Our hotel offers 28 finely furnished rooms provided with:air conditioned mini bar Jacuzzi Internet connection Sky TVAncient home of the XVI century, Villa Foscarini was completed restructured becoming a masterpiece of harmony and elegance: the original terrazzo, the precious Murano's chandelier and old fornitures, recreate the ancient atmosphere. The Hotel offers its guests one American bar and an elegance living room for formal and informal meeting; it also offers a meeting room for a maximum of 30 people. With 32 rooms, each in a different style and equipped with all modern comforts (air conditioned, mini bar, Jacuzzi, internet access and SKY TV), Hotel Villa Foscarini is for people that search a delicate atmosphere of bygone days.
On Day 4 we will have our 2nd cookery classBut in the heart of veniceOnce we arrive in Venice by train we our guide and chef will take us on a tour of one of the oldest fish and produce markets in Venice at Ponte di RialtoWe will also stop along the way for typical venetian delights – cicchetti – a tasting of wine and venetian finger food .After the class we, we will enjoy our lunch. A local sommelier will guide us through the wines accompnying our meal.After lunch you will have some free time to return enjoy venice or return to the hotel at your leisure.
On day 5 we will check out of the hotel and begin to move west.We will stop in the town of Bassano del Grappa for a guided tour – Bassano is famous as a forefront during the battles of wwi, for the bridge that crosses the river brenta designed by Andrea Palladio as well as its beautiful cermamics. A charming town with one of the oldest grappa distilleries where we will taste the smooth acquavite.Along the way we will stop for lunch and then head towards the valpolicelland amore region close to Verona. Here we will see how the Famous wine is made.We will then reach our hotel on Lake Garda on the Lombardy side in the lake town of desenzano.
The wines of the region are the champagne like Franciacorta. The Oltrepo’ pavese and Lugana whites and theLambrusco.Here is a short video on the beauty of lake garda
We will check in to Villa Rosa – 4 hotel lake frontA liberty style hotel recently rennovated with all modern comfortsThe hotel also has a terrace restaurant, hetaed pool, Centrally located and a walk from everything
On day 6 we willtake the boat to reach Isola del Garda to see the Venitan villa and Gardens After a wine tasting we will reach one of the towns along the lake for lunch.In the afternoon a quick otur of an olive mill will surprise your palate.The rest of the afternoon is yours to relax and stroll along the lake, get pampered at a local spa or do some shopping.
On Day 7 we will have a guidede walking tour of the city of Mantua – an ideal renaissance town.We will then head to IsoladellaScala – an aera between Mantua and Verona where the cultivation of rice is geografically protected. The Riso Nano Vialone – grown from selected seeds and harvested in October.Here we will see the different types of rice and how they can be used from Antipasto to risotto and dessert.While we are there it is also the time of the International rice festival which has reached its 46 the edition.Chefs compete for the best dishes.The festival is delighted by music and gastronomic stands.We will then return to our hotel for an overnight stay
On day 8 we check out of our hotel on Lake Garda and move to the Piedmont region.Piemonte was home to the Savoy kingdom and turin was the first capital of italy.
Please take a couple of minutes to check the video of the region
We are lucky to be there during the white truffle festival . But there are another delights not to miss: Lardo di colonnata, grogonzola, grissini torinesi and more
Am,ong the famous wines” Barolo, abrbaresco,nebbiolo, dolcettod’albaarneis
We will first check into our hotel. A Relais overlooking the beautiful Langhe regionA 19th century farmhouse recently renovated to a first class hotel
After check in we will go to the town of Pollenzo – birthpalce of the Slow food movement to contrast the FaST FOOD MOVEMENT…YOU WILL NOT FIND A mCdONALDS ANYWHERE NEAR HERE…The pride in the local culianrytrditions is felt
On Day 0 we will visit Turin – the first cpaital of Italy First just north of turn, The Reggia di venaria – the royal palaces and gardens of the savou familyWe will then transfer to the Lingotto at Eatly – a gastronomic wonderland – here you will find delicacies from every part of Italy.You may have lunch here at any of the themed eateries.In the afternoon a guided tour of the royal city and time for shoppingAfter dinner we will return to the hotel
As I mentioned ealier – piedmont and turin in particular will host a series of events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification.Please take alook at this great video
On day 10 we dsicover the whiteltuffle of albaWe will meet with our triffolao –truffle hunter – early in the morning to learn how to search for trufflesThe 4th cookery class on regional piemontese cuisine andlunch will followTour the castle of Grinzane – the home of the father of the italian unification – camillobenso di cavourN the late afternoon we reach alba for come free time at the festival
Culinary Delights of Northern Italy September 24th to October 5th 11 Nights/12 Days
Price does not include: tips, personal purchases (truffles, local products, wines, etc), additional drinks, minibar, personal liability, health and travel insurance, air travel and all not specifically mentioned in the tour program.