on an island among Mountains meet the Bee Whisperer

Flavours and biodiversity in Marche region highlands

Arrival in Fabriano, world-famous city for the art of paper and precious watermark. – Visit of the wonderful historical center – in particular the Palazzo del Podestà, Piazza del Comune and the Oratorio della Carità -,  the Museum of the paper and the watermark to discover the ancient production processes and their evolution. – Lunch in a typical restaurant and then transfer to the bee farm « Luca Bianchi » in a small village of the Fabriano countryside. Luca produces honey on the mountains and pristine lands, respecting the rhythms of nature and traditional methods to preserve the high quality. – Honey is an ancient, healthy and very valuable food. ––Transfer to Castelraimondo and accommodation at the « Borgo Lanciano » resort, nestled in the peaceful atmosphere of the Macerata countryside. – Relaxing break in the spa – Gourmet dinner, overnight stay.

Breakfast at the hotel. – Departure for Camerino area and the Ancient Duchy, rich in history, ancient traditions and eno-gastronomic excellences. – We’ll stop in Ugliano, a small town, in San Severino hills. There, we will meet a young and passionate local producer of cheese – We can also meet his goats – Immersed the green of Marche region countryside, we will learn the cheese-making process with goat milk and we will taste the cheeses of the « Boscorosso » farm. Then we’ll carry on to Matelica, and we’ll have a delicious lunch in the old town, the heart of which is represented by the square named after Enrico Mattei, with its beautiful octagonal fountain of the 500’. – After tasting a variety of local specialities and the Matelica Verdicchio Doc, the most important wine of the area. We will visit one of the most important wineries in the area to discover the local and traditional winemaking. – The valley was already known in the 1500 for its extraordinary wine-growing land – It is the only one to be closed off from the sea – The continental climate and the wide temperature ranges between day and night give the Verdicchio an exceptional and unique local expression. –  The Verdicchio of Matelica has a very structured taste which depends on soils at the foot of the Apennines. The Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, is produced from the same grape but it is more marked by the iodine air from the sea. – We’ll taste the wines of the winery and we will visit the vineyards enjoying the spectacle of the mountains which preserve the valley. – At the end of the day, back to « Borgo Lanciano », dinner and overnight stay.

Breakfast at the hotel, departure to Muccia and visit of the Varnelli Distillery, founded in 1868 by Girolamo Varnelli. It is managed entirely by the Varnelli family since four generations. It is the oldest liqueur factory of Marche region, founder of the famous Mistrà which is a dry aniseed flavoured liqueur. The secret recipe conserves the ancient artisanal processing methods and the high quality standard of the products. – At the end of the visit, lunch in restaurant – In the afternoon, transfer to Serrapetrona, a famous location for the Vernaccia, a DOCG (controlled and guaranteed denomination of origin) sparkling wine. Its production is allowed in a very specific territory from Belforte del Chienti and San Severino Marche (in Macerata province) including the entire town of Serrapetrona. – Visit of the Quacquarini factory which produces also pastries made with Vernaccia such as biscuits, cakes and panettone. – And then, restorative walk along the banks of the nearby lake of Caccamo : our last beautiful postcard of Macerata’s inlands.

PARTICIPATION FEE

from € 1.260,00 per person
(min 2 persons).

THE PRICE INCLUDES

Transfer with driver and luxury NCC private car (type Mercedes GLE) – 2 overnight stays in «Borgo Lanciano» resort Accommodation in double room and half-board – Access to the spa- Drinks at meals – Guided visits as scheduled – Meals and tasting as scheduled – Health insurance.

ARE EXCLUDED

Free meals – Extra – cancellation insurance – Tip and anything not mentioned in “The price includes”.

SUPPLEMENT

Single room €80,00 per night – Pick up from the main Italian airports by NCC private car with available driver on request.

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