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Varenna: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

1. Varenna: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Arrive at the home of your expert host for a memorable private dining experience where you will taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian mothers. During an exclusive cooking demonstration, feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as your host shares 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 dining table and enjoy your 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert.

Lake Como: Classic Speedboat Private Tour

2. Lake Como: Classic Speedboat Private Tour

Explore Lake Como on board your private Cadenazzi wooden speed-boat. Meet your friendly captain and enjoy an amazing trip to the most fascinating part of the lake. See famous Villa Balbianello, where James Bond movies and Star Wars were featured. You will pass by Comacina Island and if you want you will enjoy a nice swim among its clean and pure waters. Proceed to Bellagio, one of the most iconic places in Italy. Stop for a swim, and relax with your friends and family. Go to Tremezzo, where your captain will show you the famous Villa Carlotta, which attracts thousands of travelers every week.

Milan: Pasta and Risotto cooking class and Market Food Tour

3. Milan: Pasta and Risotto cooking class and Market Food Tour

First, explore Milan’s culinary scene by visiting the city’s bottegas (shops) which are stocked full of fresh produce and local specialties. Led by your expert chef, browse the stores and learn about local cuisine. Liaise with vendors, butchers, and bakers as you pick out the tastiest ingredients to prepare your meal. With your groceries in hand, take a short walk to the cooking school, a brand-new facility in the heart of the city. Put on your apron and follow the chef's instructions in order to create exquisite traditional dishes. Learn how to create dishes such as cheese fondue, ragout, fresh hand-rolled pasta, and dessert. Measure, mince, mix, season, and stir to create authentic Milanese cuisine.  Take a break to savor a selection of premium wines and local cheeses. Once everything is ready, sit down with a glass of wine and enjoy your culinary creations. At the end of the experience, you will receive an attendance certificate and a recipe booklet so you can share the recipes you learned with your friends and family at home.

Milan: Italian Cooking Class with Food and Wine

4. Milan: Italian Cooking Class with Food and Wine

This is a very hands on experience! All the guests cook 3 dishes under the chef's directions. Chef and the City lab is a professional kitchen where Chef Ilaria usually works to create new dishes, recipes and menus for her private customers, as a personal Chef; and where she hosts many international guests from all over the world to teach how to cook typical dishes of traditional Italian cuisine in a modern way: healthy and waste-free. Making fresh pasta from scratch is always expecetd! Some dishes that could be cooked are: tagliatelle, gnocchi, ravioli, cacio and pepe sauce, ragu' sauce, focaccia, eggplant parmigiana, bruschetta, tiramisù and many others. If guests have any favorite dish, just mention it in the reservation and the Chef will be happy to satisfy the request. Each guest is asked to specify if they have allergies, intolerances or particular diets because the Chef can manage also gluten free, diary free, egg free, vegetrian and vegan meals. Each guest has his own personal desk and each one performs all the recipes in each step. There is a wellcome buffet offered always available with some food snaks ( salty like cheese, dry tomatoes, mortadella, olives, taralli - tipical snacks from the South of Italy - and sweet like cookies, biscuits and candies ), coffee, teas, infuse, and water. After the lesson all the guests will enjoy together the food they cooked, seated at the big table in the dining room and the tasting includes wine. Recipes are provided by the chef, so everyone can replicate them at home for friends and family. As soon as guests enter the Chef and the City laboratory they will feel at home.

Milan: Navigli District Canal Boat Tour with Aperitivo

5. Milan: Navigli District Canal Boat Tour with Aperitivo

Explore the Navigli district, famous for its canals and vibrant evening life, on a boat cruise. Cruise along the Naviglio Grande and enjoy a glass of wine or Aperol spritz, with some tasty snacks. After you set off on the canal, enjoy the sights of typical Milanese railing houses, which represent the Milan of the past, now home to numerous bars and restaurants. Gently cruising upstream you will pass one of the oldest churches in the city: the Church of San Cristoforo. See the historic headquarters of Canottieri Milano Olona and the famous alley of the launderers, an architectural jewel that takes its name from the residents who washed their laundry there, all in complete relaxation and in a convivial atmosphere. If you want, you can also listen to the audio guide to learn a bit more about the district and sights you will see. Or simply enjoy the navigation while chatting with your friends over a glass of wine or Aperol spritz, a favorite local beverage.

Milan: Gourmet Street Food Tour with Sightseeing and Tasting

6. Milan: Gourmet Street Food Tour with Sightseeing and Tasting

Do you want to discover the tastes of Milan? Thanks to our local guide, you will be accompanied in a journey to the hidden culinary gems of the city! A special occasion to learn about the Italian capital of fashion, walking through its iconic locations and tasting some of the delights of its best eateries. A total immersion in the atmosphere of Northern Italy, that will allow you to experience not only the food, but also the art and the history behind the tradition, visiting an historical pastry shop. Take a stroll off the beaten track, explore the shops and taste the local products as the many hams and cheeses. Have the opportunity to relax as a true Milanese in a cafè in the centre of the city and, when the journey is almost complete, treat yourself with the world-renowed italian gelato. Do we need to say more? This is an opportunity not to be missed!

Varenna: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

7. Varenna: 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 and taste the fruit of your labour accompanied by local wines. Throughout the lesson, your cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for 3 authentic local recipes. You can have fun putting your cooking skills to the test, and will also have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Next, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

Milan: Pizza and Gelato-Making Class

8. Milan: Pizza and Gelato-Making Class

Master the most delicious of all Italian arts and learn how to make authentic pizza and gelato. Meet an expert "pizzaiolo" who will demonstrate how to make a perfect, scrumptious pizza. In a professional cooking studio, your professional chef will show you how to make pliable, paper-thin yeast dough while kneading it to perfection. Learn how to prepare a zesty, yet light tomato sauce to spread on top. While the dough rests, take a break to enjoy a selection of premium Diadema wines and olive oil. Then, hear all about the process of making authentic Italian gelato. Discover the raw ingredients and learn how to mix them together as you watch the chocolate melt into the cream. While the gelato churns, your chef will show you how to combine the ingredients to make the batter to cook your cone. Then, roll out your dough, choose your favorite toppings, and season your pizza before popping it into the oven. As soon as your fragrant pizza comes out of the oven, sit down, relax, and indulge your tastebuds with your culinary creations.  At the end of your class, receive a certificate of attendance and a full digital recipe booklet to keep and use back at home.

Lake Como: Winery Tour with Wine Tasting

9. Lake Como: Winery Tour with Wine Tasting

Discover how a fine wine is born, see where it ages on a visit winery in Domaso on Lake Como. First, explore the wine cellar and the tasting room, which are located in a splendid villa. Then visit the vineyards overlooking Lake Como and enjoy a spectacular view from the tasting terrace. Meet the winemakers and hear about the history of the family, as well as the stages of wine production. Finally, enjoy a tasting of fine wines paired with local food delicacies while sitting on the beautiful terrace. You'll enjoy a white wine paired with cheese, pears, and wild apple jam; a red with extra virgin olive oil; and another red wine paired with seasoned cheese and salami.

Milan: Aperitivo Tour with Street Food

10. Milan: Aperitivo Tour with Street Food

Together with a guide, discover the different ways of relishing the aperitivo Milanese, all accompanied by high-quality snacks. During the tour, you will taste different versions of the aperitivo in the buzzing Navigli district. Cocktails: try excellent cocktails whose main components are the spirits that made Milan's and Italy's history directly from the hands of trained mixologists. The cocktails will take you on a journey as you discover how the Milanese culture in beverages has influenced nearly every region of Italy. Wine: Italy is the homeland of wine, and all-around Milan several famous vineyards have their premises and production sites. This tour presents a selection of the best labels among Italian wine cellars. Italian cheeses: in the framework of a unique location, you will taste the best Italian cheeses and get to know their organoleptic features, as well as their preparation techniques, which make them so exquisite. Cutting board with cold cuts and other high-quality snacks: each stop includes a wide selection of cured meats, gourmet snacks, and tastings of local preparations. Gourmet stuffed potatoes - nothing seems simpler than baked potatoes. Yet, differently from the ingredients’ simplicity, wisely matched with a mix of tradition and creativity, the most extraordinary preparations were created. Such are the potatoes you will taste, topped or stuffed with refined ingredients. Pizza Cone - how to reinvent the classic Italian street food? The Pizza Cone has been reinvented by an Italian chef and made it crustier and crispier. A new experience for a traditional dish. Gelato - in a hot summer day or in a cold winter one, gelato is always a way to end a meal. Differently from what thought in Italy you'll always see people with a cone in hand.

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This was a GREAT experience! Pietro was phenomenal… and the food we made WOW… the best Tiramisu I have ever had! I thoroughly recommend it… you will learn how to make some awesome pasta dishes and super quick and easy Tiramisu… his home is very welcoming and I felt as if everyone there was a close friend!

My class size was 5. Very hands on. We made 2 different kinds of pasta, tiramisu and learned how to make risotto and a butter and sage sauce. The Chef was knowledgeable and personable. His recounting of his vast experiences took the class over the top.

I absolutely loved this experience. It stayed true to leonardos time in Milan and his house he’d been gifted with virtual audio points throughout the grounds.

Truly a unique experience. The host was great, and creating pasta and having a wonderful meal in her home was an unforgettable experience.

I cannot recommend this more! Stefano was wonderful - attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly. The wine and food were exceptional.