The Essence of Venice
Venetian cuisine and art is as diverse and rich as its history, reflecting waves of conquest, religions and cultures that have shaped it. Follow Ed Roehr and Adan Romo on this culinary and artistic journey, learning from residents and ROAMN-selected guides how these dishes and artworks evolved and the cultural significance surrounding them. Along the way, visit local bars, markets and food vendors. Explore the history of Venetian art and architecture. Soak up the atmosphere of the storied city of Venice away from tourists and meet the people who make it unique.
With intimate dinners, fine accommodations and expert guidance, taste the best Venice has to offer. Bring your appetite.
October 15 - 23, 2019
9 days - 8 nights
Ideal time to go – after the hot weather and crowds
Per Person Cost - $5,800 + Air Flight
A small, friendly group of 10-12 people — one third the size of most tour groups
Tours are led by professional guide Adan Romo who brings a deep background in the history, art and culture of Italy
A culinary itinerary curated by award-winning Chef Ed Roehr.
8 nights accommodation at a memorable, centrally-located hotel or B&B (depending on the city)
All breakfasts and half of your dinners plus welcome and farewell receptions.
Cities - Regions -
Venice - Padua - Venetian Countryside - Prosecco Region
Arrive in Venice, transfer to the city center, and check into your home for four nights. This evening, gather for a welcome reception at the hotel. Meet your hosts Ed and Adan as they introduce you to the richness of Venice while enjoying a specially prepared meal of regional flavors and seasonal ingredients.
Discover your neighborhood - Dorsoduro. This Venetian district is full of life and light. Enjoy being away from the busy tourist center, and discover the hidden alleys, canals and bridges this neighborhood has to offer. Experience everyday life of the city and meet traditional Venetian craftsmen: mask makers, woodcarvers and the great corner of the gondola yard.
Dive right into Venetian food culture with a guided visit to the bustling fish market overflowing with local products. Appetite whetted, continue to a typical Venetian tradition - andar a cicheti. Cichetithe are exquisite bite-size appetizers unique to this city. Step off the crowded, narrow streets into a cozy, cave-like bàcaro where cicchetti and wine are served. You’ll feel like you stumbled upon a hidden treasure in the winding labyrinth of Venice.
Depart Venice for the wine region, stopping en route in Padua, the oldest city in the Veneto with it’s network of arcaded streets that lead to the large piazza Prato della Valle. Visit the 800 year old market that sits in the center of the city and enjoy the colorful stalls with crates of produce artfully arranged. Meet a specialist guide for a walking tour of the city. Have a light lunch of local dishes at an osteria before continuing to the Venetian countryside.
Enjoy a free morning to explore the wonderful surrounding countryside. Work up an appetite and prepare yourself for a private cooking class, where you’ll learn all about making fresh pasta, from kneading the dough to cutting, rolling and filling forms like ravioli, tagliatelle and tagliolini.
Visit a historic Venetian mosaic studio opened in 1888 - a magical place where smalti (glass mosaics) are kept like books in a color library. Be inspired by a display of more than 3,500 colors of different tones and shades.
Discover one of the most beautiful regions of Italy - The vineyards of the Prosecco. Just an hour’s drive from Venice, travel along country roads to the wineries where the best Prosecco DOCG is produced. See the cellars, wine press, and fermentation room as you take in a glass of the vineyard’s Prosecco.
Travel to the village of Possagno and visit the Museum of Canova, one of the first museums of the Veneto region, and see the complete work of sculptor Antonio Canova. The museum houses the plaster cast models (the original statues of which many marble copies, the replicas, are disseminated around the world), as well as theoil and tempera paintings, drawings, memories, clothes, tools, books of this great artist. Learn how this museum served as an inspiration for Adan Romo and the creation of his studio in Midtown Sacramento - visit - romostudios.com