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The Floating Piers – Lake Iseo – 18 June – 3 July

In 2016 Lake Iseo will bring to life The Floating Piers, a project which was envisaged 45 years ago by Bulgarian born artist Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude.

What are the Floating Piers?

The Floating Piers are walkways suspended just above the water on the lake connecting the mainland town of Sulzano with the town of Peschiera on the lake island of Monte Isola  and then to the Island of San Paolo.  3 kilometers of floating dock create the pathway which is covered bright yellow canvas, the fabric will also cover 1.5 kilometers of pedestrian streets.

Why visit Lake Iseo?

Visit Lake Iseo to see the 70,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric undulating with the ripples on the lake and enjoy a stroll on the Floating Piers that rise just above the surface of the water. A journey that would usually be done by ferry can now be enjoyed above the water.

Come for a long weekend, arriving into Milan, Bergamo or Verona airports and base your stay around Lake Iseo or Lake Garda.  After visiting the Floating Piers on Lake Iseo why not relax and enjoy a Full Day Amarone Wine Tour in the Valpolicella area?

Just north of the enchanting city of Verona, lies Valpolicella, an area rich with vineyards and beautiful cellars. Your Amarone Wine Tour begins when your friendly, English-speaking private driver greets you at your accommodations, and you’ll be off to visit your first Amarone winery of the day. The winery is one of the region’s finest, and is housed in a magnificent historic villa on extensive, lush grounds. The visit will conclude with a guided tasting of the winery’s exquisite Amarone. At lunch you can enjoy the atmosphere and tasty traditional food in a wonderful local restaurant. After your meal, your Amarone Wine Tour continues with a second top-quality winery specializing in Amarone and other Italian red wines. At this winery you will learn even more about the secrets of Amarone, you’ll be able to compare and contrast the intense aromas and flavors of Amarone di Valpolicella.

Escape for a few days and enjoy the wonder of the Italian Lakes and Amarone wine region, a toast to culture and pleasure.

Gin & Tonic… and Sailing

sabatini gin

The quintessence of English tradition with a fresh new manifestation, Sabatini Gin.

The mastermind of the Sabatini Family who linked up with master gin expert Charles Maxwell at Thames Distillers to create a new unprecedented Gin.

All the botanicals come from Tuscany and are grown primarily on the Sabatini estate.  These 9 herbs including  juniper coriander, iris, fennel, lavender, olive leaves, thyme, verbena and sage, are harvested on the families own Tuscan estate and sent to London for the artisanal brewing process which produces a Gin that is “full-bodied but not overbearing, leaving behind a delicate, lingering aftertaste”.

The Sabatini estate is near Cortona, which came to international acclaim with the film Under the Tuscan Sun. Cortona boasts views over Lake Trasimeno and the Val di Chiana.

Why not sip a Sabatini Gin and Tonic on a private boat tour on Lake Trasimeno?

Our private boat tour will show you the splendors of the surrounding lake landscape and allow you to experience the beautiful natural vistas found all around. 

Our journey around the fabled Trasimeno lake starts in the morning on a private boat skippered by your friendly captain. While enjoying the views over the hills, rich in olive groves, vineyards, fruit groves and villages mirroring the water, you will be served a choice of Sabatini Gin, wines, soft drinks and local traditional snacks. You will disembark on Maggiore Island, the only inhabited island of the lake, for a panoramic stroll through picturesque windy streets. The small fishing village, today has only around thirty residents. Most of the buildings, including the ruins of a Franciscan monastery, date from the 1300s. The island is also famed for its lace and embroidery production example of which you can admire in the local museum. Then it is onto Polvese, the largest of the islands, you are welcome to dive in the clear fresh waters or simply relax on board. An informal lunch of genuine products will be served in a local restaurant in Polvese.

During your day on your private boat tour you will also come across and discover interesting Etruscan, Roman and Middle Age archaeological remains.

Explore the wonders of Lake Trasimeno while relaxing and being pampered by the onboard crew.

Foodie Heaven in Emilia Romagna

The Emilia Romagna region, is home to Romanesque and Renaissance cites of Bologna, Modena, Parma and Ferrara.  The region has a farming heritage that has produced some of the world’s most esteemed and sought after Italian gourmet delicacies. Namely Prosciutto di Parma ham, Parmesan Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar as well as Mortadella and Culatello di Zibello cold cuts and tortellini pasta.

Apart from food the region is also know as the “land of motors”, being home to automotive companies such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Ducati.

Why not enjoy a day trip from Bologna to visit both a Balsamic Vinegar and a Parmesan Cheese factory.

Your first visit on your Balsamic Vinegar and Parmesan Tour will be to a fine Parmigiano Reggiano producer in the Parma or Modena area.  You will discover the secrets of Parmigiano-Reggiano, or Parmesan in English. Enjoy a tasting of ‘the king of cheeses’ which has a sharp, complex nutty/fruity flavour.

Your Balsamic Vinegar and Parmesan Tour continues around Modena, the town of Balsamic Vinegar ‘aceto balsamico’.  A culinary secret, authentic Balsamic vinegar is made from local grapes and aged for at least 12 years in special wooden barrels.  The vinegar is frequently aged much longer, even surpassing 25 years in aging barrels!  The secrets of authentic Balsamic vinegar have been passed down by local women for generations, and the aging barrels were so valuable they were included in a bride’s dowry. After visiting an acetaia (Balsamic vinegar maker) and tasting the delicious, sweet, tangy flavors, you will enjoy a delicious meal either at the acetaia or a traditional trattoria.  You’ll enjoy excellent classic recipes like homemade pasta and cured meats, particularly the Prosciutto di Parma ham that have made this area famous.

Your full-day private Balsamic Vinegar and Parmesan Tour continues with a visit to Modena for a stroll and coffee in the thriving historic city center.  Modena’s gourmet food shops boast high-quality Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Prosciutto di Parma ham, and Balsamic vinegar as well as many other mouth-watering delicacies.

Visit the enchanting Amalfi Coast

amalfi coast

The Amalfi Coast is a situated on the west coast of Italy, south of Naples.  The Amalfi Coast road winds it’s way from Sorrento to the village of Amalfi via a 50 kilometer stretch of road which curves and weaves it’s way along the coast hugging the cliff face.  Passing through quaint seaside villages with breathtaking views. It is Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline.

The best time to visit is in Spring or Fall in order to enjoy the warm but not too hot weather and fewer crowds who flock here during July and August.

The Amalfi Coast hosts a vast number of hotels ranging from Five Star Luxury to Romantic Boutique hotels.

What to do on the Amalfi Coast?

Tour the Amalfi Coast with a private driver for a Gourmet Food Tour and indulge your tastebuds in all the best Italian foods the Amalfi Coast has to offer. Mozzarella, limoncello, gelato, pizza, olive oil!

Start your day in the countryside above Sorrento and have a wonderful tour of an extra-virgin olive oil factory overlooking the Amalfi Coast.  Experience breathtaking views over Sorrento as you stroll through olive groves, and citrus trees. After a brief explanation of the delicious olive oil produced locally in Sorrento and the history of limoncello-making, it’s then time to taste the delicious oil over freshly baked bread.

Your next visit on the Amalfi Coast Gourmet Tour will be to a cheese farm specializing for over 50 years in making exceptional mozzarella and other cheeses typical of the Amalfi Coast.

No Italian food gourmet day in the Neopolitan area would be complete without an authentic, pizza-making experience.  In a charming pizzeria on the Amalfi Coast

you will create your own pizza, using only the freshest ingredients. Enjoy a fantastic lunch of your personalized pizza.  After lunch taste the famous limoncello liquor which is made from large, bright local Sorrentine lemons.

Your Amalfi Coast Gourmet Tour couldn’t be complete without dessert, and no better dolce exists on the planet than fresh Italian gelato.  Visit a local gelateria where you will learn the secrets of how this age-old delicacy is made and enjoy a gelato tasting to finish off you Amalfi Gourmet Tour.

What better way to enjoy a day on the Amalfi Coast than to treat all of your senses with the unforgettable flavours and fragrances while taking in the breathtaking, spectacular views of this unforgettable coastline.