Culinary Journey to Venice and the Veneto, Italy
$5,800 pp** | May 21-27, 2018 | Registration opens soon!
The Veneto Region of Italy holds a truly special place in my heart. Stretching over 7000 square miles from the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea, this area is home to fairytale cities, a kaleidascope of scenery, delicous cuisine, incredible wines, and maybe the most unique city in the world, Venice!
We'll stay at the Serego Alghieri, an unparalleled family-villa estate-turned-resort, and immerse ourselves in the beautiful Valpolicello countryside. After gathering together in the villa for a welcome cocktail and dinner, we'll rest up in our beautiful rooms before heading out to see and taste it all! We'll kick things off with a tour of my friend Gabriele Ferron’s riseria, (rice farm), followed by a risotto-making lesson. And we'll have to wander the cobblestone streets and narrow passageways in the medieval city of Verona. Oh, and the wine? We won't need to travel far to get to the vineyards. Our villa is perfectly situated to explore some of the best wineries in the region and we'll taste our way from Amarone to Valpolicella!
We'll even find time to visit the village of Sirmione on Lake Garda and my favorite on earth, - Venice!! We’ll get off the boat and wander the streets and alleys, grab a glass of prosecco, maybe a little Venetian crostini topped with tuna and capers or stroll the Rialto Market.
Join me for an unforgettable culinary tour in the beautiful Veneto region of Northeastern Italy.
** Price based on double occupancy. Airfare not included. Deposit of $1500.00 per person required to secure a spot. See tour Terms and Conditions here.
Venice and the Veneto, Italy Cooking Classes
The cuisine in the Veneto varies from area to area with incredible local ingredients at our fingertips, this is the perfect place to inspire anyone who loves food. Our week will include several hands-on cooking classes in the kitchen of our gorgeous estate, one of my favorites. With a focus on the specialties of the region, we'll make dishes such as Risotto with Amarone, Shellfish Salad with Salsa Verde, Tiramisu, and almond and polenta cookies called "Sbrisolona".
We'll stay at the Serego Alghieri, the unparalleled family-estate-turned-resort owned by my friend Count Serego Alighieri (who is a direct descendant of Dante). As we travel up the long tree-lined drive that leads up to the villa, our senses will instantly come alive. With some of the oldest grapevines in Italy, the estate is completely surrounded by gorgeous vineyards, rosemary and lemon verbena bushes, stone sculptures, cherry, lemon and olive trees. Since this tour is in the midst of autumn harvest time, we'll see a loft of drying grapes intended for the famous Amarone wine. La Foresteria is one of my most elegant locations and it's no wonder students return again and again to this location every time it's offered.
The estate has a large professional kitchen where we'll hold our hands-on cooking classes and make use of estate-produced wine, jam, honey, grappa, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and rice in our cooking.
** Price based on double occupancy, single supplement applies for solo travelers. Airfare not included. Deposit of $1500.00 per person required to secure a spot.
Italy Day Trips
To really understand one of the most important products from the Veneto, rice, we'll take an excursion to a rice producer. Here, we will taste a variety of risottos and learn the tricks of how to make the perfect risotto. We'll visit the villa of Carlo Nirozzi, filmmaker and wine maker, and have lunch al fresco looking out over the vineyards and Veneto hills beyond. Together, we'll visit the lakeside village of Sirmione and travel across Lake Garda by boat.
A trip to the Veneto wouldn't be complete without a full day in Venice exploring the legendary Rialto fish market, sampling Venetian tapas at a few Venetian baccaro, and sipping prosecco. Before we leave Venice, we'll have a special farewell drink at the most famous Venetian hotel and take a private water taxi back to meet our coach for the drive back to our villa. On another day, we'll journey to the delightful market town of Soave to taste Soave Classico with my dear friend, Chiara, and the medieval city of Verona, where the legend of Romeo and Juliet's love began.
Italy Trip Details
Group meeting point in Verona for pick-up and drop-off is: Verona Porta Nuova train station. The group will meet in the late afternoon on the first day of the journey at the Porto Nuova tran station and be transported to the villa for check in and a welcome dinner and drinks. The tour concludes after breakfast on the final day of the journey and transfer back to the Verona train station. Private transfers can be arranged at an additional cost.
The closest International airport to your villa is Verona (VRN). We suggest arriving to Italy at least one day in advance of this tour. Not only does this give you some time to adjust to the time difference, it provides you with more time to explore. We also highly recommend purchasing trip insurance.
A non-refundable deposit of $1500.00 US per person is required to register for this journey. See the Terms and Conditions above for details. Single supplement charge applies for solo travelers. Accommodations, cooking classes, excursions and day trips, wine and tastings and meals (with the exclusion of one or two) are included. Airfare is not included in the package price. Final payments are to be made by personal check or money order.