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Trieste: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

1. Trieste: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

This local supplier is home to Italy's first and finest network of home cooks, known as "Cesarina" (a passionate Italian cook and host whose empire is the heart of the Italian home: the kitchen). Since 2004, they have been sharing the joy of regional Italian cuisine with thousands of travelers from all over the world. If you want to uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, the Cesarine are here to share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Visit the local market with your Cesarina, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Come back to your Cesarina’s home, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

Trieste: 2.5-Hour Prosecco Origins Tour and Tastings

2. Trieste: 2.5-Hour Prosecco Origins Tour and Tastings

Hidden in a corner of north-eastern Italy overlooking the Gulf of Trieste, find the old villages of Contovello and Prosecco for the chance to learn about the origins of Prosecco wine.  Start with a walking tour with your experienced local host through the narrow streets and hidden passages in the historic village of Contovello, once home to a castle with a tower overlooking the city of Trieste and its gulf. Visit a vineyard, walking down the ancient green terraced vineyards overlooking the sea, a unique feature of this incredible land and an example of heroic agriculture. As you stop for a break to enjoy the views and the crisp fresh air coming from the sea, have the chance to taste boards of farmhouse-sourced regional homemade cheese, cured meats and local delicacies, including a selection of traditional sparkling wines.

Trieste: History of Prosecco and the Karst Region

3. Trieste: History of Prosecco and the Karst Region

After being collected from your Trieste accommodation, you will make your way to the town of Prosecco. You will begin your discovery into the well-kept and bubbly secret of this town, which is considered the gem of this region. Throughout your tour you will have the chance to discover this under-explored region, hearing all about the history of Prosecco and appreciating the area's most historically significant vineyards. This will be followed by a visit to an exceptional winery where you'll try some of the most renowned sparkling wine in all of Italy. Your tour will carry on to the medieval village of Štanjel, which was one of the first communities in the Karst Region. It is loved for its ancient village center and its awe-inspiring sweeping vistas. Štanjel sits atop a scenic hill, from where you can easily see some its most famous structures. The village has changed in appearance over the centuries, but has always maintained the spirit of the Karst. The town gets its name from the Patron Saint, Daniel, which provides it with an interesting cultural heritage. During both world wars, Štanjel was uniquely influenced by a particular architect and mayor at the time, Maks Fabiani. He preserved the essence of the village whilst using his creative finesse to rejuvenate the newly-renovated public structures. Fabiani’s most notable work in Štanjel involved the restoration of Ferrari Villa and the design of the extraordinary Ferrari Garden park, lauded as the most significant park landscaping in Slovenia from the inter-war period. Throughout the tour, you will also get the opportunity to try local delights of the Karst region, including dry-cured ham, cheese and local wine.

Trieste: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

4. Trieste: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at the Cesarina's home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and taste the fruits of your labor with a glass of local wine. During the lesson the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of three authentic regional pasta recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Each participant 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.

Trieste: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

5. Trieste: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home, enjoying an exclusive show cooking and tasting authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian "Mammas". This experience will allow you to feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. You will enjoy a 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert, with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee). At the conclusion of your experience, you will also be free to take a souvenir back home: an official apron.

Trieste: Market, Cooking Class and Dining in a Local's Home

6. Trieste: Market, Cooking Class and Dining in a Local's Home

Go food shopping like a local with your expert home cook, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at the expert cook's home, learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the home cool will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants 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'll stay with you for life.

Trieste Private Home Cooking Class

7. Trieste Private Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines.  During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants 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'll stay with you for life.

Trieste: The Art of the Italian Aperitivo with a Local

8. Trieste: The Art of the Italian Aperitivo with a Local

Your day is just winding down, the sun's about to set, it is time for an aperitivo. This glamorous Italian tradition is loved all over the world, and this is your chance to learn how to prepare it for yourself, the perfect souvenir. Preparing the perfect aperitivo is an art. you will learn how to prepare a selection of five elegant nibbles to pair with a refreshing glass of fizz, ideal for sharing with friends in the early evening. Your aperitivo will be a bite-size representation of its local culture, using typical regional ingredients and local wines, such as a sparkling prosecco or a light red.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 9 reviews

We loved the evening with Katrin! It was super cosy, interesting and non-touristy, which we enjoyed a lot. Got to taste great locally produced proseccos along with a nice plate of locally produced meat and cheese. It was enjoyable to see Katrin's enthusiasm for her family's heritage (the vineyard) and to be able to ask lots of questions :-)! Would totally recommend the tour! To get there, we took the ferry from Triest to Grignano, walked around Miramare castle, spent a few hours relaxing at a beach close to Miramare castle and then walked up the steps to meet Katrin. The walk up took about 45 minutes and was super nice too as it's a bit hidden (though a bit of exercise :-)). Google Maps doesn't show you the route up but other hiking apps like "komoot" do. To go back it's best to buy bus tickets beforehand and then take the bus to Trieste.

Giovanni and Mira were excellent and welcoming hosts who created absolutely marvelous, Trieste cuisine. Our translator, Virginia did a marvelous job communicating through the languages as we experienced the flavors of the Adriatic, locally made wine and homemade Grappa over a four hour tour we didn't want to end.

This was an amazing tour, first see a very nice old village and hearing her history, but after that a very nice evening with a hostess who knows how to enjoy her guest, with great prozeka, great orange wine and good food , and nothing too less. Katrin, tand for a great evening.

Very good experience! Our host, Dejan, was very knowledgeable. Only recommendation is to make pickup time more clear- website said between 7:45-8 but we didn’t get picked up until 9:30. Otherwise perfect, thank you!

It’s a perfect choice! The tour with Kathrin is really special: wonderful walk though the village with lots o explanations before reaching her little micro wine yard