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Michelin Star Cooking on the Prosecco Road
Follina, Veneto

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About the location: From the jagged peaks of the Dolomites to the fertile banks of the Po River, the Veneto has geography as diverse as its history. We invite you to experience the “real” Veneto on this wonderful journey. The foothills of the Veneto Alps provide the stunning backdrop to Follina, a charming small town immersed in the Prosecco vineyards. In this setting you will find the Hotel Villa Abbazia, an extraordinary country hotel, and a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux family. The Villa is housed in a 17th century building in the historic center of Follina in the province of Treviso. The attention to architectural features and use of authentic materials result in a refined elegance, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. All the bedrooms are luminous and spacious; the gardens are lush and magical. Breakfast is served on the terrace, surrounded by magnolia trees and flowers.

About the cooking lessons: The hotel’s premier 1-star Michelin restaurant features the best of the Italian dining experience, great food in a perfect environment. The restaurant's Chef Donato Episcopo combines the traditional tastes of the Veneto cuisine with Apulien flavors to create a unique culinary expression. The chef will guide you in hands-on sessions featuring a traditional menu that you will be able to reproduce easily at home.

Michelin Star Cooking on the Prosecco Road Itinerary

Day 1

Order of activities may vary depending on the season.

  • Arrival at Villa Abbazia on your own and settle into your accommodations. (Transfers may be arranged/included for an additional cost).
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner a la carte by candlelight in the hotel’s 1-star Michelin restaurant (wines not included).
  • Overnight.

Day 2

  • Following breakfast, your morning will be dedicated to discovering Venetian and Italian products, starting with the famed Prosecco wine. You will be driven into the hills on the Prosecco wine road to discover one of the most prestigious wine cellars with a guide at your side. Wine degustation will follow, and will include such wines as Prosecco and Cartizze.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • In the afternoon, your first cooking lesson with Chef Donato Episcopo in the Michelin-starred restaurant. The 4-course meal will feature ancient Venetian cuisine of the Doges, which may include asparagus of Cimadolmo, artichokes of S. Erasmus, mushrooms, and beans of Lamon. Dishes will depend on the time of year, but you will definitely be making a dish born in Treviso: tiramisu!
  • Tasting dinner tonight at the hotel restaurant with the dishes prepared during the lesson, accompanied by a glass of prosecco.
  • Overnight.

Day 3

  • Breakfast and your next cooking lesson with Chef Episcopo, followed by a 4-course traditional Italian lunch.
  • In the afternoon, time on your own to discover the wonderful nature surrounding the hotel. Take a walking or biking tour; the hotel’s receptionist will be at your disposal and will provide a full itinerary and map; every difficulty level is available.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Day 4

  • Breakfast and check out of your accommodations.