This is a great lunch time excursion, taking the morning ferry to Bellagio and then around 12.30 meeting Luigi in front of the post office and riding with him to his lovely restaurant on the hillside. You are in for a culinary delight! Here is a bit of information from his website: The Salice Blu restaurant was born in 1973. Flora and Mino Gandola opened for the first time this structure self-builded. In recent years, the kitchen is followed by his son Luigi with the help of his staff composed of skilled young chefs, while the hall and bookings are followed by mom Flora and aunt Rosaria. During the winter in 2005, the restaurant Salice Blu was completely renovated. Rooms have been given by particular attention during the work, and now inside the restaurant the atmosphere is elegant, warm and welcoming. The first glance to those who cross the entrance door are the numerous medals, awards and trophies won by Chef Luigi in international culinary competitions he participated. The restaurant offers a large choice of dishes without gluten: that’s why it is recognized and appreciated by the community of celiac. Our restaurant is in Bellagio, a charming touristic site on the Como Lake. Finding us is very simple because the restaurant is located in San Vito, Bellagina site at the entrance of the same Bellagio coming from Lecco, on the main drag, the Larian highway, that in our area takes its name of “Via per Lecco”. From the center of Bellagio you get there on foot, however, we could offer you a free shuttle service on request, to or from the center of Bellagio. Ristorante Salice Blu Via per...Read More
This private tour departs by train mid-morning to the northern valley of Valtelina (about 50 minutes by train), where you will be greeted at the train station and taken to the cellar for a tour of the winery, followed by a tasting of five of their great wines accompanied by local cured meats and cheese. When finished enjoying your informative luncheon you will be escorted to the train station via the beautiful terraced vineyards of this gorgeous valley for your afternoon return. The cost is 15 euros per person for the tour + train tickets (about 10...Read More
Chef Moreno is know around the world for his fun and informative cooking lessons — it is enough to google Chef Moreno to see his rave reviews. A letter from Chef Moreno and his Wife: Dear friends and food lover, This is the new cookery class program, made after the last 11 years of experience Meeting at 10.00 a.m. In Varenna by the ferry landing or by the main square Piazza San Giorgio for who need a transportation, right at Il Caminetto restaurant at 10.30 a.m. for who is travelling by own transportation. Welcome to the class by cappuccino, coffee, tea and cookies… Class will start around 10.45 a.m. You can enjoy your time watching me cooking for you and write your notes and also you can work with me to do something, por example fold and shape tortelloni or rolling gnocchi, you can decide. At noon or closer, finally …Italian spuntino (snack time) we will serve you fresh bread salame and cheese from our valley, D.O.C. wine will served as well. Back to the cookery lesson, fresh ingredients and passion for a food will be a real star of the class, after you of course, after the cooking demonstration you will enjoy the food prepared at the lunch time around 2.00 p.m. Wine, mineral water and soft drinks will be available on the table for all of the class time. At the end a “certificate of attending” signed by Moreno and Rossella and a glass of limoncello to say you Arrivederci e mille grazie around 3.30 p.m. when we will drop you back to Varenna Cost is euro 50.00 p.p. All inclusive Children under 14 y.o. euro 38,00 p.p. (baby sitting service isn’t available) Gluten free and vegetarians, can enjoy the classes too, our privilege. Credit cards are welcome....Read More
Varenna is an interesting jewel with much undiscovered beauty. Every year thousands of tourists from every corner of the world choose to stay in Varenna – savoring its peace and lovely atmosphere like a classic and valuable wine. However, sheer beauty is never the sole value of anything and it is not enough to satisfy a curious traveller. That is why we find it important to share the numerous well known and obscure historical, cultural, scenic and gastronomic riches that create the beauty of Varenna. With the energy and enthusiasm of the many public institutions, economic operators, voluntary associations and the residents of Varenna we share a common goal: To create a place where our dear guests can discover the entirety of Varenna’s beauty and view all the events and activities during their...Read More
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