July 1 - July 9, 2024
Cooking with local Nonnas
Cooking with Nonna
Learn the secrets of Italian cooking. This week is hands-on fun. We create delicious regional dishes with the help of local nonnas and explore the region tasting the best ingredients. If you ever wanted to learn how to cook like an Italian nonna, this week is for you!
Day 1: Flight out -Departure from the NYC area or an airport of your choice. You will arrive the next day.
Day 2: Arrive at Milano-Malpensa airport for pickup at 10:30 at the airport and transfer to B&B located in Bedonia. In the afternoon, you will have time to settle in your room, explore the town, or relax. Wine and appetizers will be served at the Villa. We will walk into town for a typical dinner of the region.
Meals: Appetizers and Dinner
Day 3: Local village of Bedonia - Farm-to-table pizza & crostata
Visit a local farm after breakfast, where Marco will teach you to make pizza and a typical crostata “Jam Tart” made from his homegrown wheat (Included). See how local farmers care for their land and prepare their food. Marco owns a bakery locally celebrated for its delicious homebaked breads. After lunch, we will go to the local swimming spot where you can enjoy the cool river water and spend time on the stone beach sipping a nice drink you can purchase at the bar.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4: Parma and learn how to make savory Pies and Tiramisu
A day for a walking tour of the beautiful city of Parma. We visit the Duomo, Farnese Theater, and the rooms of Saint Paul where we will glimpse the most beautiful artwork. This gem will not disappoint. We’ll arrive back to the Villa and learn how to make our typical savory pies, a local favorite! Maria will show us how to create this special torta. We will also master the classic Italian dessert, Tiramisù.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Day 5: Bedonia - Learn to make tagliatelle and Panna Cotta
Today we will learn how to make homemade Tagliatelle and Panna Cotta. While we wait for the dessert to set, you can venture into town for lunch.
In the afternoon, we will tour the Castle of Compiano built in the year 840 A.D. This amazing community still has its own post office. Only a handful of residents still live there. Then we will enjoy the meal you made for dinner.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6: Portofino, Santa Margherita.
A day at perhaps the most famous stretch of the Italian Riviera. We take the ferry to Portofino from Santa Margherita to experience the life of the wealthy yachter. Then meander the promenade of Santa Margherita. Lunch on own.
Day 7: Genoa - Taste famous Genovese Pesto along with other treats!
Today we visit the impressive port city of Genoa. This is the home of Christopher Columbus, pesto Genovese, charming alleyways with shops and architecture that delights the eyes. We’ll have a typical meal in a place the locals love and investigate the hidden treasures that lie within this famous city. Before we head back to the villa, we will visit our favorite spot for gelato. A little place that makes its own gelato and cream which tops off the most perfect Italian coffee!
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8: Bedonia
Free day to roam the small town of Bedonia. It is just blocks from the villa. There are plenty of restaurants, trattorias, pizzerias, bars and quaint shops to choose from. The villa also offers outdoor seating to chat with new friends in the open air. Other local activities are available like hiking, horseback riding or exploring the area on an electronic bike (extra charge depending on experience) or hop a train to explore on own.
Day 9: Return home