Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Roman…in a plate

Ape Chef Tour

Guided Tour In the Roman cuisine 

The Roman…in a plate 

The dietary history of Rome and its neighbouring territory has ancient roots and there is plenty of evidence in the cultural heritage of our country that allows us to follow the local gastronomic tradition over the centuries and to appreciate the elements of continuity with the present day as well as identify possible ways of recovering older products and recipes.

  • —The strong point of this tradition is the use of raw materials that belong to the wide range of typical Roman products, a current testimony of secular tastes and culture.
  • —One third of the approximately 400 traditional products from the region included on the list draw up annually by the Ministry for agricultural policies are typical products from the Roman countryside. Some of these have already been granted or are in the pipeline to be granted Protected Designation of Origin (DOP) or Typical Geographical Indication (IGP); others are known as traditional products, that is passed down through the generations from memory, which is typical of a peasant civilization; others still are considered local products and are therefore specifically linked to a well-defined territory that gives them unique characteristics that cannot be assimilated with products from other areas.
The program includes
  • 1 accomodationin B&B verycentral
  • Hour tour on ape elettricbuggy
  • Locallygrownfood on Roman farmer’s market
  • Preparation of Roman menu
  • Lunch (or dinner)
  • Registration & insurance
Prices and details:
231,00  p.p. included:
  • 1 night in standard room - B&B;
  • Hour tour on ape elettricbuggy
  • Companion for shopping
  • Fund expenditure
  • Preparation of Roman dish with expert /landlord
  • Tastingof prepareddishes
  • Registration& insurance
Examples of menu
  • Tonnarelli pasta with DOP Pecorino Romano cheese and pepper
  • Oxtailstew
  • Bakedpotatoes
  • Tiramis├╣ 
  • Bucatini pasta with Lard, DOP Pecorino Romano cheese and pepper
  • Saltimbocca alla romana
  • Chicoryripassata
  • Sweet DOP Ricotta Romana
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Venice - The Redentore Feast-day

The Redentore Feast-day
The third Saturdays' night of July

The Redentore is one of the Venetians' most treasured festivities, and it is a tourist attraction thanks to the spectacular firework display in the evening. It falls on the third Sunday of July, when the Holy Mass and a very big religious procession are held in the presence of the Patriarch. But the special moment of the festivity takes place on Saturday night; in the magic backdrop of Saint Mark's Basin, a play of lights and reflections produce a kaleidoscope of colours with the silhouetted spires behind domes and bell towers of the city.
The weekend concludes with a gondola regatta.

The plague
In the three years between 1575 and 1577 the Serenissima was tormented by the plague: aided by the high density of the population, the disease spread through the city, causing almost 50,000 died witch
was more than a third of the city's inhabitants.

The vow

On Septmeber 4th, 1576, the Senate decided that the Doge Alvise Moncenigo should announce the vow to erect a church dedicated to the Redentore (Redeemer), in return for help in ending the plague.

 The end of the plague

On July 13th, 1577, the plague was declared definitively over and it was decided that the city's liberation frm the terrible disease should be celebrated on the third Sunday in July every following year.
A more popolist aspect soon accompanied the religious one of the festivity, representing liberating times after such sadness.
In order to cross the Giudecca Canal and allow procession to cross over into the church, a mighty bridge of boats was built in the festivity's very first year and this element still characterises the celebrations today.
Voices could be heard from the bridge or the votive church (The Church of the Redentore, buit by Andrea Palladio in 1577) of people either walking or travelling in festively decorated boats. This conferred the festivity with a more porfane aspect, in which devotion intermingled with fun and entertainment.
It was a night of wakefunleness, the "gamous" night, which ended only at daws.

The Redentore today - The "famous night"

Tradition dictates that at sunset the well illuminated boats, decorated with boughs and coloured ballond, begin congregating in Saint Mark's Basin and the Giudecca Canal.

In the boat, there are either carefully prepared or hastily put-together tables laden with traditional Venetian dishes for dinner.
Everyone eats, drinks, dances and jokes whilst waiting for the firework show, which begins at 11.30pm and lasts until after midnight.

Then the boats, according to tradition, set off slowly for home or the Lido to wait for sunrise.

For this event we provide the exclusive chartering of our boats; rates on request

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Reggio Emilia - Bologna

Bologna, is the seventh most populous city in Italy. Home to the Oldest University in the world, University of Bologna, founded in 1088, Bologna has a well preserved historical centre (one of the largest in Italy) thanks to a careful restoration and conservation policy. In 2000 it was declared European Capital of Culture and in 2006, a UNESCO “city of music”. Bologna is renowned for its culinary tradition. It has given its name to the well known Bolognese SauceWell regarded nearby vineyards includePignoletto dei Colli Bolognesi and Sangiovese di Romagna.
Eating Bologna
Duration: 3days/2nights
Area: Bologna
Type: private tour
3 days in which you’ll have an extraordinary experience of cooking the typical dishes of the Emilia-Romagna tradition. In fact you will follow a typical “Sfoglina” course in a famous school of cuisine. At the end you will taste the typical products of the Region.
Price per person in a double room from € 270,00
The package includes:
  • ·   2 nights in a 4**** hotel
  • ·       2 breakfasts
  • ·       2 dinners (drinks not included)
  • ·       1 cooking course with tasting of typical products
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Lombardia - Cremona

Cremona, situated in Lombardia, on the left bank of the Po river in the middle of the Pianura padana, is especially noted for its musical history and tradition, including some of the earliest and most renowned luthiers, such as Guarneri and Stradivari and several members of the Amati family.
Cremona city of Violin and Torrone sweet.
Duration: 3days/2 nights
Area: Cremona
Type: private tour
3 days, in which you will enjoy a navigation of the Po river, in order to discover several wonderful landscapes. You will receive a special City card which will allow you to obtain many discounts such as: admission for all the museums; entarteinments; shopping centre.
Price per person in double room from € 220,00
The package includes:
  • ·       2 nights in a 4**** hotel
  • ·       2 breakfasts
  • ·       2 dinners
  • ·       Navigation of the Po river
  • ·       1 city card

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Emilia Romagna - Parma

Parma is a city in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, famous for its architecture and surrounding countryside. The Italian poet Attilio Bertolucci wrote “As a capital city it had to have a river; as a little capital it received a stream, which is often dry”. Parma is famous for its food like Prosciutto Crudo di Parma and right gastronomical tradition. Parma claims several pasta dishes like “tortelli d’erbetta” and “anolini in brodo”. In 2004 it was appointed the seat of the European Food Safety (EFSA). Parma has a food tourism sector represented by Parma Golosa and Food Valley.
Discover Parma
Duration: 3days/2nights
Area: Parma
Type: private tour
In these 3 days, you will visit the Farnese theatre, the birthplace of Arturo Toscanini, the Duomo and the Battistero of Parma. Then you will visit the famous Fidenza Village Outlet Shopping Center.
Price per person in double room from € 240,00
The package includes:
  • ·       2 nights in a 4**** hotel
  • ·       2 breakfasts
  • ·       2 dinners

·       Admission for all the attractions mentioned above
·       1 VIP card for the Fidenza Village with a special discount for your shopping of 10% included

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Sunday, February 16, 2014


Venice is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon, which stretches along the shoreline, between the mouths of the Po and the Piave rivers. Venice is renowed for the Beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. The city in its entirety is listed as a world heritage site, along with its lagoon.

The city of Othello and Desdemona

Duration: 3days/2nights

Area: Venezia

Type: private tour

Day1: arrive at the hotel and check –in. Time to relax. In the late afternoon, departing from Santa Maria del Giglio square you’ll involve in a romantic “promenade” by gondola with music and songs which will make you dream along the canals of Venice. A gondola ride is the quintessence of romantic Venice! You will be captivated by the glamour and elegance of such an experience. This is the best way to soak up the atmosphere and feel part of this unique city. Dinner in a typical restaurant.

Day2: breakfast in the hotel. At 900 am departing from the foot of Ponte della Paglia, the bridge with the view of the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), just outside in front of the Doge’s Palace, facing the lagoon, you will enjoy this tour of the Secret itineraries which will assure you get the most complete tour of the Doge’s Palace. Marvel over ceiling frescoed by Tintoretto, discover the Hall of Four Doors, the Chamber of the Council of Ten and more. Follow your guide to the attic prison where Casanova was kept. A visit to the Doge’s Palace is an unforgettable experience, talking you from the artistic highs of Renaissance Venice. Lunch free. In the afternoon an excursion by boat departing from the famous Piazza San Marco to Murano, Burano and Torcello. This is the best way to discover Venice. These worderful islands are famous in all over the world for their particular landscapes and their histories too. Dinner in a typical restaurants.

Day3: breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and end of services.

Price per person in double room from € 415,00

The package includes:

  • · 2 nights in a 4**** hotel (standard room)
  • · 2 dinners
  • · 1 Gondola Serenade excursion
  • · 1 Doge’s Palace Secret Itineraries visit
  • · 1 Murano, Burano and Torcello visit

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With Leonardo Da Vinci in Vigevano and Lomellina

Two days inside the magnificence of the history of Vigevano and Lomellina, by having the possibility of sleeping in a typical Lomellina Court (cat.4****)

Duration: 2days/1night

Area: Vigevano and Lomellina (region of Lombardia)

Type: private tour

Day1: arrive at the hotel and check in. Visit of the historic centre of Vigevano; Piazza Ducale; Castello Visconteo-Sforzesco (with the signatures of Donato Bramante and Leonardo da Vinci). Lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon visit the ancient heart of Lomellina: the Leonardo da Vinci’s Mulino, the Museum of “Arte e Tradizione Contadina”.

Day2: breakfast in the hotel. Visit of the Historic Lomellina part; the “Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore”; the “Battistero of San Giovanni”; the “Castello Crivelli”. Lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon visit of the historic centre of Breme, which conserve the ancient ruins of the “Abbazia of San Pietro”.

Price per person in double room from € 155,00

The package includes:
  • · 1night in a 4**** accommodation
  • · 2 lunches
  • · Visit in the mentioned museums and monuments
  • · Transfers
  • · Guide

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The Memory of the past

Piedmont - Turin

Duration: 3days/2nights
Area: Turin
Type: private tour

Day1: arrive at the hotel and check in. time to relax. In the afternoon visit of “Armeria Reale” and “Galleria Sabauda”. Dinner in the hotel, in one of the most elegant and prestigious restaurant of the city.

Day2: breakfast in the hotel. Visit of the “Museo Egizio”, the second, in order of the importance, after the Cairo’s one. Time for lunch. In the afternoon visit to “Palazzo del Risorgimento”. Dinner in a typical restaurant.

Day3: breakfast in the hotel. Check out and end of services.

Price per person in double room from € 308,00

The package includes:

· 2 nights in a 4**** hotel in the heart of the city (standard room)

· 2 dinners, drinks included

· Visit of: Museo Egizio, Armeria Reale, Galleria Sabauda and Palazzo del Risorgimento.

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Piedmont - Turin

Turin, sometimes called the “Craddle of Italian Liberty”, is a city full of culture and History. Prestigious and important museums, such as the Museo Egizio and the Mole Antonelliana are found in it. It was the first Capital of Italy in 1861, and became the Home of Savoy.
Discover Turin
Duration: 3days/2nights
Area: Turin
Type: Private Tours
Day 1: arrive at the hotel and check in. Time to relax. In the afternoon you’ll discover the heart of the city on foot. At the end you’ll taste a traditional Apericena (tasting of local products with wine).
Day 2: breakfast in the hotel. We would suggest a royal e-bike tour versus the “Castello di Stupinigi”, one of the most famous Savoy’s Historical residences, followed by a lunch in a typical restaurant. Dinner in one of the most ancient restaurants of the city.
Day3: breakfast in the hotel. In the morning visit of “Palazzo Reale” (UNESCO heritage site), Mole Antonelliana and Museo Nazionale del Cinema.
Price per per person in double room from € 328,00
The package includes:
  • ·       2 nights in a 3*** hotel (standard room)
  • ·       1 Apericena
  • ·       2 lunches
  • ·       1 dinner
  • ·       Guided tour on foot and by e-bike
  • ·       Visit of Palazzo Reale, Castello di Stupinigi and Mole Antonelliana

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