• Amore in Italy—Veneto

    with Chef Jenna of Amore Trattoria Italiana
    April 22—29, 2018

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Join Chef Jenna of Amore Trattoria for the sixth Amore in Italy tour… Let’s experience the food, culture, and scenery of the Veneto region and City of Venice!

The great maritime Republic of Venice was once the Italian capital of trading, art and finance, and today it’s one of the world’s most alluring destinations.

Prepare to be enchanted by the watery topography of Venice: the city is comprised of 117 islands floating in the Venetian Lagoon! We’ll explore the legendary art and opulent architecture of the City of Bridges, traverse its canals, ride the Vaporetto (water bus), meet lots of friendly locals and eat plenty of delicious food. Venice is an absolutely amazing place, and it’s no secret, so the city can have a reputation of being busy with tourists. While at times we’ll feel a part of the crowd, Onward has taken care to arrange lots of special exclusive experiences and find the best local guides to make sure our group gets a real behind the scenes look at “The Queen of the Adriatic.”

Then we’ll make our way inland to the foothills of the Alps, just an hour’s drive north of the city of Venice, to spend two nights at a gorgeous villa hotel in the heart of the Prosecco region, the epicenter of Italy’s bubbly production. We’ll enjoy cooking classes with a Michelin-starred chef and also set out to sip some fizz at the wineries on the “Prosecco Road.”

Sunday, April 22—Welcome to Italy!

  • Take in the beauty of Venice from its canals and grand waterways.
  • Settle in at an elegant hotel in the heart of Venice.

Benvenuto! Upon arrival at Venice’s Marco Polo Airport your Onward Travel guide will be waiting to meet you. We’ll set out together in a private water taxi headed straight for the heart of Venice. There are no cars in Venice, the canals serve as streets for this floating metropolis composed of 118 small islands. Let’s pop some bubbly and take the long way to the hotel, marveling at this floating metropolitan wonderland as our little boat weaves its way through the city’s tiny canals and grand waterways. Eventually we’ll arrive at the water door of Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo. Our home for the next five nights is this elegant and comfortable residence, tucked into a quiet neighborhood just far away enough from the tourist center of Venice to feel relaxed, yet still in the heart of the city and convenient to everything we’ll want to do. Expect old world, Venetian style opulence – 18th century furnishings, grand beds and Murano glasswork adorn the rooms.

We’ll leave our bags and set off for a casual lunch together before checking in to our rooms. Enjoy a little time for R&R or wandering in the city’s picturesque alleyways before we reconvene for a welcome aperitivo followed by a delicious gourmet dinner together.

Monday, April 23—Venetian Immersion

  • Get to know Venice from a local’s perspective.
  • Tour one of the world’s best art private collections.

Enjoy a delightful breakfast at the hotel this morning as you will each day of the trip. Put on your walking shoes and bring your sense of humor, Venice has a reputation for being crowded in places and today we’re joining the masses to experience the can’t miss sights with a charming local guide. We’ll begin at the famous St. Mark’s Square, the former political centre of the Venetian Republic, containing many famous and beautiful buildings. The star of the square is St Mark’s Basilica, a 900 year old church complete with golden Byzantine and Medieval mosaics and an alluring architectural blend of east meets west. Our guide will lead us through the back streets and teach us about the history of this magical city, culminating in a walk across the Rialto Bridge, the oldest crossing of the splendid Grand Canal. When we reach the Rialto area our guide will take us to a nice osteria for a glass of wine and to taste some cicchetti, the Venetian version of tapas.

Then we’ll hop on a vaporetto (water bus) together and make our way to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection: one the most important museums in Italy for European and American art of the 20th century, located in Peggy Guggenheim’s former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal. Ms. Guggenheim was a New York heiress, prominent art collector, and lover of the good life who spent the last 30 years of her life in Venice. Her collection is as one of a kind as she was and it will be a real treat to enjoy it on a private guided tour.

Let’s continue to explore the opulent good life on offer here in Venice with afternoon aperitivo on the terrace at the next-level-luxurious Hotel Danieli. Take in the magnificent view of the Venice Lagoon as you sip on a spritz, a bellini, or a simply perfect glass of prosecco. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy – maybe you’d like to find some more cicchetti or settle in for dinner at a delightful local osteria. You’ll have a pass to ride the vaporetto for your stay here so Venezia is your oyster.

Tuesday, April 24—Fun in the Island Kitchen

  • Tour iconic Rialto Market with a local chef and a sommelier.
  • Spend the day in an island villa learning to cook Venetian classics.

Roll up your sleeves today and get in the kitchen yourself… it’s time for an exciting Venetian cooking class. A local chef and a sommelier will meet us at the iconic Rialto Market to select fresh seafood and other ingredients. Then a private boat will whisk us off to a villa on Lido Island, the famous Venetian beach destination, for an unforgettable cooking class experience. We’ll spend the whole day cooking in the villa where you can expect to learn all about the local culinary tradition with our friendly local chef instructor and then enjoy a delightful, elegant sit down meal with thoughtful wine pairings.

Wednesday, April 25—Into the Venetian Lagoon

  • Take turns rowing a gondola through the city canals.
  • Stroll among the brightly colored houses of Burano & Murano.

This morning we’ll take to the water with a group of local guides and enjoy the opportunity to get our bodies moving a little bit – because this isn’t just a sightseeing tour, it’s also a chance to learn to row a traditional, hand-crafted all-wood Venetian batellina boat ourselves. Then our watery adventure continues, with a vaporetto ride to two of Venice’s most iconic islands: Murano and Burano. Murano is the famous home of both the Venice glass and lace making traditions and there are many little shops where you can purchase a wonderful souvenir to take home. We’ll sit down for lunch together at a local trattoria here. Then we’ll venture even farther out into the lagoon to visit Burano, with its pastel colored houses, tiny canals and many
bridges it’s hard to imagine a more picturesque location.

Tonight we’ll enjoy a festive pizza party together near our hotel.

Thursday, April 26—Market & Cooking Day

  • Visit a floating market and later have a blast preparing dinner with Chef Jenna.

The artsy quarter of Castello, home to the world famous Venice Biennale, is the location of a tucked-away floating market. It’s an Amore in Italy tradition to visit a local market to scoop up some fresh Italian goodies to cook for dinner together with Chef Jenna. So we’ll head to the floating market after lunchtime today to pick up supplies to prepare a delicious meal together this afternoon. Join Chef Jenna in the kitchen, glass of wine in hand, to prepare and enjoy a dinner party to remember!

Friday, April 27—Toward the Alps

  • Transfer to a villa hotel in the agricultural region north of Venice.
  • Roll up your sleeves for a class with a Michelin-starred chef.

This morning it’s time to bid Venice farewell… we’re off to the foothills of the Alps to the region where prosecco is produced, time moves a little slower, and everywhere you look is another beautiful vista.

We’ll stop on the way for lunch at a country trattoria, and then check in at our regal villa hotel with an onsite restaurant run by a Michelin starred chef. Less than an hour and a half from Venice, Hotel Villa Abazzia feels worlds away. It’s time to relax and you’ll love the quirky, country elegant furnishings at this palatial hotel. Have a soak in the outdoor jacuzzi, or contact Onward to arrange a massage during your free time here.

Half of our group will have a very special hands on cooking class with the chef this afternoon. The other will set out to explore the “prosecco road,” a string of wineries where the delicious fizzy white wine is made. We’ll visit two wineries today to see how prosecco is produced, meet the makers, and of course enjoy some bubbly!

This evening you’re on your own to relax and explore Follina, the historic hamlet where we’ll spend the next two nights. There are a number of nice little local restaurants here for you to enjoy, or make a reservation at the hotel’s Michelin-starred eatery, La Corte.

Friday, April 28—Prosecco, grazie!

  • Tour the wineries of the famous “Prosecco Road”.
  • Toast to a wonderful week together while enjoying our own cooking class creations.

After a wonderful breakfast this morning you may enjoy walking the scenic country roads, a visit to the stunning 12th-century Follina Abbey right across from the hotel, or just sitting with a cup of tea and a good book in the hotel’s lovely drawing room. In the afternoon we’ll swap activities from the day before – that means you’ll be heading into the kitchen with a Michelin recognized chef, or popping bubbly on the Prosecco Road. Tonight we’ll reconvene for aperitivo and then we’ll dine together in the hotel’s dining room. And what will we feast upon? Our own cooking class creations! Delizioso!

Sunday, April 29—Arreviderci...

  • Head home with wonderful memories!

After breakfast we’ll be whisked off to Venice Marco Polo Airport, one hour away, for flights back to the States. Expect to return with a heart full of wonderful memories, lots of new knowledge and plenty of amore for Venetian culture, food and wine. Ciao!

  • $3,650 based on double occupancy
  • Single supplement $600 additional
  • A 3% processing fee applies for credit card payment
  • Air travel is not included but Onward Travel is happy to help you make a flight reservation
  • Contact Kat with questions at katerina@onwardtravel.co