Firms serve up a tasty Italian vacation October 08, 1998 Share 1 -- WILMETTE, Ill.--There is a new entry on the menu of food-related tours to Italy this season: a six-day joint venture offered by Culinary Adventures of Kenilworth, Ill., and Select Italy, based here. The six-day program, called Culinary Conquest of Tuscan History, was designed to mix good food with a sampling of the traditions of local country life.Participants will stay in Castello di Tocchi, a restored medieval village, where they will take part in a series of cooking lessons. Classes will be taught by chef Giancarlo Giannelli, the chef and proprietor of Tocchi's L'Oste Poeta Restaurant, and guests will have the opportunity to sample generations-old recipes. The tour also features dining at top restaurants in the area.To highlight the history and culture of Tuscany, the group will be led by an expert in anthropology. Wine tastings in Siena and Montalcino and side tours throughout the region also are included. Vacationers can add such optional side trips as hiking and spa tours.The program, which operates Sundays through Saturdays, is available for groups of six to 14. It is priced at $2,200 per person, double, through December. The rate includes accommodations, lessons, trips, transfers, gourmet meals and the services of an English-speaking guide.Commissions are 12%. Select Italy Phone: (847) 853-1661 Fax: (847) 853-1667 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web:www.atlantisweb.com/selectitaly.