La Spezia Food and Wine Tour: Customize Your Culinary Adventure
Embark on a captivating journey through La Spezia’s culinary scene with our customizable food and wine tour. Choose two of the following stops to create your own unique experience, and get in touch for a personalized quote!
Stop 1: Il Giardino Wine Tasting
Visit the historic Tenuta il Giardino, where you’ll explore the cellar and ancient oil mill, learn about winemaking techniques, and enjoy a guided wine tasting featuring the estate’s finest selections.
Stop 2: Ham and Salami Tasting
Indulge in the authentic flavors of La Spezia at Salumificio Marsili, a family-owned butcher shop specializing in fresh meats and artisanal cured products made with passion and expertise.
Stop 3: Panigacci Lunch
Savor a traditional Italian lunch at La Gavarina D’Oro, featuring the delicious and unique panigacci – a regional specialty not to be missed!
Stop 4: Cheese Tasting at Il Gradile
Discover the art of cheese-making at Il Gradile, a family-owned farm in Mulazzo, Lunigiana, where passion for the land and traditional methods come together to create exceptional artisanal cheeses.
Stop 5: Truffle Hunt
Join professional truffle on an exciting truffle hunt in the picturesque Lunigiana region, uncovering the secrets of these hidden treasures while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the Tuscan countryside.
Whichever stops you choose, this La Spezia food and wine tour promises an unforgettable adventure that will delight your senses and create lasting memories. Contact us today for a personalized quote and start planning your dream culinary journey!
Buon viaggio e buon appetito!
Explore the rich culinary traditions of La Spezia, Italy, with a unique food and wine tour that promises to tantalize your taste buds and deepen your appreciation for Italian cuisine. From the picturesque vineyards of Il Giardino to the mouthwatering aroma of locally produced ham and salami, this journey will take you on a sensory adventure that will stay with you long after you’ve returned home.
Stop 1: Il Giardino – Wine Tasting and Cellar Visit
Nestled at the foot of the medieval village of Vezzano Ligure, the ancient Tenuta Il Giardino welcomes you to explore its historic cellar and oil mill. Marvel at the breathtaking panorama as you immerse yourself in the world of winemaking, guided by a qualified ONAV taster who will introduce you to the secrets behind their exquisite wines. Savor the flavors of their finest selections as you also enjoy a tasting of farm products and “Campagna Amica” certified short chain offerings.
Please note that reservations are required for this tour, and it is not accessible for those with walking difficulties. We recommend wearing suitable footwear for the terrain.
Stop 2: Ham and Salami Tasting at Salumificio Marsili
Continue your culinary adventure at Salumificio Marsili, a family-owned business that has been dedicated to producing and selling fresh meats and seasoned salumi since the 1930s. Located in Tresana, the company prides itself on using locally-sourced pigs, raised with love and care to ensure the highest quality products. Savor the exquisite flavors of their artisanal ham and salami, and taste the passion that has been passed down through generations.
For more information, visit their website at www.salumificiomarsili.com.
Stop 3: Lunch with Panigacci at La Gavrina d’Oro
No food and wine tour would be complete without a delectable lunch to replenish your energy and satisfy your palate. At La Gavrina d’Oro, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in a traditional Italian meal featuring panigacci, a scrumptious local specialty. Panigacci are thin, pancake-like breads, typically served with an array of savory toppings such as cheese, cold cuts, and vegetables. Enjoy a leisurely meal while you reflect on the day’s adventures and savor the flavors of La Spezia.
To learn more about La Gavrina d’Oro, visit their website at www.lagavarinadoro.com.
Stop 4: Cheese Tasting at Il Gradile
Complete your culinary journey with a visit to Il Gradile, a charming family-owned farm in Mulazzo, Lunigiana, where passion for the land and traditional methods come together to create exceptional artisanal cheeses. Born from Alessandro Ferdani’s love for animals, the earth, and agricultural machinery, Il Gradile has grown to offer a wide range of cheeses, including pecorino with various types of aging and unique flavors such as truffle, ash-cured, vinacce-aged, farro straw, hay and aromatic herbs, and vegetable rennet.
In addition to their exquisite cheeses, Il Gradile also produces farro, heirloom corn, fruit preserves, and artisanal biscuits. Their dedication to simplicity, tradition, and quality sets them apart from the competition, ensuring an authentic and unforgettable cheese-tasting experience.
The farm is located in the medieval village of Mulazzo, at the northern tip of Tuscany near the border with Liguria and Emilia. To purchase their products or arrange a visit, you can contact them directly or explore their offerings at local events and markets throughout Italy. Savor the unique flavors and relish the stories of the Gradile, a cornerstone of local tradition and a true testament to the rich culinary heritage of La Spezia.
Stop 5: Truffle Hunt
Take your culinary adventure to new heights with a thrilling truffle hunt led by a professional truffle hunter and owner of a local agricultural company dedicated to the cultivation and harvesting of truffles, fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, and olives. Located in the picturesque Lunigiana region, this unique corner of Tuscany boasts a microclimate that sets the stage for the growth of exceptional truffles.
Join the guide as they guide you through the breathtaking landscape in search of these hidden treasures, accompanied by their trusty truffle-hunting dogs. Along the way, learn about the fascinating world of truffles and the art of hunting them, all while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the Tuscan countryside.
In addition to truffles, the company produces a range of delectable truffle-based products, including jams, creams, condiments, and the prized Testarolo, a traditional Pontremolese dish that has been reimagined with truffle and porcini mushroom variations. These products are crafted using locally sourced ingredients, ensuring a truly authentic taste of the region.
The truffle hunt experience offers a rare opportunity to uncover the secrets of this elusive delicacy and appreciate the passion and dedication that goes into creating these exquisite flavors. Don’t miss the chance to explore this captivating aspect of La Spezia’s culinary heritage!