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Italy White Truffle Festival 7-day Food Tour
Enjoy 7 days in the beautiful and less commercialised region of Le Marche, full of history, great food and local wines. October is the month for White Truffles and each year the National Festival of White Truffles in Marche is held in the village of Sant'Angelo in Vago.
Come and discover this region of truffles, olives, wine, local cheeses and home cured meats where every meal is typical of the Le Marche region of Italy - paradise for foodies and wine-lovers.
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Arrival (Venice or Rome are the recommended airports)
We would love to make your experience traveling to Le Marche as easy and convenient from the beginning. Your host, Piero, will meet you at the airport and escort you on a charter bus to a boutique hotel in the heart of the beautiful village, Sant’Angelo in Vado. The hotel is within walking distance of shops, markets, restaurants, and village life unspoiled by time.
Take time to settle in, unpack, and explore the village before meeting for an introduction and overview of the week. Host and native of Sant’ Angelo, Piero will welcome you with drinks and give an overview of the week to come. Then pizza night! Enjoy the best pizza in town at an authentic Italian pizzeria. Following dinner, a stroll through the village, a nightcap, and a good night’s sleep.
Pastries (or le paste) and cappuccino at your hotel. A morning outing to Mercatello sul Metauro, recently honored by the famous ORANGE FLAG! Expert guide, Beatrice will lead us across town to all the hidden treasures. Authentic lunch at Castello della Pieve, the characteristic medieval castle, 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. Relax and free time to explore on your own then late afternoon, a private wine tasting at a local winery, and the only maker of smoked passito in the world.
Piero, a certified Sommelier, will introduce some of the finest 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. Piero hand-selects each wine and menu item, and will share with you the basics of wine tasting. Dinner to Follow
Pastries (or le paste) and cappuccino at your hotel. Morning 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! A two course light lunch provided.
Afternoon outing is a drive through the Le Marche countryside for a trip to Cartoceto, a village famous for the best and only DOP Denominazione di origine protetta (Protected Designation of Origin) olive oil exported from Le Marche. Next, we visit the inimitable Vittorio Beltrami, "The Einstein of Cheese," according to 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 walk to his shop where the family Beltrami will prepare an in-depth sampling of the Beltrami cheeses, cured meats, and breads, with wine pairings along with house made sweets all for us to savor.
Enjoy a local breakfast of cappuccino and pastries (or le paste) at your hotel. Load up on our private charter bus for a comfortable ride to Urbino, the city on the hill, where you kick off your adventure! We meet Paolo, an art historian with a deep and passionate knowledge of all things Ducale. We'll see the frescos, frieze work and important paintings and architecture during the height of Renaissance at the spectacular Palazzo Ducale. In a loose yet structured manner, we'll wander the main squares and winding medieval pathways and pay a visit to Raphael's childhood home. You will be immersed in local color, texture, and flavors (while eating everything in sight) as well as examining architectural motifs, contemporary art, design, that will surely inspire you.
Lunch at Piero's favorite restaurant: Ristorante dal Leone. Return to the hotel for free time to explore a Roman Villa and/or the “Museo dei mestieri”. Dinner on your own, live like a local! Piero will be around and available to give suggestions and assistance.
Enjoy a local breakfast at the hotel (have you tried the chocolate pastries yet?) Early morning outing TRUFFLE HUNT with a professional local guide. A seasoned truffle hunter, along with his dog, will lead you on an autumn walk through the forest in search of truffles. Mud boots will be 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 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 Truffles of Marche and a reason why it has put Sant’Angelo in Vado on the map!
Lunch at the delicious L’Osteria, explore and enjoy the festivities then meet back up for a truffle-themed group dinner in a cantina.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning outing 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. Buy souvenirs, gifts and truffle inspired goodies to stash in your suitcase. A professional photographer will come to provide a short photo shoot. Each person will receive 5 professionally edited, digital photos to remember your Italian experience.
Meet in the 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 a week in Le Marche. Cin-cin, cheers, and a warm salute until next year!
In order to arrive for your flight with ample time, we recommend scheduling departing flights after 4:00 p.m. Drop-offs and departures from other locations, or at times outside these parameters can be arranged at an additional fee.
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