TOUR NATURE AND TRADITIONS…A journey to discover the nature and traditions of the Riviera dei Fiori, through excursions to botanical gardens and tasty food and wine itineraries.
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Italian Riviera of Flowers
Liguria French Riviera
In the Riviera dei Fiori, a paradise of extraordinary views awaits you, where your gaze rolls over a triumphant environment of colours harmonious, scents and flavours of a land rich in traditions. Thanks to this itinerary, you will discover attractive notes of colour and scent: real tasty and fragrant paths already mapped out that will allow you to appreciate the Ligurian Riviera to the full: ulivets, vineyards, gardens in bloom, perched villages, small fringes.
“TOUR NATURE AND TRADITIONS”
(5 days – 4 nights)
Late afternoon arrival in Sanremo and accommodation in hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
2° DAY: The enchanted valley and the botanical garden
After breakfast, transfer to Dolceacqua in the Val Nervia, from where you will leave for the places of origin of the Dorias, doges of the superb maritime republic of Genoa. The excursion unfolds between Dolceacqua, Isolabona, Apricale and Perinaldo to discover a nature that is both strong and rigorous, a land of cultivated trees, vineyards and delightful medieval villages that have preserved intact the oldest traditions.
At lunchtime, visit a famous local winery where you can taste the full range of wines of the Ligurian Riviera, accompanied by delicious specialities of the valley.
In the afternoon, transfer to the Hanbury Gardens, in La Mortola: a exotic paradise of 18 hectares, created in 1867 by Sir Thomas Hanbury, who acclimatised species from all over the world, the fruit of his countless travels. In every season this garden celebrates its greatness with its avenues, pergolas, greenhouses, terraces and wells.
Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
3° DAY: Flowers and aromas of Liguria
After breakfast, transfer to Diano San Pietro to visit a nursery with a long tradition as a hybridiser. The family, inventor of the world-famous red rose “Dallas“, has been an official supplier to the Holy See for many years and its roses adorn St Peter’s altar and the stage of the famous concert every Christmas.
At the end of the visit, transfer to Pontedassio for a visit to the local oil company with the opportunity to taste the new oil of the season (November-March) and some typical dishes from Imperia.
In the afternoon, a visit to the recently restored ancient 17th century olive press will allow you to witness the spectacle of the crushing of the olive as it was done in centuries past. A visit to the modern oil mill will surprise you with the Oleum Mundum method of processing the olives, which involves separating the stone from the olives and then processing only the flesh. This type of processing increases the stability of the oil, decreases the level of acidity and produces an oil with an intense, fresh fragrance and a strong, full-bodied flavour.
Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
4° DAY: Ponente in cucina
In the morning visit to the Museo dell’Olivo, (closed on Sundays) with its modern plant and adjacent shop. Awarded the European Museum of the Year prize in 1993 under the patronage of the Council of Europe, the museum is located in the heart of Oneglia, an olive oil port with a millennial tradition.
At the end of the visit we continue to Porto Maurizio, characterised by its old historic centre perched on a promontory called Parasio, with its Piazza del Duomo, overlooked by the Palazzo del Collegio and the Palazzo della Questura. Don’t miss a visit to the Logge di Santa Chiara with its adjoining convent of the same name founded in 1365 and still inhabited by cloistered Poor Clare nuns.
Return to the hotel for lunch and a little siesta.
In the mid-afternoon, an interesting Ligurian cookery course awaits you in collaboration with a renowned local restaurateur (minimum 6 participants). This course will enable you to discover an endless source of specialities linked to the local culinary tradition. Among the dishes prepared by the chefs, you will appreciate the panissa, a kind of polenta made from chickpea flour, the Barbagiuai, fritters filled with pumpkin combined with ricotta cheese, and finally one of the sweet delicacies, such as the striscia, a sweet made from extra virgin olive oil, wine, flour and sugar. At the end of the course there will be a dinner with tasting of the dishes prepared.
Return to the hotel and overnight stay.
Departure after breakfast.
Further information on the Nature and Traditions Tour
The fee includes:
- Individual enrolment fee, covering practical training fees.
- Accommodation in our hotels in a double room with half board.
- Admission to the museums and villas included in the programme
- Enrolment fee for the Ligurian cookery course (min. 6 participants)
The fee does not include:
- Travel to/from the airport, local transfers and everything not included in “our offer includes”
- Lunches and dinners are to be considered according to the menu of the day or the tasting menu proposed by the chef. Drinks and à la carte drinks are payable locally.
- The visits suggested in the programme are to be considered as unaccompanied.
- Tourist guide for visiting the villages
- Local transfers by car or minibus with driver
- The proposal can be customised according to your needs and interests