Food & Wine Trails Sommelier Series
Viva L'ltalia!

Program Highlights
  • Personally hosted by Italian guide and wine educator, Filippo Magnani
  • Private shipboard events including individually themed welcome wine-paired dinner, seminar & tasting, casual wine hour and farewell reception
  • Four NEW Food & Wine Trails optional bespoke wine-themed shore tours personally hosted by Filippo
  • Optional Food & Wine Trails exclusive 2-night post-cruise land program to Umbria
  • ‘Destination Immersion’ experience
  • Award-winning shipboard amenities & accommodations
  • Onboard Wine Education program
  • Specialty dining restaurants Prime C and Aqualina (suite guests)
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Paid shipboard gratuities
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available

Immerse yourself in la bella Italia with Food & Wine Trails’ second Sommelier Insiders Wine Cruise.  Join wine writer and expert Italian guide, Filippo Magnani, in his homeland of Italy for an unforgettable journey with a unique insider’s view of the country’s fine wine, food and culture.

Filippo hand-picked this itinerary because each place you visit has a special meaning to him that he is excited to share with you.  He has traveled extensively along the Italian Riviera and was captivated by its natural beauty, delicious seafood and local hospitality.  He is also excited to welcome you to his village in Tuscany for an intimate experience with the local people, food and wine.  Filippo has family on the island of Elba where he spends his summers.  Here you will tour his favorit spots.  One of Filippo’s favorite wines is Cannonau, a type of Grenache made in Sardinia.  Along with their Vermintino, these Sardinian wines are some of the most sought after in the Mediterranean.

You’ll be in excellent hands with Fillippo as your host aboard  Azamara’s newest ship, the intimate 702-guest Pursuit from Nice’s colorful buildings and towering palm trees, towards Santa Margherita‘s stunning castle and  and scenic palace.  You’ll appreciate the extra time to explore with late night departures from Portovenere and Portoferraio plus an overnight in Livorno, gateway to Florence’s classics and Pisa’s famous learning tower.  Discover Olbia‘s medieval San Simplicio basilica before ending your intensive Italian journey in the Eternal City of Rome.

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  • Cruise Line


  • Ports of Call

    Nice, France to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy


Filippo Magnani

Italian Guide and Wine Educator


Destination: Italy
From/To: Nice, France to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Dates: September 26 – October 3, 2020
Length: 8-Days
Ship: Azamara Pursuit

September 26
Nice, France
Depart 10:00 PM

F&WT Onboard Event: Welcome Wine Paired Dinner –

Robust Reds of Italy: Here is your chance to taste the iconic big Italian reds: Barolo, Brunello and Amarone

September 27
Santa Margherita (Portofino), Italy
Arrive 1:00 PM
Depart 9:00 PM

F&WT Onboard Event: Seminar & Tasting – Mysterious Italian Grapes Revealed:  Discover native Italian grapes that you have probably never heard of let alone tasted before.  Expand your palate and repertoire by tasting wines usually reserved for closed sommelier circles that prefer to keep these secret wines to themselves.  Italy has the most diverse collection of grapes in the world.  Filippo will give you the keys to understand and appreciate these lesser known grapes.

September 28
Portovenere, Italy
Arrive 8:00 AM
Depart 10:00 PM

F&WT Optional Shore Tour: Portovenere – “The Bounty of the Italian Riviera”

September 29
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Arrive 8:00 AM

F&WT Onboard Event: Casual Wine Hour – Bubbles the Italian Way: Champagne has become synonymous excellence and celebration, but Italians arguably have even more fun with their bubbles and produce a different type of sparkling wine for every occasion, whether it’s prosecco in your Aperol Spritz, Moscato d’Asti with dessert or Lambrusco with your pizza.  Start your cruise off in style as you taste through the major styles of Italian sparkling wine, including the ‘Champagne of Italy’, Franciacorta.  Creamy and toasty, sweet and fruity, crisp and flowery.

September 30
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Depart 7:00 PM

F&WT Optional Shore Tour: Livorno – “Coming Home to Tuscany”

October 01
Portoferraio, Elba, Italy
Arrive 8:00 AM
Depart 8:00 PM

F&WT Optional Shore Tour: Portoferraio- “Escape to Elba”

October 02
Olbia, Sardinia
Arrive 8:30 AM
Depart 6:00 PM

F&WT Optional Shore Tour: Olbia – “Pristine Sardinia: Italy’s Home to Grenache”

F&WT Onboard Event: Farewell Reception – The Divided Boot:  Exploring Italy’s different regions is a wine lovers dream come true.  From north to south you can experience a wider range in wine styles than anywhere else in Europe.  These wines can offer insights into their distinct differences and why many say Italy is divided into two countries: North and South.


October 03
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Arrive 6:00 AM
Disembark Ship
October 03 - 05
Umbria, Italy

F&WT Optional Post-Cruise Program: 2-night Umbria Land Package – In Development

Per Person Pricing

Club Oceanview - Cat. 05$2,886
Club Veranda - Cat. V2$3,686
Club Continent Suite - Cat. N2$4,286

Prices are per person based on cabin double occupancy and include shipboard accommodations, most onboard meals, estimated port taxes of $90 per person, limited travel management services and private wine program. Single occupancy rates available upon request, please ask your Travel Advisor for details. Prices do not include airfare, airport transfers, or all items of a personal nature. F&WT reserves the right to correct pricing errors or omissions. Prices for categories 05, V2 & N2 will not increase after you make full payment, except for charges resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes, fees or fuel surcharges.  All other categories are valid at time of publication, however are subject to change without notice at the discretion of Azamara Cruises.

Booking Incentives:
Please note that cruise line offered promotions including but not limited to free gratuities and internet packages can be cancelled or discontinued by the cruise line without notice at any time. F&WT includes such promotional offers on this web site in good faith and will remove expired, cancelled or discontinued offers within 24 hours of notification. F&WT will not be financially responsible for expired, cancelled, or discontinued cruise line promotions they in good faith advertise on this web site as valid.

About The Ship


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Azamara ships are not too big (you never feel lost). And they’re not too small (you won’t run out of new things to do and new people to meet). Azamara Pursuit guest capacity at just 702 is the perfect mid-sized ship. You’ll love the genial club-like atmosphere and the way the staff and crew get to know you. The smaller size of the ship also offers the big advantage of being able to sail to places larger cruise lines cannot.

Aboard Azamara Pursuit a muted color palette of earth tones is incorporated throughout, to evoke a serene, elegant and warm sense of home. Re-imagines staterooms include modern amenities, furnishings, and European linens. Plus the ship features a large number of staterooms and suites with verandas, perfect for starting your day with fresh sea air and stunning views. Add world-class dining options, spa experiences to relax and refresh, and all-new entertainment offerings, you’ve got an onboard experience that’s matched only by immersive cultural encounters on shore.

Club Veranda (pictured below) | Club Oceanview | Club Interior
Welcome to your vacation home with ocean views, sea breezes and all the style and amenities of a boutique hotel.

•Luxurious cotton bed linens with duvet
•Terry bathrobes and slippers
•24-hour room service
• About Rose toiletries – sophisticated luxury soaps and fine toiletries
•Welcome fruit basket at embarkation
•Fresh-cut flowers
•Tote bag
•Complimentary use of umbrella and binoculars
•Complimentary shoe-shin service
•Turndown treats
•Daily news bulletin

Club World Owner’s Suite | Club Ocean Suite | Spa Suite| Club Continent Suite
There is no finer way to travel than in the comfort of a Club World Owner’s Suite, Club Ocean Suite, Club Continent Suite or the NEW Club Spa Suites.

Enjoy all of the above stateroom amenities plus:
•English butler service
•235 complimentary Internet minutes per person
•One free bag of laundry service per suite, each seven days
•Complimentary specialty restaurants
•Afternoon tea service in-suite
•$300 per person shipboard credit (excludes Club Continent Suite)

Explore the international menu of Discoveries Restaurant and popular ethnic-themed nights at Windows Café. For a casual pool grill during the day and sit-down al fresco dining at night, there’s the Patio, and for breakfasts in bed and relaxing nights there’s 24-hour white linen room service. Treat yourself to Aqualina and Prime C, Azamara’s specialty restaurants featuring a fresh take on Italian fare and steakhouse classics.

Prime C 
Windows Café

Enrichment and  Activities You can do as little or as much as you want aboard Azamara. From a Broadway-style show, a White Night party, a quiet evening in the Mosaic Cafe, a refreshing dip in the pool and sleeping under the stars – Azamara has it all.

Mosaics Café
Pool Deck
Chef’s Table 

Terms & Conditions

    To book a stateroom on this sailing, you must submit a completed registration form with deposit. For your convenience the registration form can be completed and electronically signed online by all passengers traveling.

    For PC users the PDF form can be completed online, saved and returned via email to

    For MAC users, the process for properly filling in and saving a PDF form is slightly different than on a Windows machine. By default, the Mac’s Preview application is set to open all PDF files, but Preview will not save the data you put into the forms. Right-click on the pdf or hold down the Control key on your keyboard and click on it. A menu will appear, select “Open With”. Choose Acrobat Reader from the list of programs. From within Acrobat you will be able to fill in the fields and save the file with your text and submit the completed form via email.

    $950 cruise deposit per person is due at time of booking for Club Veranda, Club Oceanview and Interior staterooms. $1500 per person deposit is required for suites.

    FINAL PAYMENT DUE DATE: May 14, 2020

    If you are paying for the deposit by check, mail to: Food & Wine Trails, 141 Stony Circle, Suite 260, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. If you are paying for the deposit with a credit card, include your card information on page two of the registration form and FAX to (707) 526-9147.

    Categories 05, V2 and N2 are confirmed pricing for the group. All other category prices are valid at the time of publication, however are subject to increase or decrease without notice at the discretion of Azamara. Please contact your Travel Advisor for complete details and most current fare quotes.

    Please note that cruise line offered promotions including but not limited to free gratuities, shipboard credits, and internet packages can be cancelled or discontinued by the cruise line without notice at any time. F&WT includes such promotional offers on this web site in good faith and will remove expired, cancelled or discontinued offers within 24 hours of notification. F&WT will not be financially responsible for expired, cancelled, or discontinued cruise line promotions they in good faith advertise on this web site as valid.

    Please note, Azamara requires that all guests submit a completed Guest Registration Form before final payment can be processed.

    F&WT strongly recommends the purchase of (Allianz) travel insurance to safeguard your trip investment.


    Please note: Cruise escorts, experts scheduled to appear and onboard programming are subject to change with or without notice. For a complete listing of all tour conditions, please refer to page 2 of the registration form.