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.
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.
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
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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10 thoughts on “Pinch Me – A Delicious Culinary Tour in Italy”
So exciting! Enjoy and I look forward to reading about it!
Thank you Leisa!
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
Hi Debbie, Thank you! I did write something recently – This will get you started https://www.adventuresofemptynesters.com/suitcase-adventures-lets-talk-about-packing-for-your-next-trip/ Also I do bring a bag on board as well as checking one large bag. I will be writing more about packing when I return. Thanks for reading and for taking a moment to comment. Suzanne
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!
Thank you Jan! I appreciate it!
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.
I would love for you to join me! I believe you are traveling right after me? Enjoy your trip as well!
Have you gone, or are you going soon? Guess I’m confused on dates? The Palio. A dream destination for me!
Can’t wait to hear/see everything about your journey!