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From Brescia: Food and Wine Experience in Franciacorta

1. From Brescia: Food and Wine Experience in Franciacorta

Take a day trip from Brescia to the Franciacorta region for a winery visit and a tasting session of some of the world's finest bubbly. Escape the city in a private air-conditioned minivan with a free Wi-Fi connection. Enjoy a three-course lunch in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Franciacorta and taste one of the most prestigious wines of the region. After lunch, you'll reach one of the most representative wineries for a guided tour and tasting accompanied by an expert sommelier. You will learn the history of famous Italian sparkling wines along with the main phases of the production process. You'll also get to explore the cellar, where the bottles are kept during the second fermentation phase. The tour will finish with a tasting of two Franciacorta. In the afternoon, after the visit at the winery, coast along the Franciacorta Wine Route passing through the hillside vineyards, you'll discover why this region has become so iconic.

Veneto: Amarone Cooking and Tasting Experience in a Villa

2. Veneto: Amarone Cooking and Tasting Experience in a Villa

Head off on a beautiful journey into the countryside of northern Italy and discover the best food and wine the region has to offer, served in one of the most sumptuous Renaissance surroundings. At one of Verona’s most distinguished villas, encircled by the vineyards of Valpolicella, you will not only taste the gourmet delights of this top Italian kitchen, you will get a chance to cook them. See the ancient, well-stocked cellars and taste Amarone, the rich, dry red wine made from partially dried grapes. Start with a guided tour of the best Valpolicella wine cellar before moving onto Amarone vineyards, owned by one of the most renowned wine makers in Italy and set in the beautiful rolling hillsides surrounding Verona. Here you will learn all about the characteristics of the various grape varieties and the viticulture behind Valpolicella wine. Then, continue to one of the finest examples of Renaissance buildings just 30 minutes from Verona. The villa is famous for its magnificent fireplaces, featuring stone-carved recherché creatures that are both a wonder and a mystery to behold. The villa’s architecture is typical of sixteenth-century Italy, symmetric but versatile, and designed to revive the Golden Age. While there, you will learn how to cook some of the dishes traditionally served in this region, as the villa’s head chef takes you through a late-morning cooking class entitled, "The Pearls of our Cuisine: Pasta and Amarone." Learn the fundamentals of fresh pasta-making in all its different forms and find out about the delicious sauces and condiments that traditionally accompany it. You will also be shown how to make braised beef with Amarone and, to top it all off, the chef will introduce you to sbrisolona, the delectable, crumbly Italian sweet. The chefs of the villa will do their best to please you with fine, traditional cuisine complemented with the best local wines. Taste several kinds of Amarone and learn to recognize it by its slightly spicy bitterness, which is reminiscent of roasted almonds. Indulge in the gourmet lunch before the monstrous fireplaces in one of the spectacular halls of the villa. Finally, digest your meal with a stroll in the idyllic and mesmerizing landscape surrounding the villa. Gaze out onto the vineyards that spread out for miles under the Italian sun, as they have done for hundreds of years.

Franciacorta Top Sparkling Wine Tour from Milan

3. Franciacorta Top Sparkling Wine Tour from Milan

The tour starts around 9:00 am with the pick-up at your accommodation in Milan. A comfortable private luxury van transfer service with air-conditioning will take you to Franciacorta. The drive lasts about one hour. Once in Franciacorta you will meet the wine tour leader that will assist you for the day. The first stop, at about 10.00 am, is a premium winery, meaning a renowned historical winery, a modern large company or a boutique winery. The visit includes an introduction to the Franciacorta wine region, its history and some facts about its development. The hospitality staff will explain to you the method of production (the same of the Champagne!), showing you the journey of the grapes through the cellar. The guided visit is followed by the tasting of two Franciacorta DOCG wines. After this lovely tasting, we will reach a charming little trattoria, where you will enjoy a three courses lunch. The menu could includes dishes from the tradition of Franciacorta area such as manzo all’olio di Rovato, braised beef cooked slowly in olive oil served with polenta, or Clusane’s baked stuffed tench, or Franciacorta Risotto, or casoncelli (ravioli pasta stuffed with bread, cheese and meat). Around 3.00 pm, next in our agenda, there is a second cellar tour. This time to a small family-run winery. There you will have the chance to discover the producer philosophy and the features of the Franciacorta wines. At the end of the visit, you will taste three Franciacorta DOCG wines. Return transfer to Milan, you will be back at your accommodation at about 5.00 pm. The itinerary could change according to the availability.

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What people are saying about Brescia

Great experience! You get to visit a beautiful winery with a good tour, learn how to make pasta with a private chef(great character) and then you eat your pasta prepared by the chef. This is accompanied with good wine from the winery of course

We had a good day. Francesca is beyond her job. She was amazing. Followed by nice lunch, we walked along lake Iseo and visited franciacorta seller was fascinating. Thank you, Francesca.