Your Week End Is Served
Emilian cuisine, Roman wines and truffles, there is something for all tastes in these enogastronomic weekend packages offered by six of Space Hotels' affiliates in various Italian regions.Thanks to Space Hotels, people can make reservations directly online (at www.spacehotels.it) choosing from many hotels throughout Italy. Their wide range of affiliates includes pet-friendly hotels and hotels with wellness centres and gourmet restaurants. All Space Hotels affiliates include breakfast, bottled water and an internet connection in their daily room rates!
1) The Albergo Al Cappello Rosso in Bologna offers two packages to learn about the secrets of traditional Emilian cuisine, which include cooking courses and a complimentary cookbook.
2) The Aemilia Hotel in Bologna offers its guests a chance to take a guided enogastronomic tour to learn about local DOC wines and DOP food products.
3) Strolling through Tuscan vineyards with the Hotel Calamidoro in Calcinaia (in the province of Pisa).
4) Cooking with truffles and tastings with the Hotel Tiferno in Città di Castello.
5) A weekend dedicated to truffles organised by the Hotel Savoy in Pesaro.
6) The Hotel Villa Vecchia in Frascati offers an itinerary amongst the nearby Roman castles and traditional "fraschette" [local restaurants].
7) The Grand Hotel Vanvitelli in Caserta offers its guests a historical and enogastronomic tour of the surrounding area.
1) SECRETS OF TRADITIONAL EMILIAN CUISINE REVEALED IN THE HEART OF BOLOGNA
Albergo Al Cappello Rosso in Via de' Fusari no. 9, Bologna
THE "TWELVE HOURS IN BOLOGNA" PACKAGE
The package includes: one night in a double occupancy room with breakfast; a visit to a street market; a cooking class in a family home; a complimentary Bolognese cookbook and apron.
In the morning: a visit to a street market to buy ingredients for the course and sample local products.
In the afternoon: a cooking course based on traditional Emilian-Romagnol dishes, an aperitif and samplings of regional products.
In the evening: dinner based on the dishes prepared that afternoon.
Price per person in a double room: 240.00 euros.
This package is available upon request all year round except Sundays and holidays.
THE "CESARINE" [local, traditional name for cooks] PACKAGE
This gastronomic experience in pure Emilian style is offered by the Albergo Al Cappello Rosso and "Home Food" (http://www.homefood.it/?lc=en). It includes a cooking class in the home of a real Bolognese "cesarina", who will introduce guests to the secrets of traditional Emilian cuisine.
The "Cesarine" package includes: two nights in a double occupancy room with breakfast; a cooking course in the morning; lunch based on dishes prepared during the course; an illustrated guide book of Bologna; a Bolognese cookbook; an apron; a personalised "Cesarine" notebook with recipes; a one-year Home Food membership card for all services available in Italy.
Reservations must be made two to three weeks in advance.
Prices: starting at 465.00 euros for a Classic room; starting at 495.00 euros for a Superior room; starting at 565.00 euros for a Junior Suite.
2) LEARNING ABOUT GOURMET EMILIAN CUISINE
Aemilia Hotel in Via G. Zaccherini Alvisi no. 16, Bologna
For guests wishing to discover the best gourmet products of this region, the Aemilia Hotel offers a culinary tour with tastings to the producers of the most important Emilian foods, which includes visits to makers of DOP Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, traditional DOP Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and DOP Modena Prosciutto. The tour is followed by lunch in a traditional restaurant.
3) STROLLING THROUGH TUSCAN VINEYARDS
Hotel Calamidoro in Via del Tiglio no. 143, Calcinaia (in the province of Pisa)
The Hotel Calamidoro is located in a very picturesque ancient village close to the major art cities in the area, such as Pisa, Volterra and Lucca. The villa stands in the centre of a large complex surrounded by outbuildings that include the original stables and barn.
The "Amongst Tuscan Vineyards" package is for two people and includes: two nights with breakfast and a visit to wineries, tastings and walks in the vineyards.
Price for a Superior double room starts at 358.00 euros.
4) SCHOOL OF TRUFFLES IN THE VALLEY OF THE UPPER TIBER RIVER
Hotel Tiferno in Piazza R. Sanzio no. 13, Citta di Castello (in the province of Perugia)
The Hotel Tiferno is located in the heart of this friendly Umbrian city facing onto the square that is home to the monumental early 14th
-century Church of St. Francis, for which Raphael painted his famous "Marriage of the Virgin" in 1504. The Renaissance master also created other important works for the city's churches.
The valley of the Upper Tiber River is home to many types of truffles, whose names include "Marzuolo", "Bianchetto", "Bianco Pregiato", "Nero Pregiato" and "Scorzone". It is actually quite difficult to properly distinguish the different shapes, aromas and tastes of truffles. Luckily, four years ago, a school was started in Citta di Castello to teach people the art of truffle hunting.
THE "SCHOOL OF TRUFFLES" PACKAGE
The package includes: one night in a double room; truffle hunting in the woods with a real truffle hunter and their dog; a visit to a truffle factory; tasting of products; a visit to the Truffle Museum.
Price per person in a double room starting at 110.00 euros per night.
5) weekend WITH "re Tartufo"
Hotel Savoy in Viale Repubblica no. 22, Pesaro
The Hotel Savoy, which is located in the centre of Pesaro close to the city's most important monuments and the seaside, has an à la carte restaurant serving local and international dishes. The months of October and November 2012 offer two important events for truffle lovers: the 47th National Truffle fair in Acqualagna (on 28 October and on 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 and 11 November 2012) and the 49th National White Truffle Show in Sant'Angelo in Vado (on the weekends of 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28 October, and 3-4 November 2012). Hotel Savoy has created a gourmet package for these special occasions valid from 7 October to 14 November 2012.
THE "RE TARTUFO" [truffle is king] PACKAGE
The package includes: one night in a double room; an in-room welcome treat; a welcome drink with the chef's special finger food; a tasting menu of local, traditional dishes based on truffles (beverages excluded); "Le Grand Bonjour" breakfast with homemade specialities served in-room; a complimentary newspaper.
Price per person in a double room is 138.00 euros per night.
6) ITINERARY OF ROMAN CASTLES AND RESTAURANTS
Hotel Villa Vecchia in Via Frascati no. 49, Monte Porzio Catone (in the province of Rome)
The Hotel Villa Vecchia is magnificently located near the city of Frascati and nestled in a splendid park surrounded by art, nature and the famous "Castelli Romani". The terrace offers a magnificent view of Rome and its castles. The area has many "fraschette", which are picturesque traditional restaurants that offer a variety of Roman dishes, including roast suckling pig, with local wines served in carafe.
THE "WinE in fraschetta" PACKAGE
The package includes: one night in a double room; buffet breakfast; an enogastronomic itinerary visiting four historical "fraschette" with tastings of DOC Castelli wines, cold cuts, roast suckling pig and many other delights; transfer from the hotel to the centre of Frascati and return at 10:00 pm.
Price for a double room is 120.00 euros per night.
7) HISTORY AND FOOD tour IN Caserta
Grand Hotel Vanvitelli in Viale Carlo III, Caserta
The elegant, stately Grand Hotel Vanvitelli is the hotel of choice for tourists wishing to stay in Caserta and visit all the wonders that the region of Campania has to offer. The hotel has 250 rooms (including Classics, Superiors, Junior Suites and Suites), 5 restaurants, a conference centre with 16 meeting rooms, a park with a swimming pool and solarium, a large car park and indoor garage. A modern wellness centre is currently being built and will be ready very soon.
THE "ART AND FOOD" PACKAGE
The Hotel Vanvitelli offers a historical, cultural and enogastronomic package highlighting the best of Caserta including the famous palace, ancient wineries and one of the area's greatest mozzarella cheese makers.
First Day: a visit to the medieval village in the old city of Caserta; a visit to the historic Mustilli winery with tastings; a visit to the medieval village of S. Agata De' Goti passing the through the Valle Caudina and by the Carolino aqueduct; dinner in the hotel.
Second day: a visit to the Palazzo Reale of Caserta and its splendid gardens; lunch at the Hotel Jolly in Caserta; shopping at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet; dinner in the hotel.
Third day: a visit to the monumental complex of the Palazzo del Belvedere in San Leucio, built by King Ferdinand of Bourbon; a visit to the "La Baronia" cheese factory to watch the making of buffalo-milk mozzarella; a visit to the Alois winery with tastings of mozzarella and local wines produced in the "Terra di Lavoro" domain.
Fourth day: a visit to the historic centre of Naples; a visit to the underground city of Naples; a visit to the Archaeological Museum; an unscheduled lunch; a bus tour of Naples.
Total package price with double occupancy starts at 350.00 euros per person (transfers not included).
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