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Our pastas were inspired by the remarkable food traditions we found in the small villages of Old Italy, but today those traditions are disappearing fast. To help make them vital again, we've created this unique series of gastronomic adventure tours.

May 6-13, Flavors of Marche

Marche

Although Marche is one of the smallest regions in Italy, its menus and kitchens show off many rich examples of Italian cooking. Hard-to-find foods made with ancient recipes have evolved over centuries at local monasteries settled in the hillscapes between Rome and the Adriatic Sea. The food there is also known as "the holy food of Cucina dello Spirito," and you'll learn firsthand how the monks and nuns use it to feed the both the body and the soul.

Flavors of Marche
© Daniele Brandimarte

The food in central Marche is called "the food of the countrymen" and most of the recipes there are based on legumes, olive oil and ricotta cheese. And the beautiful lands of the Duke of Urbino is where you'll discover the ancient pasta lumachelle, and see where one of the world's best truffles has been hunted since the times of the Romans.

Trip Details
For more information about the "Flavors of Marche" trip, including a sample itinerary and prices, please download our PDF brochure: Flavors of Marche

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June 3-10, Flavors of Apulia

Apulia

Travel to Apulia, the heel of Italy, where the region's calcareous ground and intense southern sun are said to give the area's foods a special, powerful flavor.

Flavors of Apulia
© Regione Puglia – Assessorato al Mediterraneo, Cultura e Turismo

In Club dell' Orecchietta di Altamura, local grandmothers will teach you how to use your thumbs to perfect the art of making orecchiette, a local pasta shaped like an ear. Then taste one of the best olive oils in Italy and wash it down with remarkable local wines whose intense flavors are said to compete very favorably with the more famous producers in Tuscany and Piemonte.


July 5-14, Flavors of Marche

Marche

Although Marche is one of the smallest regions in Italy, its menus and kitchens show off many rich examples of Italian cooking. Hard-to-find foods made with ancient recipes have evolved over centuries at local monasteries settled in the hillscapes between Rome and the Adriatic Sea. The food there is also known as "the holy food of Cucina dello Spirito," and you'll learn firsthand how the monks and nuns use it to feed the both the body and the soul.

Flavors of Marche
© Daniele Brandimarte

The food in central Marche is called "the food of the countrymen" and most of the recipes there are based on legumes, olive oil and ricotta cheese. And the beautiful lands of the Duke of Urbino is where you'll discover the ancient pasta lumachelle, and see where one of the world's best truffles has been hunted since the times of the Romans.

Trip Details
For more information about the "Flavors of Marche" trip, including a sample itinerary and prices, please download our PDF brochure: Flavors of Marche


August 30-September 8, Flavors of Genoa and Liguria

Liguria

Genoa is known for its transcendant seafood and as the place from which Cristopher Columbus began his famous journey to the Americas. We wonder if he looked back on the green hills of Liguria wondering if he would ever again taste pesto alla genovese, the region's world famous sauce made with basil, olive oil, pine nuts and garlic.

Flavors of Genoa and Liguria
© Centrovideo - Comune di Genova

Pesto with handmade trofie is the perfect, defining flavor of this land, where high mountains face the Mediterranean Sea and terrace cultivations are enriched by the salty breezes. You'll travel from the Genoa coast through the mountains that surround the Alpine valley to taste the ancient Cucina Bianca (white cuisine; so called because it is based on milk products), and to the unique environment of Cinque Terre, a steep, rugged hillside landscape where the rare Sciachetrà wine is made.


September 16-25, Flavors of Rome and Lazio

Lazio

The people of Rome have enjoyed and explored the pleasures of food since the time of the ancient Roman empire. Back in those days, ships full of new and exciting goods would arrive from all over the world, dishing out a bewildering variety of exotic fare to the city's tables. Even today, a dinner experience in a Roman hostaria attracts visitors from all over the world. You will carry on these old traditions by taking part in practical workshops focused on historic recipes, the Jewish tradition and the popes' food.

Flavors of Rome and Lazio
© Roma Capitale - Dipartimento Turismo

Expand your horizons further in the Lazio region, an area full of picturesque, peaceful villages. There, you'll be suprised by foods such as the unique Porchetta of Ariccia, the joyful white wine of Castelli; and the savory, fresh pecorino cheese.


October 18-27, Flavors of Sardinia

Sardinia

While this island in the middle of Mediterranean Sea is famous all over the world for its white, sandy beaches and dazzling, tourquoise sea, few know of its great food and wine traditions. So avoid the summer flood of tourists, and learn the secrets of Sardinia with the local ladies who still make the old, traditional shepherd's recipes.

Flavors of Sardinia
© Archivio Fotografico Provincia Ogliastra & STL

Master how to make a true work of food art called Lorighitta, a special pasta served at weddings. And don't forget to soak in the recipes and techniques for creating traditional pastas such as Malloredus, Culigionis, Purulzoni e, and gnocchetti.

From the waters of the Emerald Coast to the mountains of Barbagia, you will experience amazing food tradtions such as crispy Carasao bread; Porceddu, an all day rosted pork; and Sardinia's faboulous fresh lobster.


November 21-30, Flavors of Rome and Lazio

Lazio

The people of Rome have enjoyed and explored the pleasures of food since the time of the ancient Roman empire. Back in those days, ships full of new and exciting goods would arrive from all over the world, dishing out a bewildering variety of exotic fare to the city's tables. Even today, a dinner experience in a Roman hostaria attracts visitors from all over the world. You will carry on these old traditions by taking part in practical workshops focused on historic recipes, the Jewish tradition and the popes' food.

Flavors of Rome and Lazio
© Roma Capitale - Dipartimento Turismo

Expand your horizons further in the Lazio region, an area full of picturesque, peaceful villages. There, you'll be suprised by foods such as the unique Porchetta of Ariccia, the joyful white wine of Castelli; and the savory, fresh pecorino cheese.


December 12-21, Flavors of Naples and Campania

Campania

See Naples and then die, an old Italian song says. As the tune implies, travelers and locals have both discovered plenty of pleasure in that ancient city located in the lush Campania region.

You'll explore Campania's venerable food culture with local Italians who are happy to share their old, family recipes; visit the Irpinia region where small wineries such as Taurasi, Falanghina and Greco di Tufo still make some of Italy's most tantalizing red and white wines; do workshops and pasta tastings where you'll be introduced to delicious, local versions of foods like salami, olive oil and the traditional sauce called sugo; and discover a taste you won't soon forget by sampling real Buffalo mozzarella from the local dairy.

Flavors of Naples and Campania
© EPT Napoli

Finally, see Naples again, the city of Pizza, with its world-famous art and cuisine. You'll want to take a lot of pictures, too, as you tour the romantic coastlines of the Mediterranean Sea and the majestic landscapes of Vesuvio's Volcano.

Trip Details
For more information about the "Flavors of Naples and Campania" trip, including a sample itinerary and prices, please download our PDF brochure: Flavors of Naples and Campania

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Storico Fresco has partnered with "Four Seasons Natura e Cultura", an Italy-based tour operator promoting responsible and sustainable tourism. They specialize in walking holidays, cultural tours and archaeological itineraries for groups and for individual travelers.

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