Pinch Me – A Delicious Culinary Tour in Italy

A Culinary Tour in Italy

I am off to Italy once again. I would continue to pinch myself, but I am beginning to bruise! Two years ago my Italian adventures began with a week-long Italian cooking immersion adventure in the hills of Tuscany, as a guest of Tuscan Women Cook.

Italian cooking school
What a special day! It was hard not spending my birthday with my family, however, my friends in Tuscany gave me the royal treatment.


I toured, ate ridiculously amazing food and drank Tuscan wines with delightful people. We strolled through small towns visiting cheese makers, wineries and I even spent my birthday with these new friends. Because of the relationships I made on this trip, I met Cristina, a fantastic local tour guide and she introduced me to Palio Tours. Palio Tours put together my husband’s dream trip; to see The Palio for the following summer.

The Palio
The Race!

Ah, The Palio, the most unusual and spectacular horse race in the world. It has been held in the Piazza del Campo of Siena since the Renaissance and has no rules, the jockeys ride bareback, the pre-race celebrations last for hours, it’s incredibly hot and dusty and WE LOVED IT! To read all about our trip last summer to The Palio click ===> HERE.


A Culinary Tour in Italy with Oldways

CastelBrando high on the hill


I am so thrilled to be back in my favorite country and will join the Veneto, Italy Culinary Tour with Oldways.  After landing in Venice, I head  to CastelBrando, one of the oldest castles in Europe.

On our first day we will venture out to the vineyards to enjoy a tasting of Prosecco and a cooking demonstration by Chefs Kevin and Michael. “Chef/Partners Michael Lombardi & Kevin O’Donnell joined forces with Jim Cochener and Mike Moxley to open The Coda Group’s fourth restaurant, SRV in Boston. Specializing in cicchetti (small bites), pasta made from house-milled flour, and made to order risotto, SRV pays homage to traditional Venetian food with a modern interpretation.” They will be joining our tour and we will all have the pleasure of seeing Italy through the eyes of a chef.

After our stay in the castle, our next stop is the historic town of Verona. I am so excited about this adventure and I am certain to fall in love with this sweet city. We will find gorgeous medieval architecture, wide piazzas, and will walk under Juliet’s famous balcony where she dreamed of Romeo. I have not studied Shakespeare since Mr Barney’s class in my junior year of high school. Mr Barney, one of my favorite teachers, sported a clipped beard that hugged his square jaw, and was also nearly blind. But we wouldn’t have dreamed of cheating on a test! We had too much respect for this vibrant, enthusiastic teacher.

More pinch me moments: We will meet with cheese makers and olive oil producers and take a hands on cooking class.

While on the tour in Veneto I plan to share stories, photos and video of our daily excursions, classes and delicious side trips.

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Come travel with me and see the tour from the inside. Check out my Instagram Stories! It will be a most delectable and divine experience!

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10 thoughts on “Pinch Me – A Delicious Culinary Tour in Italy”

  1. Love your blog Suzanne…could you do a post on what shoes and clothes you pack for Europe? Also do you take a carry on bag in addition to a checked bag? Can’t wait to read about this next amazing trip! Happy Travels-Debbie

  2. Once again, I am very jealous of your upcoming adventure. I am also thrilled that I will be able to enjoy it through your eyes and written words. Have a fabulous time!

  3. Sounds like a wonderful trip. One of these days I will have to join you! Can’t wait to read about it and to see your beautiful pictures.


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