• Cuisine, Culture and Wellness in Northern Italy

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    Explore Bagno di Romagna, Casentinesi National Park, San Marino Republic, La Verna Sanctuary, Ravenna

    • Date:  September 15 – 22, 2018

    Spend peaceful time at the historic Bagno di Romagna. This little town is in the Apennines, in the heart of the Emilia Romagna Region, and is known for its blissful spas. Bagno di Romagna gets its names from its thermal waters, loved by the Romans and now enhanced by 3 spas, beauty farms and wellness centers.The pureness of its natural elements; the warmth of the thermal waters, the nourishment of the food, the friendliness of a small mountain community make the town the perfect place to rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit. The ancients considered the thermal waters of Bagno di Romagna to come from the gods, a precious and health-giving gift from the mysterious depths of the earth.

    Over one week in the region, you will discover some of the world’s most ancient and beautifully-preserved sites, including century-old, remote mountain monasteries, escape into the peaceful wilderness at Casentinesi Forest National Park; enjoy pure relaxation in the hot water and beauty centers; sample fresh produce and incredible cuisine; both by world famous chefs and recipes passed through families for centuries.

    What’s Included: 6 nights’ accommodation in luxury hotels, experienced guides and transfers, wine tastings at a local winery, visit to a honey producing farm, cooking class and dinner at a restaurant in Bagno di Romagna, Piadina Romagnola cooking class with tasting, transfer to the National Park, excursion to San Marino Replublic historical center, La Verna excursion, day tour to Ravenna, walking tour Path of the Gnomes, 2 days of Yoga Sessions (1 hour per day) including teacher.

    DAY 1 – Depart US to Italy for your unforgettable journey to Italy!

    DAY 2 – Venezia Apt. – Emilia Romagna Region (Approx. 3 hour drive)
    Driver will transfer you to your hotel in Bagno di Romagna (Emilia Romagna Region).

    DAY 3 – Excursion to the Casentinesi National Park – 4 hours/Wine Tasting

    At the arrival, you will meet  your English speaking guide and enjoy a Trekking excursion (easy-medium level) through the National Park with “Monte Falterona and Campigna”.

    After the excursion, you will return back to the hotel  to enjoy the afternoon at leisure to relax and possibility to access to the Thermal Spa Centre, Health & Wellness Center.

    Before dinner meet the assistant at the hotel and enoy a WINE TASTING at a local winery where you can also taste typical local products.

    DAY 4 – San Marino

    This morning after private yoga practice, you will have breakfast and meet the driver to travel to SAN MARINO: Possibly the oldest republic in the world, San Marino is set on the top of Mount Titan, and this UNESCO World Heritage Site has a fascinating history dating back to the 4th century.

    Upon arrival we will take a guided walk through this stunning mountaintop citadel and see many of the fascinating sights including the fortress, the basilica and the government palace, all built using the local golden limestone. The citadel itself is a maze of small streets dotted with pretty boutiques and gives a delightful walk with amazing views over the plain of Romagna and the sea. Here will get free time for lunch and shopping. In the afternoon back to the hotel and possibility to access to the Thermal Spa Centre, Health & Wellness Center.

    DAY 5 – Departure to La Verna Sanctuary and PM Cooking Class

    From here, you will meet the guide and enjoy a visit to the sanctuary and surrounding area:  La Verna Sanctuary is located in the Tuscan Apennines. The mount covered with a monumental fir and beech trees forest, is characterized by an unmistakable appearance thanks to its summit (1283 sea level) bending in sheer drop over the valley.

    Lunch at the hotel and afternoon leisure to relax and access to the Thermal Spa Centre, Health & Wellness Center.

    Around 4pm enjoy a  COOKING CLASS  at a local restaurant  with the famous chef: “PAOLO TEVERINI” (walking distance from the Hotel):  The course lasts approx. three hours – The lesson will be run by their chef and together you will prepare typical dishes and other Italian specialities, sweets and cakes. In the end of the class we will gather for our dinner with wine to celebrate the success of your  Journey. Buon Appetito!

    DAY 6 – Ravenna and Cooking Class  

    After private yoga practice and breakfast at the hotel you will drive to RAVENNA  to meet the guide and enjoy a guided tour of the old town (2.30 hours). You will visit  Basilica of San Vitale (entrance fee included), Mausoleum of Galla Placidia (entrance fee), Piazza del Popolo, St. Francis’ crypt, the tomb of Dante Alighieri, Basilica of Sant’Appollinare Nuovo (entrance fees).

    In the afternoon you will have fun preparing the famous and traditional dish:  “PIADINA ROMAGNOLA”

    After this, you will return back to the hotel, and time permitting access the Thermal Spa Centre, Health & Wellness Center.

    DAY 7 – Explore Bagno Di Romagna by car and foot!

    This will show you the  “PATH OF THE GNOMES”! A few steps from Piazza Ricasoli, next to the gardens along the banks of the river Savio, a small colored bridge leads to the wonderful world of the Path of the Gnomes. Young and old can be immersed in the fantastic world of the gnomes and the lush vegetation of the Armina Park.

    By car you will reach a honey producing farm since 1948 using completely natural techniques. It has roughly 1,500 beehives scattered through Emilia Romagna, Tuscany and the Marches regions that are moved in accordance with flowering periods – Enjoy a guided tour of the laboratories with the possibility to purchase honey directly at the farm.

    In the afternoon you will go to the LAKES PARK! For a peaceful and relaxing afternoon there is nothing better than the beautiful Lakes Park. The park consists of three beautiful lakes surrounded by unspoilt nature (Pontini Lake, Long Lake and Lake Acquapartita) and 6 lakes of Fario Reserve, nearly all of natural origin, are powered and connected to each other by a small network streams. In addition to enjoying a wonderful landscape, you will have a picnic here for lunch!

    After the lunch, you will return back to the hotel for access to the Thermal Spa Centre, Health & Wellness Center.

    DAY 8 – Departure
    Today you will be transferred to the Venice Airport

    Rate:  $3,160 per person shared double (Land Rate)

    Contact us today for more information or to book your reservation!

    Tour Code: JLP



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