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Wines for Thanksgiving - Pairing Italian Wines with your Turkey Feast

This uniquely American holiday embraces the same traditions as Italians keep during their numerous festivals and feast days – gathering family and friends to observe the day with a celebratory meal of dishes that reflect the history of their families and…

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Bistecca alla Fiorentina

A culinary highlight of our Tuscany cycling and walking tours is not necessarily what one would expect in Italy – an amazing steak dinner – Bistecca alla Fiorentina. A classic dish of this region, this thick cut large steak is grilled over a wood or…

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Wines for Thanksgiving - Pairing Italian Wines with your Turkey Feast

This uniquely American holiday embraces the same traditions as Italians keep during their numerous festivals and feast days – gathering family and friends to observe the day with a celebratory meal of dishes that reflect the history of their families and…

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Sarde in Saor - Classic Venetian Cuisine

This July, we began a private walking tour in the magical city of Venice. Famous for its canals, the Republic of Venice has a fascinating history as a major maritime and economic power for hundreds of years. Exploring the history, and understanding how it…

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Sarde in Saor - Classic Venetian Cuisine

This July, we began a private walking tour in the magical city of Venice. Famous for its canals, the Republic of Venice has a fascinating history as a major maritime and economic power for hundreds of years. Exploring the history, and understanding how it…

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Brunelli Wines - Amarone and Valpolicella

This September, guests on our Bike the Amarone Wine Roads cycling tour enjoyed a private tour and tasting at a wonderful producer of Valpolicella wines, the Brunelli family. The Brunelli name has been closely connected to San Pietro in Cariano, a small…

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Wines for Thanksgiving - Pairing Italian Wines with your Turkey Feast

This uniquely American holiday embraces the same traditions as Italians keep during their numerous festivals and feast days – gathering family and friends to observe the day with a celebratory meal of dishes that reflect the history of their families and…

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Peperoni con Capperi - Sauteed Peppers with Capers

Our Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine walking tours in Tuscany include daily explorations of the wonderful wines and traditional cuisine of the region. From private winery tours and tastings to cooking classes, we enjoy plenty of unique gourmet experiences as…

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Elena Walch Castel Ringberg - Amazing Wines in a Spectacular Setting

A favorite destination for our custom hiking tours and private bike tours in Italy is the region of Trentino Alto Adige. The terrain accommodates all types of cyclists or trekkers – from flat well maintained bike paths to some of the most challenging…

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Quaglie con Ciliegie - Quail with Cherries

May and June is cherry season in Italy, and during our cycling tours we’ve been spotting cherry trees laden with fruit from Trentino down throughout the Veneto. I’ve written earlier about the renowned cherries of Marostica, but what makes the food scene…
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