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Culinary Italy: An Exploration of Regional Tastes and Traditions

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Itinerary for Sep 12 — Sep 24, 2013

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Day One: Thursday, September 12 - In Flight
In Transit: Overnight in transit

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Canon d’Oro is housed in a 16-th century palace, formerly the home of a pawnshop (Monte di Pietà), with a completely frescoed façade, dating back to 1524, located on the old Contrada Granda, the high street, now called Via XX Settembre. Initially owned by the Confraternità dei Battuti (Confraternity of Flagellants), a group of pious men who founded the town’s cathedral and, later on, its hospital, the building was used as a pawnshop until 1794. Privately owned since 1830, it was then used as a place of refreshment and hospitality in the form of a traditional inn, later as a restaurant with rooms, and now as a hotel. Listed among the historical public establishments of the Veneto region and classified as a period residence since 1980, the Capraro family follows the ownership and management of the restaurant. In 2011 the Hotel joined the Best Western chain.

Contact info:
Via XX Settembre, 131
Conegliano, Italy
phone: +39 043834246
web: www.hotelcanondoro.it

Room amenities: Classical rooms with clean, essential lines,, a welcoming atmosphere, the warmth of wood and the comfort of all conveniences – the ideal solution for a quiet and pleasant stay.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL: Euro 120 SGL: Euro 85
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please also check the hotel website for special offers.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, September 13 - Check in- Snack- Orientation & Meeting. Lecture ...
Check in- Snack- Orientation & Meeting. Lecture "Contrasts of three Regions: Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany." Welcome Drink.

Afternoon: Check in and snack. Orientation Meeting/Presentation of the program Introduction to the Program “Contrasts of three regions: Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany”. An illustration of the differences existing among the cuisine of these three regions - Veneto as a great merchant region (Venice) has had a tremendous influence on its cuisine, trade with the Arabs led to the introduction of rice, the same commerce also brought « baccala’ from North Europe - Tuscany, considered the sum of the features of the Italian Cuisnein general and the Mediterranean diet, is a simple cooking with simple ingredients linked to a rural tradition and goes back to the Etruscans ; - Emilia-Romagna, Italy’s capital of gastronomy, with a reputation that goes back to ancient times (Papal domination and Malatesta Family) is the result of a long-held respect for genuine properties, culinary tradition, and the safeguard of natural flavors. Welcome drink

Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel

Lodging: Best Western Hotel Canon D'oro

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Canon d’Oro is housed in a 16-th century palace, formerly the home of a pawnshop (Monte di Pietà), with a completely frescoed façade, dating back to 1524, located on the old Contrada Granda, the high street, now called Via XX Settembre. Initially owned by the Confraternità dei Battuti (Confraternity of Flagellants), a group of pious men who founded the town’s cathedral and, later on, its hospital, the building was used as a pawnshop until 1794. Privately owned since 1830, it was then used as a place of refreshment and hospitality in the form of a traditional inn, later as a restaurant with rooms, and now as a hotel. Listed among the historical public establishments of the Veneto region and classified as a period residence since 1980, the Capraro family follows the ownership and management of the restaurant. In 2011 the Hotel joined the Best Western chain.

Contact info:
Via XX Settembre, 131
Conegliano, Italy
phone: +39 043834246
web: www.hotelcanondoro.it

Room amenities: Classical rooms with clean, essential lines,, a welcoming atmosphere, the warmth of wood and the comfort of all conveniences – the ideal solution for a quiet and pleasant stay.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL: Euro 120 SGL: Euro 85
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please also check the hotel website for special offers.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, September 14 - Lecture on "An Overview of Italy's Historical Roo...
Lecture on "An Overview of Italy's Historical Roots and Geography and the Impact on What We Eat." Lecture on "The Culinary Traditions of the Veneto: From Origin to Today" Visit to the medieval village of Conegliano.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: - Lecture « An Overview of Italy’s Historical Roots and Geography and the Impact on What we Eat » Italy is a country of great variety, and cooking is just another aspect of the diversity of Italian culture. This diversity stems largely from history, peasant heritage and geographical differences. But geographical fragmentation alone does not explain the culinary diversity existing from north to south. The explanation is hidden in the past; the multitudes of food styles of Italy mainly result from its history. The Etruscans, Greeks, Romans, Arabs all of these populations have fascinated and influenced generations in the centuries that followed. The lecture also includes hints on how and why the geographic and climatic diversity of the Italian Peninsula brings the heavy differences in regional cooking. - Lecture “The Culinary Traditions of the Veneto: From Origin to Today”

Lunch: Lunch at the Hotel

Afternoon: Visit to Conegliano.Conegliano is a town and comune of Veneto, Italy, in the province of Treviso, about 30 kilometres (19 mi) north by rail from the town of Treviso. The remains of a castle that was built in the tenth century remain on a nearby hill. Formerly belonging to the Bishop of Vittorio Veneto, what remains—mostly a bell tower—now houses a small museum. Conegliano is noted for its wine, chiefly the dry white Prosecco (made from the grape of the same name) which comes in three varieties: tranquillo (still), frizzante (slightly sparkling) and spumante (sparkling). It is also home to Italy's oldest and most prestigious wine school.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Best Western Hotel Canon D'oro

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Canon d’Oro is housed in a 16-th century palace, formerly the home of a pawnshop (Monte di Pietà), with a completely frescoed façade, dating back to 1524, located on the old Contrada Granda, the high street, now called Via XX Settembre. Initially owned by the Confraternità dei Battuti (Confraternity of Flagellants), a group of pious men who founded the town’s cathedral and, later on, its hospital, the building was used as a pawnshop until 1794. Privately owned since 1830, it was then used as a place of refreshment and hospitality in the form of a traditional inn, later as a restaurant with rooms, and now as a hotel. Listed among the historical public establishments of the Veneto region and classified as a period residence since 1980, the Capraro family follows the ownership and management of the restaurant. In 2011 the Hotel joined the Best Western chain.

Contact info:
Via XX Settembre, 131
Conegliano, Italy
phone: +39 043834246
web: www.hotelcanondoro.it

Room amenities: Classical rooms with clean, essential lines,, a welcoming atmosphere, the warmth of wood and the comfort of all conveniences – the ideal solution for a quiet and pleasant stay.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL: Euro 120 SGL: Euro 85
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please also check the hotel website for special offers.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, September 15 - Visit to a Prosecco Wine Factory. Excursion to m...
Visit to a Prosecco Wine Factory. Excursion to medieval village of Bassano del Grappa. Visit to Grappa Factory, where Architect Fuksas created a gigantic distillery apparatus for making aquavit, with two glass-coated balls reflected on "artificial pond"

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Field trip to Valdobbiadene. Visit to the Bellussi prosecco wine factory. Prosecco is a late-ripening, delicate white wine grape which is grown extensevily in the Valdobbianese area. Wine tasting

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Field trip to Bassano del Grappa. Visit to the “Distilleria Nardini” grappa producer, to admire a sort of gigantic distillery apparatus for makin aquavit. The apparatus, designed by architect Massimiliano Fukas has two-coated balls reflected on an “artificial pond” creating a space for reverberations and reflections. Then there is a second type of architecture underground, a massive counterpart to the external design. Two complementary worlds in symbiosis, one delicate and suspended , the other a variegated world excavated in the ground like a cavern. Grappa tasting

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Best Western Hotel Canon D'oro

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Canon d’Oro is housed in a 16-th century palace, formerly the home of a pawnshop (Monte di Pietà), with a completely frescoed façade, dating back to 1524, located on the old Contrada Granda, the high street, now called Via XX Settembre. Initially owned by the Confraternità dei Battuti (Confraternity of Flagellants), a group of pious men who founded the town’s cathedral and, later on, its hospital, the building was used as a pawnshop until 1794. Privately owned since 1830, it was then used as a place of refreshment and hospitality in the form of a traditional inn, later as a restaurant with rooms, and now as a hotel. Listed among the historical public establishments of the Veneto region and classified as a period residence since 1980, the Capraro family follows the ownership and management of the restaurant. In 2011 the Hotel joined the Best Western chain.

Contact info:
Via XX Settembre, 131
Conegliano, Italy
phone: +39 043834246
web: www.hotelcanondoro.it

Room amenities: Classical rooms with clean, essential lines,, a welcoming atmosphere, the warmth of wood and the comfort of all conveniences – the ideal solution for a quiet and pleasant stay.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL: Euro 120 SGL: Euro 85
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please also check the hotel website for special offers.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Monday, September 16 - Excursion to Venice. Visit the "Rialto" Market, a...
Excursion to Venice. Visit the "Rialto" Market, a centuries old market for fruit, fish and vegetables. An opportunity to catch the flavor of local atmosphere mingling with the local residents.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Departure to Venice. Visit to the Rialto Market, rich with vegetables, fruit, fish and other foodstuffs, a beautiful show for everybody, a really visual feast. The visit is followed by a lunch at an Osteria to taste a typical local meal.

Lunch: Lunch at an Osteria with explaination of local specialties

Afternoon: Free time

Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel

Lodging: Best Western Hotel Canon D'oro

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: In the heart of the city, instead of an ancient monastery bombed during the II World War, in the 60's has been partially rebuilt and used as a hotel. Today, it continues its tradition of hospitality and refined after a thorough restructuring aimed to revive the feeling of staying in nice home's atmosphere. The sweet welcome of this residence bring you to the history of the city itself, passing from the Regio Theatre, near the Baptistery, the Cathedral, the Old Pharmacy of St. John and His Church until the oldest University in Italy.

Contact info:
Borgo Angelo Mazza 7
Parma, 43100 Italy
phone: +39 0521 281046
web: www.hotel-torino.it

Room amenities: Single room: With its convenient, comfortable mattress is the simplest of our rooms. Some are located along the perimeter of the hotel, and some serve as the backdrop to our winter-garden. Equipped with all comforts, all have an architectural or decorative details that distinguish it from others. Double room: Larger and therefore more comfortable than single rooms, suited to the individual traveller who needs more comfort, or to the couple seeking the best quality - price. Is available with two double beds

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Tuesday, September 17 - Departure to Parma-check in at hotel. Lecture on ...
Departure to Parma-check in at hotel. Lecture on "History of Emilian Cuisine" Guided tour of Parma: visit the Duomo and the Museo Glauco Lombardi with its prestigious collection of art and historical items.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Departure to Parma. Arrival at Jolly Hotel Stendhal in Parma and check in.

Lunch: Lunch at the Jolly Hotel Stendhal

Afternoon: Lecture “History of the Emilia-Romagna Cuisine”, the richest gastronomic region in Italy. Its capital, Bologna is probably the only city in Italy whose name is associated in the Italian mind not with monuments but with food. The origin of the Emilia-Romagna cuisine goes back to ancient times (papal domination and Malatesta Family). The region deserves to be called Italy’s capital of gastronomy, thanks to its long-held respect for genuine properties, culinary tradition, and the safeguard of natural flavors. Guided visit of Parma.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Hotel Torino

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: In the heart of the city, instead of an ancient monastery bombed during the II World War, in the 60's has been partially rebuilt and used as a hotel. Today, it continues its tradition of hospitality and refined after a thorough restructuring aimed to revive the feeling of staying in nice home's atmosphere. The sweet welcome of this residence bring you to the history of the city itself, passing from the Regio Theatre, near the Baptistery, the Cathedral, the Old Pharmacy of St. John and His Church until the oldest University in Italy.

Contact info:
Borgo Angelo Mazza 7
Parma, 43100 Italy
phone: +39 0521 281046
web: www.hotel-torino.it

Room amenities: Single room: With its convenient, comfortable mattress is the simplest of our rooms. Some are located along the perimeter of the hotel, and some serve as the backdrop to our winter-garden. Equipped with all comforts, all have an architectural or decorative details that distinguish it from others. Double room: Larger and therefore more comfortable than single rooms, suited to the individual traveller who needs more comfort, or to the couple seeking the best quality - price. Is available with two double beds

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Wednesday, September 18 - Visit to a Prosciutto Factory; learn how it is pr...
Visit to a Prosciutto Factory; learn how it is produced and what you need to know before buying the worlds most famous ham. Visit to a Parmesan Cheese Factory. Visit to Ariola's Cellar producing great wines from a land of traditions.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Departure to Baganzolino and visit to a Parmesan Cheese Factory. Excursion to Calicella di Pilastro. Visit to the Ariola cellars. Ariola's vineyard stretches on hillsides between 220 and 300 meters from the sea-level. Quality of soil, slimy and clayey, slope of hills, their orientation, their excellent exposure to the sun, produce ideal conditions to vine becomes best ripe; this is the secret of Ariola's wines.

Brunch: Brunch at the Casale del Groppone

Afternoon: Return to the hotel. Free time in Parma. Cooking demonstration held by the hotel restaurant chef.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Hotel Torino

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: In the heart of the city, instead of an ancient monastery bombed during the II World War, in the 60's has been partially rebuilt and used as a hotel. Today, it continues its tradition of hospitality and refined after a thorough restructuring aimed to revive the feeling of staying in nice home's atmosphere. The sweet welcome of this residence bring you to the history of the city itself, passing from the Regio Theatre, near the Baptistery, the Cathedral, the Old Pharmacy of St. John and His Church until the oldest University in Italy.

Contact info:
Borgo Angelo Mazza 7
Parma, 43100 Italy
phone: +39 0521 281046
web: www.hotel-torino.it

Room amenities: Single room: With its convenient, comfortable mattress is the simplest of our rooms. Some are located along the perimeter of the hotel, and some serve as the backdrop to our winter-garden. Equipped with all comforts, all have an architectural or decorative details that distinguish it from others. Double room: Larger and therefore more comfortable than single rooms, suited to the individual traveller who needs more comfort, or to the couple seeking the best quality - price. Is available with two double beds

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Thursday, September 19 - Visit to the "Acetaia di Giorgio" to discover mag...
Visit to the "Acetaia di Giorgio" to discover magic of tradition and craftsmanship of the precious Balsamic Vinegar of Modern DOP Acetaia Di Giorgio.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Visit to the « Acetaia Farini », whose family name and its vinegar goes along with that of Duchy of Modena belonged to the House of Este. The Acetaia Farini produces the authentic balsamic vinegar not to be confused with the « industrial » one found on the market.

Brunch: Lunch at the local restaurant

Afternoon: Return to the Hotel and Free time.

Dinner: Dinner at the "Corale Verdi" with private Opera concert

Lodging: Hotel Torino

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Cellai is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence in an extremely characteristic and quiet area. It is surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of churches, buildings and monuments which are unique to this city. On entering this exclusive hotel in Florence, you will immediately sense its special atmosphere as being one of warmth and intimacy, relaxation and charm. An atmosphere that makes you feel like being at home, with each detail passionately chosen and each room deserving a visit, not to mention our personal attention offered to each guest. Its style recalls that of the ancient inns of times past where young, European aristocrats stayed while discovering the beauty and artistic mysteries on offer in Italy.

Contact info:
Via 27 Aprile 14, 52r
Florence, 50129 Italy
phone: + 011 39 055 489291
web: www.hotelcellai.it

Room amenities: The special, defined style of the 55 rooms is combined with high quality comforts, ensuring your stay is even more pleasurable: air conditioning, direct telephone, satellite color TV, minibar, private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Flooring in stone or terracotta, stone arches, antique furniture and priceless, artistic furnishing accessories characterize the many lounges available to guests wishing to read or relax in the company of others. Some of the most evocative rooms include the splendid Fireplace lounge, the Garibaldi lounge and the Terrace, a sort of "open lounge area" overlooking the Florence skyline. The breakfast room is a "winter garden" with a large skylight where guests are served a delicious, candlelight breakfast each morning, with classical music playing in the background.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: DBL BB €150.00 SGL BB €120.00.
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Nine: Friday, September 20 - Departure to Florence. Check in/ Lecture
Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel

Morning: Check in at Hotel Cellai.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Lecture on: « History of the Tuscan Cuisine from the Etruscans and the Medici Family Until Today ». A description of dishes that were prepared centuries ago and that can be found on today’s Florentine tables.

Dinner: Dinner at the local restaurant

Lodging: Hotel Cellai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Cellai is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence in an extremely characteristic and quiet area. It is surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of churches, buildings and monuments which are unique to this city. On entering this exclusive hotel in Florence, you will immediately sense its special atmosphere as being one of warmth and intimacy, relaxation and charm. An atmosphere that makes you feel like being at home, with each detail passionately chosen and each room deserving a visit, not to mention our personal attention offered to each guest. Its style recalls that of the ancient inns of times past where young, European aristocrats stayed while discovering the beauty and artistic mysteries on offer in Italy.

Contact info:
Via 27 Aprile 14, 52r
Florence, 50129 Italy
phone: + 011 39 055 489291
web: www.hotelcellai.it

Room amenities: The special, defined style of the 55 rooms is combined with high quality comforts, ensuring your stay is even more pleasurable: air conditioning, direct telephone, satellite color TV, minibar, private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Flooring in stone or terracotta, stone arches, antique furniture and priceless, artistic furnishing accessories characterize the many lounges available to guests wishing to read or relax in the company of others. Some of the most evocative rooms include the splendid Fireplace lounge, the Garibaldi lounge and the Terrace, a sort of "open lounge area" overlooking the Florence skyline. The breakfast room is a "winter garden" with a large skylight where guests are served a delicious, candlelight breakfast each morning, with classical music playing in the background.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: DBL BB €150.00 SGL BB €120.00.
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Ten: Saturday, September 21 - San Gimignano/Experience the warmth of the hospit...
San Gimignano/Experience the warmth of the hospitality of a lovely Italian family at the Fattoria San Donato whose owners (Federica and Umberto) will offer a lunch based on local specialties.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Departure to San Gimignano. Guided visit of San Gimignano

Lunch: Lunch at the Fattoria di San Donato. Enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch based on - Ricotte alle erbe con pomodori secchi sott’olio, - cipolline all’aceto di Chianti , melanzane al funghetto, peperoni aromatizzati all’aceto di Vernaccia, cipolline in agrodolce olive, verdure sott’olio . - Insalata di farro con pomodoro fresco e basilico - Gorgonzola naturale con olio extravergine di oliva prezzemolo e limone - formaggi pecorini locali accompagnati da miele di produzione locale - salumi toscani (prosciutto, salame, finocchiona, salame piccante,) - bruschetta con olio extra vergine di oliva e aglio - Vinsanto di San Gimignano doc con cantuccini alle mandorle Wines served : Vernaccia di San Gimignano Docg tradizionale Chianti Colli senesi Docg tradizionale Vinsanto di San Gimignano doc

Afternoon: Return to the Hotel. Free time

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Hotel Cellai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Cellai is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence in an extremely characteristic and quiet area. It is surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of churches, buildings and monuments which are unique to this city. On entering this exclusive hotel in Florence, you will immediately sense its special atmosphere as being one of warmth and intimacy, relaxation and charm. An atmosphere that makes you feel like being at home, with each detail passionately chosen and each room deserving a visit, not to mention our personal attention offered to each guest. Its style recalls that of the ancient inns of times past where young, European aristocrats stayed while discovering the beauty and artistic mysteries on offer in Italy.

Contact info:
Via 27 Aprile 14, 52r
Florence, 50129 Italy
phone: + 011 39 055 489291
web: www.hotelcellai.it

Room amenities: The special, defined style of the 55 rooms is combined with high quality comforts, ensuring your stay is even more pleasurable: air conditioning, direct telephone, satellite color TV, minibar, private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Flooring in stone or terracotta, stone arches, antique furniture and priceless, artistic furnishing accessories characterize the many lounges available to guests wishing to read or relax in the company of others. Some of the most evocative rooms include the splendid Fireplace lounge, the Garibaldi lounge and the Terrace, a sort of "open lounge area" overlooking the Florence skyline. The breakfast room is a "winter garden" with a large skylight where guests are served a delicious, candlelight breakfast each morning, with classical music playing in the background.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: DBL BB €150.00 SGL BB €120.00.
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eleven: Sunday, September 22 - Departure to the Fabbrica di San Martino producin...
Departure to the Fabbrica di San Martino producing biological products: wine & oil/Visit to the farmhouse / Cooking demonstration at the International Academy of Italian Cuisine held by Gianluca

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Departure to the Fabbrica di San Martino producing biological products: wine & oil and visit to Farmhouse.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant

Afternoon: Cooking demonstration at the International Academy of Italian Cuisine held by Gianluca Pardini at Vicopelago (Lucca) Antipasto : Cheese souffle’ in a sauce of vegetables First course Fettuccine in tomato sauce with arugola pesto Second course :Cicken cacciatora (summer receipe) Dessert: Tart with ricotta cheese and wild berries

Dinner: Dinner at cooking school

Lodging: Hotel Cellai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Cellai is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence in an extremely characteristic and quiet area. It is surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of churches, buildings and monuments which are unique to this city. On entering this exclusive hotel in Florence, you will immediately sense its special atmosphere as being one of warmth and intimacy, relaxation and charm. An atmosphere that makes you feel like being at home, with each detail passionately chosen and each room deserving a visit, not to mention our personal attention offered to each guest. Its style recalls that of the ancient inns of times past where young, European aristocrats stayed while discovering the beauty and artistic mysteries on offer in Italy.

Contact info:
Via 27 Aprile 14, 52r
Florence, 50129 Italy
phone: + 011 39 055 489291
web: www.hotelcellai.it

Room amenities: The special, defined style of the 55 rooms is combined with high quality comforts, ensuring your stay is even more pleasurable: air conditioning, direct telephone, satellite color TV, minibar, private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Flooring in stone or terracotta, stone arches, antique furniture and priceless, artistic furnishing accessories characterize the many lounges available to guests wishing to read or relax in the company of others. Some of the most evocative rooms include the splendid Fireplace lounge, the Garibaldi lounge and the Terrace, a sort of "open lounge area" overlooking the Florence skyline. The breakfast room is a "winter garden" with a large skylight where guests are served a delicious, candlelight breakfast each morning, with classical music playing in the background.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: DBL BB €150.00 SGL BB €120.00.
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Monday, September 23 - Lecture on "Good Health and good eating" Field Tr...
Lecture on "Good Health and good eating" Field Trip to Castello Verazzano to enjoy a "Wine and Food Experience"

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Lecture « Good Health and Goos Eating » held by the nutrizionist Ted Metcalfe. The lecture deals with the health benefits from olive oils, wines, tomatoes, fish and the way the Italians eat. Departure to the Castello di Verrazzano (Chianti Area) Lecture "wine production at Verrazzano Estate." Visit of the Castle's cellars and gardens. The structure was an Etruscan then a roman settlement before becoming the property of the Verrazzano family in the VII century. It is located on a hilltop in the Chianti Classico area, the first grape growing and wine producing area in the world to be determined by an official proclamation, made by the grand Duke Cosimo III de' Medici in 1716. Its high position, over the Greve valley, was once of strategic-military importance: today it is possible to easily overlook the vineyards which fan out across the slopes to the edges of the wood further down the valley.

Lunch: Lunch at Castello di Verazzano

Afternoon: Return to the hotel. Free time

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Hotel Cellai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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Included
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11 nights of accommodations
27 meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 brunches, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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