scheduled for April 1-8, during the Primavera del Prosecco Festival, which celebrates the wine, food, art and culture of Prosecco, including the Piave, Colli Berici and Breganze regions. Standard rates start from $3,495 pp dbl.

• The 10-day Grape Harvest Bike and the Wine Roads of the Veneto tour, Sept. 15-24, will ride through the Veneto region, along the shores of Lago di Garda and visiting the nearby cities of Verona and Vicenza. Standard rates start from $3,995 pp dbl.

• The 10-day Bike the Wine Roads Tours of Trentino-Alto Adige, Sept. 29-Oct. 8, takes bikers from the mountainous Sudtirol Weinstrasse, or “Wine Road,” to the lakefront views in the Veneto. Standard rates start at $3,995 pp dbl.

All tours include accommodations in three+ star hotels, all ground transfers, daily wine tastings, bike rental, GPS, all entry fees to attractions, all breakfasts, lunches, snacks and most dinners. For more information, call (978) 270-5774 or visit italiaoutdoorsfoodandwine.com.

Tasting Rome and Bologna Starting in Rome and ending in Bologna, your clients can eat to their heart’s content with the 7-day The Taste of Italy package by Kensington Tours.

Upon their arrival, guests will receive a welcome pack containing vouchers, city maps, and train tickets (if applicable). Their first three days will be spent in Rome and includes a half-day tour to visit the Spanish Steps, Scalinata, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Navona Square. Self-guided opportunities are laid out in detail, such as a picnic in the Villa Borghese Gardens or a gelato experience.

On day four, gastronomes will pack up their belongings and take the train to Bologna, where upon arrival they’ll take a half-day tour through the city’s most famous sites, including the Palazzo Accursio, Sala Borsa, Palazzo re Enzo and the Fountain of Neptune. Another half-day tour on day five introduces guests to a traditional bakery, pasta connoisseur and chocolate maker, while guests are encouraged to take a self-guided wine and cheese tour during their leisure time.

Standard rates start from $1,169 pp dbl. For more information, call (888) 903-2001 or visit kensingtontours.com.