Italy

Taste & Culture of Le Marche (5 Nights)

Description

Le Marche Italy is known for its stunning landscapes, history, artistic heritage, and its coast. It's also famous for its authenticity, as this Italian region is relatively unknown in some countries.

 

This culinary experience can be described as a slow journey, quiet and intimate in Le Marche Region…the taste and the art of travelling in the heart of Italy.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrival at the hotel, check-in and welcome drink.

  • Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 2

  • Arrival in Urbino: the jewel of this part of the Region and one of the most important cities in Italy during the Renaissance period: Federico da Montefeltro’s ideal city.

  • Soft visit of the historical center, Ducal Palace, “Oratorio San Giovanni”, Raphael’s birth-house or just sitting in Piazza della Repubblica tasting an Italian coffee and observing people…. Imbiss/tasting session in Urbino downtown at Monia’s (light lunch). She makes her cave available to our guests who can taste quality products of the Montefeltro land, such as truffle and ancient delicacies.

  • Transfer to Monteciccardo and stop for a short visit of one of a hundred most beautiful villages in Italy: Montefabbri, a small and cozy place on the hills between Urbino and Pesaro.

  • Arrival at Egidio’s and visit of a modern olive- oil mill and organic winery. Tasting of oil and wines with local products.

  • Drive to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3

  • Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the fish market.

  • Meet the English-speaking assistant and Mamma Ivana, our Brodetto soup chef, directly at the fish market to choose the best fish together the fishmen.

  • Then Mamma Ivana will go home, and we will enjoy a guided walk in the city center tasting a Moretta (typical coffee with liqueur).

  • Around 11:00 transfer to Ivana’s home, in typical Marche style, on the hills between Fano and Pesaro, to enjoy a Brodetto cooking lesson about Brodetto Fanese (or show cooking) and have lunch together with Ivana and her husband (inside or in the garden, if weather conditions allow).

  • In the afternoon transfer back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

 

Day 4

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Then depart to Fossombrone, an ancient town of Roman origin, standing midway up the Metauro Valley along the route of the ancient Flaminian Way.

  • Visit of the art Gallery, founded in 1901, situated in the palace called “Corte Alta”, built by Montefeltro and Della Rovere Dukes in the 15th century. Some of the rooms are decorated with keel-shaped wooden ceilings. Paintings from the XVI century to the end of the XIX century are exhibited in the rooms of the art gallery. Among the painters, is worth mentioning Francesco Guerrieri from Fossombrone (1589 – 1657). Other noteworthy painters are Federico Barocci, Domenico Peruzzini, Giuseppe Diamantini, Sebastiano Ceccarini, Sebastiano Conca, Gaetano Lapis and Francesco Podesti.

  • Proceed to the Baroque San Filippo Church, built in the XVII century (1608- 1613) to celebrate the birth of the last Duke of Urbino, Federico Ubaldo Della Rovere. In 1614 the Church was entrusted to the religious order of San Filippo Neri. Thanks to them, the internal of the church was adorned by a rich decoration of stuccoworks created by Tommaso Amantini, sculptor from Urbania, and his workshop. Many important altarpieces adorn the church together with worthy paintings of Francesco Guerrieri, Claudio Ridolfi, Lazzaro Baldi, Francesco Gessi and Giuseppe Diamantini. In the sacristy and in the choir, we can see procession statues and objects to be used in religious service. A mosaic of unusual dimensions completely covers the floor.

  • Finally, you will taste a gourmet lunch at a local Osteria.

  • In the afternoon proceed to the magnificent Riserva Naturale Gola del Furlo to enjoy a pleasant digestive walk through the beautiful canyon and continue to Piagge, to discover a historical cellar. A family of not merely vintners, olive growers or grain farmers. A family of true farmers living by the same principles that have been governing their work for centuries. Visit of the cellar accompanied by the suggestive cellar story. Tasting of the fine wine.

  • Drive back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

 

Day 5

  • After breakfast departure to Acqualagna, truffle land where you will meet Paolo with one of his seven dogs, and you will go together hunting truffles through the woods… You will do a guided excursion searching for truffles with the dog enjoying fascinating landscapes of Pesaro and Urbino province countryside.

  • You will finish with a typical lunch based on truffle in a familiar atmosphere… with Susi & Paolo!

  • In the afternoon proceed to one of the laboratories where truffle is preserved and worked and small tasting of the products.

  • Transfer back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

 

Day 6

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.

  • Departure back home.

  • ARRIVEDERCI MARCHE!

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From R 32 698.99

per person in a double room

6 Days / 5 Nights

Validity: March - May 2020 (Spring) & September - November 2020 (Autumn)

Including

  • 5-night accommodation at Ca’ Virginia Country House, in Montecalvo in Foglia, double room with half board, drinks not included

  • Welcome drink at arrival at the hotel on the 1st day

  • 4 x full day English speaking guide/assistant

  • Local products tasting at Monia’s, drinks included

  • Cellar and olive oil mill visit in Monteciccardo, with tasting

  • Brodetto experience: cooking lesson & lunch, drinks included

  • Entrance ticket to Fossombrone Art Gallery

  • Lunch at local Osteria in Fossombrone (drinks not included)

  • Truffle hunting & light lunch in Acqualagna, drinks included 

 

Excluding

  • Flights

  • Tourism city tax, to pay on site if required

  • Transportation

  • Not mentioned meals

  • Entrance tickets to museums and monuments unless differently stated

  • Tips and extras

  • Everything that is not mentioned above 

Surcharges apply for high season or late bookings. Prices are in ZAR, subject to availability & tax fluctuations.

+27 (010) 035 5205

1st Floor, 65 Knoppiesdoring St, Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg, 2156

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