Vintage Cars & Artisanal Food in Emilia-Romagna
Euro 3250 per person, double occupancy,
(single-room supplement, Euro 600)
Five nights accommodations in 4-star hotels, all meals, food and wine visits,
cooking classes, vintage car rental and other ground transportation,
gas/tolls/parking, and required minimum liability insurance
(2 pax per car; single supplement Euro 750)
Arrive Verona / Depart Modena
This itinerary may be subject to change due to weather, seasonal conditions, and serendipity
Space in this tour is limited to six vintage cars: 1966 Triumph Spitfire MKII, 1969 Alfa Romeo Duetto Osso di Seppia, 1976 Fiat 124 Spider, 1976 Alfa Romeo Duetto Coda Tronca, 1972 Triumph TR6 PI, and 1990 Alfa Romeo Spider 2.0. We can trade daily, to give everyone a variety of driving experiences.
We have a mechanic along for technical assistance for the entire trip, as well as a substitute car, just in case (they are old cars...) Please note, your minimum liability insurance is included; an extra, more comprehensive, rider can be purchased for Euro 180 (approx $250).
This week we will pass through three regions: Veneto, Lombardia, and Emilia-Romagna. Each has unique food and wine experiences, from rice, grappa, and olive oil to balsamic vinegar, amazing cured meats, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and much more…
Day One: Verona
Arrive in the early afternoon, check into Villa Giona
(10 minute taxi ride from Verona).
Villa Giona is one of the most prestigious, historical mansions of the Valpolicella, famous for the Valpolicella, Recioto, and Amarone wines. Villa Giona is home of the acclaimed Allegrini wines. We will have a tour of the property, then our welcome dinner and wine tasting at Villa Giona.
Day Two: Brescia, Lago di Garda, Verona
This morning we receive our cars. Following a driving orientation, we will drive to Brescia taking the scenic route around Lago di Garda with a visit to an artisanal grappa distillery and lunch in Costermano.
After lunch, we drive to Brescia. Our first stop is the Mille Miglia museum, housed in the old monastery S. Eufemia which dates back to the year 1008.
After a visit to the Mille Miglia museum, we will find a good place to park our cars and get a transfer to the center of Brescia to see the Mille Miglia cars checking in (scrutineering). Late afternoon, we return to Villa Giona (60 kms) for a short break. This evening we will take the van to Verona for dinner at La Bottega del Vino, Verona's oldest wine tavern. After dinner we will walk to the Piazza delle Erbe to watch the Mille Miglia pass through.
Day Three: Verona
This morning we have a cooking lesson on risotto in the Villa Giona kitchen. Lunch will include a tasting of the Allegrini wines. After lunch, we will drive to the antique car museum, Museo Nicolis, in Villafranca di Verona.
You have a free afternoon in Verona or local cruising in your car.
We meet for dinner at 12 Apostoli for Petto d’Anatra all’Amarone, duck breast cooked in Amarone wine.
Day Four: Mantova, Modena
This morning we depart for Modena (100 kms) with a lunch stop in Pozzolo, just north of Mantova, at a restaurant known for fish dishes. After lunch we will visit the Tazio Nuvolari automobile museum in Mantova and head on to Modena. Along the way, we will visit a producer of traditional balsamic vinegar. Dinner at Trattoria Bianca will include a filet of beef doused in balsamic vinegar.
Day Five: Modena
Today we drive along the Via Emilia, the ancient Roman road (now paved, of course) to Castelfranco Emilia for a cooking class and lunch with Chef Silvana Baranzoni. Silvana is a creative and delightful chef . In this hands-on class, we will prepare Gnocchini Ripieni (small stuffed gnocchi), Coniglio al Parmigiano-Reggiano (rabbit with Parmigiano-Reggiano), Cipollotti in dolc e brusc (sweet and sour onions), Misticanza di Erbe e Frutte al Balsamico (salad of herbs and baby greens with fruit and balsamico), and Torta di Riso al Sassolino (Rice cake with Sassolino, a liqueur) After lunch we make a stop at the Lamborghini factory, then to the Stanguellini museum. Dinner at a charming countryside trattoria..
Day Six: Modena
This morning we get an early start to visit an organic Parmigiano-Reggiano producer who has a unique collection of Maserati. Out to Maranello for the Ferrari museum and shops, then lunch at Ristorante Montana. Afternoon free to spend more time in Maranello or in Modena. Farewell dinner at the renowned Hosteria Giusti. Owner Laura Galli will give us a demonstration of her famous fresh pasta and the traditional gnocco fritto.
Departures after breakfast.