One week food and wine tour with Paula Lambert in Le Marche, Italy
-Arrival (*Bologna, BLQ is the recommended airport).
-Piero will meet you at the airport and escort you to Hotel Taddeo e Federico in the heart of the beautiful village, Sant’Angelo in Vado, and within walking distance of shops, markets, restaurants and village life unspoiled by time.
- Take time to settle in, unpack and explore the village a bit before we all meet up.
- Paula, and our host and native Marchigiano, Piero Pagliardini, will welcome you over drinks and give an overview of the week to come. Then pizza night! Enjoy the best pizza in town in an authentic Italian pizzeria. A stroll, a nightcap, and a good night’s sleep.
- Enjoy a local breakfast at the hotel of cappuccino and fresh pastries.
-Morning to explore the village, including the opportunity to visit a Roman archaeological site.
-Lunch at the hotel restaurant.
-That afternoon we meet for a private gelato making class!!! Get your hands dirty with local gelato expert, Francesco, who will teach you the secrets to making one of Italy's favorite desserts.
-Time for a prosecco and people watching. That evening we’ll eat and drink like a local at our favorite Osteria in the center of town!
-Pastries and espresso at the hotel.
-Pastries (or le paste) and cappuccino at your hotel.
-Outing to neighboring village of Urbania where you can peruse the travelling open-air market and acclaimed ceramic boutiques. Shop, socialize and taste everything in sight!
-Light lunch provided (aka in Italy – two courses only).
-That afternoon we will drive through the Le Marche countryside for a trip to Cartoceto, a village famous for the best and only DOP olive oil imported from Le Marche. We'll visit the inimitable Vittorio Beltrami, "The Einstein of Cheese," says Lydia Bastianich, and not just because he looks like Albert Einstein but because he is a genius cheese maker. His pecorino di fossa - a sheep’s milk cheese wrapped in grape leaves, and buried under stone for 90 days is indescribably intense, earthy and like nothing you have ever tasted. From the cheese cellar, we'll walk over to his shop where the family Beltrami will prepare us an in-depth sampling of the Beltrami cheeses, cured meats, and breads, with wine pairings along with house made sweets.
-Pastries (or le paste) and cappuccino at your hotel.
-Morning outing to Mercatello sul Metauro, the Medieval village to the east.
-Authentic lunch at Castello della Pieve, the characteristic medieval castle, set 550 meters above sea level in the municipal area of Mercatello sul Metauro. In 1301 Dante Alighieri’s exile was decreed from this tiny village.
-Return to Sant’Angelo in Vado for a private wine tasting of some of the finest examples of Marchigiano wines. From biodynamic reds such as Pergola Rosso and Sangiovese dei Colli Pesaresi, to the (white) Bianchello del Metauro, named after the river that winds through Le Marche. We'll also drink the only smoked passito in the world!
-Continue the tastings over dinner at the local Osteria.
-Enjoy a local breakfast at the hotel (have you tried the chocolate pastries yet?)
-Afternoon TRUFFLE HUNT with professional local guide. Our seasoned truffle hunter, along with his dog, will lead us on an autumn walk through the forest in search of truffles. Mud boots provided! If hiking isn’t your thing, spend the morning shopping, relaxing in a café and exploring local treasures in the village.
-Time to wash up and then head in to town for the OPENING of the National White Truffle Festival! Once a year the town airs out its old wine cellars and turns these secret rooms into re-purposed wine bars. Float from one wine cellar, or cantina, to the next, enjoying the variety of local and national wines paired with savory truffle-based delicacies. Each cantina has its own theme – from traditional (eat and drink at long, wooden picnic tables), to indulgent (buy the cantina mug, and enjoy free refills the rest of the weekend), to extreme (these cantine have been known to pack in DJ’s, dance floors, and motorcycles into the limited 100 sq.ft. space). There is something for everyone at the National Festival of White Precious Truffle of Marche and a reason why it has put Sant’Angelo in Vado on the map!
-Truffle inspired cooking demo and lunch in the piazza.
-Explore and enjoy the festivities.
-Meet back up for a truffle-themed group dinner in a cantina.
-Breakfast at the hotel
-Morning at the White Truffle Festival. Revel in the town’s festivities which range from street artists, to market booths, to live music. Buy roasted chestnuts on the corner or crostini with liver pate and truffle shavings from the local butcher.
-Lunch on your own. Piero will be there to make recommendations.
-Buy souvenirs, gifts and truffle inspired goodies to stash in your suitcase.
-Meet that evening for a farewell dinner in one of the oldest cantinas in the village where we will raise a glass (or two, or three!) to Paula and a week in Le Marche. Cin-cin, cheers, and a warm salute until next year!
-Breakfast & Departures. Private transfer to airport (Bologna, BLQ), or Bologna Central Train Station (*see time restrictions)
Pick-ups at BLQ Bologna airport and Bologna Centrale Train Station will be offered between 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Departures at BLQ Bologna airport and Bologna Centrale Train Station will be offered from 12:00 noon onward. In order to arrive for your flight with ample time, we recommend scheduling departing flights after 2:00 p.m.
Pick-up and Departures from other locations, or at times outside these parameters can be arranged at an additional fee.