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Culinary Italy: An Exploration of Regional Tastes and Traditions

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13 Days | 12 Nights
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Itinerary for May 13 — May 25, 2014

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Day One: Tuesday, May 13 - 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

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL € 120 SGL € 90 B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please ALSO check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, May 14 - Check in, snack, orientation meeting, introductio...
Check in, snack, orientation meeting, introduction to the program, 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 local restaurant.

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

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL € 120 SGL € 90 B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please ALSO check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, May 15 - Lecture, Lecture, lunch at local restaurant and f...
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 local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time in Conegliano.

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

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL € 120 SGL € 90 B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please ALSO check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, May 16 - Valdobbiadene, Visit to prosecco wine factory, Ba...
Valdobbiadene, Visit to prosecco wine factory, Bassano del Grappa, visit to grappa factory.

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

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL € 120 SGL € 90 B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please ALSO check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Saturday, May 17 - Free time and Excursion to Venice/ Guided visit...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Free time

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: Excursion to Venice with Guided visit of "Exploring Venice"

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Best Western Hotel Canon D'oro

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Button, an inviting three star hotel in the heart of the historical and commercial centre of Parma near Piazza Garibaldi, boasts a range of services guaranteeing a comfortable and relaxing experience for guests. The elegant facility, dating back to the late 1700s, consists in four levels and has been furnished in a neoclassic style. The hotel is situated in a strategic position, just a few minutes' walk from major historical and cultural icons of the city: Cathedral, Baptistery, Santa Maria della Steccata, Glauco Lombardi Museum, Palazzo della Pilotta, Ducale Park, Regio Theatre, Farnese Theatre, National Galleries, Pinacoteca Stuard, the Courts and the faculties of Law, Economics and Psychology. Furthermore, the hotel is just a twenty minute drive from the renowned and chic outlet, Fidenza Village, a must-see for all shopping enthusiasts and more.

Contact info:
Borgo della Salina, 7
Parma, 43121 Italy
phone: +39 0521-208039
web: www.hotelbutton.it

Room amenities: Hotel Button in Parma boasts 40 comfortable rooms, all with an abundance of natural light and practical furnishings. All rooms include: Air conditioning Colour satellite TV Telephone Phone line connection for PC Wireless internet connection Safe Deposit Box

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Sunday, May 18 - Departure to Parma, check in at the Hotel, Lectur...
Departure to Parma, check in at the Hotel, Lecture, guided visit of Parma.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

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

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant

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 on your own

Lodging: Hotel Button

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

Description: Hotel Button, an inviting three star hotel in the heart of the historical and commercial centre of Parma near Piazza Garibaldi, boasts a range of services guaranteeing a comfortable and relaxing experience for guests. The elegant facility, dating back to the late 1700s, consists in four levels and has been furnished in a neoclassic style. The hotel is situated in a strategic position, just a few minutes' walk from major historical and cultural icons of the city: Cathedral, Baptistery, Santa Maria della Steccata, Glauco Lombardi Museum, Palazzo della Pilotta, Ducale Park, Regio Theatre, Farnese Theatre, National Galleries, Pinacoteca Stuard, the Courts and the faculties of Law, Economics and Psychology. Furthermore, the hotel is just a twenty minute drive from the renowned and chic outlet, Fidenza Village, a must-see for all shopping enthusiasts and more.

Contact info:
Borgo della Salina, 7
Parma, 43121 Italy
phone: +39 0521-208039
web: www.hotelbutton.it

Room amenities: Hotel Button in Parma boasts 40 comfortable rooms, all with an abundance of natural light and practical furnishings. All rooms include: Air conditioning Colour satellite TV Telephone Phone line connection for PC Wireless internet connection Safe Deposit Box

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Monday, May 19 - Transfer to Acetaia Malpighi, visit to the Acetai...
Transfer to Acetaia Malpighi, visit to the Acetaia, authentic balsamic vinegar. Lunch at Acetaia. Free time

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Visit to the « Acetaia Malpighi» The Acetaia Malpighi produces the authentic balsamic vinegar not to be confused with the « industrial » one found on the market.

Brunch: Lunch at the Acetaia

Afternoon: Return to the Hotel and Free time.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Hotel Button

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

Description: Hotel Button, an inviting three star hotel in the heart of the historical and commercial centre of Parma near Piazza Garibaldi, boasts a range of services guaranteeing a comfortable and relaxing experience for guests. The elegant facility, dating back to the late 1700s, consists in four levels and has been furnished in a neoclassic style. The hotel is situated in a strategic position, just a few minutes' walk from major historical and cultural icons of the city: Cathedral, Baptistery, Santa Maria della Steccata, Glauco Lombardi Museum, Palazzo della Pilotta, Ducale Park, Regio Theatre, Farnese Theatre, National Galleries, Pinacoteca Stuard, the Courts and the faculties of Law, Economics and Psychology. Furthermore, the hotel is just a twenty minute drive from the renowned and chic outlet, Fidenza Village, a must-see for all shopping enthusiasts and more.

Contact info:
Borgo della Salina, 7
Parma, 43121 Italy
phone: +39 0521-208039
web: www.hotelbutton.it

Room amenities: Hotel Button in Parma boasts 40 comfortable rooms, all with an abundance of natural light and practical furnishings. All rooms include: Air conditioning Colour satellite TV Telephone Phone line connection for PC Wireless internet connection Safe Deposit Box

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Tuesday, May 20 - Visit to cheese factory, Visit prosciutto factory...
Visit to cheese factory, Visit prosciutto factory, Calicella di Pilastro, Visit to the Ariola's cellar.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Departure to "Consorzio formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano" and visit to a Parmesan Cheese Factory. Field trip to prosciutto di Parma factory and prosciutto tasting. 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 hotel.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Hotel Button

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

Description: Grand Hotel Plaza e Locanda Maggiore features a restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. . Business-related amenities at this 4.0-star property include technology support staff and secretarial services. Meeting facilities include conference rooms, exhibit space, banquet facilities, and meeting rooms for small groups. This 4.0-star property also offers a bar/lounge, wireless Internet access, and a seasonal outdoor pool.

Contact info:
P.zza del Popolo 7
Montecatini Terme (PT), 51016 Italy
phone: +39 0572 75831
web: www.hotelplaza.it

Room amenities: Grand Hotel Plaza e Locanda Maggiore offers 96 guestrooms. Televisions come with satellite television channels. Wireless Internet access is provided along with direct-dial phones and in-room safes. Refrigerators are available in guestrooms. Bathrooms include bidets and hair dryers. Other amenities include minibars and air conditioning. Amenities available on request include extra towels/bedding and wake-up calls.

Facility amenities: Wireless Internet access Air conditioning Direct-dial phone Internet access (surcharge) Refrigerator Minibar Wake-up calls Extra towels/bedding Private bathroom Hair dryer Sewing kit Bidet Satellite television service In-room safe Desk Window opens

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: € 105,00 DBL, € 68,00 SGL B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Nine: Wednesday, May 21 - Departure to Montecatini Terme. Check in. Guided ...
Departure to Montecatini Terme. Check in. Guided visit to Montecatini and lecture

Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel

Morning: Departure to Montecatini Terme. Check in at Grand Hotel Plaza.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Guided tour of Montecatini. 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 on your own

Lodging: Grand Hotel Plaza

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

Description: Grand Hotel Plaza e Locanda Maggiore features a restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. . Business-related amenities at this 4.0-star property include technology support staff and secretarial services. Meeting facilities include conference rooms, exhibit space, banquet facilities, and meeting rooms for small groups. This 4.0-star property also offers a bar/lounge, wireless Internet access, and a seasonal outdoor pool.

Contact info:
P.zza del Popolo 7
Montecatini Terme (PT), 51016 Italy
phone: +39 0572 75831
web: www.hotelplaza.it

Room amenities: Grand Hotel Plaza e Locanda Maggiore offers 96 guestrooms. Televisions come with satellite television channels. Wireless Internet access is provided along with direct-dial phones and in-room safes. Refrigerators are available in guestrooms. Bathrooms include bidets and hair dryers. Other amenities include minibars and air conditioning. Amenities available on request include extra towels/bedding and wake-up calls.

Facility amenities: Wireless Internet access Air conditioning Direct-dial phone Internet access (surcharge) Refrigerator Minibar Wake-up calls Extra towels/bedding Private bathroom Hair dryer Sewing kit Bidet Satellite television service In-room safe Desk Window opens

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: € 105,00 DBL, € 68,00 SGL B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Ten: Thursday, May 22 - San Gimignano. Fattoria San Donato
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

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

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free time at San Gimignano.

Dinner: Return to Montecatini Terme, and dinner on your own

Lodging: Grand Hotel Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Grand Hotel Plaza e Locanda Maggiore features a restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. . Business-related amenities at this 4.0-star property include technology support staff and secretarial services. Meeting facilities include conference rooms, exhibit space, banquet facilities, and meeting rooms for small groups. This 4.0-star property also offers a bar/lounge, wireless Internet access, and a seasonal outdoor pool.

Contact info:
P.zza del Popolo 7
Montecatini Terme (PT), 51016 Italy
phone: +39 0572 75831
web: www.hotelplaza.it

Room amenities: Grand Hotel Plaza e Locanda Maggiore offers 96 guestrooms. Televisions come with satellite television channels. Wireless Internet access is provided along with direct-dial phones and in-room safes. Refrigerators are available in guestrooms. Bathrooms include bidets and hair dryers. Other amenities include minibars and air conditioning. Amenities available on request include extra towels/bedding and wake-up calls.

Facility amenities: Wireless Internet access Air conditioning Direct-dial phone Internet access (surcharge) Refrigerator Minibar Wake-up calls Extra towels/bedding Private bathroom Hair dryer Sewing kit Bidet Satellite television service In-room safe Desk Window opens

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: € 105,00 DBL, € 68,00 SGL B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eleven: Friday, May 23 - Lecture. Field trip and guided visit to Castello ...
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: Grand Hotel Plaza

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

Description: Grand Hotel Plaza e Locanda Maggiore features a restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. . Business-related amenities at this 4.0-star property include technology support staff and secretarial services. Meeting facilities include conference rooms, exhibit space, banquet facilities, and meeting rooms for small groups. This 4.0-star property also offers a bar/lounge, wireless Internet access, and a seasonal outdoor pool.

Contact info:
P.zza del Popolo 7
Montecatini Terme (PT), 51016 Italy
phone: +39 0572 75831
web: www.hotelplaza.it

Room amenities: Grand Hotel Plaza e Locanda Maggiore offers 96 guestrooms. Televisions come with satellite television channels. Wireless Internet access is provided along with direct-dial phones and in-room safes. Refrigerators are available in guestrooms. Bathrooms include bidets and hair dryers. Other amenities include minibars and air conditioning. Amenities available on request include extra towels/bedding and wake-up calls.

Facility amenities: Wireless Internet access Air conditioning Direct-dial phone Internet access (surcharge) Refrigerator Minibar Wake-up calls Extra towels/bedding Private bathroom Hair dryer Sewing kit Bidet Satellite television service In-room safe Desk Window opens

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: € 105,00 DBL, € 68,00 SGL B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Saturday, May 24 - Free time. Light Lunch on your own. Cooking demon...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Free time

Lunch: Light lunch on your own

Afternoon: Cooking demonstration at 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: Grand Hotel Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Sunday, May 25 - Departure from Florence airport
Morning: Morning departure from Florence Airport for flight back to USA



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11 nights of accommodations
19 meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 brunches, 5 lunches, 2 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips

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