A man who has not been in Italy is always conscious of an inferiority from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see.
– Dr Samuel Johnson
Experience Tuscany off-the-beaten-track by joining a dinner party in the home of a local “Cesarine”. She’ll craft a home-cooked 4-course meal from her grandmother’s recipes, using all local ingredients and traditions. Start with a Prosecco and aged parmesan with balsalmic. End with a toast of Nocino. And all this happens around her dinner table, so you get an inside peek into the life of an everyday Italian!
Spend the night on a working olive plantation, tour vineyards and wile away an afternoon tasting wines at the nearby enoteca, then complete your trip by taking in the landscape like never before with a hot-air balloon ride!
In Umbria, journey to a local truffle farm with a farmer and his dog, dig for truffles and then join the farmer’s wife in the farm kitchen for an afternoon to make truffle pasta, chicken, ravioli, and spread.
Explore the Etruscan “sunken roads,” hike to a monastery and soak in wild hot springs right in the river.
Tour the Lamborghini factory (no longer in Milan!) and test drive your own roadster around the scenic countryside.
In Florence, you can crawl all the way to the top of the Duomo, shop for leather, and dine on Florentine beef.
In Rome, become a gladiator for the day. Go underground at the Colosseum, follow a local foodie on a tasting tour around his neighborhood, and secure a precious 30-minute audience beneath the storied ceiling of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
And in Venice, get deliciously lost while you admire Murano glass and even more beautiful gondoliers.
Take in the sea from the terrace of your own villa in Amafli. Nearby is the spectacular foot trail, Path of the Gods, and a well-loved cooking school where you can sip Limóncello from their terrace, hanging onto the cusp of the cliffs above Amalfi.
And for a more rustic experience along the Italian Riviera, explore Cinque Terre, or 5 Lands.
These five villages are virtually untouched by time and technology. They’re completely car-free, so you hop the train or water taxi if you don’t want to walk the 8 miles between Monterosso and Riomaggiore.
Here, the cliffside farmers still make the raison wine, called sciacchetra, mentioned by Dante in his 13th century writings. Cinque Terre culinary specialties are still pesto and straight-from-the-dory seafood.
So don your boots and head along the sea cliff trail for a few days of gourmet seafood, homemade wines, harbor-front rooms exuding Old World charm, stone walls, terraced paths and jaw-dropping aquamarine seascapes – a simply unforgettable experience!
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