A Five-Star Retreat in the Veneto

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, making it a perfect destination for our Italy wine tours. 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.

Explore this wonderful part of Italy and its gastronomy on our food and wine tours of Italy’s Veneto region.


Trip Details

Your culinary tour of Italy will include 2 wonderful cooking classes in two very different environments. In both you will concentrate on preparing a meal based on local regional specialties.

  • One class will be at the villa’s Michelin-star Ristorante Oselata with its chef Giuseppe D’Aquino (or one of his sous chefs).
  • Your other class will be at the home of ‘Nonna’ Alda, a local woman who has been cooking authentic Veneto cuisine her whole life.


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Itinerary

Day One

  • Arrival at the stunning 5 * Villa that will be your home during your food and wine tour of Italy. Free time to enjoy the enchanting grounds or the luxurious spa.
  • This evening the Villa’s resident tour manager Paolo will welcome you with an aperitivo and a short history of the villa and this part of the region.
  • Dinner this evening at the Villa’s casual Bistro restaurant (May to September), or at another local restaurant in other months.

Day Two

  • Breakfast, then meet chef Giuseppe at the Michelin-starred restaurant of the Villa for your first cooking class during your culinary tour of the Veneto. The cooking class will be part demonstration and part hands-on. You might learn some of the local stuffed pastas, or other regional dishes. Lunch will be based on what you have prepared.
  • This afternoon meet Paolo once again for a visit of the villa’s vineyards on your Italy wine tour. You can either walk or bike around the vineyard and learn the secrets of cultivation. Learn about the effect of the seasons on the vine’s production, then see the wine-making process in the cellars. Finally, enjoy a wine tasting in the tasting room to round our the wine tour.
  • Dinner tonight in a typical local restaurant, transfers included (please note there may be a surcharge if you plan to return after 10pm).

Day Three

  • Breakfast and a free day at your disposal. You might want to explore the villa’s grounds, spend a day at the spa, or arrange additional excursions to local areas of interest.
  • Dinner this evening is at the Michelin-star restaurant of the Villa, the Ristorante Oseleta, one of the highlights of this culinary tour of Italy.

Day Four

  • After breakfast, depart for the romantic city of Verona, where you will enjoy a tour of the main sites of the city, including a stop at Romeo and Juliet’s balcony!
  • Pizza lunch in Verona.
  • After lunch head to the well-known Zymé winery on your Italy wine tour. Learn how they produce Valpolicella wine, and enjoy a wine tour and wine tasting.
  • Return to the villa and dinner on your own. (There are a number of wonderful restaurants within a short drive of the hotel, and transfers can be arranged by the front desk.)

Day Five

  • Breakfast and a free day at your disposal to enjoy the villa, its grounds, and the spa.
  • Dinner on your own.

Day Six

  • Breakfast, then depart for a very special and authentic experience during your culinary tour of Italy at the home of “Nonna Alda,” where you will enjoy a cooking lesson in a private home. The 2 hour cooking session will focus on two courses plus a dessert.
  • Lunch will be based on your efforts at Nonna Alda’s home.
  • After lunch, head to Valeggio, the home of “tortellini” pasta, and Borghetto, named one of Italy’s 100 most beautiful village.
  • Back at the villa, dinner tonight will be at the Michelin-star Ristorante Oseleta.

Day Seven

  • Breakfast and departure.

Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night Trip

Accommodations

6 nights accommodation in Elegance double at the 5* deluxe Villa Cordevigo

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches following cooking classes
  • 1 pizza lunch in Verona
  • 4 dinners, including 2 tasting dinners at the Michelin-star Ristorante Oselata

Classes & Instructors

Your culinary tour of Italy will include 2 wonderful cooking classes in two very different environments. In both you will concentrate on preparing a meal based on local regional specialties.

  • One class will be at the villa’s Michelin-star Ristorante Oselata with its chef Giuseppe D’Aquino (or one of his sous chefs).
  • Your other class will be at the home of ‘Nonna’ Alda, a local woman who has been cooking authentic Veneto cuisine her whole life.

Excursions

  • 2 winery visits during your Italy wine tour in the Veneto, with tastings
  • Visit to Verona with guided tour
  • Excursion to Valeggio and Borghetto


Optional Excursions

Transfers from Venice (round trip per person)

Transfers from Verona (roundtrip per person)

Transfer Details

  • Arrival and departure transfers are not included but can be added as follows:
    From Verona: $50 per person
    From Venice: $190 per person

Not Included

  • Beverages with meals

Accommodation Information

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. It became a part of the prestigious “Relais & Chateaux” group in 2017.

The elegant rooms and suites combine fine fabrics, classic furnishings, marble and terra cotta bathrooms, and time-honored sophistication. All rooms have heating/air-conditioning, free WiFi, satellite TV, minibar, exclusive amenities, bathrobe, slippers, and more. The Elegance rooms run 31-39 square meters with a view of the park, queen bed (or two twin), sitting area, and bath with hydromassage tub. The junior suites are 40-46 square meters with queen bed (or two twin), wonderful views, separate sitting area, and marble or terracotta bathrooms with double shower.

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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Low Season Pricing:
March, April, October, November, December

(excluding holidays)

6-night Program
US$2980 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$175 per person to upgrade to junior suite

30% deposit due to confirm booking.
Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

Single occupancy rates: please inquire.

Mid Season Pricing:
May, June, July, and September

6-night Program
US$3180 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$175 per person to upgrade to junior suite

High Season Pricing:
August

6-night Program
US$3480 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$175 per person to upgrade to junior suite

Tour Dates

Available any week March through December for a minimum of 2 people. Maximum 4 cooking participants. Cooking classes available Tuesday through Friday.

2019
April 21-27
April 28-May 4
May 5-11
May 12-18
May 19-25
May 26-June 1
June 2-8
June 9-15
June 16-22
June 23-29
June 30-July 6
July 7-13
July 14-20
July 21-27
July 28-August 3
August 4-10
August 11-17
August 18-24
August 25-31
September 1-7
September 8-14
September 15-21
September 22-28
September 29-October 5
October 6-12
October 13-19
October 20-26
October 27-November 2
November 3-9
November 10-16
November 17-23
November 24-30
December 1-7
December 8-14
December 15-21
December 22-28

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