The Essence of Venice
Venetian cuisine and art is as diverse and rich as its history, reflecting waves of conquest, religions and cultures that have shaped it. Follow Ed Roehr and Adan Romo on this culinary and artistic journey, learning from residents and ROAMN-selected guides how these dishes and artworks evolved and the cultural significance surrounding them. Along the way, visit local bars, markets and food vendors. Explore the history of Venetian art and architecture. Soak up the atmosphere of the storied city of Venice away from tourists and meet the people who make it unique.
With intimate dinners, fine accommodations and expert guidance, taste the best Venice has to offer. Bring your appetite.
Fall - 2020
9 days - 8 nights
Ideal time to go – after the hot weather and crowds
Per Person Cost - $5,800 + Air Flight
A small, friendly group of 10-12 people — one third the size of most tour groups
Tours are led by professional guide Adan Romo who brings a deep background in the history, art and culture of Italy
A culinary itinerary curated by award-winning Chef Ed Roehr.
All breakfasts and half of your dinners plus welcome and farewell receptions.
Cities - Regions -
Venice - Padua - Venetian Countryside - Colli Euganei Wine Region- Prosecco Region
Accommodations - Palazzo Veneziano - Santa Croce Boutique Hotel - Castello di Lispida Wine Resort
8 nights accommodation at a memorable, centrally-located hotel or B&B (depending on the city)
Arrive in Venice, transfer to the city center, and check into your home for four nights. This evening, gather for a welcome reception at the hotel. Meet your hosts Ed and Adan as they introduce you to the richness of Venice while enjoying a specially prepared meal of regional flavors and seasonal ingredients.
Discover your neighborhood - Dorsoduro. This Venetian district is full of life and light. Enjoy being away from the busy tourist center, and discover the hidden alleys, canals and bridges this neighborhood has to offer. Experience everyday life of the city and meet traditional Venetian craftsmen: mask makers, woodcarvers and the great corner of the gondola yard.
Dive right into Venetian food culture with a guided visit to the bustling fish market overflowing with local products. Appetite whetted, continue to a typical Venetian tradition - andar a cicheti. Cichetithe are exquisite bite-size appetizers unique to this city. Step off the crowded, narrow streets into a cozy, cave-like bàcaro where cicchetti and wine are served. You’ll feel like you stumbled upon a hidden treasure in the winding labyrinth of Venice.
Depart Venice for Colli Euganei, a wine region who’s hilly volcanic origin means the soils are rich in minerals and trace elements not found in other Venetian terroirs, and are particularly well suited to the production of wines with complex organoleptic profiles. Visit local wineries and meet the vintners who oversee the vines that produce these unique wines. Vignalta Winery
The garden complex of Valsanzibio was said to be designed as a monumental, symbolic pathway to perfection; a journey that brings man from the false to the truth, from ignorance to revelation. Enjoy an afternoon getting lost in the former gardens of the Venetian noble Giovani Francesco Barbarigo and tret yourself to a royal experience.
Visit the last Venetian velvet weavers in Venice, where you ‘ll see old wooden looms at work producing soprarizzo velvet. The workshop of Luigi Bevilacqua dates back to 1499. During your visit learn about the process and history of this rare craft and meet the family who still continues this ancient tradition.
Visit a historic Venetian mosaic studio opened in 1888 - a magical place where smalti (glass mosaics) are kept like books in a color library. Be inspired by a display of more than 3,500 colors of different tones and shades.
Discover one of the most beautiful regions of Italy - The vineyards of the Prosecco. Just an hour’s drive from Venice, travel along country roads to the wineries where the best Prosecco DOCG is produced. See the cellars, wine press, and fermentation room as you take in a glass of the vineyard’s Prosecco.
Spend time in a region renowned for stays of wellness and relaxation. The origin of thermal springs is directly related to the particular geology of the area. Rainwater coming from the Alpine foothills flows in the dolomitic limestone underground to more than 3000 meters depth, reaching very high temperatures (over 87 °C) and getting rich with minerals. The benefits of the Euganean thermal waters were already known to the ancient Venetians and widely exploited in Roman times.
Travel to the village of Possagno and visit the Museum of Canova, one of the first museums of the Veneto region, and see the complete work of sculptor Antonio Canova. The museum houses the plaster cast models (the original statues of which many marble copies, the replicas, are disseminated around the world), as well as theoil and tempera paintings, drawings, memories, clothes, tools, books of this great artist. Learn how this museum served as an inspiration for Adan Romo and the creation of his studio in Midtown Sacramento - visit - romostudios.com