Italian Wine & Art Immersion

“I Came, I Saw, I Sipped!”

October 2020


From Pellegrino Artusi to Massimo Bottura and Everything in Between!

This inaugural multi-sensory immersion adventure includes culinary and art delights with a focus on delectable and sought-after wines of the region of Emilia Romagna. Aiming at introducing you in depth to this fertile land we take you beyond the stereotypes and staged shows while offering you original, genuine and elegant experiences with opportunities for spontaneous interaction with local people. The program is a collaboration with wine critic and sommelier, Maurizio Magni.

We begin in Bologna, the historic capital of Emilia-Romagna known for its sumptuous, century-old culinary tradition. Our group will first meet at the refined Art Hotel Commercianti where every detail is intimately linked to the history and the charm of the city. After a prosecco welcome and dinner at famous osteria Da Nello, you may wish to explore and experience the youthful culture of this historic university city. Next day we will stretch our legs touring the medieval city center, admire its art and entice our taste buds with samples of high-quality, authentic food of the region such as mortadella, Bologna‘s famous heat-cured sausage, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Parma ham, and of course Lambrusco wine.

Maurizio Magni will introduce us to the wine variety of the province in the painted village of Dozza. There the Enoteca dell'Emilia-Romagna, housed in the underground of Sforza's Fortress, is the custodian of the entire regional wine, its legends and curiosities. The evening will find us in Pennabilli for dinner at the Tonino Guerra museum and hospitality at the elegant hotel Il Duca del Montefeltro. We will travel towards the Apennines and Adriatic for tours of art and wine in Rimini (in addition to the sites of Federico Fellini and Roman ruins) and Cesena (known for its one of a kind UNESCO’s Biblioteca Malatestiana, delicious regional wines and artisan chocolates). In the ancient city of Sarsina (birthplace of the comedian Titus Maccius Plautus who influenced Shakespeare and Moliere), we will explore Roman art, food and wine before a dive in an exclusive 4 wineries tasting in the Sarsina museum of archaeology. Another day Riccardo Agostini, recently named one of the best chefs in Romagna, will offer and discuss wine and food pairings together with his sommelier wife Claudia in their Michelin star restaurant. More adventures include curated and guided winery tours as well as inspiration from the local art and architecture to deepen our appreciation of the terroir and the traditions of this famed and beautiful region!

We return to Bologna for a farewell celebration, where you can say: I came, I saw, I sipped!


Length: 10 days, 9 nights. 

Price: $3500 includes:

  • accommodation in beautiful first-class art hotels

  • curated and guided winery tours, wine sampling, and lectures with author & sommelier Maurizio Magni

  • discussion about food and wine pairing with the Michelin chef Riccardo Agostini

  • local expert guides

  • many spontaneous opportunities to interact with local winemakers, chefs, artisans and townspeople

  • welcome reception and farewell dinner for a minimum of 18 meals (hotel includes continental breakfast)

  • transportation during the tour

  • a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • comprehensive assistance and information during program from an American Travel Director and would be sommelier.

Accommodations: 4-stars  Il Duca di Montefeltro (Pennabilli), Art Hotel (Bologna)

Does not include: transportation to/from Italy, transportation to/from airport(our program starts and ends in Bologna’s center located just a short drive from the airport), personal side trips or meals, other sundries

Special note: The tour cost is per person based on double occupancy (and assuming a minimum number of 10 participants), transportation tariffs and currency valuations as of January 2020, and subject to confirmation. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed price and/or itinerary, it is subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.  Single room supplements ($500) may have limited availability and are on a request basis only. 

Reservations: Space is limited. Please reserve your place by January 15, 2020. For further information, please contact us at Our Cancellation Refund Policy applies to these payments.

Maurizio Magni: Journalist and sommelier responsible for the Emilia Romagna da Bere guide. At the table and in life he is a supporter of free will and the French paradox.

Chef Riccardo Agostini career includes working with Gianfranco Vissani at Vissani Restaurant (Michelin two-star), where he became the chef’s protégé and executive sous chef, preparing the dishes for Vissani’s culinary book - considered the encyclopedias of Italian cuisine. During his tenure at Vissani, Chef Riccardo developed his own cooking style and garnered recognition as one of the most promising young talents in Italy. Following Vissani, he worked as the executive chef at Osteria del Povero Diavolo before opening his own restaurant in 2007: Il Piastrino, located in the mountains in a beautiful, old stone building surrounded by gardens. Within two years, he had received the Michelin stars rating.