The Veneto & Venice

The Veneto is an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Northeast of Italy, with extraordinary variety in its scenery. Stretching from the Dolomites to the Adriatic, it takes in vast lakes, snow-capped mountains, sandy beaches and iconic towns and cities embedded in a rich, cultural heritage which has spanned over a thousand years.

On the Doorstep

The huge, burnt red oak doors of Villa Casagrande open onto the main square of Cison di Valmarino, voted one of the most beautiful villages in Italy in a select list compiled since 2001, and one of only five featured from the Veneto.

The foothills of the Dolomites dominate the backdrop to the village. These contain countless wonderful walking and trekking opportunities with views stretching out over the valleys and the Strada del Prosecco, with its steep inclines and meticulously carved out terraces laden with Glera vines.

Exploring Typical Dishes of the Veneto

The Veneto is home to polenta and risotto and the local Trattorias and Osterias are renowned for serving up some of the very best rich and robust dishes that Northern Italy has to offer. On a Stirred cookery course you will explore this local cuisine at a family run Osteria which uses seasonal and regional produce to create outstanding dishes typical of the area.

Unmistakably Venice

Villa Casagrande lies about 100 km directly north of Venice, one of the most spectacular, unique and historically important cities in the world, not to mention a mecca for gourmet travellers who have been visiting its canals for hundreds of years. On the all-important spice route and a powerful trading centre to be reckoned with, Venice has over the years developed a rich cultural and gastronomic heritage which still has Italian food lovers flocking to its shores today.

The Rialto district of Venice has been home to a market for over a thousand years. Today it still boasts a stunning selection of fish and seafood sourced both from the lagoon and the Adriatic, along with a mesmerising array of fresh and colourful produce plucked from the rich pastures of the Veneto. You will visit the Rialto markets with chef to select the very freshest and best seasonal produce to bring back for the classes in the kitchens at Casagrande.

Magical Mazzorbo

After hitting the markets, you will escape the hustle and bustle of the city by private launch across the lagoon to the magical island of Mazzorbo. Here you will be greeted by Matteo Bisol of the famous Bisol Winery, whose father Gianluca has transformed the island into a haven of haute cuisine. Using rare and unique produce from in and around the lagoon he creates wonderfully delicate and expressive food in his restaurant, Venissa, which has earned it a richly deserved reputation on the peninsular.

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