Food N' Wine Vacations Blog

Discover what Tuscany is best known for

Posted by smadar Palace on Thu, Jul, 25, 2013

The most memorable vacations aren't necessarily the most extravagant, nor the most opulent. In order for a vacation to truly stay with you, and provide a lifetime of glorious return on your investment, it needs to be more of an experience and less of an event. You need to look back on your photographs and allow your senses to engage, becoming awash with nostalgia.
The best tours of Italy are like that. Authenticity is the theme and finding yourself among the fields of Tuscany, the hills of Umbria, and the grounds of the beautiful B&B you’ll come to love as your Italian vacations home, is just the beginning.

Learn to cook in the way of those native to the region. Time and patience may be in short supply in your home kitchen, but they are key ingredients in any genuine Italian dish. The culinary customs of your instructor are sure to become a vital part of your new-found recipe for life.
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Small Towns Big Memories

As you traverse the small towns and unique villages which are part of the itinerary, you’ll come to know Tuscan life in a manner absent from the less-intimate, generic commercial tours. You’ll be offered an opportunity to get to know the people and culture, the heartbeat of the region, in a way unlike any other. Your experience will be yours and no one else’s.  You’ll experience one of the best tours of Italy.

Intimate family wineries, owned and operated through generations of famiglia, welcome you in the most hospitable way. You’re invited to see the art of winemaking, and likely be offered a sample of their product. You may be invited to sit, converse and get to know your hosts. You arrive a visitor, and depart feeling as though you’ve made a friend on the best tours of Italy.
Accommodations for the best tours of Italy could not be more splendid. This beautiful villa has been owned by nine generations of a noble family, who've taken every consideration in preserving the architectural integrity of the centuries-old home. From the hand-painted frescos to the breathtaking gardens, you’ll marvel at your home for the week on one of the best tours of Italy.
Nestled in the lush hills of Chianti, this lovely villa provides a balm for the senses. Quiet, reflective moments in the gardens, or relaxing by the pool, become infused with the scent of lemon and lavender. Birdsong tickles your ears and the sight of vineyards, olive groves, and the rolling distant hills will never grow old on one of the best tours of Italy.
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The best tours of Italy are ones which engage you for a long time after you bid “Ciao” to your hosts and the new friends you’ve made. Italian vacations aren’t difficult to find, however a vacation to Italy that becomes the experience of a lifetime is rare. Don’t pass up an opportunity to immerse yourself in the cuisine, culture, wine and artistry among the best tours of Italy.. 
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The most interesting food festivals in Umbria

Posted by smadar Palace on Tue, Jul, 02, 2013

Fall in Italy is a unique time for food vacations. Mother nature sets a glorious backdrop of rich autumnal color, and  "sagre", or festivals, abound! Every town has it's own celebration around a unique harvest or local delicacy and food vacations to Italy are a great way to experience the culture.
The Italian region of Umbria literally comes alive with food festivals in the Fall. As the harvest time draws to a close, many of the villages, large and small, are in a festive mood and with the grape and olive groves paused in production, it’s time to celebrate. 

The festivals we visit on food vacations to Italy are unique and individual as these quaint villages themselves. From the  beautiful accommodations in Medieval Spoleto, we’ll embark on a journey of discovery, touring classic towns such as Assisi, Norcia, Perugia, Montefalco, Spello and Todi. We’ll take in a cooking lesson, taste the local flavor in an intimate way, and, of course, experience true Umbrian fun as we tour the sagre. 
Truffle Festival

Truffles, a rare delicacy often reserved for the rich, are celebrated in October. For foodies, a taste of this uniquely-flavored and rare fungi is certainly on their “bucket list”. Even those individuals who have no interest in tasting this delectable morsel will enjoy the festival. You can wander from stall to stall sampling local meats, cheeses, and other Umbrian delicacies. 

 Chestnut Festival

Surely, if Autumn in Italy had a flavor, it would be roasted chestnut. The streets vibrate with this delicious tree nut. The aroma of roasting chestnut tickles your nose and awakens your senses the minute you disembark to tour the festival. Your mouth waters as you realize you'll sample various dishes. From sweet to savor, food stands beckon you to try and buy on your food vacations to Italy.

 Chocolate Festival

The highlight of all food vacations to Italy in the Fall.  Chocolate, in all it’s decadent deliciousness is displayed in every form imaginable.  Display tables groan under samples of chocolate available to taste and purchase, from sweet to savory-all temptingly calling to your senses.
Sample such too-good-to-not-be-sinful items as truffles infused with everything from hazelnuts to chillies, languidly luscious hot chocolate, from deep and dense to lightly sweet, richly infused baked goods, and chocolate in it’s most basic form.
Purchase treats from some of the world’s most recognized chocolatiers. Names such as Lindt, Perugina, Toblerone, Milka, and Motta are easily recognized, but smaller, lesser known artisans of this lusty confection are represented as well. 

Fall food vacations to Italy are like no other.  though sampling special treats is what these sagre are all about, your palate isn’t all that will be delighted on these unique food vacations. Many local artisans and craftsmen are present and ready to provide you with a unique souvenir of this most unique of vacations to Italy.  The warm hospitality of your hosts, and the one-of-a-kind experience of staying in a private estate, combined with the celebratory atmosphere of Umbrian Autumn is sure to provide a lifetime of memories.


Want to see a sample itinerary: Fall for food vacations to Italy

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