March 17, 2012

Behind the Scenes, in the Kitchen and at the Table!

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A shared passion for the sumptuous cuisine, wines and wanderlust of Italy travel has prompted us to present these exciting Food Network Guided Vacations, operated by Trafalagar, part of the

arget=”_blank”>Leaders In Travel Signature collection of exclusive travel opportunities.

You’ll experience the best culinary highlights and iconic sights on an 8-night guided vacation with select 2012 departures. Whether you’ve experienced Italy on one trip or a dozen, its pleasures and discoveries never cease to amaze and this very special “Food Network Guided Vacation: Italy” journey is the ultimate pairing of cuisine and culture.

This very special vacation experience is a perfect mix of sightseeing, “By-Invitation-Only” events and leisure time to explore. With only ten exclusive departures, here’s a unique opportunity to experience Italy as a VIP and sure to be the trip of a lifetime!

You will visit the iconic sights of Rome such as the Coliseum, the Forum, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Walk in Rachael Ray’s footsteps through Tuscany, including the Piazza del Campo in Siena and the tiny hamlet of Monteriggioni, where you will stay in a renaissance-style villa.

You will be invited to a private villa and winery in the hills of Chianti, where the owner’s daughter, a chef by profession, will prepare an authentic Tuscan feast served on the garden terrace overlooking Siena.

You will also wander through the Sant’ Ambrogio market in Florence, learning how to select the perfect seasonal produce. Under the watchful eye of your local chef you’ll move from market to kitchen to table, sample the finest flavors, and learn the secrets of market shopping and preparation. Stand alongside the locals for a

cup of Caffè macchiato, then gather your basket of ingredients and continue to a hillside retreat for an amazing certified cooking class amongst the olive trees. Learn to make homemade pasta, fillings and sauces, along with wild boar and seasonal vegetables. Savor the fruits of your labor at a great meal paired with delicious Chianti wines.

Continue through the Emilia-Romagna region of Bologna to the archipelago of Venice. Then savor the lavish Belle Époque beauty of your exquisite hotel on Venice’s famed Lido, with its frescos, gardens and wellness center spa. From here sit back in a motor launch as it conveys you along the canals to St. Mark’s Square. Your local guide will escort you on a walking tour exploring the less-frequented and hidden areas of the city.

After experiencing the lively exchange in the colorful Rialto fish market and one of the city’s oldest Murano glass workshops that Giada De Laurentiis explored, follow your Food Network Booklet and venture off on your own to savor a Bellini at world famous Harry’s bar before a traditional hosted dinner to culminate the trip.

PLEASE CLICK HERE for the full day-to-itinerary of this fabulous Food Network Guided Vacation: Italy.

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