First day – Arrival in Reggio Emilia and accommodation in the hotel. Cooking lesson learning the secrets behind a tasty dish, making homemade traditional dishes like gnocchi. Finally, tasting what has been prepared. Afternoon visit to a well-known producer of local wine, famous for his Lambrusco, understanding the production from fermentation to bottling. Then visit to his wonderful Acetaia, where the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia is made since long time. Ending with a tasting session of both products to discover their aromas and tasty flavours. Dinner in Reggio Emilia city centre and overnight stay at the hotel.
Second day – Breakfast at the hotel. Discovering how the famous Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is produced in a local farm. Lunch at the end of the visit, tasting local culinary specialties. Afternoon at leisure in Reggio Emilia city centre: the Cathedral, the Basilica of San Prospero, the astonishing Valli Municipal Theatre and time to make some shopping and to discover boutiques of local artisans. Special dinner in the restaurant of the most well-known chef of the city. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Third day – Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, guided visit to the studio of a famous jewelry maker, located in the historical center of the city. You will follow the phases that lead to the creation of unique jewels, that now you can find in the windows of the most famous museums of the world such as the Louvre, the Vatican Museums, Versailles and the National Geographic in Washington. Combination of preciousness and fantasy, of classic and modern, it is what you can notice observing precious stones that marry poor materials up to tar, baroque Japanese pearls of colored water that blend with hand-cut stones, worked in India along the streets of Rajasthan, with enamels and rutilated quartzes. This talented jewelry designer also boasts important collaboration with international Maison. At the end of the visit, lunch in a bistrot in the historical centre. In the afternoon, visit to another important craftsman from Reggio Emilia, who offers innovative furniture and architecture solutions revisiting the ancient “cocciopesto” technique. A real artistic studio that proposes in a personal way, both for the polychrome mixture and for the inlay work, this technique already used in Roman times. The “coccio” (earthenware) ground more or less fine and mixed with blinders and inerts, allows you to create objects of various types and sizes. In the evening, free dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Fourth day – Breakfast at the hotel. Visit at a rural farm on the first hills of Reggio Emilia, where the owners will prepare a special tasting of their jams and preserves using their fruits and vegetables in season. Lunch in a local tavern with typical food of Reggio Emilia. Departure.
Price per person: starting from 450,00 € (VAT included) – The offer is valid for a minimum of 10 people.
The price includes: 4 lunches and 2 dinners; cooking lesson; visit to a cheese factory, to a vinegar farm, to a ham producer and to 2 wineries with tastings; visit to a farm which produces jam with tastings; 3 overnight stays in double room with breakfast in a 4 stars hotel.
The price does not include: guided tours; transfers, tips, entrance ticket to Torrechiara Castle; exhibitions and museums where not specified; anything not specifically mentioned in the “included”.