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Imagine sailing the Grand Canal in Venice heading towards Piazza San Marco! You will get off the boat and wander the streets and alleys, grab a glass of Prosecco, maybe a little Venetian crostini topped with tuna and capers or stroll the Rialto Market. Venice is one of the most appreciated cities by tourists all around the world; be sure youll take full advantage on your trip there! You'll stay at the Serego Alghieri, an unparalleled family-villa estate-turned-resort, from where you can easily immerse in the beautiful Valpolicello countryside and experience its culinary highlights.
You'll stay at the Serego Alighieri, the unparalleled family-estate-turned-resort owned by my friend Count Serego Alighieri (who is a direct descendant of Dante). As you will travel up the long tree-lined drive that leads up to the villa, your senses will instantly come alive. With some of the oldest grapevines in Italy, the estate is completely surrounded by gorgeous vineyards, rosemary and lemon verbena bushes, stone sculptures, cherry, lemon and olive trees. Since this tour is in the midst of autumn harvest time, you'll see a loft of drying grapes intended for the famous Amarone wine.
La Foresteria is one of the most elegant locations and it's no wonder students return again and again to this location every time it's offered. The Valpolicella region has a rich heritage of both food and wine products. With this in mind, the Foresteria has been equipped with a professional kitchen, so that the flavors and pleasures of natural home-grown products from the estate and the correct pairing of local wines and foods can be experienced through tastings and cookery courses, after a visit to the winery and its drying lofts. You will make use of estate-produced wine, jam, honey, grappa, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and rice in your cooking.
Dante Alighieri spent several years of his exile in Verona. His son, Pietro, came to love the beauty of the city and its countryside, and so decided to remain in the area, purchasing the Casal dei Ronchi in Gargagnago estate in the heart of the historic Valpolicella region in 1353. Twenty-one generations later, both house and estate still belong to Dante's direct descendants, the Counts Serego Alighieri. Today, the villa stands surrounded by Valpolicella vineyards, the center of traditional farming activities associated with a large and flourishing estate with the nearby Foresteria providing accommodation for guests.
The cuisine in the Veneto varies from area to area with incredible local ingredients at your fingertips, this is the perfect place to inspire anyone who loves food. Your week will include several hands-on cooking classes in the kitchen of your gorgeous estate. With a focus on the specialties of the region, you'll make dishes such as risotto with Amarone, shellfish salad with salsa verde, tiramisu, and almond and polenta cookies called sbrisolona.
To really understand one of the most important products from the Veneto, rice, you'll take an excursion to a rice producer. Here, you will taste a variety of risottos and learn the tricks of how to make the perfect risotto. Visit the villa of Carlo Nirozzi, filmmaker and wine maker, and have lunch al fresco looking out over the vineyards and Veneto hills beyond. The, you'll visit the lakeside village of Sirmione and travel across Lake Garda by boat.
A trip to the Veneto wouldn't be complete without a full day in Venice exploring the legendary Rialto fish market, sampling Venetian tapas at a few Venetian baccaro, and sipping Prosecco. Before leaving Venice, have a special farewell drink at the most famous Venetian hotel and take a private water taxi back to meet the coach for the drive back to the villa. On another day, you will travel to the delightful market town of Soave to taste Soave Classico, and see the medieval city of Verona.
This retreat will take place in Veneto and Venice, Italy.
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With a focus on the specialties of the region, you'll make dishes such as risotto with Amarone, shellfish salad with salsa verde, tiramisu, and almond and polenta cookies called sbrisolona. A trip to the Veneto wouldn't be complete without a full day in Venice exploring the legendary Rialto fish market, sampling Venetian tapas at a few Venetian baccaro, and sipping Prosecco. On another day, you'll travel to the delightful market town of Soave to taste Soave Classico. All meals with wines and tastings will be included in the price.
Take your time to explore the surroundings at your own pace and dont forget to hit the local market for a souvenir!
The nearest train station is Verona Porta Nuova. Joanne Weir will pick you up from the train station at no additional cost.
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