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6 Days Cooking, Fish, Seafood, Truffle and Olive Oil Holiday in Le Marche, Italy

Senigallia, Ancona, Italy

Culinary Tours in Italy

Great white and red wines (Verdicchio, Rosso Piceno, Rosso Conero, Vernaccia), fresh fish and shellfish, very good extra virgin olive oil and truffle are some of the wonderful products of the region, situated along the Adriatic coast. You will spend a week staying at a beautiful seaside hotel, typical Italian and surrounded by a gorgeous panorama.

Highlights

  • Italian cooking lessons
  • Guided visit of Ancona and surroundings
  • Truffle hunting experience with the truffle dog
  • Extra virgin olive oil, wines and porchetta tasting
  • Guided walk through the port to buy fresh fish
  • Local tour director throughout the trip
  • 5 nights accommodation

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5 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Ancona Falconara Airport
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Accommodation

During your holiday, you will be staying in a prestige room at a beautiful 4-star hotel in the town of Senigallia. At the hotel, you will be able to admire stunning views of the Adriatic Sea and of the town center with a fortress, arched walkways, and river promenade.

Program

Everyday you will explore a new territory, visiting wineries, olive oil producers, making bread at the cereal mill, going to the port and buying the fish directly from the fishermen in their boats, then cooking it in the restaurant kitchen with the chef!

Day 1, Sunday - Get settled, enjoy a welcome dinner, and get familiar with regional Italian cuisine

Bluone will meet you at the Senigallia train station or Ancona airport and provide private transport to your four-star hotel where you can settle into your room. At the hotel, you'll be able to admire stunning views of the Adriatic Sea and of the town center with a fortress, arched walkways, and river promenade.

For dinner, you'll enjoy fresh fish at a beach-side restaurant that is uniquely matched with seasonal vegetables, delicious side dishes, and indigenous wines. Welcome to Le Marche!

Day 2, Monday - Visit a cheese agings cellar in Mondavio, wine tasting, lunch, Corinaldo visit and a cooking lesson in family

Le Marche is a region filled with gentle hills, mountains, and the sea. You will experience its territorial complexity in the cuisine you enjoy throughout the week. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and includes an early morning buffet with a generous selection of regional delights.

After breakfast, you will venture to the medieval village of Mondavio. Close to the beautiful castle you will visit a place where cheeses are aged underground in special cellars that date back to 1500! so the cheese takes special flavors/aromas.

After this visit you drive nearby to a winery for a wine tasting. Lunch in the area. Then you drive to Corinaldo-a charming borgo in the hills of Le Marche. You'll take a trip to the past as you admire its gates, 14th-century defensive walls and surrounding towers. You'll soak in the warm atmosphere of this hidden jewel that is considered one of the most beautiful and well-preserved towns in all of Italy.

In the afternoon, cooking class with Simonetta, an Italian mother and chef, and you will enjoy dinner at her private home. She will give us an entertaining history of Le Marche along with traditional regional recipes as you prepare these dishes together in the kitchen. You'll enjoy the results of your kitchen duties at the dinner table as you listen to short stories, anecdotes, and old legends.

Day 3, Tuesday - Visit to Ancona, a wine tasting, Portonovo and dinner

​You'll begin the day with a drive along with Adriatic coast towards the capital of Le Marche, Ancona. Then you will take a guided tour of the historic town center (with a minimum of four people) and learn about its churches, fortresses, and old port hidden by steep roads that climb up the steep hills.

From Ancona, you will visit an outstanding winery in the Monte Conero area that is set amongst white cliffs and ample wildlife. You'll enjoy extraordinary views of the neighboring coast line as you taste Rosso Conero wine and enjoy a delicious lunch.

After lunch, you will drive to the ancient fishing village of Portonovo. This village is one of the most beautiful spots of Monte Conero with gentle hills, luscious greenery, orchards, and wildflowers that reflect in the pristine waters of the sea. You will enjoy a great dinner at a fantastic restaurant accompanied by Verdicchio, one of the most famous indigenous white wines of the region.

Day 4, ​Wednesday - Truffle hunting with a scent dog, Verdicchio wine and olive oil tasting, dinner at off-the -beaten-path osteria

Wednesday will begin with a drive to the Acqualagna area for a truffle hunting adventure. An experienced truffle hunter and his trained scent dog will lead you through parks and forests as you search for truffles.

After your hunt, you'll visit a truffle products factory that produces truffle sauces, pasta, and other delicious cuisine. You will enjoy lunch together with your experienced truffle hunters at a simple trattoria with traditional food and special pastas. Then go back to the hotel for a rest.

In the afternoon, you will visit a Verdicchio winery located in the hills of Senigallia. The lady owner produces also high-quality extra virgin olive oil. The area is known for the very high quality of the extra virgin olive oil. You will learn from her how to recognize excellent extra virgin olive oil, which is no easy task. You will taste the olive oil as you delight little tasting of cheeses, salumi and other local products, as you converse about the history of extra virgin olive oil.

The vineyards are set next to an ancient 10th-century castle in tiny town with just 10 inhabitants. After your tasting, you will stop in at a tiny borough at a small and cozy trattoria for dinner.

Day 5, Thursday - A trip to the fresh fish market and a fish cooking lesson

Your morning will begin early with a walk to one of the highest quality markets at the port that is brimming with fresh fish. You'll purchase fish caught earlier that morning to use for your afternoon cooking lesson.

Following your visit to the market, you'll stroll through the center of Senigallia and the weekly open air market held each Thursday. You'll enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of this typical Italian market as you shop and enjoy a lunch of typical street food: porchetta.

In the afternoon, an Italian chef will teach you recipes for an amazing dinner that you can also use to surprise your future guests upon your return home. You will use the fish you purchased earlier that day at the market and learn how to clean, marinate, and cook an unforgettable fish dinner. Buon appetito!

Day 6, Friday - Departure

Departure from Ancona airport or Senigallia train station after breakfast at the hotel.

Included excursions

  • Drive to the Acqualagna area for a truffle hunting adventure
  • Trip to an olive oil mill
  • Trip to the fresh fish market in Senigallia
  • Venture to the medieval village of Corinaldo
  • Visit a Verdicchio winery located on Castelli di Jesi
  • Visit a winery in Monte Conero
  • Visit the ancient fishing village of Portonovo
  • Visit to Ancona

Location

This holidays takes place in the Le Marche region, which is filled with gentle hills, mountains, and the sea. Some of the places you will discover during your visit include the village of Corinaldo, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved towns in all of Italy. The area near Corinaldo is known for having the best extra virgin olive oil in Le Marche. In Ancona, you will be able to admire the Adriatic coast along with many churches, fortresses and an old port hidden by steep roads that climb up the steep hills. The ancient fishing village of Portonovo is one of the most beautiful spots of Monte Conero with gentle hills, luscious greenery, orchards, and wildflowers that reflect in the pristine waters of the sea. Another interesting place you will visit is the town of Castelli di Jesi, known not just for its wine but also high-quality extra virgin olive oil. Its vineyards are set next to an ancient 10th-century castle in this tiny town with just 10 inhabitants.

Food

During this holiday, you will have the chance to discover the authentic eastern Italian cuisine. Along the way, you will taste many specific specialties, such as porchetta, extra virgin olive oil, regional wines, and even truffles. Besides these, you will be dining in the local restaurants where you will discover a wide assortment of regional dishes, some of which you will also learn to cook during your cooking lessons.

Things to do (optional)

  • Discover the regional cuisine and the local restaurants
  • Go hiking through the mountains
  • Go sightseeing
  • Relax on the beach
  • Take a walk along the beautiful coast

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 Italian cooking lessons with English assistance
  • 2 dinners after the cooking lesson with selected regional wines included
  • 6 meals with selected regional wines, mineral water and coffee
  • 1 porchetta tasting
  • 1 extra virgin olive oil tasting
  • Ancona guided visit with an English-speaking guide (for minimum 4 people)
  • Truffle hunting experience with the truffle dog
  • Walk in the port to buy fresh fish
  • Private transfers and assistance on arrival and at departure (from and to Senigallia train station or Ancona airport)
  • English-speaking tour director

What's not included

  • Flight ticket
  • Personal expenses
  • Everything not written in the program
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Local taxes (city taxes)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Aeroporto delle Marche (AOI) and Bluone will pick you up from there. The pick-up is included in the price.

Arrival by train

Arrive at Senigallia train station and Bluone will pick you up from there. The pick-up is included in the price.

Airport: Ancona Falconara Airport Airport transfer included: Ancona Falconara Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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Availability

Arrival: Sunday June 14, 2020
Departure: Friday June 19, 2020

This tour is also available upon request in other dates from April to September. Contact Bluone for details.

This holiday requires a minimum of 4 participants. Solo travelers can be accommodated on certain circumstances. Please send your inquiry. 

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