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Join this wine and food tour in Sardinia, a fun way to understand and enjoy the island through the guidance of passionate guides who will forever be your best friends in Sardinia. Who can better lead you to hidden treasures and get you involved with passion and enthusiasm more than a native can? This vacation will not only be a culinary adventure, but also a real discovery of the island, where you will feel like at home.
During this food trip, you will be accommodated in charming houses. The first three nights will be spent Cagliari and the last three in Riola Sardo village.
Upon arrival in Cagliari, you will be greeted by your own Sardinian private guide and specialized local insider, Ivo. You will have a quick orientation of the city and a cold refreshing drink before dining and relaxing in the romantic area of Marina.
You will visit the colorful local market of San Benedetto. Ivo will teach you how to recognize the right products for your next day's dinner. In the afternoon, you will discover the 'museum village' of San Sperate and its secret corners.
Today, you will walk through Nuraghe Arrubiu, an archaeological site on Su Pranu plateau, which dates back to around 1500 BC. It is one of the most important and impressive megalithic monuments on the island. In the evening, you will experience life in a traditional Sardinian home as you learn to prepare typical dishes using your market purchases.
In the cozy atmosphere of the rustic kitchen, the flavors of Sardinia will come together as you discover the secrets of recipes passed down through generations and will feast on their simple perfection. There will be a private concert of launeddas, a typical southern Sardinia woodwind instrument made of three pipes, which will complete this day's experience.
You will discover the wonderful taste and flavor of a Sardinian wine, evidence of love and passion for the land and wisdom for generations. You will meet the little wild horses which find refuge in a park hidden in the heart of Sardinia. Leaving the plateau, you will travel to the village of Riola Sardo in the west of Sardinia, where you will spend the night. Upon arrival at the hotel, there will be a Malvasia wine tasting.
On this day, you will choose the best fish from local Sardinian fishermen. You will reach the bay in front of S'Archittu, an impressive limestone arch, and seat on the rocks with your feet in the water. You will enjoy a glass of Vermentino wine with salsiccia and cheese. Then, you will be ready to prepare the evening fish dinner.
You will discover a village located at the foot of the southern slope of the chain of Montiferru, the land of 'slow food'. The village features an exquisite tradition of gastronomy and wine, based on products from local farmers and shepherds. It is an area of the cow milk 'casizolu' and of the 'bue rosso' meat. You will say goodbye to your new friends on this last dinner, accompanied by one of the best 'abbardente' of the region.
Sardinia is blessed with an incredibly sunny climate and is Italy's most undiscovered region. Holidays in Sardinia can take place all year round. This is one of the most scenic parts of Europe, with a beautiful rocky coast, islands everywhere, and the Mediterranean Sea at its most emerald green.
Sardinia existed six hundred million years ago when the Alps and mainland Italy were not yet formed. Inhabited since the dawn of mankind, Sardinia is covered with remains of lost civilizations, most a mystery to this day. It has an area of 24,090 square kilometers and a population of 1.6 million.
Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, at the center of the basin, directly south of Corsica and north of Tunisia. It was called "Ichnusa" by the Phoenicians and "Sandalyon" by the Greeks because of its unique footprint shape.
Africa, Spain, Italy, and France have all exerted enormous influence on Sardinia. Sardo is not, in fact, a dialect of Italian. It is a distinct language that originates from early Latin with a strong resemblance to Catalan. Although Sardinia is politically part of Italy, its language, history, and culture developed on its own.
Underground temples, ziggurats, and mysterious objects and dwellings whose proportions are attributed to a mythological race of giants, honeycomb the land. Today, the locals are simple, pure, and hardy.
Sardinia's distinctive cuisine and wines are brutally honest, yet delicious. You will also discover that pink is the dominant color of Sardinia. Pink sands and flamingoes line the coast just as wild ponies rise at whim throughout the rugged island interior.
During this vacation, you will be served six breakfasts. You will enjoy two cooking classes, one with Italian typical recipes and another one with fish. The program will include a visit to the local market of San Benedetto including tastings. You will discover the tradition of gastronomy and wine of Montiferru village, particularly the casizolu, a Sardinian cheese, and the Bue Rosso meat.
When it comes to drinks, you will enjoy one Malvasia wine tasting and another tasting during a winery visit. While preparing the fish dinner by the sea, you will serve a glass of Vermentino wine with salsiccia (sausage) and cheese. There will also be one abbardente tasting in a distillery.
Please book your flight to arrive at Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG).
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