Italian Food, Wine and Cooking Classes in Italy
Become a Tuscan Chef For a Day
Become a Tuscan Chef For a DayWhen in Florence....cook as if you were a real Tuscan chef! This shared cooking class takes place in a typical Tuscan setting - a fully equipped, professional kitchen installed in a building, just a few steps from the Duomo and the Central Market. Chef Giovanni and his assistant Andrea will accompany you and the other participants of the class to the Central Market where you will select the freshest ingredients for your meal. They will teach you how to choose the best among the products offered, and as you shop, you'll get to taste the ham, cheese and bread that you buy. Afterwards, you will enter the kitchen to prepare a seasonal meal of traditional bruschetta, fresh homemade pasta and typical Tuscan main courses. You will also select the Chianti wine that best accompanies what you have prepared to eat. At the conclusion of this hands-on lesson, you will get to sit down and enjoy the delicious meal you have made! A "graduation certificate" will be presented to all participants in the class. Please note that the Central Market is closed on Sundays and bank holidays; a special introduction and extra tastings will be available during the cooking class.
From $130.00 Per Person
Italy's Most Glorious Creations: Pizza & Gelato
Italy's Most Glorious Creations: Pizza & GelatoWhich are the most glorious Italian culinary creations? Pizza and gelato, of course! Join this learn-and-taste afternoon tour -- it's informative, it's entertaining and it finishes up with a delicious Tuscan dinner, complete with wine! You'll meet the group in downtown Florence and head to a typical pizzeria where a local pizza chef, called a "pizzaiolo," will teach you the art of making pizza from scratch. Every participant makes their own pizza, starting with the dough, then covering it with a light yet flavorful tomato sauce and finally popping it in the oven to bake. And when the pizza is cooked to perfection... of course, you'll get to taste it! After pizza comes dessert! Making gelato seems easy but there is so much to learn. The chef provides an extensive introduction on how to select the best available raw ingredients, how the natural colors develop, how gelato differs from traditional ice cream and much more. And sampling many different flavors of freshly-made gelato is half the fun! The tour concludes with dinner and a wine tasting, making it a great opportunity for the whole family to gain an insight into Italy's famed gastronomical culture in a fun and tasty way!
From $70.00 Per Person
Learn to Cook a Florentine Meal
Learn to Cook a Florentine MealStep into the private kitchen of Francesca di Leonardo and learn to cook a traditional Florentine meal. Together you'll prepare a 4-course meal, using fresh, local ingredients, while Francesca shares with you her cooking secrets and special techniques. Finally, you'll enjoy the fruits of your labors, eating dinner around the kitchen table. This is a 'home-style' cooking class, which takes place in the private apartment of Francesca di Leonardo, located in Florence's San Frediano district. The class will last 3 hours, with the meal following.
From $147.00 Per Person
Become a Roman Chef For a Day: A Small Group Cooki...
Become a Roman Chef For a Day: A Small Group Cooking ClassAre you a food lover and would you like to discover more about the Italian food culture while expanding your culinary repertoire and skills? If the answer is yes, this entertaining, small group cooking class - held in the heart of Trastevere - is the perfect choice for you. On the day of your cooking class, you'll be welcomed by Chef Andrea and his wife Erica, who will start the lesson by presenting the 4-course menu of the day. Since the chef uses only fresh, organic ingredients, the menu varies based on season and availability. During this 4-hour, hands-on cooking class, Chef Andrea will take you under his wing and teach you how to prepare a wonderful appetizer such as fried zucchini flowers stuffed with prosciutto and mozzarella roman style artichokes, bruschetta, soups and many other different seasonal appetizers. Then, it will be time to roll up your sleeves and get your hands "dirty" to make pasta from scratch as the Italians do: making the dough, kneading it and cutting out pasta shapes. You'll also whip up a nice sauce to serve with the freshly made pasta. Next you will learn to prepare a typical Roman second course such as saltimbocca alla Romana (veal medallions with ham and sage), straccetti with cherry tomatoes and arugula, chicken alla cacciatora, scaloppine with mushrooms, roasted pork or meatballs, just to mention some of the dishes prepared. Finally, you'll work on creating a delicious dessert. While preparing the food, you will also learn the perfect techniques for cutting, stuffing, rolling and cooking. The menu is thought out to teach you a dish that is easy to make on your own, one that is particularly challenging and one that is typically Roman. At the end of the lesson you get to sit at a lovely dining table and feast on your own homemade Italian meal!
From $118.00 Per Person
Learn to Cook a Roman Meal
Learn to Cook a Roman MealWhen in Rome.....cook as the Romans do! The Eternal City is famous for a variety of things -- the Colosseum, the Pope, its ancient ruins -- but one thing that many tourists tend to overlook is its centuries-old culinary tradition. What would Italian cuisine be without tasty Roman specialties like saltimbocca alla romana, spaghetti alla carbonara or Jewish style artichokes? This cooking class takes place in a culinary school in the Prati neighborhood of Rome, just a stone's throw from St. Peter's and the Vatican. In this private, hands-on cooking class you will learn how to make a traditional Roman meal using fresh, seasonal ingredients. This class not only teaches you how to prepare a complete menu of dishes, it also covers presentation and garnishing; handy tricks to enhance prepared dishes and lend confidence to the overall culinary experience. And after your class, you'll sit down to a gourmet feast you can be proud of -- buon appetito!
From $176.00 Per Person
San Donnino (Certaldo)
Learn to Cook a Tuscan Meal
Learn to Cook a Tuscan MealThe cooking class of Chef Emma Mantovani takes place in her farmhouse situated on a top of a hill, with a 360 degree view on the Val d'Elsa, only 10 miles from San Gimignano. During the cooking class you will have the opportunity to learn how to create wonderful Tuscan dishes, from antipasti to dessert; each recipe will be accompanied by Emma's Tuscan trade secrets. During the preparation, you'll also get to taste all the ingredients used such as fresh vegetables, pecorino cheese and Emma's homemade olive oil. At the end of the lesson, seated on a beautiful terrace overlooking the Tuscan countryside, you will enjoy the 4-course meal that you personally cooked. This is an unforgettable experience -- come discover the taste of Tuscany, deep in the heart of Chianti, where some of Italy's most famous wines are made.
From $166.00 Per Person
Chianti Nord Wine Tour: Half Day
Chianti Nord Wine Tour: Half DayProduced in the undulating hills of the Tuscan countryside between Florence and Siena, the famous Chianti Classico wine is known and celebrated all over the world. Tidy rows of vineyards set amidst historic villages and silvery-green olive trees are the scenic backdrop for this half day wine excursion to Chianti Country. Departing from and returning to your Florence hotel, first stop is the town of Greve in Chianti with its picturesque, asymmetrical main piazza. It is lined by a succession of palaces, porticoes and loggias with the rebuilt church of Santa Croce at one end, housing beautiful Renaissance paintings from the School of Fra Angelico. At the other end of the piazza stands a statue of the explorer, Giovanni da Verrazzano, who discovered New York Harbor. After a tour of Greve you'll head to the Casaloste Vineyards, known for their fine Chianti Classico and Riserva wines. A visit to the cellars and a guided wine tasting are included. Then you'll visit the cellars of the Setriolo estate in Castellina in Chianti to learn how grapes become wine; a guided tasting follows.
From $162.00 Per Person
Italian Wines: North to South
Italian Wines: North to SouthKeen to know more about Italian wines and the way they differ throughout Italy? Your sommelier will take you on a trip from north to south, discovering the best wines produced in three of the 20 Italian regions - not necessarily the most well known, but certainly of the highest quality. You will be introduced to limited production wines made by small wineries tucked away in Tuscany, Trentino Alto Adige and Sicily. These will be accompanied by various appetizers such as traditional bruschette and a selection of the best cured meats and cheeses of the area. This 45-minute wine tasting under the vaulted ceiling of the Enoteca Alessi wine bar is the perfect introduction to the wines of Italy, ideal for any wine-lover!
From $54.00 Per Person
Chianti Classico - Group Guided Tour
Chianti Classico - Group Guided TourTidy rows of vineyards, silvery-green olive trees and the inky exclamation points of cypresses are the scenic backdrop for this shared, full day excursion to the Chianti area where one of the world's most famous wines is produced. A comfortable minivan will take you around the picturesque Tuscan countryside, making stops at two celebrated wineries along the way. Here, a knowledgeable sommelier will show you around the production facilities and the cellars where you will taste wines made from Sangiovese, Canaiolo and other varieties of purple grapes. You will learn how to distinguish the flavor and acidity of each wine and, based on its unique characteristics, how to best pair it with food. Some of the excellent olive oils produced in this region will also be sampled. Lunch will be at a lovely trattoria serving local Tuscan specialties. A short stop in a medieval Tuscan town ensures that this tour is a perfect blend of food, wine and culture.
From $173.00 Per Person
Montepulciano Wine Tour: Full Day
Montepulciano Wine Tour: Full DayThis full day excursion is a celebration of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, one of Italy's most outstanding red wines made from a skillful blend of Prugnolo Gentile, Canaiolo Nero and Mammolo grapes. Departing from and returning to your Florence or Siena hotel, the first stop is the Boscarelli Vineyards, known for their fine Nobile wine. A visit to the cellars and a wine tasting is included. Next stop is Montepulciano - called "The Pearl of the 16th Century" - a jewel of the Renaissance period. Curving its way along a ridge, the town delights visitors with vino and views. After a short tour of Montepulciano, you'll visit the historic cellars of Contucci. This wine making family dates back 1,000 years and is one of the 'Fathers' of Vino Nobile. Lunch will be at Diva e Maceo, a lovely trattoria serving local Tuscan specialties. Afterwards you will head to the Poliziano estate for a guided wine tasting. Final stop of the day is Pienza. The town's main piazza was commissioned by native son Pope Pius II in 1459, and is the first example of Renaissance town planning in Italy. Pienza is also known for its excellent sheep's milk cheese (pecorino di Pienza).
From $332.00 Per Person
At the Florentine Market
At the Florentine MarketTake a trip back in time to discover the traditions of Florentine market shopping and cooking. Francesca di Leonardo will take you to the San Lorenzo market, introducing you to local produce and customs. Together you'll select the freshest ingredients before returning to Francesca's home to cook a traditional Tuscan meal. This culinary adventure allows you to learn about Italian culture in the most intimate setting -- dinner around the family table.This is a 'home-style' cooking class, which takes place in the private apartment of Francesca di Leonardo, located in Florence's San Frediano district.
From $212.00 Per Person
Neapolitan Cooking: Fruits and Flavors of the Medi...
Neapolitan Cooking: Fruits and Flavors of the Mediterranean SunA real Southern Italian family invites you into their stunning private villa in the center of Sorrento to share with you authentic recipes just like nonna used to make! Local dishes such as spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams), Sorrentine-style gnocchi, lemon chicken or eggplant parmesan - a scrumptious, multi-course meal of whatever is in season at that time of year. The setting couldn't be more special: the villa is surrounded by a gorgeous, manicured garden full of palms, colorful flowers, fountains, fragrant orange and lemon trees and a typical Pergolato with hand painted ceramic decorations. All the recipes are clearly demonstrated in a warm and relaxed atmosphere, and you'll take a break partway through the lesson for a visit to the wine cellar to taste the family's homemade wine, made from grapes grown right on the property. Then you'll sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labors in a delicious meal by the pool, under the Pergolato or indoors in front of the fireplace. This is an unforgettable experience that will be the highlight of your visit to Sorrento!
From $191.00 Per Person
Discover Sorrento and Its Renowned Artisan Product...
Discover Sorrento and Its Renowned Artisan ProductsFor centuries the spectacular beauty of Sorrento has attracted visitors from all over the world, who come to enjoy the magnificent views, welcoming people, and renowned artisan products. During this full day tour you will have the opportunity to experience elements of each, making it a perfect introduction to this picturesque town. After meeting at your hotel, the tour will lead you through the historical city center, including a visit to the Duomo, Sorrento's 11th century cathedral which houses some of the most celebrated frescoes painted by Neapolitan artists. You will then continue to explore the park of the Villa Comunale, situated on a cliff overlooking the Bay of Naples. After enjoying the breathtaking scenery, the tour will lead you to the charming fishing village of Marina Grande. From Marina Grande you will venture to a workshop in which Sorrento's typical inlaid woodwork products are handcrafted. Here, you will receive a personal demonstration and explanation of the woodworking process. After the demonstration, visitors will dine on a homemade lunch of regional dishes. The tour concludes with a visit to the producers of Villa Massa Limoncello, a traditional lemon liqueur of the Amalfi Coast, where you will learn about how the product is made, as well as participate in a tasting.
From $360.00 Per Person
Chianti Sud Wine Tour: Full Day
Chianti Sud Wine Tour: Full DayProduced in the undulating hills of the Tuscan countryside between Florence and Siena, the famous Chianti Classico wine is known and celebrated all over the world. Tidy rows of vineyards set amidst historic villages and silvery-green olive trees are the scenic backdrop for this full day wine excursion to Chianti Country. Departing from and returning to your Siena hotel, first stop is the town of Radda in Chianti which has its preserved medieval urban design with all the streets of the tiny historic center leading to the main square, Piazza Ferrucci. After a walking tour of Radda you'll head to the Buondonno Vineyards, known for their fine Chianti Classico and Riserva wines. A visit to the cellars and a guided wine tasting are included. Next stop will be lunch at the Osteria Le Panzanelle, a lovely place serving typical Tuscan cuisine. After lunch you will head either to the village of Vagliagli or to Castelnuovo Berardenga. Then you'll visit the cellars of the Monteraponi estate; a guided tasting follows.
From $297.00 Per Person
Wine Tastings You Won't Forget
Wine Tastings You Won't ForgetSelect Italy is proud to offer a different selection of wine tastings at an establishment that has been recognized as one of the "best Italian eno-tables." In a spectacular and elegant setting, brought to perfection by a two-year renovation that uncovered original arches, marble columns and an ancient Roman wall from the Augustan era, our clients will enjoy a sophisticated wine tasting featuring some of the most superb Italian wines. The experience is enhanced by a selection of carefully chosen appetizers, made by master producers from only the freshest local ingredients. An occasion to remember, perfect for those who wish to spend a special evening in an historic setting with the possibility to stretch the pleasure into a fine dining experience at the Enoteca's excellent restaurant.
From $165.00 Per Person
Gelato and Vino
Gelato and VinoIt may sound like a strange combination, but gelato and wine are two of Florence's best-known creations, so why not explore them together? Your tasting begins with a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the famous gelateria, GROM, where owner Mario will introduce you to artisanal Italian ice cream, explaining the stages of its production and revealing the secrets of its success. It goes without saying, all the gelato is made solely from natural products and with top quality raw materials and the seasonal flavor-of-the-month is a true delight! The tour continues right across the street, under the vaulted ceilings of the historic wine bar Enoteca Alessi. Here, surrounded by glass cabinets of filled with fine grappas, whiskies and cognac, you'll embark on a tasting menu that includes two Tuscan red wines accompanied by various traditional appetizers. Finally, for dessert, three different flavors of GROM gelato sprinkled with a special balsamic cream will be served. This 45-minute tasting experience is a great way to learn about the food and wine of Florence, and is ideal for any level of foodie!
From $62.00 Per Person
Archi-Wine Tour: When Architects Meet Winemakers i...
Archi-Wine Tour: When Architects Meet Winemakers in the Val d'Orcia (Full Day)Design and wine are the themes of this full day excursion to Montepulciano where modern wineries conceived with a contemporary flair provide wine tasting opportunities that are sure to please wine enthusiasts with a passion for cutting edge art. Departing from and returning to your Florence or Siena hotel, first stop is Icario, a custom built winery designed by Valle Progettazione. Infused with contemporary art and creativity, both the furniture and interior design take inspiration from the earth's warm hues and the transparency of air. An eclectic mix of color and light characterizes the winery's fascinating contemporary art project, Icario Arte, separated from the wine cellars by an unexpected and ethereal glass floor. After viewing the art installations and learning about the vinification process, a wine tasting will be enjoyed. Next up is a guided visit to the heart of Montepulciano, a hill town that is home to a number of well-preserved Renaissance palaces, many of which have been adapted to showcase the town's noble red wine. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines are DOCG-approved and, therefore, meet the highest Italian standards. Most local wineries are family run so the connection between wine and territory is deeply felt. Lunch takes place at the Trattoria Diva e Maceo where Tuscan specialties are served with excellent local wines. Afterwards is a visit to the pristine High Renaissance masterpiece that is the Tempio di San Biagio, designed in 1518 by the celebrated Italian architect Antonio da Sangallo the Elder. The Tenimenti d'Alessandro winery has garnered tremendous praise for its fine wines, particularly the notable Il Bosco. Situated in the village of Manzano near Cortona, the winery visit includes a guided wine tasting and a private viewing of the art collection at Borgo Syrah, an ongoing project in which contemporary art is installed outdoors among the vines.
From $337.00 Per Person
Archi-Wine Tour: When Architects Meet Winemakers i...
Archi-Wine Tour: When Architects Meet Winemakers in Umbria (Full Day)Whether you love red, white or dessert wine, this tour is for you. Montefalco is a majestic hill town in the central part of the province of Perugia, often referred to as the "balcony of Umbria," and home of Sagrantino di Montefalco, one of Italy's most prestigious DOCG wines. This tour departs from Perugia or Assisi and ensures a complete wine-tasting experience, along with a visit to an absolutely unique wine cellar designed by Arnaldo Pomodoro, Italy's greatest contemporary sculptor. Architecture and sculpture unite in Carapace, Pomodoro's fantastic copper and wood structure whose curved outline is visible from miles away. It is the centerpiece of the Tenuta di Castelbuono winery and was inspired by the natural armor of a turtle's hard shell. Carapace harmonizes perfectly with the surrounding landscape of rolling hills and organic vineyards planted with sagrantino and sangiovese grapes. Inside is a copper-sheathed tasting room where you'll get to sample the estate's fine wines. Next comes a visit to the charming town of Montefalco, followed by lunch at Enoteca L'Alchimista. This lively restaurant in the center of the town is well known for its warm and inviting atmosphere. A guided tour of the medieval village of Castel Ritaldi follows a lunch of Umbrian specialties. Located at the foot of the Martani Hills on the road to Spoleto, the village contains several interesting churches, in addition to the castle after which it is named. Final stop is Tenuta di Scacciadiavoli, founded by Prince Ugo Boncompagni-Ludovisi in 1884. This winery is one of Montefalco's oldest and boasts 20 hectares of vineyards, 11 of which are reserved for Sagrantino di Montefalco, six for Montefalco Rosso and three for Grechetto vines.
From $337.00 Per Person
Cooking Up a Perfect Sienese Meal
Cooking Up a Perfect Sienese MealIf you dream of spending your morning learning how to cook a traditional Tuscan meal, this hands-on experience can help you fulfill that dream and come away with beautiful memories. Chef Lella's cooking class takes place in her culinary school located in the heart of Siena, just a short walk from Piazza del Campo. Siena's cuisine is known to be simple yet flavorful, and is distinguished by the excellence of the ingredients. During this half-day cooking class, Chef Lella and her assistant, Jackie, will teach you how to prepare a typical Sienese menu from antipasti to dessert, including a dish of fresh, handmade pasta in a sauce that varies with the season. At the conclusion of this hands-on lesson, you will get to sit down and enjoy the delicious meal you have personally prepared, accompanied by a glass of excellent Tuscan wine. Participants will receive a booklet with the recipes in English so you can repeat this wonderful experience in your own home kitchen.
From $155.00 Per Person
Chianti Sud Wine Tour: Half Day
Chianti Sud Wine Tour: Half DayProduced in the undulating hills of the Tuscan countryside between Florence and Siena, the famous Chianti Classico wine is known and celebrated all over the world. Tidy rows of vineyards set amidst historic villages and silvery-green olive trees are the scenic backdrop for this half day wine excursion to Chianti Country. Departing from and returning to your Siena hotel, first stop is the town of Radda in Chianti which has its preserved medieval urban design with all the streets of the tiny historic center leading to the main square, Piazza Ferrucci. After a walking tour of Radda, you'll head to the Buondonno Vineyards, known for their fine Chianti Classico and Riserva wines. A visit to the cellars and a guided wine tasting are included. Then, if you choose the morning departure, the last stop will be lunch at the Osteria Le Panzanelle, a lovely place serving typical Tuscan cuisine. If you choose the afternoon departure, you'll do a short walk through the village of Vagliagli and then head to the Monteraponi Vineyards in Radda in Chianti; a guided tasting follows.
From $200.00 Per Person
Ham & Cheese: Parma for Foodies
Ham & Cheese: Parma for FoodiesAre you a foodie? Does the sight of rosy-pink prosciutto make your mouth water? Does Parmigiano-Reggiano increase your heartbeat? Does sweet, thick balsamic vinegar occupy a position of honor in your personal culinary Pantheon? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this is the tour for you! Your day will begin early at a caseificio where Parmigiano-Reggiano, the "King of Cheeses," is produced. You'll watch as master artisans create what is truly one of the most delicious foods in the world. After a short stop in the medieval village of Torrechiara, dominated by a romantic, fairytale castle, you will drive into the hills surrounding Parma to visit a producer of Prosciutto di Parma. Traditionally sliced thin to the point of near-transparency, this succulent delight melts in your mouth -- you will learn just how it is made and cured to perfection. Then the wine cellar of a local vineyard situated in the scenic, rolling hills of DOC "Colli di Parma" wine country will open its doors to you. Following the cellar tour, comes an abundant lunch of typical foods and wines in the winery's beautiful tasting room. For those booking the Full Day Option, after lunch you will continue on to the province of Modena to visit an acetaia where balsamic vinegar is produced. The owner himself will demonstrate how the humble grape is transformed into a powerful, flavorful and magnificent product, and there will be a tasting session at the end of the tour. This tour can be booked with transportation or without. In the dropdown below, choose the option that is best for you.
From $127.00 Per Person
The Slow Life I: Food, Wine and Nature in Umbria
The Slow Life I: Food, Wine and Nature in UmbriaAs Italy's only peninsular landlocked region, Umbria already sets itself apart from its neighbors, but it is the incredible scenery, rich cuisine, and historical significance of towns such as Assisi and Perugia that makes this small region truly outstanding. This tour combines sport, food, and wine to introduce you to the beauty of the Umbrian landscape, as well as give you a taste of the daily life of its people. Your morning begins with a 45-minute horseback ride through the Terre Margaritelli winery in Torgiano, just 10 miles from Perugia. No experience is necessary to enjoy this relaxing excursion through the gentle hills and terraced vineyards of the Umbrian countryside. Immediately after the horseback ride, you will tour the winery itself. Typical Umbrian wines such as Malot, Mirantico, Costellato, Pietramala, and Roccascossa are produced here, and the tour culminates with a wine tasting. Afterwards you'll head to the kitchen where a hands-on cooking class accentuating the traditional dishes of the region will take place. A delicious lunch of the dishes that you and your instructor prepared together follows.
From $249.00 Per Person
Veni, vidi...gustavi - a Spirited Wine Tasting
Veni, vidi...gustavi - a Spirited Wine TastingSalumeria Roscioli deli' boasts 450 different kinds of cheeses, more than 100 different kinds of cured meats, a wine list of some 2,200 labels, 20 different types of homemade bread and a professional team of sommeliers and chefs that are eager to introduce you to Italy's best food and wine. Choose from three different wine & food experiences, to be held in their private tasting room and wine cellar, the recently opened Rimessa Roscioli. Here, in sight of a perfectly working antique Berkel meat slicer from 1955, you'll find all you need for an unforgettable gourmet wine tasting!
From $99.00 Per Person
Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour: Full Day
Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour: Full DayNoble and seductive, Brunello di Montalcino is a grand red wine that is born in the heart of the hills around Siena. It is the work of one man, Ferruccio Biondi-Santi, whose patient efforts first brought this wine to light in 1888. Celebrate his invention on this full day wine excursion to Brunello country. Departing from and returning to your Florence or Siena hotel, first stop is the Altesino Vineyards. A visit to the cellars and a guided wine tasting of their fine Brunello is included. This is followed by a walking tour of the village of Montalcino. Here you'll be captivated by picturesque, narrow streets surmounted by the medieval fortress, La Rocca. Lunch at the Taverna Grappolo Blu in Montalcino will introduce you to authentic local dishes like the thick, hand rolled spaghetti called pici. After a delicious lunch you'll head to the 12th century Abbey of Sant'Antimo. In a serene setting of rolling hills blanketed in olive groves and vineyards, the Augustinian friars maintain the ancient tradition of Gregorian Chant. Afterwards you'll visit the cellars of the Poggio Antico estate; a guided tasting follows.
From $366.00 Per Person
Parmigiano, Culatello and... Cooking!
Parmigiano, Culatello and... Cooking!Parma is the undisputed capital city of the Italian Food Valley, and this tour gives participants the chance to learn about the local gastronomy by visiting selected producers to taste their wares. A hands-on cooking class in a Michelin-starred kitchen follows where you'll learn the secrets to making the region's traditional pastas. The day starts out with Parmigiano-Reggiano, the regal "King of Cheeses." Smell the milk, feel the steam and tap the enormous wheels of cheese! A tasting session follows the tour of the production facilities. Afterwards you'll be welcomed at the Antica Corte Pallavicina, a medieval estate that hides in its 12th century aging cellars more that 5,000 Culatello di Zibello hams, the world's most precious cold cut. Who are some of the famous clients who have discovered this amazing product? Prince Charles of England, Prince Albert of Monaco, and Giorgio Armani, to name just three. You'll visit of this intriguing labyrinth of flavors and then participate in a hands-on cooking lesson focused on pasta: a real full immersion in how to make anolini, tortelli, ravioli, tagliolini, tagliatelle, stringoni, and pasta rasa by hand. Lunch with the food you have personally cooked, together with a selection of the cured meats produced on the farm, will follow the class. This tour can be booked with transportation or without. In the dropdown below, choose the option that is best for you.
From $259.00 Per Person
Classic Tuscan Red Wines
Classic Tuscan Red WinesThis wine tasting takes place under the vaulted ceiling of the Enoteca Alessi wine bar, surrounded by glass cabinets filled with fine grappas, whiskies and cognac. Your sommelier will take you through Tuscany's best flavors in this fascinating tour entirely dedicated to Tuscan wines and delicacies. You will have the chance to taste three of the best red wines in the world: Chianti Classico Riserva, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino, accompanied by traditional bruschette and a selection of the best cured meats and cheeses of the area. Finish with a glass of historic Vin Santo; this sublime sweet dessert wine is enjoyed along with cantuccini - typical, hard almond biscuits that come from the nearby city of Prato.
From $67.00 Per Person
Archi-Wine Tour: When Architects Meet Winemakers i...
Archi-Wine Tour: When Architects Meet Winemakers in Tuscany (Full Day)Contemporary architecture generally seeks to dissociate itself from the world of emotions in order to create a rational relationship between building and man, devoid of all emotion. In some places, though, the synergy between architecture and its surroundings has been recreated. This is the case at two unique Tuscan wineries where indigenous style and age-old traditions have embraced modern designs and technologies. Departing from and returning to your hotel in Florence, first stop is La Rocca di Frassinello winery where a joint venture between Italian and French wine producers hired world-famous superstar architect Renzo Piano to design their new winemaking facility and cellars. The result is breathtaking, combining traditional forms of Tuscan architecture with an industrial theme that features steel-mesh shades, a terracotta piazza and a tall spire concealing heliostats that reflect daylight into the interior. The underground cellar resembles an amphitheater lined with 2,500 barrels of wine; here a guided tasting of the estate's finest vintages will be held. The park of the Villa Guerrazzi in Cecina is the leafy setting for an al fresco lunch at the Osteria Enoteca la Cinquantina. Traditional Tuscan dishes using local fish and seafood are accompanied by an exclusive selection of wines. After lunch, enjoy a short walk on the beach. Petra in Suvereto is a state-of-the-art winery designed by renowned Italian architect Mario Botta in 2000. An oblique, cylindrical structure of golden-hued stone divided in two by a steeply rising exterior staircase, this magnificent building is as bold as the Super-Tuscans you will sample in the guided wine tasting.
From $347.00 Per Person
Ravello (Amalfi Coast)
A Day in Mamma Agata' s Kitchen (Shared Cooking Cl...
A Day in Mamma Agata' s Kitchen (Shared Cooking Class)Mamma Agata's cooking class takes place in her private home situated high on a cliff top, 1,000 feet above sea level. Her gracious home majestically overlooks the Amalfi Coast, with wonderful terraces and a spacious garden full of lemon trees, fruit trees, flowers, vegetables and poultry. Mamma Agata has been the chef for many major Hollywood actors and actresses, including Elizabeth Taylor, Humphrey Bogart and Fred Astaire. During the cooking class you will have the opportunity to learn how to create wonderful Mediterranean dishes, from antipasti to dessert; each recipe will be accompanied by Mamma Agata's personal and very entertaining anecdotes. During the preparation, you'll also get to taste all the ingredients used such as sundried tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, olive oil and Gennaro's home made wine. Mamma Agata's daughter, Chiara and her husband Gennaro will assist you during the cooking class. They share Mamma's love and passion for cooking and will make you feel truly welcome in their stunning Italian home. At the end of the lesson lunch will be served on the beautiful terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea where you'll dine the dishes that you cooked. This is an unforgettable experience in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, and is a must for anyone interested in Italian culture and cuisine.
From $322.00 Per Person
Florentine Masters: Art & Wine
Florentine Masters: Art & WineFamous for its abundance of art, history, charming vistas and sophisticated wines, Florence does seem to have the best of all worlds! With only a day to spare, see what this intriguing city has to offer on a guided tour that will give you a glimpse of Florentine cultural wealth and a taste of the best Tuscan wines. The visit starts in the heart of the Roman city (now Piazza della Repubblica); walking through medieval streets, you will pass many still visible, fortified family towers. Then comes the small oratory of San Martino dei Buonomini whose interior is covered with Renaissance frescoes and is surrounded by houses that once belonged to Dante. Piazza della Signoria is next -- it is dominated by the imposing Palazzo Vecchio and adorned with a copy of Michelangelo's "David" in its original location. More statues in marble and bronze are displayed in the Loggia dei Lanzi. After passing the remains of the ancient Roman Amphitheater in the neighborhood where the young Michelangelo once lived, the stroll ends in the Franciscan Basilica of Santa Croce. Famous men such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli and Rossini are buried here, amidst impressive frescoes and sculptures. After the historical part of the tour, you will head over to the Enoteca Alessi. This wine bar is one of the oldest in Florence and occupies the site of two Jewish oratories that were built right outside the Ghetto. Under vaulted ceilings you will taste three of the best red wines in the world: Chianti Classico Riserva, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino, accompanied by traditional bruschetthe and a selection of cured meats and cheeses from the region. A glass of Vin Santo - a sublime sweet dessert wine - along with the typical, hard, almond biscuits called cantuccini will provide a sweet finish to your tour.
From $420.00 Per Group
Gaiole in Chianti
Tuscan Cooking: Fruits and Flavors of Chianti Coun...
Tuscan Cooking: Fruits and Flavors of Chianti CountryFor a once-in-a-lifetime experience, travel to the Badia a Coltibuono, an evocative 11th century abbey in the heart of Tuscany that is also the cooking school of famed cookbook writer, Lorenza de Medici. In this hands-on lesson you will prepare a traditional Tuscan meal with the Badia's Florentine chef, Andrea Gagnesi, and taste world-class wines and olive oils produced on the estate. Chef Gagnesi will guide you through the preparation of a full four-course regional meal, starting with antipasti and ending with dessert. Enjoy the delicious dishes you just made in the beautiful private dining room while sampling their very own wines. After lunch, you will relax in the living room where coffee and grappa will be served. The three-hour lesson is preceded by a guided tour of the property, providing a chance to immerse yourself in the unique lifestyle and hospitality of a 1,000 year old abbey while savoring the authentic tastes and sights that this remarkable region has to offer. Badia a Coltibuono is sure to be the highlight of your trip to Italy!
From $253.00 Per Person
Tuscany (Florence Region)
Olive Trees in A Tuscan Landscape
Olive Trees in A Tuscan LandscapeRenowned for its picturesque landscape, punctuated by dark, green cypresses and silvery-green olive trees, Tuscany produces one of the finest olive oils in Italy. This tour will take you to the heart of the Tuscan oil kingdom, where the olives are still picked by hand from ancient olive trees. Departing from and returning to your Florence hotel, first stop is Impruneta, a small country town known for its production of terracotta. Here you will admire the large main square; at one end is the church of the Collegiata, containing beautiful works in enameled terracotta by the Renaissance master, Luca della Robbia. A visit to nearby factory will introduce you to the ancient art of making terracotta. Afterwards you'll drive through vineyards and olive orchards to the Fattoria Torrerossa. They produce fine, extra-virgin olive oil that is still stored in enormous, antique terracotta jars. The estate's olive groves extend for about 50 acres, and local varieties such as Frantoio, Moraiolo, Pendolino and Leccino can be found among its 4,000 trees. A visit to the oil cellar with its old oil press and a guided oil tasting is included. Then you'll stop for lunch at Osteria Antica Sosta in Impruneta; here you can taste real Tuscan home-cooking, accompanied by a large assortment of wines. Final stop of the day is Fattoria La Querce where a guided tour will introduce you to the estate's award-winning wines and olive oils.
From $289.00 Per Person
Pizza RomanaItaly's most widely known dish is none other than pizza. Why, you ask? Because it's fast, it's flavorful, it's fresh, it's fragrant and it's fantastic! Pizza may be common in the US, but it's nothing like what you'll find in Rome! Pizza, as we know it, was invented in Naples in 1889 to honor Queen Margherita of Savoy. A local chef created the still famous "Pizza Margherita," garnished with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil to represent the colors of the Italian flag. Today traditional Italian pizza can be found all over Italy, but Romans have their own special way of preparing it. At this culinary school in the Prati neighborhood of Rome, you'll put on a bright orange apron and learn how to make genuine pizza alla Romana -- a thin-crusted, hand-tossed pizza that is all crunchy goodness. You'll make a variety of pizzas with traditional Roman toppings and, with the help of our chef, you will create a pizza buffet for lunch. When you leave Rome, you'll be taking home a new skill that will wow your friends!
From $176.00 Per Person
At the Roman Market
At the Roman MarketOne of the most accurate stereotypes about Italy is that the "Italians don't eat to live, they live to eat!" And Romans eat (and cook) with a special brio that is also expressed in the city's vibrant and colorful markets. This half-day lesson combines a market visit with the hands-on preparation of an authentic, multi-course Roman meal. You will meet Valeria, a native Roman, at her cooking school in the Prati neighborhood of Rome and accompany her to an eclectic Roman market. She'll show you how to navigate the market stalls without getting flustered, how to purchase just what you need and how to use these same ingredients to prepare tasty and characteristic dishes. Then you'll return to the cooking school to prepare and enjoy a traditional Roman meal, using the fresh ingredients you found at the market. You will learn the secrets of Italian cuisine while having fun with people that share your passion for food. And you'll realize that you have paid not only for an excellent class, but also for an exquisite meal!
From $483.00 Per Group
Drink, Eat and Be Merry on Lake Como
Drink, Eat and Be Merry on Lake ComoThe majestic, snow-covered mountains and translucent lake that border Bellagio serve as the backdrop for this fun and informative, 60-minute wine tasting at the Enoteca Cava Turacciolo, a quaint wine cellar hidden just off the village's main street. Here a carefully chosen wine list of over 300 labels awaits and, since Italians don't like to drink on an empty stomach, a stupendous variety of cheeses, cured meats, and freshwater fish will be offered too. During this sommelier-guided wine journey, you will have the opportunity to taste three of the most illustrious wines of the Lombardy region, each displaying a distinctive trait that is native to the surrounding territory. The two tasting options - the Wines of Lombardy or the Wines of Lake Como - feature one white and two red wines. Along with every glass will be served a selection of appetizers chosen to enhance the flavors of the accompanying wine.
From $67.00 Per Person
Tuscany (Coastal Region)
Sassicaia and the Coastal Wines Tour: Full Day
Sassicaia and the Coastal Wines Tour: Full DayWine connoisseurs will certainly be familiar with the name, Sassicaia. This wine's ultra-famous status comes from the fact that it is one of the world's most expensive and precious wines; so famous that it even has a car dedicated to it, the FIAT 500 by Aznom. Sassiccaia's superb quality is due to the labors of Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta who painstakingly planted French Cabernet grapes along the Tuscan coast and reaped the benefits of this non-indigenous grape's superior flavor. On the Sassicaia and the Coastal Wines tour, you will taste this incredible Cabernet and indulge in its exquisite flavor, following an extensive guided tour of the winery grounds and wine cellar. You'll also get to sample the marvelous extra-virgin olive oil that is produced in the same region, whose unmistakable aroma permeates the hills of Tuscany. Enoteca Tognoni, a rustic locale situated in the heart of the tiny village of Bolgheri, is the perfect place for an abundant Tuscan lunch. Last stop of the day is one of the wineries where Sassiccaia was first produced. Here you'll enjoy a final wine tasting and learn to differentiate between the various ages and flavors of the local wines.
From $318.00 Per Person
Barolo Tour: 'King of Wines, Wine of Kings'
Barolo Tour: 'King of Wines, Wine of Kings'The rolling hills of the Langhe region set the scene for this full-day guided tour that shines the spotlight on the noble Barolo, known as the 'King of Wines and Wine of Kings.' In the past 15 years or so, Barolo has really come into its own. Recent harvests have produced astounding vintages, the fruits of which are currently being enjoyed by wine drinkers worldwide. Starting from and returning to your hotel in the Langhe area, this tour begins in Grinzane Cavour where you'll visit the impressive 13th century castle that houses the Enoteca Regionale and an ethnographic museum. The castle has historic ties to both the production of Barolo and to the unification of Italy. After a short walk to the Falletti di Barolo castle, erected in the 10th century, your next stop will be the little village of Barolo, where you'll visit the historic cellars of a renowned producer. A wine tasting will follow. The tour gets to the village of La Morra right around lunchtime and your guide will be happy to suggest a local osteria, where you can sample some traditional Piedmontese specialties. A last winery visit and tasting follows to help broaden your appreciation of the subtleties of Barolos from different producers and of different years of production. Your final stop for the day is Alba, world famous for its association with tartufi bianchi (white truffles). Here you'll have a guided tour of Alba's historic center with ample time for shopping along the Via Maestra.
From $309.00 Per Person
Small Group Cicchetti & Wine Tasting
Small Group Cicchetti & Wine TastingThis Venetian-style pub crawl provides excellent insight into the "real" Venice, far from the crowds in Piazza San Marco. You will get a glimpse of the daily life of the city's 60,000 full-time inhabitants as you follow Cecilia, your friendly and knowledgeable guide, on an off-the-beaten-track tour of some local hideaways that, as a tourist, you might not find on your own. The objective is to munch on some really delectable bar snacks - the Venetians call them cicchetti - with little glasses of wine known as ombre. Campo della Maddalena, a small square of colorful houses unchanged since medieval times, is the starting point for this three-hour shared tour. Many of these modest houses are topped with unusual chimneys and the first historic bacaro (wine bar) you will visit used to be a warehouse for storing coal. Amidst old iron tools, dark wooden beams and barrels of wine you will taste bruschetta (small slices of toasted bread) topped with mouthwatering ingredients that change every day, depending on the season: baccala' mantecato (creamy cod fish), soft cheeses and sweet pumpkin, to name just a few. Around the corner in the Strada Nuova is Alla Vedova (the widow's place) that has been feeding hungry Venetians since the 18th century. It is justly famous for its polpette (spicy fried meatballs), which are delicious when washed down with a glass of Merlot or Pinot Bianco. Then you will head to Campo Santa Sofia. (scroll down to read more...) After a stroll through the outdoor market, you will enter a hole-in-the-wall place that serves a simple but tasty selection of cicchetti accompanied by regional Italian wines and Prosecco. Stop by a couple of other bacari where the market vendors go - you will visit five in all - and then, on the steps of the Rialto Bridge, say arrivederci to the new-found friends with whom you have shared an unforgettable gastronomic tour of Venice's hidden corners. Please note that this is a sample itinerary and the actual tour might vary.
From $100.00 Per Person
Learn to Cook a Venetian Meal
Learn to Cook a Venetian MealChef Maria Genovina's cooking class takes place in her cheerful home kitchen, located in the heart of Venice near the Grand Canal. During this lesson, you will learn the secrets of Venetian cuisine, as well as discover the regional products that make it one of the most prized methods of cooking in Italian cuisine. Chef Maria will teach you how to prepare a delicious three-course meal using fresh, local ingredients. You will learn such skills as how to make a perfect risotto OR a Venetian-style tempura of fresh seafood. Other kitchen skills will be introduced like as the best way to filet a sea bass and how to prepare a quick and tasty dessert. Choose from six seasonal menus including Fish and Seafood, Meat, Vegetarian, Venetian, and one suited to families with children. At the conclusion of this hands-on lesson, you will sit down and enjoy the meal you have personally prepared. Participants will also receive a booklet with the recipes in English so that you can repeat this wonderful experience in your own home kitchen.
From $245.00 Per Person
A Small Group Cooking Class in Venice
A Small Group Cooking Class in VeniceA powerful world trading empire is not the only amazing thing the Venetians have to brag about - their fresh and delectable cuisine is an accomplishment of its own! In this shared cooking class, participants will get a hands-on experience during which they will create and enjoy their very own Venetian-style meal. During this course you and other participants will join Chef Maria Genovina in a private apartment near the Grand Canal to create typical Venetian dishes from the fresh and seasonal ingredients that are the hallmarks of the Italian cuisine. The menu is rooted in the foundational principles of this type of cooking: simplicity, tradition, regionalism, and absolute freshness. After cooking dishes such as Fried Zucchini Flowers with Mozzarella and Basil, Baked Sea Bass with Potatoes, and traditional Tiramisu (the dessert was actually invented in this area), you will sit down and enjoy your meal.
From $199.00 Per Person
Chocolate, Wine, and Cheese of Piedmont - Full Day...
Chocolate, Wine, and Cheese of Piedmont - Full Day Wine ExcursionSavor the most sought after delights of Piedmont in this full-day tour that takes you into the heart of the Barolo wine region. Discover the tastes of this territory by sampling and purchasing some of the best flavors in wines, cheeses and chocolates. Departing from your your hotel in the Langhe area, your first stop will be the town of Cherasco that combines snail farming and fine chocolate production in a historic setting. Here you will visit a traditional chocolate producer and sample a variety of chocolates, including the renowned baci di Cherasco. Next stop is Bra, home of the cheese that bears the town's name and birthplace of the influential Slow Food movement. Visit a cheese-producing farm that dates back to the early 1900's and enjoy a guided tasting of a variety of their cheeses. A sightseeing tour of the Langhe wine-growing region will follow. After a brief stop at the wine bank in Pollenzo, you'll continue on to the imposing 13th century Castello di Grinzane Cavour (exterior only); the castle's red brick profile can be seen from all over the Langhe. You'll then head to the village of La Morra where you'll have time to shop or have lunch in a local restaurant (lunch not included in tour price). Final stop of this gourmet day will be one of the 11 picturesque Barolo villages where you'll visit the historic cellars of a renowned producer of Barolo wine with a tasting of various vintages to follow.
From $340.00 Per Person
From Farm to Table: Sicilian Cuisine on the Regale...
From Farm to Table: Sicilian Cuisine on the Regaleali EstateAbout halfway between Palermo, on the north coast of Sicily, and Agrigento, on the south, lies one of the island's premier wineries and cooking schools - Regaleali, which has been in the family of Count Lucio Tasca since 1830. The almost 3,000 acre Regaleali estate and its cooking school draws culinary professionals from around the world and is practically self sufficient, producing most of the vegetables, fruits, wheat, olives, cheeses and meats used in the classes. In the charming country kitchen of Le Case Vecchie, immersed in the vineyards, you will learn to make authentic Sicilian dishes under the expert guidance of Fabrizia Tasca Lanza, an art and food historian who is the daughter of acclaimed cookbook writer, Anna Tasca Lanza. The two-hour cooking class will be followed by a meal with the food you have personally prepared, paired with some of the exquisite wines produced on the estate. To conclude this unique experience, you'll visit a dairy farm to taste freshly made pecorino, ricotta and primo sale ewe's milk cheeses.
From $531.00 Per Person
Cucina SicilianaNot everyone has a Sicilian grandmother... but that doesn't mean you can't learn to cook like one! Well-known cookbook writer Eleonora Consoli invites you into her spacious home kitchen to learn how to cook the Sicilian way, infusing every dish with the essence of the sun and sea. Her typical Sicilian home, dating from the 18th century, is situated in one of the most characteristic villages on the slopes of Mount Etna. Each lesson comprises a complete, 4-course menu and you may choose to actively participate to knead handmade pasta dough, form meatballs, and control sauce consistency. As you cook together, Eleonora shares personal anecdotes and stories of the Sicilian culture and it age-old traditions, habits and culinary customs. Afterwards you will sit down and enjoy a scrumptious meal of which you can be proud!
From $163.00 Per Person
Women in a Man's World: Tuscan Wine Tasting
Women in a Man's World: Tuscan Wine TastingDon't tell Donatella Cinelli Colombini that women are the "weaker sex"! Her Casato delle Prime Donne winery in the gorgeous, UNESCO-protected landscape of the Val d'Orcia right outside Montalcino is unique in Italy - all of the wine makers are women and the Brunello they produce has won many awards. You will taste this very special wine and learn how it is made in this fascinating guided tour of the newest fermentation facility at the "House of First Women" estate. Three different types of wine, one of which is a prized Brunello, are yours to sample and savor, followed by a delicious light lunch consisting of Tuscan salami, aged pecorino, and bruschette with three types of extra-virgin olive oil produced at their sister estate, Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda. To finish off this unique and woman-empowering experience, you are welcome to take a leisurely stroll down a path through the vineyards; here, each rest stop is enhanced by modern art and the sayings of past winners of the annual Casato Prime Donne Award.
From $62.00 Per Person
Wine & Truffles : Full Day Wine Excursion
Wine & Truffles : Full Day Wine ExcursionThis full-day culinary expedition will introduce you to the wonderful world of truffles and will give you a taste of two of Italy's most festive wines. No gourmet morsel is as exotic and luxurious as the white truffle - il tartufo bianco. These delicacies, which can cost thousands of dollars per pound, grow only in the wild and can only be found by expert foragers aided by highly trained dogs. Starting from and returning to your hotel in the Langhe area, this tour will take you to the heart of the truffle's earthy home, in the hills of the Monferrato region. At the "House of the Truffle Hunter", a trifulau will explain the area's food traditions and local truffle varieties. Armed with this knowledge, you'll head out with your guide and his inseparable dogs on your very own truffle hunt. A tasting of various truffles, local wines, cheese and salami will follow. Asti, with its beautiful Gothic cathedral, will be up next. You'll have free time to explore this historic, medieval city, do some shopping and have lunch in a restaurant in the city center. Afterwards you'll visit a renowned Barbera producer. This fine violet-colored red wine, is considered to be one of the great "B"s of Piedmont, along with Barolo and Barbaresco. A tour of a local winery and a wine tasting will conclude the day.
From $340.00 Per Person
Taste of Northern Italy: Food & Wine in Valpolicel...
Taste of Northern Italy: Food & Wine in ValpolicellaDiscover the beauty and the flavors found in the Valpolicella wine country of the Veneto region on this full day guided tour. You'll take the most scenic backroads to two different wineries and to a characteristic restaurant and, along the way, your tour guide will illuminate all the special features of this beautiful region. Sample regional cuisine and learn just how these wineries produce world-class wines with subtle yet significant differences. Meander through the rolling hills of the Veneto to reach the first vineyard, Novaia. You will tour the estate's tree-shaded grounds and learn about the conditions needed to produce the grapes used in their special wines. A wine tasting with the experts will follow. Lunch at Ristorante Al Covolo comes next. Specializing in homemade pastas and sweets, as well as meats slow-cooked in wine, Al Covolo is a fine example of the local traditions prevalent in the Valpolicella region. They also have an extensive enoteca with a large variety of wines for sale. A pleasant drive through the undulating hills takes you to the second vineyard, Azienda Agricola Coali. Here you will gain a deeper understanding of the subtle differences in production techniques that give these wines their unique flavors. Enjoy a full wine tasting, as well as a tour of the grounds. Final stop of the day will be the 13th century church of San Giorgio; then it's back to Venice after a fun-filled day of touring and tasting the finest wines and foods of the Vapolicella region.
From $347.00 Per Person
Veneto: The Land of Prosecco
Veneto: The Land of ProseccoIn the hills around the villages of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano, you will enter a magical world: the land of Prosecco. Tidy rows of vineyards set amidst historic villages are the scenic backdrop for this full day excursion, and this Italian sparkling white wine - often called Italian champagne due to its crisp, bubbly taste - will be your guide. After a short stop by a waterfall beside an old mill, you'll head to the Toffoli Vineyards, known for their fine Prosecco. A visit to the cellars and a guided wine tasting are included, with some local delicacies to accompany the wine. Here you'll be able to learn how a simple white wine can become an excellent, sparkling Prosecco. This family-run business has adopted a system to exploit the natural preservatives contained in the skins of the grapes, adding virtually no sulphates that often cause headaches; the result is one of the most remarkable Proseccos on the market. The Molinetto della Croda, an ancient grist mill in the Lierza valley, has inspired artists and charmed thousands of visitors in its nearly four centuries of history. After a short stop at the mill, you'll take the "Strada del Prosecco," characterized by some truly astounding scenery. There will be ample opportunities to take photos; for example, in the picturesque little village of Rolle. Lunch will be at a local trattoria, a lovely place serving typical Veneto cuisine with a panoramic view of the vineyards. After lunch you'll head to the Bisol Winery in Valdobbiadene where you'll visit the cellars and enjoy a guided wine tasting.
From $1,120.00 Per Group
Archi-Wine Tour: When Architects Meet Winemakers i...
Archi-Wine Tour: When Architects Meet Winemakers in Piedmont (Full Day)Alba is a picturesque, medieval town in the heart of Piedmont. It is the capital of the Langhe and is known worldwide for its prestigious truffles and red Barolo and Barbaresco wines. Here, modern architects have been rethinking the winery as a contemporary expression of tradition and innovation, agriculture and technology, and production and hospitality. Departing from and returning to your hotel in Alba or La Morra, this tour will introduce you to various aspects of the Ceretto brand. First stop is the colorful, little Cappella delle Brunate outside La Morra. Built in 1914 for the people who worked in the surrounding vineyards, this unconsecrated chapel gradually fell into a state of disrepair. The owner of the Ceretto Winery decided to hire two well-known artists, Sol LeWitt and David Tremlett, to turn the abandoned chapel into a piece of contemporary art. The artists' fee? Bottles of Barolo wine from the Ceretto family cellars! Your tour will carry on with a visit to "The Cube" at Ceretto's Bricco Rocche Winery in Castiglione Falletto. "The Cube" is a modern, hi-tech work of art in an inimitable setting. Designed by the Turin architectural firm, Deabate, it is fully-transparent landscape architecture presented as sculpture and blends beautifully into the surrounding countryside. Here, only Barolo wine is produced, for an annual production of 40,000 bottles. Next stop will be Ceretto's headquarters at the Monsordo Bernardina Winery right outside Alba. Housed in an 18th century farmstead, this project is a magnificent combination of tradition and innovation. Architect Giuseppe Blengini was inspired by the colors of the vines and the fascinating irregularity of the vineyards to create a state-of-the-art space dedicated to wine production and hospitality. A wine tasting is included. You'll have lunch at Ristorante La Piola in Alba's beautiful Piazza Duomo where you will dine on traditional Piedmont dishes, accompanied by an exclusive selection of wines. Afterwards, your tour will continue at Tartuflanghe in Piobesi d'Alba, one of the region's most influential truffle sellers. A culinary workshop will demonstrate the various processes involved in the preparation of white and black truffles. You'll also participate in a truffle hunting simulation.
From $478.00 Per Person
Archi-Wine Tour: When Architects Meet Winemakers i...
Archi-Wine Tour: When Architects Meet Winemakers in Piedmont (Half Day)Alba is a picturesque, medieval town in the heart of Piedmont. It is the capital of the Langhe and is known worldwide for its prestigious truffles and red Barolo and Barbaresco wines. Here, modern architects have been rethinking the winery as a contemporary expression of tradition and innovation, agriculture and technology, and production and hospitality. Departing from and returning to your hotel in Alba or La Morra, this tour will introduce you to various aspects of the Ceretto brand. First stop is the colorful, little Cappella delle Brunate outside La Morra. Built in 1914 for the people who worked in the surrounding vineyards, this unconsecrated chapel gradually fell into a state of disrepair. The owner of the Ceretto Winery decided to hire two well-known artists, Sol LeWitt and David Tremlett, to turn the abandoned chapel into a piece of contemporary art. The artists' fee? Bottles of Barolo wine from the Ceretto family cellars! Your tour will carry on with a visit to "The Cube" at Ceretto's Bricco Rocche Winery in Castiglione Falletto. "The Cube" is a modern, hi-tech work of art in an inimitable setting. Designed by the Turin architectural firm, Deabate, it is fully-transparent landscape architecture presented as sculpture and blends beautifully into the surrounding countryside. Here, only Barolo wine is produced, for an annual production of 40,000 bottles. Next stop will be Ceretto's headquarters at the Monsordo Bernardina Winery right outside Alba. Housed in an 18th century farmstead, this project is a magnificent combination of tradition and innovation. Architect Giuseppe Blengini was inspired by the colors of the vines and the fascinating irregularity of the vineyards to create a state-of-the-art space dedicated to wine production and hospitality. The visit includes a wine tasting. A delicious lunch of traditional Piedmont dishes, accompanied by an exclusive selection of wines, concludes the tour. The setting is Ristorante La Piola in Alba's beautiful Piazza Duomo, right in the center of town.
From $362.00 Per Person
Immerse yourself in Tuscan cuisine at Il Macchero...
Immerse yourself in Tuscan cuisine at Il MaccheroneNestled in the hills of Tuscany, a mere 20-minute ride from Florence, lies Il Maccherone, a family-owned trattoria that has earned itself a wonderful reputation for preserving the authentic flavors of Tuscany while simultaneously capitalizing on innovative culinary techniques. As such, Il Maccherone is the perfect venue for both traditional and modern-day Tuscan cooking classes. Cooking is the birthright of Chef Sabrina Somigli. The daughter of two successful Florentine restaurateurs, Sabrina has been in the kitchen all her life. In addition to her extensive life experience, she has devoted herself to the nitty-gritty science of food, earning a degree in Agricultural Bio-technology and a Ph.D in Microbiology. Needless to say, she's a master chef and an unparalleled guru in the art of cooking! On Monday and Tuesday afternoons, Sabrina will teach a 3-hour cooking class in Il Maccherone's kitchen. Students will be fully immersed in the Tuscan cooking tradition and will master exquisite gourmet dishes that they will be able to recreate for friends and family. Afterwards, the class will sit down together to enjoy a wonderful meal with expertly paired wines. Students can choose from a variety of seasonal menus, so there's a cooking class to suit every taste!
From $114.00 Per Person
Wines of the Doges - Wine Tasting in Venice
Wines of the Doges - Wine Tasting in VeniceWine has always been more popular than water in La Serenissima. The Veneto produces more wine than any other region in Italy and the city's wine bars, or bacari, serve an average of 50,000 glasses of wine each day! This two-hour guided tasting takes place in a typical Venetian bacaro in the afternoon hours, and focuses on the wines produced in the Tri-Veneto area (Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli Venezia-Giulia). Our expert sommelier will introduce you to local wines. Three different wines in all, selected according to quality, theme and the season. Then there are Venetian cicchetti -- freshly prepared fish, cheese or meat appetizers - to teach you everything you need to know about the pairing of food and wine.
From $96.00 Per Person
Balsamic Vinegar Tasting
Balsamic Vinegar TastingWine tastings are famous, but have you ever heard about a balsamic vinegar tasting? This phenomenon is becoming ever more popular with gourmet travelers and those who are curious about how Italians eat. During this 45-minute tasting, you will learn everything about the production of balsamic vinegar and how the humble grape is transformed into a powerful and flavorful product. The way the wine is aged affects the taste and consistency of the vinegar so you will start by trying eight types of balsamic vinegars, ranging from the youngest to the oldest. Not only will the taste be different, but also the color and the smell. After sampling all of the vinegars by themselves, including a real traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena, you will try them paired with a wide selection of meats, Tuscan cheeses, vegetables, and even fresh fruits! Traditional Tuscan bruschette and a glass of wine of your choice will be also served.
From $66.00 Per Person
The Art of Neapolitan Cooking
The Art of Neapolitan CookingSorrento is known for its amazing citrus products, as well as for its panoramic view of the Bay of Naples. Being in such close proximity to Naples itself, Sorrento has a very similar cuisine featuring tons of fresh produce like eggplants, tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and ricotta. And of course you can't forget the signature drink of the Sorrentine and Amalfi Coasts: limoncello! Take advantage of this region's natural bounty, and learn to cook some local recipes at a contemporary restaurant/art gallery in the center of town. During this half-day cooking class you'll learn how to make traditional Southern Italian dishes like parmigiana di melenzane (eggplant parmesan), ravioli alla caprese (ricotta-filled ravioli with cherry tomatoes and basil) and torta della nonna (custard pie). You'll not only be making the meal, but also shopping for supplies at a local market and dairy. A stop at a small limoncello factory gives you the chance to make your own lemon liqueur. Once, the grocery shopping is done, it's time prepare and plate your food. Like a real Italian mamma, you'll sit down to lunch happily tired from making the whole meal from scratch. As you eat, you'll breathe in the salty, fresh air and feel proud of yourself for having created such a delicious Southern Italian meal.
From $142.00 Per Person
A Cooking Lesson in the Land of Slow Food
A Cooking Lesson in the Land of Slow FoodBra, renowned as the birthplace of the international Slow Food movement, is a pleasant, provincial market town about ten miles west of Alba. The glorious culinary tradition of Piedmont, combined with the regional food specialties that Slow Food has undertaken to protect and disseminate, make this the ideal setting for a hands-on cooking lesson taught by a local cook. Maria will invite you into her homey kitchen and share with you the recipes she learned from her mother and grandmother. You will meet Maria in the historic Caffe' Converso in the center of Bra where, over a creamy cappuccino and a freshly baked brioche, you'll discuss the menu and decide together the dishes to be prepared during the class. Then it's off to the local produce market to buy the freshest, seasonal ingredients, followed by a stop at the butcher, the baker and finally at a specialty food and wine shop offering the highest-quality cheeses and small production wines. After your shopping expedition, you will enter Maria's kitchen to cook a delicious, 4-course Italian meal with wine. This is a hands-on cooking class lasting approximately 2 hours in which you will learn the secrets to making a perfect risotto, and how to bake a scrumptious dessert. Then comes the best part - you get to sit down and enjoy the dishes you have personally prepared, accompanied by a glass of Piedmont wine.
From $94.00 Per Person
A Taste of Sardinia
A Taste of SardiniaIf you are a lover of good wines and local flavors, this half-day tour is an opportunity that shouldn't be missed! Departing from and returning to your hotel in Cagliari, your driver will take you to Seridiana, a picturesque rural area near the city of Cagliari. Dotted with olive groves, fields and vineyards, this fertile land has produced bread, oil and wine for thousands of years. Here, the Argiolas' family will open the doors of their winery to you. In this place where, from father to child, wine traditions have been handed down for three generations, you will learn about the age-old, traditional equipment used by Italian winemakers, as well as visit the cellars where the must is kept for fermentation and the wine is aged in wooden barrels. After the visit to the production facilities, a knowledgeable expert will guide you through a tasting of Sardinian wines, matching them to some of the most typical gastronomic products of the region. Examples of the DOC wines you will taste are Selegas, Costamolino, Perdera and Costera.
From $93.00 Per Person
A Visit to Naples' Most Traditional Pizzerias
A Visit to Naples' Most Traditional PizzeriasMany people know about Naples' exceptional beauties, its culture and precious artworks, but not everyone knows that Naples is also the kingdom of pizza! A story tells that in 1889, when pizza had not yet become a popular dish and was usually eaten only by poor people, the Neapolitan owner of a tavern, Raffaele Esposito, honored the Queen Margherita of Savoy with a pizza garnished with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil, to represent the colors of the Italian flag. This delicious experiment gave birth to the legendary Pizza Margherita. This 3-hour guided tour is a multi-sensory experience merging local history and flavors. As you walk through the picturesque, narrow lanes of the historic center, admiring its glorious monuments and architecture, you will relive the chronicle of pizza, from the tale of its creation to its worldwide success. An art historian and pizza expert will lead you on this enthusiastic journey, passing by the city's most characteristic churches and monuments, to reach the temples of taste of its most illustrious pizza makers such as Antica Pizzeria Da Michele, Pizzeria Trianon, Pizzeria Di Matteo and many others. The tour also includes a stop at San Lorenzo Maggiore, an archeological site underneath the basilica where you can see a perfectly preserved pizza oven dating back to ancient Roman times. Pastecresciute, frittatine and battilocchio, typical Neapolitan fried snacks, and pizza will be served along the way. Take this tour and you will fall in love with Naples at the first bite!
From $239.00 Per Person
Badia a Passignano
Badia a Passignano and The Great Antinori Wines
Badia a Passignano and The Great Antinori WinesImmerse yourself to a private, sublime wine experience hosted by the great Antinori family at Badia a Passignano, a fourth century abbey founded by the archbishop of Florence in an enchanting, wooded spot 18 miles south of Florence. Your experience starts with a visit to the beautiful Chianti vineyards and an introduction to Vine-growing process and production. Afterwards, you will step back in time and have the opportunity to visit the historic monastery and cellars of Badia a Passignano. The Vallombrosan monks that still inhabit this place are recognized for their love of books, for promoting scientific research (Galileo Galilei taught there in 1587) and for their meticulous care of the surrounding fields, especially the cultivation of grapevines and reforestation. Following the tour, you will taste the inimitable flavors of the traditional Tuscan cuisine with a delectable lunch or dinner at the one-star Michelin Osteria di Passignano. The meal will be preceded by an extra-virgin olive oil tasting and accompanied by prestigious Antinori wines like Chianti Classico Riserva Badia a Passignano, Tignanello, Guado al Tasso, Brunello di Montalcino and Solaia. This is one-of-a-kind experience: you will be captivated not only by the beauty of the Chianti countryside region, with its precious vineyards and olive groves, but also by the sense of peace and spirituality of the ancient abbey and by the warmth welcome of the people working there.
From $849.00 Per Group
Basilicata Wine Tour: Full Day from Matera
Basilicata Wine Tour: Full Day from MateraBasilicata is the perfect setting for this unforgettable culinary and wine experience: the genuine flavors, the indigenous grapes, the taste of the food and the friendly people combine to make this a memorable taste adventure. Your assistant for the day will guide you through this beautiful region and its pristine natural beauties. This ancient land boasts centuries-old vineyards that produce the famous Primitivo, Negromaro, Sussumaniello and Aglianico wines that are increasingly being singled out by wine experts for their structure and ability to age. Departing from and returning to your Matera hotel, first stop is the town of Venosa where you can admire the Aragonese Castle and many remains of the ancient city wall, as well as the Jewish Catacombs. This charming town is dotted with churches like the stunning Abbey of SS. Trinita' or the Baroque church of the Purgatory, both housing beautiful frescoes and inscriptions from the Roman era. After a walking tour, you will stop at a local winery: a visit to the cellars and a guided wine tasting are included. Next comes lunch at a typical farmhouse, a lovely place serving healthy and delicious cucina povera from Basilicata. After lunch you will head to Melfi, a small town full of history. You will visit the imposing 11th-century Norman-Swabian Castle built at the foot of the Vulture Mountain, a strategic location that served as a gateway between Campania and Apulia. The eastern slopes of Vulture around the towns of Barile and Melfi are the sites of the best Aglianico vineyards. The excursion concludes with a second winery visit and a guided wine tasting.
From $171.00 Per Person
Cooking Class in Le Marche
Cooking Class in Le MarcheNot everyone has a Italian grandmother... but that doesn't mean you can't learn to cook like one! The region of Le Marche has such a rich tradition of food and wine that it is one of the most natural locations for a hands-on cooking lesson. All menus will highlight the freshness and uniqueness of the local products used and will be cooked in the traditional manner. Maria is the expert cook who will demonstrate clear and simple regional cooking techniques in the well-equipped restaurant kitchen of the Locanda del Gusto, situated in Comunanza, a medieval village with a stupendous view of the Sibelline mountain range. Her recipes feature prized IGP and DOP ingredients, such as saffron and apples, which are cultivated in this mountainous terrain. As you cook together, Maria shares personal anecdotes and stories of the Marchigian culture and its age-old traditions, habits and culinary customs. Afterwards you will sit down and enjoy a delicious, 3-course meal of which you can be proud!
From $134.00 Per Person
Danieli Wine Suite: A Taste of Venetian Opulence
Danieli Wine Suite: A Taste of Venetian OpulenceIndulge in this private tasting in the newly opened Wine Suite at Venice's iconic Hotel Danieli, originally the magnificent home of the royal family and now one of the most distinguished destinations in the city. As the only location in Venice with a restaurant and Wine Suite as high as the fifth floor, the Wine Suite offers a stunning view of the richest historical area of La Serenissima and its adjacent lagoon. Your sommelier will guide you through a tasting of four to six glasses, highlighting the best of the sparkling, white, red, and sweet wines that Italy has to offer and pairing it with local salumi and cheeses. This one hour long experience marries fine Italian wines, Venetian opulence, and breathtaking views to create a memorable experience, adding a perfect touch to your visit.
From $98.00 Per Person
Half-Day Wine Tour in Le Marche
Half-Day Wine Tour in Le MarcheA wine tasting tour is the very best way to discover the culture and landscape of the Southern Marche, the heart of the Rosso Piceno wine producing area and a beautiful landscape in its own right. This celebrated dry, red wine is joined by the region's other main grape varieties, Passerina and Pecorino (a local white wine, not the ewe's milk cheese of the same name!). On the way to the winery, you will have time to admire the wild but fantastic countryside and to discuss the history and evolution of wine making in this area. At your destination, you will tour the cellars and receive a full explanation of the wines and other specialties that are produced here. A guided wine tasting follows, including at least one Rosso Piceno Superiore, as well as glasses of Pecorino and Passerina wines. Then it's time to stop at a local osteria where you will enjoy a delicious lunch of tasty local recipes. Before returning to your hotel, you will have some free time to visit the medieval village of Ripatransone.
From $134.00 Per Person
Learn How to Cook a Flawless Meal in Basilicata
Learn How to Cook a Flawless Meal in BasilicataThis exclusive cooking class will give you the unique opportunity to expand your cooking skills and learn from an expert chef how to make a perfect Italian meal. You'll prepare a 3-course meal using fresh, local ingredients, while your chef shares with you regional cooking secrets and special techniques. Did you know that in Basilicata there are over ten different types of fresh pasta? During this class you will learn how to prepare one of them: roll up your sleeves and test your skills on fresh orecchiette, tapparelle or lucane chiappute! For the second course, if available, you will prepare one of the most popular meats of the region: lamb. The chef will teach you about the different cuts and all the secrets on how to make it tender. Cutturieddu, a type of lamb casserole, is one of the most common recipes in which lamb is flavored with wild onions, hot peppers, ripe tomatoes and a few other fresh ingredients. After the hands-on cooking class, you will sit down and enjoy the meal that you have personally prepared, paired with the finest selection of wines. You will not only remember the taste and flavors of the dishes, but also the joy and fun you experienced throughout the class: the perfect occasion to create a memorable Italian culinary experience!
From $171.00 Per Person
Mozzarella and More: Cheese Making in Sorrento
Mozzarella and More: Cheese Making in SorrentoNo visit to Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast is complete without a taste of the local specialty cheeses, from mozzarella to caviocavallo to provola. Using traditional methods and family recipes, small cheese-making factories (caseifici) continue the work of previous generations, producing some of the world's favorite cheeses from one of Italy's most beloved destinations. Caseificio Michelangelo is one such factory, and its visitors have the chance to discover for themselves the magic of Campanian cheeses. Your journey through the scrumptious process of cheese-making begins when you are picked up at your hotel on the Sorrentine Peninsula and taken to the family-owned cheese factory at Piano di Sorrento. Caseificio Michelangelo began making scamorza in the mid-1940's and they have expanded their repertoire and reputation since. You will learn first-hand how these artisan products are created with a step-by-step demonstration, beginning with the first drop of the finest milk and finishing with the final piece of Campanian perfection, ready for enjoyment. Following the factory tour and demonstration, you will savor various specialty cheeses made on-site - including mozzarella, ricotta, "Moscione", and provolone - while also sampling local wine from the region. Before returning to your hotel, you will have the opportunity to purchase any of the delicious specialties that you saw being made that day.
From $63.00 Per Person
Passionate About Pasta: A Small Group Cooking Clas...
Passionate About Pasta: A Small Group Cooking Class in BolognaIl Salotto di Penelope is located in a picturesque courtyard in the heart of Bologna where, since the 1960's, a bakery once stood. Barbara Zaccagni and Valeria Hensemberger, two gourmets coming from different cooking realities, but with a common passion for teaching, founded their cooking school in February 2012. Today, they welcome individuals and groups interested in learning the techniques of the Italian cuisine and, in particular, the culture and flavors of traditional Bolognese and Northern Italian cooking. Meet the chef and your fellow participants at the characteristic Mercato Quadrilatero of Bologna, where you will learn all about the products to be used in that day's menu. Following the market tour, you move to the school's professional kitchen to begin the hands-on cooking class. It focuses on how to prepare pasta dough, how to roll it out in sheets using a traditional mattarello rolling pin and about how to create basic fillings and sauces using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Three different types of pasta will be made: tagliatelle, stuffed tortelloni and potato gnocchi, along with three savory sauces. Lunch will follow with the food you have personally prepared, accompanied by the wine from of the hills of Bologna. A half-day culinary experience at Il Salotto di Penelope is the perfect introduction to Bologna's justly famous cuisine. As Barbara and Valeria say, "We like to think we are not just a simple cooking school, but a valid alternative to the gym, a place in which you can learn how to cook and meet people with so many different passions, interests and traditions that sometimes gossip takes over from the cooking!"
From $157.00 Per Person
Small Group Food Tour of Trastevere
Small Group Food Tour of TrastevereThis 4-hour small group food tour provides excellent insight into the ancient neighborhood of Trastevere, made up of a labyrinth of alleys and enchanting squares. You will explore the area indulging in ten food and wine tastings along the way at seven of Rome's most historic and locally loved places. As you follow your friendly and knowledgeable guide, you will also get a glimpse of the daily life of the families that have been serving up these delicacies for generations. First stop on this tour is a historic trattoria located just a few steps from Tiber Island. In this intimate and welcoming place, you'll sample some classic Roman dishes, all prepared with the freshest available ingredients. Next stop on this tour will be the wine cellar of Spirito di Vino, where you will taste a glass or two of their best house wines. After the tasting, it is time to move on. When you were a child, did you ever dreamed of visiting a cookie factory? If the answer is "yes", on this tour, your dream will come true! As soon as you walk inside the store, you will feel the authenticity of the place and the true love the owners put into their biscotti. After a stroll through some of Trastevere's characteristic cobblestone alleyways, you will reach one of Rome's most famous bakeries, where you will see how their award-winning pizza is baked and, of course, you'll try a slice of it. Three more stops await you. You'll sample cold-cut meats & cheeses and homemade ravioli accompanied by a glass of wine. To conclude this unforgettable gastronomic experience, a tasty artisanal gelato provides a sweet finish to this foodie tour of Trastevere.
From $129.00 Per Person
Tour the Tuscan Countryside in a Vintage FIAT 500!
Tour the Tuscan Countryside in a Vintage FIAT 500!Would you like to experience the best that Tuscany has to offer? Combine a visit to a Chianti winery with a scenic drive through the rolling Tuscan hills in a classic Italian car: the vintage Fiat 500. Cruise down winding roads and past vineyards at the wheel of the iconic little car that is the post-war symbol of freedom, taking in the gorgeous views as your guide entertains you with regional history and local knowledge. You'll be part of a colorful convoy of vintage 500's, and the guide who leads the tour is connected to the other cars by radio. This half-day Fiat tour begins with an introduction to the history of these cars and then heads for the hills on the outskirts of Florence, following some of the route of the famous "Mille Miglia" car rally. After a couple of panoramic photo stops, you will visit the grounds of the Renaissance Villa le Piazzole and take a stroll through the gardens before entering the medieval cellar to learn about the production of the estate's award-wining wines. A wine tasting follows, accompanied by a light lunch including bruschetta, Tuscan cold cuts and cheeses.
From $138.00 Per Person
Truffle Hunting in Le Marche: Half Day Excursion
Truffle Hunting in Le Marche: Half Day ExcursionExperience the true flavor of rural life in Le Marche by taking part in a fantastic morning of truffle hunting on a private estate in the splendid countryside outside Ascoli Piceno. Surrounded by mountains and natural parks, the area is blessed with truffles almost all year round: black truffles from January to March and from May to September and white truffles from September to December. Led by local experts and their trained truffle dogs, you will venture deep into the woods where this precious subterranean mushroom grows. Afterwards, you will sit down to mouthwatering lunch with a menu created around the truffles that you found.
From $144.00 Per Person
San Casciano Val di Pesa
Winery Visit & Tasting at Cantina Antinori in Chia...
Winery Visit & Tasting at Cantina Antinori in Chianti ClassicoAntinori is a name that elicits reverence, respect and awe in the world of wine. This Tuscan family has been making wine for 26 generations, and a tour and tasting at their state-of-the-art cantina in the heart of beautiful Chianti country is an unforgettable experience. Departing from your Florence hotel, you will head to the brand-new Antinori cantina - the world headquarters of their brand - located in San Casciano Val di Pesa, only a scenic, half an hour drive through the undulating hills of Tuscany. As you approach San Casciano, you will notice that the cantina is literally constructed in the hillside, a conscious decision to punctuate the winery's rootedness to the land around it, as well as to maximize energy efficiency. Designed by Marco Casamonti, one of Italy's leading architects, the structure is not just a cantina but also features an auditorium, museum, restaurant and wine shop inside its 540,000 square-foot expanse. The Antinori museum traces the family's long and illustrious history and displays their private art collection that includes many portraits of ancestors, as well as works by Fontana and Rosai. It also boasts three contemporary art installations made especially for the cantina by Rosa Barba, Yona Friedman and Jean-Baptiste Decavele. After a tour of the museum, you will proceed to the wine cellars: a series of softly-lit, sleek caves and spectacular, airy rooms that are tucked deep inside the hill, hidden behind discreet doors. Your tour of this remarkable temple of wine will end with a tasting of three of the best Antinori wines: Marchese Antinori Riserva, Peppoli and Tignanello. Please note that for the shared tour, transportation to/from the winery is NOT included in the total price.
From $99.00 Per Person
Private Cooking Class with Antinori's Osteria di P...
Private Cooking Class with Antinori's Osteria di Passignano in ChiantiExperience the inimitable flavors of traditional Tuscan cuisine and award-winning Antinori wines in this one-of-a-kind cooking lesson, tour and lunch or dinner with the one-star Michelin Osteria di Passignano in the heart of Chianti country. Your private cooking lesson will begin in the professional kitchen at Antinori's Fonte de' Medici Estate, where the vines of the great wines Tignanello and Solaia grow. Learn how to prepare a four-course menu with the chef of Osteria di Passignano. During the lesson, you will also enjoy a tasting of Pecorino cheeses, balsamic vinegar and Amedei chocolate; at the end, you will receive a diploma and a complimentary recipe book to take home. From the school you will then drive in your own personal car to the Badia a Passignano, a fourth century abbey founded by the archbishop of Florence in an enchanting, wooded spot that is 18 miles south of the city. Here, at the celebrated Osteria di Passignano, you will enjoy a delicious meal of the same dishes you previously prepared, accompanied by Antinori wines. The meal will be preceded by an extra-virgin olive oil tasting. Afterwards, you will step back in time and have the opportunity to visit the historic monastery and cellars of the Badia a Passignano. The Vallombrosan monks that still inhabit this place are recognized for their love of books, for promoting scientific research (Galileo Galilei taught there in 1587) and for their meticulous care of the surrounding fields, especially the cultivation of grapevines and reforestation. Please note that this service does NOT provide transportation from Florence and/or from the cooking class location to Osteria di Passignano. Custom transfer quotes available upon request.
From $943.00 Per Group
Amalfi Coast Tour: Flavors of History
Amalfi Coast Tour: Flavors of HistoryThe Amalfi Coast is not only known for its seductive panoramas and intense blue sea, but also for the flavors and tastes of the local gastronomy. This Mediterranean pearl boasts a large range of typical specialties, created mostly from locally-grown products. Departing from and returning to your hotel, you'll start your tour with a short guided visit of the village of Ravello. One of the most elegant town on the Amalfi Coast, this place has inspired writers, artists and musicians, and has attracted numerous international celebrities. Perched high on the cliffs above Amalfi, Ravello is visited for its beautiful gardens and other important sites such as the Villa Rufolo, Villa Cimbrone and the splendid Romanesque Duomo. Your tour will continue with a visit to Amalfi and a tasting of limoncello at Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi. This family-run store offers homemade limoncello, produced with local lemons, as well as an array of other products. Your guide will then take you to the Amalfi Paper Mill and Museum where you can admire ancient methods of paper production that the locals learned from the Arabs. Lunch at Trattoria da Rispoli follows. After lunch, you'll go to Positano for a guided tour and a stop for coffee. This dreamy coastal town, etched upon the face of a rocky cliff, is known for the church of Santa Maria Assunta that contains a 13th century icon of the Black Madonna. According to local legend, this icon was stolen from Byzantium and transported by pirates across the Mediterranean.
From $332.00 Per Person
The Flavors of Vesuvius
The Flavors of VesuviusPompeii is considered as one of the most significant historic vestiges of Roman civilization and, like an open book, provides essential information about the art, customs and everyday life of the past. Following the devastating eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D., the city has re-emerged from centuries of darkness and layers of ash, bringing to light a fascinating picture of daily life. Departing from and returning to your hotel, this tour takes you back in time, starting with a visit to the archaeological site at Pompeii. Once a thriving resort town populated by wealthy people, Pompeii today offers remains of restored temples, eateries and the preserved bodies of those who died trying to escape. This journey through the ancient city will help you imagine the daily routine of Pompeii and the panic felt by its inhabitants in the minutes before it was completely buried. Next stop will be La Cantina del Vesuvio Winery, located in the National Park of Vesuvius at the base of the volcano, an area well-known for its rich, volcanic soil that is perfect for growing grapes. Here you'll visit the vineyards and olive groves of the winery before tasting some of their outstanding wines. Wine is produced here in three classic versions: Lacryma Christi of the Vesuvius DOC red, rose' and white. A lunch of traditional dishes carefully prepared using genuine, local products will follow.
From $289.00 Per Person
Ancient Paestum: Wine, Cheese and Ruins
Ancient Paestum: Wine, Cheese and RuinsThe three Doric temples at Paestum are said to be the best-preserved Greek temples in the world. These magnificent monuments date back to the 6th and 5th centuries B.C., and are dedicated to the city's namesake Poseidon (also known as Neptune, god of the sea), Hera and Ceres. Near sandy beaches in a region known for its typical wines and delicious mozzarella di bufala cheese, Paestum is off the beaten tourist path so you can admire these perfect monuments in all their pristine beauty. Departing from and returning to your hotel on the Amalfi Coast, first stop will be the Tenuta Vannulo, a farm in the heart of the Campania region where mozzarella di bufala is still produced in a very traditional way. You will tour the farm and learn all about the cheese-making process before sitting down to taste the freshly made cheese. At the winery Marino you will enjoy a selection of Italian specialties accompanied by some of the typical wines of the South. A guided tour of the archaeological site of ancient Paestum and a museum that will give you a feel of life in the Italian countryside completes this full-day excursion that combines history and cuisine of Southern Italy.
From $389.00 Per Person
The Celebrated White wines of Irpinia
The Celebrated White wines of IrpiniaIrpinia is a region of the Apennine mountains around the town of Avellino, 25 miles east of Naples and about an hour'âs drive from the Amalfi Coast. On this full-day excursion you'll have the two of Irpinia's most respected wineries: Feudi di San Gregorio and Cantina di Marzo. Departing from and returning to your Naples hotel, the first stop is the Feudi di San Gregorio winery. Founded in 1986, San Gregorio symbolizes the enological Renaissance of Southern Italy and its centuries-old culture of wine drinking. After touring the winery, you will have brunch at the Feudi di San Gregorio. The meal is accompanied by a wine tasting entirely dedicated to the authentic and renowned white wines produced in Irpinia, Fiano di Avellino and Falanghina. After lunch this tour takes you back in time to one of the oldest wineries in Italy, Cantina di Marzo. Founded in 1647, it is a small, family-run wine producer in the center of the characteristic village of Tufo, surrounded by vineyards. The estateâs unique cellars are composed of a series of caverns and tunnels dug into the rock. Here, together with the wine tasting, you will enjoy typical local cheeses. In the hills around the village of Sorbo Serpico, you will enter a magical world of unexpected streams, rare rose bushes and gardens of aromatic herbs. The most wonderful surprise, however, awaits you in the wine cellar. Here you will encounter the long barriquerie, used in the production of Prosecco and other niche wines evoking the long tradition of Irpinia's viticulture. A final wine tasting concludes the tour before you are returned to your hotel.
From $307.00 Per Person
Chianti Nord Wine Tour: Full Day
Chianti Nord Wine Tour: Full DayProduced in the undulating hills of the Tuscan countryside between Florence and Siena, the famous Chianti Classico wine is known and celebrated all over the world. Tidy rows of vineyards set amidst historic villages and silvery-green olive trees are the scenic backdrop for this full day wine excursion to Chianti Country. Departing from and returning to your Florence hotel, first stop is the town of Greve in Chianti with its picturesque, asymmetrical main piazza. It is lined by a succession of palaces, porticoes and loggias with the rebuilt church of Santa Croce at one end, housing beautiful Renaissance paintings from the School of Fra Angelico. At the other end of the piazza stands a statue of the explorer, Giovanni da Verrazzano, who discovered New York Harbor. After a tour of Greve you'll head to the Casaloste Vineyards, known for their fine Chianti Classico and Riserva wines. A visit to the cellars and a guided wine tasting are included. Next stop will be lunch at the Osteria La Scuderia, a lovely place serving typical Tuscan cuisine. After lunch you will head either to the Antinori vineyards at Badia di Passignano or to the small castle of Montefioralle depending on availability. Then you'll visit the cellars of the Setriolo estate in Castellina in Chianti to learn how grapes become wine; a guided tasting follows.
From $272.00 Per Person