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VENICE

Monday

  • 3PM: Check-in at Palazzo Experimental
  • 4PM: Orientation walk of Venice and private visit to a centuries-old gondola maker
  • Stop along the way at traditional Bacari for a progressive dinner of cicchetti through the laneways and canals of Rialto and Dorsoduro (Antico Dolo, All’Arco, Dai Zemei, Al Merca, Bottegon)

Tuesday

  • 10AM: Rialto market shopping morning and cooking lessons of Venetian homestyle classics inside the Venetian palazzo of cookbook author Skye McAlpine
  • 1PM: Lunch at the McAlpine palazzo
  • 3PM: Back to the hotel for relaxation and leisure time
  • 6PM: Water taxi to San Giorgio Island for aperitifs and dinner at San Giorgio Caffe, plus a visit to Fondazione Giorgio Cini & Borges Labyrinth
  • 8PM: Private catered dinner

Wednesday

  • 9:30AM: Visit with Skye to the artisanal makers of Venice (glass, textiles, gold leaf, and paper)
  • 1PM Lunch with Skye in an osteria
  • 3PM: Wander Venice independently with a handy food map from PRIOR
  • 5:30PM: Afternoon of chocolate making with one of Itay’s finest producers. Visit the laboratory and have a chocolate and biscuit demonstration, lesson, and tasting.
  • 7:30PM: Pre-dinner spritz making and drinking. Perfect bellini and the art of Venetian drinks.
  • 8:30PM: Dinner at Antiche Carampane
  • 11PM: Return by water taxi and see Grand Canal by night

Thursday

  • 9:00AM: Boat Day around the lagoon and islands:
    St Erasmo Island Orto winery tour and tasting
    Bragozzo experience (traditional Dalmatian sailing boat) around islands with aperitif and lunch on board, including typical Moeche (soft shell crab) fishing and a look at the seafood treasures of the lagoon
  • 8:30PM: Farewell dinner

Friday

  • Breakfast and departures

EMILIA ROMAGNA

Monday

  • 3PM: Check-in at Grand Hotel Majestic
  • 5PM: Bologna orientation walk culminating in a sfogline (the local name for the makers of handmade egg pasta) demonstration and class
  • 8PM: Dinner at da Nello al Montegrappa

Tuesday

Day with Emiko:

  • 9:30AM: Private visit to one of the world’s leading Prosciutto DOP producers
  • 12:30PM: Lambrusco Emillia tasting followed by a private lunch of the region's best products in the cantina amongst the production
  • 3:30PM Afternoon food shopping (butchers, alimentari, etc.) in Bologna for cooking class, where you'll make ragu and more
  • 7PM: Share the meal in private home setting

Wednesday

Day in Modena:

  • 10AM: Depart
  • 11AM: Modena Balsamic Vinegar cellar visit and tasting
  • 12:30PM: Visit to city centre and Albinelli Market, one of Italy’s most beautiful markets
  • 2PM: Lunch at traditional Trattoria Aldina, a small restaurant in the back room of an alimentari
  • 4PM: Visit to Hombre, arguably the best producer of Parmiggiano Reggiano, where different ages will be tasted and a wheel will be opened
  • 6PM: Leave the Modena area for transfer back to Bologna hotel
  • Evening at leisure in Bologna—or for those who choose, a meal at Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana (not included in the trip price)

Thursday

  • 9:30AM: Check-out from Bologna Hotel for transfer to Parma-Fidenza area
  • 11:15PM: Arrival at Antica Corte Pallavicina, Northern Italy’s finest agriturismo, which produces the best culatello around (the rare cut of prosciutto that is considered the king of salumi). Visit the farm with the legendary producer Massimo Spigaroli.
  • 12PM: Cooking lesson of tortellini followed by lunch
  • 5:30PM: Private concert at Bussetto Opera Theatre in Parma, the hometown of Giuseppe Verdi
  • 8PM: Back to the Antica Corte for special farewell dinner along the banks of the Po River

Friday

  • Breakfast and departures

PIEMONTE

Monday

  • Check-in at Principi di Piemonte
  • 3PM: Welcome stroll in Turin and a private chocolate and gianduja workshop at Peyrano
  • 8PM: Dinner at Gatto Nero

Tuesday

  • 9AM: Cafe tour of Mullassano, Barrati, Bicherin, and more to taste coffee, bicherin, and brioche
  • 10:30AM: Porta Palazzo Market local section for a lesson in Piedmontese produce (cardoons, peppers, and more) by a local farmer
  • 12PM: Departing Torino for the Langhe
  • 1:30PM: Lunch at the eccentric and extraordinary Battaglino in Bra, the home of Slow Food. (Those who wish can try the local lesser cuts of meat, including cockscomb.) Sample a traditional meal, including vitello tonnato, salsiccia di Bra, agnolotti del plin, gnocchi al Castelmagno, and bunet.)
  • 2:30PM: Visit Slow Food HQ and the University of Gastronomic Science for a tour by the students and a tasting in the vault of the castle at Banca del Vino, the most comprehensive Italian wine archive in the world
  • 5PM: Giolito cheese producer and vendor to taste the dozens of varieties of cheese
  • Arrival and check-in at Relais San Maurizio. Dinner at the hotel’s Origini Bistrot.

Wednesday

White truffle day:

  • 7:30AM: Morning truffle hunting with an expert hunter and his team of spaniels
  • 10AM: Late breakfast of eggs with truffles cooked in a local’s home
  • 11:30AM: Guided expert tour of the Mercato di Tartufo, the fair of truffles, where you'll learn how to judge a fine specimen and a fake
  • 12:30PM: A glass of Nebbiolo in the market with the leading tartufo judge
  • 1:30PM: Lunch at leisure. (Those who decide to eat at the three-Michelin-starred Piazza Duomo can do so.)
  • 3:30PM: Back to hotel
  • 5:30PM: Truffle preparation, technique, and cooking class covering eggs, dairy, and pasta with a chef
  • 8PM: Five-course truffle dinner

Thursday

Wine day:

  • 9AM: Morning walking visits to local hill towns and to see the hazelnut groves (such as Cherasco for local pastries like baci di cherasco)
  • 11AM: Tasting of Barbaresco at Marchesi di Gresy winery
  • 1PM: Lunch at Osteria Veglio near La Morra
  • 3PM: Tasting at Borgogno in the historic centre with views over the castle
  • 7:30PM: Farewell dinner at Guido da Castigliole

Friday

  • Breakfast and departures