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Veneto: Amarone Cooking and Tasting Experience in a Villa

1. 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.

Cremona 3.5-Hour Walking Tour and Violin Museum

2. Cremona 3.5-Hour Walking Tour and Violin Museum

Meet your guide next to the famous Violin Museum and discover the most representative and beautiful sites around the old town, such as Piazza Stradivari, Piazza del Comune, the Cathedral of Cremona and the Torrazzo, the legendary Negozio Sperlari (the most ancient shop in town), the Church of Sant'Abbondio and the Church of Santa Agata. Visit the Cathedral with its sixteenth-century fresco in the central nave, the great Baptistery in Romanesque style, the famous Torrazzo (the highest masonry bell tower in Europe), the Town Hall with beautiful frescoed rooms and the Militia Lodge.  The tour then continues with a pleasant walk in the so-called district of Luthiers to see the places where the famous Stradivari lived. Follow your guide and visit some historical shops in Via Solferino, then walk through the paved Roman road where you can observe up-close two important remains of 'cardo' and 'decumano' streets, which are situated approximately 4 feet from street level. Towards the end of the guided tour, head back to the Violin Museum for a visit. You'll be fascinated by the five centuries old violin-making tradition in Cremona, by the instruments, and the stories you'll discover inside the museum.

Cremona 2.5-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

3. Cremona 2.5-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

Although mostly known around the world for its violin-making traditions, this city hides beautiful examples of medieval architecture, summed up in the picturesque Piazza del Comune, the real heart of Cremona.  This itinerary begins with a visit to the Cathedral with its sixteenth-century fresco cycle in the central nave, the great Baptistery in Romanesque style, the famous Torrazzo (the highest masonry bell tower in Europe), the Town Hall with beautiful frescoed rooms and the Militia Lodge. The tour then continues with a pleasant walk in the so-called district of luthiers to see the places where the famous Stradivari lived. Follow your guide and visit some historical shops in Via Solferino, then walk through the paved Roman road where you can observe up-close two important remains of "cardo" and "decumano" streets, which are situated approximately 4 feet from street level. 

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What people are saying about Brescia

Beautiful morning. Competent, kind and very nice guide. We visited the Violin Museum, then the church of Sant'Agostino. We then moved on to the Piazza del Duomo, with the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Palazzo Comunale. The city is truly beautiful and still too underrated from a tourist point of view. The guide allowed us to discover really interesting curiosities and anecdotes that make Cremona a city with unexpected European records. Really recommended!

Guided tour lasted only 2.5 hours. After that you were alone in the museum. In the end we were only in 2 buildings - a church and the cathedral.