Archaeology + Food


A new recipe for small-group travel to Italy

Unique tours for the culturally curious and the sophisticated palate.

Elifant Archaeo-Culinary Tours offers week-long trips that combine remarkable access to cultural and archaeological sites, truly expert leaders, and some of the best food in Italy. Our trips are a feast for the mind, soul, and body.



Windmills, cave dwellings, salt pans, cranu stumpatu*

Even on your umpteenth trip to Italy, we can still amaze you. Our themed cultural tours invite you to look at familiar places in a new light and discover much that is delightful
(and delicious). 

    *Hint: It’s for lunch.


October 14–21, 2019

How did ancient Rome, a city of a million people, manage to feed itself during the several centuries of the empire? And how do discriminating food lovers eat in Rome today? Those are the twin themes of our signature tour, a week in and around the Eternal City featuring great meals, private visits, fascinating encounters, and out-of-town day trips

October 21–28, 2019

If you’ve done the usual day trips from Rome, this tour—offered either as an add-on to A Taste of Ancient Rome or by itself—will take you to places that were a little too far or hard to reach. And if you’ve graduated from the tourist destinations of Tuscany and Umbria, this will be a very different reality.

March 30–April 6, 2020

Eastern Sicily is the land of Etna, Europe’s largest and most active volcano, and of six UNESCO World Heritage sites. From the Greek theater of Taormina to the Roman mosaics of Piazza Armerina to the Baroque gem that is Noto, you’ll be immersed in Sicily’s diverse past while feasting on the multilayered local cuisine and most delicious locally grown oranges, tomatoes, and pistachios.

October 12–19, 2020


Ancient cities atop windswept hills that evoke the staunch resistance of the local Samnite population against the growing power of Rome … pristine medieval castles and churches against a splendid backdrop of snow-capped mountains … a hearty, sometimes spicy pastoral cuisine … full-bodied Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine …


Solo travelers welcome


At Elifant, there’s a seat for everyone at the table. 

History buffs. Art lovers. People who care about the who and the why of traditional food as well as the what. Elifant travelers are curious—and congenial. Many travel solo and enjoy meeting new people. And all appreciate a little pampering. 


Talk with us.

Is there a particular museum or site you don’t want to miss? A local specialty you’re eager to taste? We’re here to answer your questions, large and small.

Elizabeth Bartman and Maureen Fant
Principals, Elifant Archaeo-Culinary Tours

Smart. Challenging. Stylish. Always fun.