Italy's cuisine is very regional and each area has its specialties. But one thing is for sure, the best food is found in the countryside. Here is where you'll find the freshest ingredients and most authentic dishes.
So where to begin? In this week's newsletter I share with you some really amazing culinary experiences you can enjoy in Northern and Central Italy.
Northern Italy offers rich and creamy foods to keep you warm on cold nights. Rich pastas, polenta and meats are prepared with German and French influence...
Full Day Wine and Food Tour to Alba and Barbaresco
Enjoy an excursion through the main town of the Langhe and theBarbaresco wine area, You will visit the town of Alba (Italian for "dawn"), a world capital of wine and truffles since Julius Caesar's day. Our local guide will be at your disposal for an introductory walking tour with food stops. It will be a real journey through the flavors of this magnificent area and town. After lunch at a local trattoria, you will continue your day with a panoramic tour of the Barbaresco wine zone. The Piedmontese DOCG zone of Barbaresco is responsible for producing some of Italy's finest wines. It occupies the same region and uses the same grape (Nebbiolo) as Barolo but is a third of the size and his soils are lighter, both in color and weight, and more calcareous. Here you will have the chance to visit local wineries.
Truffle Hunting Experience
Your experience starts at the trifulau (truffle searcher's) house where you will receive an introduction to truffles before starting your walk in the woods together with the trifulau urging his inseparable dog to search. After the truffle hunting experience, you will be rewarded by a truffle tasting accompanied by local wines.
Full Day Private Barolo Wine Tour
Today you will be picked up by your English speaking driver and enjoy a wine tour of the Barolo wine region. Your first winery visit is to one of the region's most highly-rated wineries, and includes a guided visit to the cellars and aguided wine tasting of the estate's outstanding wines. You will then have the chance to visit the town of Barolo itself. The historical town center is a great fortification, with the rest of the town huddling up against it for protection, You will then enjoy lunch a local trattoria before your secondround of Barolo tastings. Enhance your appreciation of this area's renowned wines at a small family-run winery known for excellence.
Central Italy… the Tuscany area world renowned for its wine also offers incredible farm to market experiences.
Tuscan Cooking Class with Dinner in an Old Palace in the Heart of Florence
This is a small group course for food lovers that is held in an old “palazzo” in the city center. This is how one can find out about Tuscan and Florentine culture by being taught some of its celebrated food & wine traditions. In this course you can learn to cook a classic Tuscan meal. In a top class cookery school you will be able to make a four-course meal (starter, first course, second course and dessert) under the expert guidance of a multilingual chef. The course will be followed by dinner with the dishes you have prepared, accompanied by a good Tuscan wine and a fun and friendly atmosphere.
Castles of Chianti - Full Day with Lunch and Wine Tasting
With a private car and driver to take you out to the famous Chianti wine region, your first stop will be Meleto Castle for a tour of the ancient cellars followed by lunch and wine tasting. After lunch your driver will take you to another castle or villa for a private guided visit that includes a snack and a second wine tasting before the journey back to Florence.
So these are just some of the exclusive experiences you can have on a trip to Italy!
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