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8-Hour Prosecco Wine and Tastings Tour from Venice or Padua

1. 8-Hour Prosecco Wine and Tastings Tour from Venice or Padua

This tour of the Prosecco hills takes you northeast of Venice through the countryside near Valdobbiane. On this tour you will have the opportunity to visit the lush green hills of the Prosecco winegrowing region that included the town of Valdobbiane, Conegliano, and Vittorio Veneto. Admire the beautiful scenery of the steep hills covered by vineyards and framed by the nearby Dolomite Mountains. Discover one of the most famous sparkling wines produced in Italy well known for its fruity aromas and its charming unpretentiousness. In this picturesque winegrowing region you will visit one of the top wine producers, where you can learn about the traditional production methods and enjoy a guided wine tasting. The tour then stops for lunch at one of the most historic Frasche (simple rustic trattorias) specializing in simple local cuisine. You will then continue on your journey, stopping to visit a second cantina to experience the small, family-run wine production that is so important to this area, followed by a wine tasting.

Amarone Wine Tour & Tasting from Venice, Padua or Verona

2. Amarone Wine Tour & Tasting from Venice, Padua or Verona

Join an Italian Sommelier on this special 8-hour trip to small prestigious vineyards in the Valpolicella Valley. Discover the best Amarone and other quality Valpolicella wines, and sample the local cuisine in a beautiful atmosphere. On this tour, you will drive through a landscape of classical villas, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, and orchards. Pick-ups are available from Venice, Verona, or Padua, and each tour starts with a visit to a typical cantina, set in a 15th-century building. Drive along tiny roads that wind through the vineyards. Enjoy tastings of Valpolicella’s classic wines - Valpolicella, Ripasso della Valpolicella, Amarone, and Recioto. Each wine will be paired with cheese, selected by the vineyard owner and your guide, who is a sommelier and master cheese taster. Next, take a scenic drive to a typical restaurant, for a light lunch with tradional dishes and wine. After lunch, visit a second cantina, where the grapes for Amarone and Recioto are withered before vinification. After a short visit to the vineyard and winery, taste some more famous wines for a chance to compare the differences and similarities of the two different producers.

Padua: Private Home Cooking Demo with a Four-Course Meal

3. Padua: Private Home Cooking Demo with a Four-Course Meal

Visit a local host's home and watch an exclusive cooking demo of authentic regional recipes. See how to prepare a four-course Italian meal which includes a starter, pasta dish, main course, and dessert. Dine with your host and taste the finished dishes accompanied by a selection of local wines. Hear fascinating stories about the local culture and cuisine and experience the warmth of Italian hospitality.

Padua: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

4. Padua: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine. Afterwards, you will taste the fruits of your labor accompanied by local wines. Throughout your lesson, your cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. You can have fun putting your cooking skills to the test, with a workstation equipped with utensils as well as all the ingredients to make the dishes. At the conclusion of your activity, you will be free to taste everything you have prepared, as accompanied by a selection of local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, this is your chance to take home Italian cooking skills which will stay with you for life.

Padua: Pasta and Tiramisu Class with a Local Host

5. Padua: Pasta and Tiramisu Class with a Local Host

Learn how to make authentic Italian pasta and tiramisu at a friendly local host's home. Find out how to roll fresh pasta dough by hand, make two traditional pasta shapes, and prepare the perfect melt-in-your-mouth tiramisu. Get to know the tricks and trades of authentic Italian cooking and hear fascinating stories about the local culture and cuisine. Dine with your host and taste the finished dishes accompanied by a selection of local wines. Experience the warmth of Italian hospitality and return home with something more than just souvenirs — classic Italian cooking knowledge that will stay with you for life.

From Padua: Walking & Wine Tasting City Tour

6. From Padua: Walking & Wine Tasting City Tour

Discover the taste of Padua on this wine tasting tour of the city. On foot you’ll visit two different enoteche (wine bars), set in authentic areas of Padua. In each your personal sommelier will select two quality wines for you to taste, each paired with small Venetian appetizers, called cicchetti. During the tour, you’ll learn about the most important aspects of Italian wine production and its role in Italian culture. Your guide will be happy to focus on any particular wine topic that interests you, including history, tasting guidelines, or quality standards. The classic wine tasting includes 4 glasses of wine from the Tri-Veneto area (the area formerly ruled by the Venetian Republic). Examples of the quality wines you’ll taste are Prosecco and Tocai (white wines), and Refosco and Ripasso della Valpolicella (red wines).

Padova: Guided Spritz Walk

7. Padova: Guided Spritz Walk

A spritz walk is an ideal way to experience the Italian apertivio while exploring some of the most characteristic areas of the city. Where better to enter the world of the spritz than Padova, the birthplace of Aperol 100 years ago. You'll meet your expert local guide in Piazza delle Erbe to begin your spritz walk. From there you will discover Padova like a local as you stroll through the charming main squares and narrow cobblestone streets. Throughout your experience you'll enjoy two stops at two unique locations. At each stop you will taste an authentic version of the Italian spritz, served with traditional local finger food such as cheese, prosciutto, olives, and foccaccia. Your tour tour will eventually wrap up with your guide providing some suggestions on recommended restaurants in Padova.

Padua: Market Tour, Private Home Cooking Class and Dinner

8. Padua: Market Tour, Private Home Cooking Class and Dinner

Go food shopping like a local, enjoying the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produce from the land. Then immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor with local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

Padua: Market Tour and Private Home Cooking Demonstration

9. Padua: Market Tour and Private Home Cooking Demonstration

Arrive at the home of your expert cook then go food shopping like a local. Enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produce. When you return to your host’s home, enjoy a private cooking demonstration where your host will share the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing the dishes right in front of you.   Once the end result is ready, sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy your 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert.

Padua: 2-Hour Food Market Discovery Tour

10. Padua: 2-Hour Food Market Discovery Tour

Discover the food markets in Padua, a city home to a rich culinary tradition and some of the best open-air food markets in Italy. On this 2-hour walking tour of the city you will meet in the morning to visit the fruit and vegetable markets in the Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta. The expert gastronomic guide will take you through the maze of fresh food stalls and explain to you about the seasonal produce, local traditions and specialties, and the importance of quality fresh ingredients in Italian cuisine. At the end of the tour you will finish off your walk with a refreshing glass of Prosecco.

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We had fantastic days, the tour director Sabrina was a caring person, everything was clearly on the note, explaining how or where you want to go, and show you how not to get lost easily, during the trip, was not boring in the tour bus, we had a lot of fun, creating a lot of cozy atmosphere, lots of laughs. She gave us even more great tips, after that, we did an extra day trip to see more of the south coast, it's a very nice experience, thanks Sabrina. The driver Franco was an experienced driver, he also helped everything, the elderly getting in and out with the high steps, the heavy suitcases. On the last day we had a problem, taxi strike, he help us again. thanks Franco.

Mario was genuinely one of the best people we have met on our travels! His kindness and easy demeanor coupled with his master sommelier certification made him the perfect person to spend a day with, tasting Prosecco and enjoying the countryside. He made us feel welcome and provided extensive knowledge of the wine, the wine making process and the region. Highly recommend spending a day with Mario or his wife if you want to escape Venice for the Italian countryside. He also looked after all the small details like a coffee and bathroom stop as well as a wonderful lunch at a small eatery in the Prosecco hills. Thank you Mario!

The tour fulfilled everything we hoped for when we booked. Our tour guide Sabrina was very well organised and clearly outlined places of interest and the importance of meeting places and punctuality, which contributed to the smooth running of the trip. She regularly enquired about our welfare and if we were enjoying the trip and would address any issues of concern. The accommodation at each location was excellent .We enjoyed the meals food was good and varied Great group of people from all part’s of the world

Mario, our tour guide, was outstanding! A sommelier by profession as well as native to the area, he was the perfect person to educate us on all aspects of the wine-making and wine tasting plus give us his personal remarks about the areas and vineyards we visited. I can’t say enough about the phenomenon day we had!!! Eight hours of pure delight!!!!!

Private car tour to 2 wineries.Well planned,good stops etc