In the Land of Prosecco
Santo Stefano Treviso (Veneto)
The Veneto is known, of course, for its capital city Venice, one of the most popular destinations in Europe. But just an hour or so to the north, at the foot of the majestic Alps, lies the Prosecco wine-growing area, the charming town of Santo Stefano, and your home for this unique, countryside cooking vacation. The natural beauties of the land, its fertile fields and abundant harvests, its charming and unassuming people, make your agrarian Veneto culinary holiday an exquisitely inviting and relaxing experience. Whether you choose to combine this country Veneto culinary vacation with a stay in Venice (we can help with those arrangements), or on its own, you are sure to have the trip of a lifetime.
Accommodations are available at a variety of lovely properties — from posh B&Bs to historical villas — located in the heart of the Prosecco wine-producing region. Everywhere you look you will find tranquility and beauty, surrounded by vine-covered hills.
About the cooking lesson: Your cooking class will be led by a signora who runs a local agriturismo. You will learn to make a full Italian meal: antipasto (perhaps pizza, focaccia, fried squash blossoms, etc.), a first course ("primo," perhaps tagliatelle pasta, gnocchi, or risotto), a second course ("secondo," meat, fish or eggs), a contorno (side dish such as stuffed zucchini, tomatoes, etc.), and a dessert (tiramisú, ricotta and chocolate cake, pie, etc.). Your gelato lesson will be with a gentleman who has been certified by the Italian association of Gelatai Artigianali.