A Five-Star Retreat in the Veneto - NEW
About the location: the Veneto is a land of romance and beauty, and no where is that more evident than during this 5-star experience. Long the territory of the landed gentry, the Veneto is still dotted with gorgeous old estates, including the Villa Cordevigo, which is now a 5* luxury hotel and part of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group. From the fertile plains of the Po River to the charming towns of Verona and Borghetto, the Veneto offers breathtaking views at every turn. And the gastronomy is just as perfect! This is one of Italy's premier wine-producing regions, and its cuisine is in some ways traditional of Northern Italian cuisine, but influenced by the nearby Adriatic, by the Dolomite mountains, and by the river valley.
About the accommodations: The accommodations for the week will be at the stunning 5* Villa Cordevigo. You enter the property through a cypress-lined drive that leads to the gorgeous 18th-century villa, which was historically the residence of noble families of the area. Each family added to the beauty—frescoes, art works, wine cellar, gardens—and the result is a magical place full of old-world beauty, new-world comfort, and charm. The hotel also boasts stunning grounds, a large swimming pool, spa, and of course the Michelin-star "Oselata" restaurant,
About the cooking lessons: Your week will include two wonderful cooking classes in two very different environments. The first will be at the villa's Michelin-star Ristorante Oselata with its chef Giuseppe D'Aquino (or one of his sous chefs). The second will be at the home of "Nonna" Alda. In both you will concentrate on preparing a meal based on local regional specialties.