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WINE-KNOWS TRAVEL, INC.

Truffles & Northern Italy's Wines
October 1-10, 2018
5 Spaces Remaining

How do I meet up with the group?
What about airfare?
Who are the people I can expect to be my fellow travelers on this tour?
What accommodations will be used?
What culinary experiences will be offered?
What clothing should I bring?
What type of weather should be expected?
What are my options as a single traveler?
How much free time is available?
Do you accept credit cards?

How do I meet up with the group?

The tour begins in Venice at Piazza Roma (near the train station) at approximately 2pm on October 1, 2018.   It is strongly advised that all participants arrive in Venice at least the day before to avoid any missed connections with the group.  Wine-Knows will be happy to arrange early arrival accommodations.

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What about airfare?

Group airfare has purposefully not been included to allow maximum flexibility in arrival & departure options. You may go early & stay over after the trip concludes.   Wine-Knows Travel, Inc. provides land only arrangements and does not provide airfare.

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What accommodations will be used?

  One of the hallmarks of Wine-Knows’ brand is seeking out those oh-so-special places to stay.  We look for historical properties that not only offer Old World charm but the latest in 21st century creature comforts and excellent service.  Lodging on this trip includes the following 3 unique stops:
 
Renaissance estate of Italy’s literary giant, Dante Alighieri. 
This historical property offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stay on the property that still belongs to Dante’s direct descendants…21 generations later.  Surrounded by Valpolicella vineyards, this working estate produces not only award-winning wines, but olive oil, honey, jam, and chestnut spread.
 
 
Panoramic lakeview 4-star gem located on a hilltop.  
Bordered by a nearly 200 acre parkland and gardens, this 29 room haven is family-owned.  Its comfortable bedrooms, furnished in traditional style, offer captivating views of the lake and distant Alps.  A very romantic place, it’s no wonder why the hotel is such a popular venue for weddings.
 
 
19th century villa surrounded by a sea of vineyards. 
 Offering breathtaking 360 degree views, this 10 room property has it all:  bedrooms with frescoed ceilings---- each one individually decorated with antiques and luxurious fabrics; a glorious swimming pool with jaw-dropping vistas, a well-regarded gourmet restaurant, and even its own winery.
 

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 What culinary experiences will be offered?

Dining experiences have been mindfully selected. Meals will be special culinary events, ranging from sophisticated Michelin-star restaurants to pizzeria and trattorias.  Foods will offer a depth and breadth of Northern Italy’s gastronomic offerings ranging from haute cuisine to home-style cooking, and incorporate 3 distinct regions (the Veneto, Lombardy and Piedmont).

The Slow Food movement was born in Piedmont and the majority of the trip will be spent in this region. Home of truffles, the world’s most expensive gastronomic item, Piedmont is also the area of Italy’s finest chocolate and hazelnuts (Nutella was invented here).  Lombardy, on the other hand, is recognized for its rice production (the special variety used in risotto).  The Veneto, birthplace of radicchio and tiramisu, additionally offers a cornucopia of fish and seafoods for the group.

October is prime time for Italy’s most prized culinary ingredient, the white truffle.   The magnificent truffle will be experienced in many different venues. First, our trip has been timed perfectly for Italy’s amazing Truffle Festival, a weekend where the entire town pays homage to the royal truffle.  You’ll be able to meet and speak with truffle vendors, taste truffle oil, and sample truffle cheese, truffle sausages and a variety of condiments made with the kingly truffle. One of the highlights, however, will be an actual truffle hunt into the forest with a “trifalou” and his dog.  Last, we’ll \visit a truffle factory to see them making a host of truffled culinary items (and you’ll be able to purchase them at prices that are a fraction of what they are back home).

There will many other gastronomic-centered outings, including a visit to an artisanal cheese maker, as well as a producer of the special type of rice used in risotto.  In addition to visiting Verona’s illustrious outdoor food market, we’ll also visit Italy’s most famous food emporium-kitchen shop, Eataly.  This gastronomic shrine offers a mind-boggling array of specialty epicurean items from every region in Italy.  As we’ll be visiting at lunchtime, Eataly also offers numerous spots to dine such as a mozzarella-bar, wood-fired pizzeria, seafood eatery, and a pasta-centric restaurant.

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What clothing should I bring?

The tour will be business casual. Men need to bring a sport coat (tie optional) for the more formal evenings, & women should plan a similar level of attire (cocktail dress or fancy pantsuit).  Bring non-skid shoes for visits to wineries...floors may be wet & filled with a variety of equipment which can cause safety hazards. Pack a sweater or light jacket for cool days or evenings.

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What type of weather should be expected?

Early October averages in the mid 60’s during the day.  Nights will be much cooler in Piedmont due to its location at the base of Alps.  While rain is not usual at this time of year, it is always a good idea to pack an umbrella or rain jacket.

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What are my options as a single traveler?

The price is based upon double occupancy.  Should you wish a single room there will be a supplement of $1081 US.

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How much free time is available?

We have provided free time as detailed in the itinerary.  It is not mandatory that you attend all of the planned experiences, although most of our clients do.  This is your trip---if you would rather sleep in, shop, or simply chill out, then do so.

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Do you accept credit cards?

Yes.  We accept payment through PayPal (PayPal.com).  Since PayPal charges us a fee, this fee must added to the cost of your trip.

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