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Travel to Italy with Guy Grossi

CULINARY JOURNEYS WITH GUY GROSSI
Join Guy Grossi on this Remarkably Uncommon culinary journey through some of Italy’s most iconic gastronomic regions whilst staying in carefully selected members of The Leading Hotels of the World, distinctive representatives of the destination in which they are found.  This unique journey will see the group exploring each destinations history and local food culture whilst being led by a true ambassador of Italian cuisine, critically acclaimed chef, author and media personality, Chef Guy Grossi of Grossi Restaurants in Melbourne, Victoria.

Guy Grossi is a devoted chef and restaurateur. He is the owner of Grossi Restaurants including Grossi Florentino, Merchant Osteria Veneta, Ombra Salumi Bar and Arlechin Food and Wine Bar.  Recognised as one of the country’s leading authorities on Italian food, he has been sought after to train and mentor within the industry and evoke thinking around the future of food and hospitality. Guy is a recent Fellow of the International Specialised Skills Institute and Co-Founder of The Melbourne Tomato Festival.  His passions lie within his cooking and sourcing pure ingredients prepared with integrity. Guy is driven to share his knowledge and experiences through his bestselling books; Love Italy, Recipes from My Mother’s Kitchen, My Italian Heart, Secrets and Recipes.  Guy is devoted to preserving culture and traditions and is also a dedicated philanthropist committing much of his personal time and funds in assisting young people in need and mentoring others.  Guy’s restaurants attract great praise but what gives him the most joy is the satisfaction of feeding a hungry diner.

DAY ONE – HOTEL: L’ANDANA
Upon your arrival to L’andana, take time to explore the stunning 500-hectare grounds of this authentic country house set amongst the Tuscan vineyards and olive groves.  Once a Medici villa where Grand Duke Leopold II and his court resided during the summer season, the hotel is now an enchanting resort with an abundance of activities to choose from.
Daily Highlights:  Meet your host Guy Grossi and your fellow travellers at this evening’s aperitivo followed by an authentic Tuscan dinner at ‘La Trattoria Enrico Bartolini’ – L’Andana’s one Michelin star restaurant.

L’Andana, Castiglione Della Pescaia

DAY TWO – HOTEL: L’ANDANA
We dive straight into our culinary journey this morning by touring the hotel gardens to pick fresh produce for todays cooking lesson in one Michelin star restaurant ‘La Trattoria Enrico Bartolini’.
Daily Highlights:  Chef Guy Grossi & hotel Chef Christoph Martins use their culinary expertise to lead you as you prepare authentic Tuscan dishes in todays cooking lesson.  Visit ‘Castiglione della Pescaia’ a small fishing village known for its picturesque coastline. Followed by dinner at ‘Molo 16’ a local favourite.

DAY THREE – HOTEL: L’ANDANA
Take in the picturesque rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside as the group explores the local Grosseto area.
Daily Highlights:  Visit ‘Le Mortelle’ –in the Maremma region spanning over 675 acres and home to Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese vines.  Experience ‘Maremmana style’ dining at L’andana’s ‘La Villa’ restaurant.

DAY FOUR – HOTEL: VILLA CORA
Journey to Florence, the capitol of Italy’s Tuscan region and home to many masterpieces of renaissance art and architecture. Our home for the next 3 nights is Villa Cora, an aristocratic residence built at the end of the XIX century and located on the hills just outside the historical centre of Florence.
Daily Highlights:  Tour and taste the delights of The Felsina Farm, just outside of Castelnuovo Berardenga on our way to Florence. Felsina is known for its wine and olive oil production and have been mastering their art since 1966.  Get acquainted with Florence by taking in the breathtaking panoramic views of the city at this evening’s aperitivo, hosted at Bellevue Terrace, Villa Cora’s rooftop Champagne bar followed by dinner in restaurant Le Bristrot.

Villa Cora, Florence

DAY FIVE – HOTEL: VILLA CORA
We venture into Tuscany to explore just a few of the many small towns that make up this world famous foodie region!
Daily Highlights:  Visit the picturesque hill town of Panzano to meet Italy’s most famous butcher, Dario Cecchini. Dario & Guy will lead a specialised butchery demonstration in the grand hall of Panzano’s medieval castle while you and your fellow travellers are served lunch.  Explore San Gimignano, a 13th-century walled town with a skyline of medieval towers. ‘Gelateria di Piazza’ is a local favourite and is known to sell 400kg of icecream each day! Today you will meet owner, Sergio Dondoli, the “master of icecream” and sample his famous gelato.  Discover traditional vs modern cuisine at I’Parione, a local trattoria who prides themselves on preparing classic Tuscan dishes seasoned with a bit of imagination.

DAY SIX – HOTEL: VILLA CORA
Enjoy your last day in Florence with two unique cooking experiences hosted by Chef Guy Grossi.
Daily Highlights:  Chef Guy Grossi and Villa Cora’s very own Chef Alessandro Liberatore lead an exclusive Tuscan cooking class followed by traditional lunch.  Tonight Chef Guy Grossi will create his favourite Italian dishes, set outside by the Villa Cora pool and gardens

DAY SEVEN – HOTEL: GRAND HOTEL MAJESTIC GIA BAGLIONI
This morning we say goodbye to Tuscany and journey to Emilia-Romagna, known for its medieval cities, rich gastronomy and seaside resorts. Bologna, the largest city and capital of the Emilia-Romagna is renowned for its culinary tradition and has given its name to the well-known Bolognese sauce.  Settle in at your new home for the next 2 nights, the iconic ‘Hotel Majestic gia Baglioni’ the oldest and most prestigious hotel in Bologna.
Daily Highlights:  Visit the newly opened and long awaited ‘FICO Eataly world’, a visionary project which spans over 80,000 SQM and is considered the ‘theme park for foodies’. Aimed at being ‘the meeting place for all those who love food and wish to discover its secrets and traditions’ this unique space boasts more than 25 eateries, 40 workshops, farming and livestock.  Dinner this evening will be hosted at the hotels ‘Enoteca Mordandi’ restaurant where we will be joined by an original ‘Sfoglina’, a traditional Bolognese lady who will teach you to prepare traditional handmade pasta, an ancient and very typical culinary art.

Grand Hotel Majestic Gia Baglioni, Bologna

DAY EIGHT – HOTEL: GRAND HOTEL MAJESTIC GIA BAGLIONI
Explore the two rival cities of Italian cuisine, Bologna the ‘city of food’ and Modena the ‘foodie capitol’ of Italy.
Daily Highlights:  Tour through the medieval “botteghe” market to visit Bologna’s most ancient gastronomical boutiques with the hotel’s executive chef, Claudio Sordi. Located in the “Quadrilatero”, the area is known for its ancient traditions and different craft guilds, such as goldsmiths, butchers, “Salaroli” (workers who salted meat to cure it) and many others.  Continue on your food journey and perfect the perfect pizza under Guy Grossi’s direction.  Tonight you will dine under the direction of three-star Michelin chef and world number two, Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana. This will be an experience to remember!

DAY NINE – HOTEL: GRAND HOTEL ET DE MILAN
Depart Emilia-Romagna for the vibrant city of Milan. Arrive at ‘Grand Hotel et de Milan’ – opened in 1863, the hotel preserves all the charm of an ancient Milanese “house” and is located in the heart of the city, just a few steps from the the Scala Opera House, the fashion district and the Duomo Cathedral.
Daily Highlights:  Depart Bologna bright and early to visit Caseificio Castellazzo, a dairy in the provence of the Campagnola Emilia region who are legally able to label their cheese ‘Parmigiano-Reggiano’.  Visit ‘Acetaia San Giacomo’ a producer of Reggio Emilia Traditional Balsamic which represents only 0.006% of authentic “Balsamic” in the market.  Dinner this evening will be hosted at two star Michelin, ‘Ristorante Cracco’ led by chef, Carlo Cracco, a top judge on Masterchef Italy and Hell’s Kitchen Italia

Grand Hotel et de Milan

DAY TEN – HOTEL: GRAND HOTEL ET DE MILAN
To conclude our culinary journey we enjoy our last group cooking experience with Chef Guy Grossi.
Daily Highlights:  Visit ‘Farm 65’ a ‘masterchef style’ cooking school in the heart of Milan, designed with the latest domestic technology to be able to learn new tricks and recipes to impress family and friends. Chef Guy Grossi will lead a masterclass lesson or if you are up to the challenge, you can test yourself by using your newly acquired skills to create your own inspired dish.  Our farewell dinner hosted at ‘Don Carlos’ at ‘Grand hotel et de Milan’ – Chef Mauro Moia will prepare his signature tasting menu, a testament to Milanese cuisine.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS
• Curated itinerary led by renowned Chef Guy Grossi
• Seven unique cooking experiences with Chef Guy Grossi
• Dine under the direction of three star Michelin chef and world number two, Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana
• Meet local purveyors and experience their product
• Michelin star dining at members of The Leading Hotels of the World and local restaurants
• Dedicated tour manager from The Leading Hotels of the World
• An intimate group of no more than 20 guests

JOURNEY COSTS & INCLUSIONS
Price per person / Twin Share: $19,995
Solo Traveller Supplement: $11,995
Rates are in Australian dollars (AUD)
• All meals and selected beverages
• Transfers, porterage and gratuities
• Offsite unique activities including cooking classes, interactive masterclasses & chefs table experiences
• Ten nights luxury accommodation throughout Italy in iconic members of The Leading Hotels of the World

2 Exclusive Departures – Monday, 21st to Thursday, 31st May 2018 or Monday, 20th to Thursday, 30th August 2018.  Maximum 20 guests on each departure (10 rooms only)

Flights are available to compliment this amazing culinary journey, please contact Travel Masters or The Travel Studio to make a reservation…