Venice Day Trips offers wine, food, shopping, and cultural excursions in Venice and Veneto area.
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Mario Piccinin, a native of Milan, is a graduate of the University of Bologna and is a certified sommelier of Associazione Italiana Sommeliers and master cheese taster of Organizazione Nazionale Assaggiatori Formaggi. He has many years of hands-on experience organizing specialized Italian travel. Mario is also an experienced wine educator and particularly enjoys the wine tasting. One of his favorite areas in Italy is the Valpolicella, famous for its Amarone wine, and frequently takes visitors there on vineyard tours and wine tastings, as Veneto wine connoisseur.
Rachel has been living in the Veneto since 1994, and is originally from Ohio. While working for the Boston University study abroad program in Padova and Venice for many years, she especially enjoyed sharing her passion for all things Italian with students and visiting faculty. As a lover of food and wine, she became a certified sommelier of Associazione Italiana Sommeliers and master cheese taster of Organizazione Nazionale Assaggiatori Formaggi.
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Begrudgingly accommodated my wife and her love of Prosecco and booked this tour. Honestly, I never really liked Prosecco. I AM CONVERTED!!! Mario picked us up in Venice and drove us to two wineries and a trattoria for lunch for a full day of information, drinks, and food. We could not have asked for more. We were so pleased with this tour. The wine was so exquisite we came home to the US with multiple bottles. The wineries were small and the owners were VERY proud of their craft. Mario made it very clear that we were there to see the vineyard and the winery and taste but that we were under no pressure to buy. This set us very much at ease. We felt as if we could simply taste the wine, listen to the process and enjoy a fantastic day away from the city. Mario is incredible! A trove of information. Easily one of the best tours I have ever done. Thank you Mario!