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The Cooking of Piedmont with Mary Ann Esposito
30 September-11 October 2016

The fascinating region of Piedmont (Piemonte), meaning "foot of the mountains," has long been a favorite with gourmets, as it's home to many of Italy's finest wines, like Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera, as well as renowned food products like white truffles, a vast selection of local cheeses, and an excellent traditional cuisine with many unique specialties.

What better way to discover the culinary secrets of this famous gastronomic region than with Mary Ann Esposito, host of the longest running cooking show on public television, Ciao Italia, now entering its twenty-sixth season. Mary Ann will travel with the group through the entire tour and conduct two hands-on cooking lessons in which she'll help you to prepare some of her favorite Piemontese regional recipes.

So come join us on this spectacular eleven-day journey, including a six-night stay in the charming town of Monforte d’Alba in the heart of the Barolo wine region, and a four-night stay in Torino (Turin), the graceful regional capital famous for its royal heritage, elegant turn-of-the century cafes, chic shops and delicious chocolates and pastries.

Minimum 14 / Maximum 20 Participants

Masterworks of the Veneto, Ravenna & Venice
with Tony Junker AIA

18-29 September 2016

Northeastern Italy possesses a unique identity and rich cultural heritage, including the magnificent works of Andrea Palladio, one of the most influential architects of all time, the artistic treasures of “La Serenissima” (the Most Serene Republic of Venice, a powerful maritime state whose dominance lasted for centuries), the lovely city of Ravenna with its incredible mosaics from the 5th and 6th centuries, and ancient Verona, home to its famous Roman amphitheater, the Arena.

Under the Italian Sun and program director Tony Junker AIA invite you to join us for eleven days to explore the wonders of Venice, Verona, Vicenza, Ravenna and Padova, to discover Palladio’s most important works in the Veneto and Venice, and to enjoy delicious local cuisine, fine wines, excellent four-star hotels and great shopping as we travel through this incomparable part of northern Italy.

Minimum 12 / Maximum 15 Participants