Thursday, May 23, 2013

Truffles & Traditions holiday tour Le Marche

Truffles & Traditions holiday tour le marche

Moreno will take you truffle hunting with a local ezpert where you will witness first hand how his
trained dog sniffs out these precious tubers then waits for his master to unearth them. It's then straight back to the kitchen to trasform your finds into a delicious lunch, including handmade pasta served with earthy shavings of truffle and hearty meat dish. And while you work and eat, you'll be treated to a short wine tasting session that will explain a little about local wines. Our Truffles and Traditions program makes the perfect add- on trip for those already visiting Tuscany, Umbria or Lazio. it is a perfect break for foodies who love the pervasise scent and flavor of Italy's irresistible white and black truffles.


Join Moreno, your host, local artisan and truffle lover on this unique truffle adventure in Le Marche. Moreno grew up in this beautiful region, helping his grandparents on their farm where he was always in close contact with nature. Today he is still involved in protecting and promoting  this area, its products and its gastronomic traditions.

Programme Includes:
- 4 days and 3 nights accommodation, based on double occupancy
- Daily Breakfast
- Welcome aperitivo and dinner, local wine included
- Truffle Hunt with local expert and his dog
- A hands-on cooking class, featuring local truffles. Lunch follows using the foods made during class.
  Wine tasting included.
- Guided excursion to village of Montottone, local wine included
- Visit to village of Servigliano
- Arrival & departure transfers from Porto San Giorgio bus station

The region of  Le Marche is the perfect holiday destination for the discerning visitor. It is one of Italy's last remaining secrets, an area whose rich cultural and artistic heritage deserves much more attention than it gets. Here, as Moreno will tell you, the pace of life still follows the tempo of the land and its seasons. The inhabitants' maintain their love and respect of a traditional way of life and their desire to preserve ancient crafts and gastronomic traditions makes Le Marche a truly unique place to visit.

And what better time to take a trip than the truffle season?

Not many people know that Le Marche is one of Italy's principal truffle regions. The truth it's here you will find many of the valutable tuber magnatum pico (prized white truffle) and tuber melanosporum (delicious black truffle) that grace tables all over Italy.

Cookery Class

Your cooking class takes place in a traditional country kitchen where you'll work alongside the chef to create a series of delicious Le Marche specialties. During class you'll find out more about how locals cook with both black and white truffles and learn how to make the best of these precious tubers. Get ready to knead and roll as you create a batch of handmade pasta, which will then be served with pungent shavings of  truffle. Cook up a fabulous meat diah that will prefectly compliment the wines you'll sample during your wine tasting and sit back and enjoy the scents and flavors of traditional Le Marche cuisine.


Your residence during this programme is a beautifully restructured estate not far from Ascoli Piceno. The estate is located in the heart of Le Marche's truffle area, nestled in rolling hillsides. It offers guests total privacy yet 30 minutes away from both the sea and the National Sibillini Park. The estate was renovated using all the original materials in full accordance with typical local ancient techniques. Wooden girders andshutters, stone pavements and fireplaces remind you of the warm atmosphere of the past, with decor combining elegant ancient touches and coutry traditions. All rooms and suites have traditional stone floors, exposed beams and are tastefully decorated, and have a private bathroom. There is also a swimming pool and solarium for guests' use, as well as a Jacuzzi, and a small restaurant that serves delicious local specialties.


Duration: 4 Days, 3 Night
Day One: Arrivals & Welcome Dinner

-Transfer from local bus station (Porto San Giorgio) to the estate
-Arrival & Check-in
-Relax and unwind in the grounds with a welcome aperitivo
-Welcome Dinner at the estate, local wine included

Day Two: Visit Montottone - La Strada dell'Artigiano

-Breakfast is served
-Morning - guided excursion to the charming village of Montottone where yoy'll visit one of the area's many gifted craftsmen, atrditional potter who makes all his goods by hand
-Enjoy lunch in local trattoria, local wine included
-After lunch, proceed to the village of Servigliano. Relax with a coffee or treat yourself to an artisan gelato
-Return to the estate in the afternoon 
-Dinner on your own. Suggestion provided or reserve dinner at the estate's restaurant

Day Three: Truffle Hunting & Cooking Class

-Breakfast is served
-Morning - set out on a unique hike through nearby wood to participate in a Truffle Hunt. Watch the hunter's clever dogs sniff out these precious tubers and wait excitedly for their masters to unearth them. Then, head to the kitchen for your hands-on Cooking Class where you'll transform your freshly found truffles into truly delicious local specialities. Learn how to make handmade pasta Marchigiana-style and enjoy with precious shavings of truffle, then prepare a hearty meat course. lunch follows on dishes made during class - all wached down with some excellent local wine. You will also be treated to a wine tasting featuring wine from Fiorano, the local winery
-Return to the estate after lunch
-Dinner on your own. Suggestions provided or reserve dinner at the estate's restaurant

Day Four: Check-out & Arrivederci!
-Breakfast is served
-Check-out and Arrivederci!
-Transfer to local bus station (Porto San Giorgio)

Le Marche
The Le Marche region is a culturally rich area, divided into four provinces by four river valleys in a remote part of Italy. Much of Le Marche is, as yet, undiscovered by the crowds ensuting that the land and villages remain quiet and untouched. Its strategic location makes it a perfect spot for reaching all the most important destinations of central Italy including Florence, Siena; Assisi, Perugia, Urbino, Gubbio and Ravenna. The Le Marche region lies on the eastern side of central Italy, between the Adriatic Sea and the majestic Apennine Mountains and has enoughattractions to keep visitors busy for years. Admire the masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture, hike a cross uncharted mountains or hunt for the best catch of the day in a Mediterranean fishing port. It is still possible to experience a taste of old-world cuisine and culture in Le Marche, an area still unsullied  by mass tourism  which makes it a very intriguing place to visit. The Marchigiani, the people of the Le Marche region, are hard working, warm and friendly. Known for producing quality merchandise in textiles and leathers, they have also developed special niches in artisan industries such as high quality handmade paper at Fabriano and musical instruments at Castelfidardo. Olive trees fresh vegetables and vineyards are plentiful through out the region also. Many seaside resorts stretch along the extensive of Adriatic coast, making it a relaxing destination for summer vacations.

Ascoli Piceno
Surrounded by mountains and natural parks, the town of Ascoli Piceno has been inhabited since pre-Roma times. Legend has it that a woodpecker led prehistoric settlers to the site, thus bringing about the town's foundation. Ascoli Piceno's historic center is rich in churches, palazzi and other important monuments. In particular, the town's central Renaissance square, Piazza del Popolo, which was burned beautiful in Italy. This piazza, which acted as the forum in Roman times, is dominated by the Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo, which was burned to the ground during a local feud in 1535 and completely rebuilt ten years later. You can also visit Le Marche's second largest art gallery inside the 17th-century Palazzo Comunale situated in Piazza Arringo, or Ascoli's cathedral in the same square.




The Hotel Villa Traiano is a 4-star luxury hotel born from the refurbishment and enlargement of a monumental villa which dated back to the beginning of the nineteenth century.
Superbly located in the heart of Benevento, a town rich in works of art, cultural events and commercial activities, the hotel is also far from the sound of traffic being the ring road only a few minutes’ drive away and both the bus terminal and the railway station within walking distance.

Indulge then in the warmth of our hotel, let our hospitality “cuddle” you, feel free to live a lovely relaxing day or a restful business stay while arranging your meetings or celebrating delightful moments and being pampered by the tiny bubbles of a vintage champagne.


The wide staircase that leads down under the huge large window lets only imagine the wide and unpredictable covered terrace garden.

The super hi-tech crystal covering hides and protects shadowed restful places where all our guests will surely find their own private corner and, helped by our staff, relax on the comfortable sofas.
Hard to believe but we are in the heart of the town!
Hidden to the onlookers our garden is ideal to welcome you after a frenetic business day or a tour of the town.

You will be enchanted by the magic sunset lights filtering through the covering and you might also discover the unique sensation to linger outdoors indifferent to the rain shattering against the glass covering, right above you!


All the 18 rooms made in the historical residence keep the charm of the old villa : the classical style of the furniture, the leather-beds, the marble beds with shower, the refined parquet.Our singles, twins and double rooms are ready to welcome you with tact and elegance whether you are here for work or for relax. Choosing a standard room our guests will have the following facilities:

-Complimentary Wi-Fi connection
-Independent air-conditioning
-Mini bar, TV LCD, Direct phone line
-Parquet, Double bed or two twin large beds
-Telephone waking service
-Writing desks (not in all rooms)
-Bathroom with shower and hairdryer


Six comfortable Superior Double rooms located in a recently refurbished wing all offering very roomy spaces and a wonderful view of our small garden shadowed by delicious fruit trees.They are all equipped with a writing-desk and a safe and are ready to welcome our guests in a stunning, comfortable setting overlooked by Queen sized beds created by Poltrona Frau .Some rooms have a balcony and a view on the “Arch of Trajan”. By choosing a Superior Room our guests will have the following facilities:

-Complimentary Wi-Fi connection, Direct phone line
-Independent air-conditioning, Telephone waking service
-Mini bar, TV LCD, Electronic safe, Parquet, Writing desk
-Queen size bed by Poltrona Frau, Double pillow
-Comfortable bathroom with crystal shower stall or Jacuzzi
-Complimentary full bathroom toiletries by Bulgari Perfumes, Hairdryer


A brand new construction , furnished together with Kartell and Poltrona Frau , welcomes our elegant DELUXE Rooms and junior suite .Here you will enjoy the experience of a modern and essential design combined with the warmth of a private residence : it is the right place to enjoy even long stays in a complete relax . By choosing a Deluxe room our guests will have the following further facilities:

-25-30 metres square, Soundproof rooms
-Wi-fi connection, Independent air-conditioning
-42 Inch LCD Flat TV, Mini bar, Electronic safe, Double pillow
-Leather furnishings with double Queen Size bed,
-Parquet, writing desk, Sitting room area, big wardrobes
-Wide Bathroom with comfortable shower or Jacuzzi
-Bathroom complimentary kit by Bulgari Perfumes
-Hairdryer,Slippers, A cot or a third bed (on request)
-Non-smokers rooms, Easy check in and late check out


If you are travelling with your family we have different solutions to please different needs.Our Standard Junior Suite comes with a Queen double bed.You will also have the possibility to have a cot or a second added bed with a private entrance arranged with a small bed.It suits from three to four people.Our Superior Suite comes with a bedroom area in one room and a sitting area in the second room: it suits up to four people.Our Deluxe Junior Suite, a roomy and comfy room, is equipped with a built-in (a muro?) wardrobe, a divan bed and a Jacuzzi.Our Master Suite is a real mini flat consisting of two contiguous rooms with a double entrance and a private toilet in each.t is the perfect choice to have your privacy and live a great, comfortable holiday.


The Hotel Villa Traiano with its wide open spaces and elegant halls is not only a charming residence and something more than a comfortable hotel.It is at the same time the ideal location to host class events: weddings, parties, presentations, business parties and much more , the whole in the name of exclusivity.

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The Centrum Palace is the ideal place for a business trip or a holiday in the heart of southern Italy.The Adriatic and Tyrrhenian coasts, ski resorts, national parks and lakes are all within easy reach, as are of course the various localities of the Molise region, which boasts an immense artistic, natural and gastronomic heritage. There are 144 rooms available for guests and including 14 junior suites with a total of 330 beds. They are spacious and well-furnished, combining practicality and elegance in perfect harmony. All the rooms are well-insulated against noise and have en-suite bathrooms with Jacuzzi or shower, direct telephone, air conditioning, safe deposit box for laptop computers and other valuables, hairdryer, mini bar, 21-inch colour TV with cable and satellite connections, broadband internet access, and radio/TV sound in the bathrooms. There is garage parking for more than 60 cars and private parking for coaches.


Rooms available: 130. Facilities available in all rooms:

-Direct telephone
-Air conditioning
-Safe deposit box for laptop computers and other valuables
-21-inch colour TV (cable-satellite)
-Radio/ TV speakers
-Broadband internet access


Rooms available: 14. Facilities available in all rooms:

-Direct telephone
-Air conditioning
-Safe deposit box for laptop computers and other valuables
-21-inch colour TV (cable-satellite)
-Radio/TV speakers
-Broadband internet access
-Bathrobe and toiletries


 A smart and comfortable environment where you can sample the classic dishes of Italian cuisine and discover the traditional flavours of the local area. The wine list includes a wide selection of national and local wines. To organize a candle-lit dinner, breakfast, working lunch or even a gala dinner, we are here to advise you on the large range of à-la-carte dishes, fixed menus, business lunches and wedding menus.


 The art of welcoming people and staging events is one of our specialties, of which we are very proud. A hall of over 900 square metres that can comfortably seat 450 people, suitable for all kinds of event, be it a company lunch, a wedding reception, a gala dinner or special occasion.


The Auditorium is designed to host fashion shows, art exhibitions, concerts and stage shows. The separate entrance, its location on the ground floor to facilitate setting-up, the acoustics, the broad spaces, the wardrobe, the bar, the changing rooms, the foyer, are useful advantages for anybody seeking to hold a cultural event or show in the centre of town.


The Centrum Palace is the ideal place to host all manner of business meetings. There are rooms of various sizes, comfortably furnished and equipped with the latest technology. Our highly-trained staff are on hand to ensure the success of your event.

The origins of Campobasso are disputed. According to the most widely held theory, the city was founded by the Lombards before the 8th century as a fortified camp on the slope of the hill where the castle stands. The original name was Campus vassorum, suggesting that the city was the seat of the vassals of the Duke of Spoleto. After the Norman conquest of Southern Italy, Campobasso lost its importance as a defensive stronghold, but became a significant trading and administration centre. From 1330 to 1745 the city was ruled by the Monforte-Gambatesa family, who built the castle and established a mint. Later it came under the control of the Di Capua, Gonzaga, Vitagliano, Carafa and Romano families. In 1763 the citizens abandoned the old city and settled in the lower valley. The current city was expanded in 1814 by the King of Naples Joachim Murat, and lies on the Campo Basso ("Low field). The main attraction of Campobasso is the Castello Monforte, built in 1450 by the local ruler Nicola II Monforte, over Lombard or Norman ruins. The castle has Guelph merlons and stands on a commanding point, where traces of ancient settlements (including Samnite walls) have been found. The current construction is the result of later rebuildings after the earthquakes of 1456 and 1805.Next to the castle is the Chiesa della Madonna del Monte (Santa Maria Maggiore), erected in the 11th century and rebuilt in 1525. It houses a precious wooden statue of the Incoronata from 1334. Below the castle, the church of St. George is probably the oldest in Campobasso, built around the year 1000 AD over the ruins of a Pagan temple. The Cathedral, or Chiesa della Santissima Trinità (Church of the Holy Trinity), was built in 1504 outside the city walls. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1805 and a new Neoclassical edifice was built in 1829. The church of San Bartolomeo is a Romanesque building from the 11th century, in limestone. The interior has a nave and two aisles. San Leonardo (14th century) has a façade mixing Gothic and Romanesque elements, and a side mullioned window with vegetable decorations influenced by the Apulian architecture of the period. Villa de Capoa, recently restored, is a noteworthy garden with statues and a wide variety of plant species, including sequoias, Norway Spruces, cypresses and Lebanon Cedars.

Truffles: the soil of Molise is a veritable goldmine of the much sought-after black and white truffles.
Olive oil: the oil of Molise has been famous since ancient times, having been mentioned by none other than the Roman historian Livy. Cheese: the traditional skills of the shepherds, the artisanal methods of production which are still practiced today and the high quality of the raw materials all combine to give the local dairy products – including mozzarella, ricotta, pecorino and many more – a touch of excellence. Cured meats: the quality of the meats ensures the goodness of a whole range of products, including ham, capocollo, coppa, and others. The “ventricina” (a spreadable sausage) produced in Montenero di Bisaccia is famous. Confectionery: mostaccioli, ferratele, pepatelli, taralli – there are all manner of local sweetmeats in Molise to make your meal complete !

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013




The Grand Hotel in Verona, with its 60 years of hotel history, is characterized by hospitality and efficiency. Our Staff will transform every need in a special and unique service. The smile of a satisfied guest is our bigger reward...
The Grand Hotel is in the heart of Verona, just a short walk far from the Arena, the celebrated Roman amphitheatre.
Built as an elegant town house by the aristocratic Austrian Reichenbach family, the architectural style is early 20's art nouveau. It was converted into a hotel in the middle of the last century but its original aesthetic appearance was left intact and can still be appreciated totday.
Thanks to the restorations of 1993, 1996, 2002 and 2011, it was improved a structure in line with all Safety Norms, without affecting the building's old charm embellished by an important art collection. Together with the paintings and sculptures by well known artists (like Ciardi, Cascella, Minguzzi, Manzù, Purificato, Murer, Arnoldi and more) in the hall, public rooms and gardens, you can admire precious period furniture and fittings while walking on the original floor in red Verona marble.
In the centre of an art city like Verona, the Grand Hotel, with its long history and the attention it pays to art, fits harmoniously into the cultural context. A hotel tailored to a refined and demanding clientele to which it offers all the comforts of modern technology plus the warmth of a classic and unique atmosphere, ideal for both holidays and business trips.


Each unit is equipped with air conditioning, heating, minibar, flat-screen TV, voicemail, free wi-fi, hairdryer and towel, slippers, different choice of pillows (on request), ozone cleaning system on request. Available only on request: Playstation 2, Wii, Wii-Fit, Dvd, dockstation with I-pod, board games.


Each suite has a bedroom and a living room in front of the private garden. Equipped with air conditioning, independent central heating, minibar, 2 flat-screen TVs, voicemail, free wi-fi, hairdryer, heated towel rail, slippers, different choicce of pillows (on request), Jacuzzi, ozone cleaning system request. Available only on request: Playstation 2, Wii, Wii-Fit, Dvd, dockstation with I-pod, board games.
Excellence has been achieved with a suite of business tailored to the businessman. Equipped with personal fax, computer, wi-fi Internet access, printer and telephone. The suite has an elegant living room and a bedroom with materials and exclusive furniture. The bathroom with mosaics has a shower and whirlpool.

Around Monet. The scenery 17 al 20 °century - Type: Exhibition | Period: 26/10/2013 - 2014/09/02

The exhibition presents the study of nature in painting from 17th to 20th century, until water lilies by Claude Monet. Visitors can admire the works of Lorrain, Poussin, Van Ruisdael, Van Goyen, Hobbem, Canaletto, Bellotto, Turner, Constable, Monet and many others.

Verona Summer Theatre - Type: Shows | Period: 13/06/2013 - 24/08/2013

The exhibition opens with jazz proposing a rich calendar of concerts, then it continues with the Shakespearean festival, evenings of drama and classical and contemporary dance.

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Villa Passalacqua is among the most prestigious Historic villas in the Como area, featuring an Italian-style garden with scenic terraces sloping towards the lake. The villa has played host to important figures, including the composer Vincenzo Bellini, who drew inspiration for a least two of his most famous operas, "La Sonnambula" and "Norma". The villa was built in the 18th century by Felice Soave, a Swiss architect from Lugano. Hidden beyond its austere exterior are elaborate interiors with stuccos and decorations by an artist from the Lugano area, Giocondo Albertoli, with frescoes by the Milanese artist Andrea Appiani. The Villa is circled by a lawn terrace, on which there is a gazebo and a well-curb, ball-shaped box trees, pools with bronze statues and symmetrical flower beds. A staircase descends from here to meet the double driveway that comes up from the lakeside entrance. The driveway's mirrored cuves design large plots of grass or star jasmine (unconventional as ground cover), made vibrant with ancient oleandera, palm trees, azaleas, wisteria, a small waterfall. The current owners have turned the large open spaces outside of the path into fascinating themed gardens: if we turn  our backs to the villa, from up down, on the right we come across the swimming pool with a greenhouse, a rose garden, an olive grove and a cutting garden; on the left are the " Tuscan Garden", with flower beds bordered by boxwood hedges, a fruit orchard, a vegetable garden and an annex. near the lakeside gate, the water flowing through the garden collects in a pool with water lilies. The impeccably cared for garden is fascinating on its own, but it is all the more spectacular for having been built on grand underground tunnels connecting the villa to the dock.

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The Villa la Collina, built in 1895, was the summer residence of German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer from 1959. The Villa is situated in a fantastic park with a breathtaking view over Bellagio. Today Villa la Collina and the "Accademia Konrad Adenauer" offer their services ti the public as international meeting centres for politics, economics and culture, in a beautifully maintained park of 28,000 square metres.

Villa la Collina

The venue can also be used as a conference centre and as a hotel. The Villa stands on a hill in the middle of the park with fine cedars, Scots pines,chestnut trees and cypresses. There are walks through which visitors can discover the enchanted atmosphere of the park. The slope down to the lake is quite steep and is terraced with grey granite walls, punctuated with niches. These niches are one of the true jewels of the park; they protect peach, lemon, apple and pear trees. The Villa la Collina gardeners have created a vegetable garden and flowerbeds, surrounded by rose and hazel bushes. There are many paths leading back to the park and the beautiful open air pool. In this part of the garden are luxuriant rose bushes, azaleas and rows of hydrangeas and rhododendrons. On the other side of the lake, a chain of mountains rises up, covered with snow for most of the year. To the north, the vista opensonto the Valtellina mountains. The Villa is connected to the Accademia Konrad Adenauer by a stone stairway with 118 steps. The boundary of the land is dotted with romantic  gazebos, and behind these is the Adenauer Walk, so named beacause Chancellor Adenauer used to walk along it in Sundays to attend mass at the Parish Church of Griante.

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Between Menaggio and Porlezza, there is one of the most remarkable gardens in Lombardy, whose uniqueness derives, above all, from the stunning landscape in which it is situated. It was started in 1700 by Giovanni Battista Guaita, a member of a highly esteemed local family. It was only in the 19th century that a garden was created by the Barons Galbiati, Milanese bankers. In 1896, it was inherited by the Barons Bagatti Valsecchi from Belvignate, who own it to this day. The site is rendered extraordinary by the natural setting around it: the villa is located in the highest part of the village, on the edge of a natural balcony with the Val Sanagra below.
The garden, created on the terraces located on the balcony, overlooks a precipice whose ledges are
covered with shrubbery and which pluges down for 100 metres to the valley below, along which the River Sanagra flows in a magnificient scenery. It is thrilling spectacle, because at a height of just 400m a.s.l., you think you are in the Dolomites, partly due to the conifer forest planted in the 19th century by the Galbiati, who also built a tower from which there is a magnificent view of Lake Como and the Val Menaggio. The garden is not only  framed by this natural setting, with Mounts Grigna and Grona in the distance, but also is enhanced by level areas of terrain, purchased by Pasino Bagatti Valsecchi (president of the Lombardy Horticultural Society) and decorated with cypresses, herbaceous borders, dwarf conifers and dahlias (on which he was an expert, building up a large collection). The responsability of tending such as exceptional garden has now been entrusted tu Pasino's son, the landscape architect Baron Pier Fausto Bagatti Valsecchi. 

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013


EXCURSIONS all'Asinara
A unique day in contact with nature, with only the sound of the wind with the 3 to 12 meter sailing catamaran fleet Catamarans Twin "Twin", "AsinaraTwin" and the luxurious "Twin Blue", each with a capacity of 12 people each plus the captain and his assistant. News from 2012, the 14-meter catamaran STARFISH with the opportunity to sail 32 people specifically designed for trips all'Asinara