Culinary Journey to Venice and the Veneto, Italy
$5,500 pp** | October 10-16, 2016
Imagine sailing the Grand Canal in Venice heading towards Piazza San Marco! 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. Venice is one of my favorite cities in the world and we’ll be sure to take full advantage on our full day trip there. We'll stay at the Serego Alghieri, an unparalleled family-villa estate-turned-resort, and immerse ourselves in the beautiful Valpolicello countryside. Join me for an unforgettable culinary cooking tour in the beautiful Veneto region of Northeastern Italy.
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.
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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 transported back to the Verona train station. Private transfers can be arranged at an additional cost.
A non-refundable deposit of $1500.00 US per person is required to register for the journey. See the Terms and Conditions above for details. Meals, wine, accommodations, cooking classes, day trips, tastings and transportation during the tour are included. Airfare is not included in the package price. FInal payments are to be made by personal check or money order.