small group trips

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Exclusive, small group trips designed to explore the culture of Italy through food and art. Meet artisan food producers, see works of art still located in the places for which they were created, get to know the culture by participating in it.

Groups are small (around 12 people), we have private drivers for all ground transportation, accommodations are up-scale and comfortable, the food is really good.

Descriptions of upcoming programs are below. To request more information fill out this form then click on the red ball and we'll send all the details: 

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            Explore Sicily:
Layers of Art Food & Culture

          20 - 30  November 2022

          sold out

            2023 dates: 4 -14 May

                      pricing TBD 

We’ve planned a 10 day harvest season

visit to the island of Sicily for a small

group of 10 travelers. From bases in Palermo, Noto and Taormina experience the culture through art and food. We’ll visit food producers, major monuments and out of the way ancient sites. We’ll relax over amazing meals while getting a feel for the varied culture of one of the richest regions of Italy.

In the capital city of Palermo layers of time are palpable: shop in the riotous food markets choosing ingredients for cooking classes, see Byzantine mosaics, Renaissance paintings and ancient sculpture. Enjoy the heartwrenchingly beautiful landscapes and seascapes of western Sicily while out exploring evocative ancient Greek ruins.

From Noto visit the Baroque villages of the Southeast, spend an afternoon in Siracusa, learn why Aztec style chocolate is made in Modica, taste through the range of the most influential pastry chef in Italy (it’s not all sweets), visit a cheesemaker and learn about the traditional Sicilian lifestyle. 

In Taormina enjoy the atmosphere and views of the elegant town, visit the ancient and vibrant city of Catania and explore Mt. Etna, an active (very active) volcano with a long tradition of wine making. A tear shed by Dionysius nourished the first ever grapevine that grew from the mineral rich soil — Etna is at the moment the most renowned wine producing zone in the world.

Expect exclusive visits and guided tastings, amazing food and free time to explore.   

price per person double occupancy: $6,185, price per person single occupancy $7,035

check out the itinerary here and request all the details using the form above

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      You Can Come to Italy:

Art Food & Culture in Tuscany

             28 May  - 3 June 2023

Join us during the last week of May to explore

Elaine's neighborhood in Tuscany. Visit producers  

of Tuscany’s classic foods and wines and see

works of art by masters of Italian art that are still

on view in the sames spots for which they were

originally commissioned. From a lovely restored

villa in the Tuscan countryside we’ll make day trips into Chianti Classico, up onto Pratomagno and into the Carmignano wine producing zone. Discover the city of Florence, participate in art history tours, explore on your own, hang out with Lorenzo and have a sunset aperitivo with an Arno view. We’ll relax over amazing meals while getting a feel for the culture of the different zones of Tuscany with a mix of casual restaurants, cooking lessons in our villa and a couple of suppers prepared by a private chef while you enjoy a cocktail poolside. Expect an exclusive small group tour with producer visits, guided tastings, major works of art in out-of-the-way places, traditional foods and free time to explore on your own. 

 

price per person double occupancy: $5,175, price per person single occupancy $6,160  

check out the itinerary here and request all the details using the form above

                         Puglia:

Tradition, Ritual & Sacred Spaces 

                                fall 2023

From a base in the Valle d'Itria we'll explore the region

from Bari down into the Salento. The itinerary and

pricing will be published here as soon as they're available.

If you're interested in making the trip please let us know using the form above. 

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