(VIP EDITION) Milano, red roses, kisses & pictures
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Renzo and Lucia, protagonists of Alessandro Manzoni’s novel “I Promessi Sposi” (“The Betrothed”), after big sufferings and adventures, finally meet each other again at San Simpliciano Church square, where they enjoy their kiss of love, forever lasting.
Would you like to live that moment of eternity with your true love?
Let you two become the lovers of Hayez’s masterpiece “Il Bacio”. Yes, exactly you, lovely couples, Milan is looking for you to be passionate! Let your love shine bright, spreading your kisses around the most romantic and hidden places in town. Come on! Follow Elena and her red rose, she, strolling with you among wonderful and secret cloisters and courtyards in Milan, will take professional photos of you, transforming you in sweet protagonists as in the Hayez paint and making your love become even more precious in beautiful images.

I love nocciola Italiana (Unforgettable Cooking Experience in Rome)
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In this gastronomic story, Irma plays herself, as she is the biggest expert of Nocciola in Italy. She is a charming and competent professional who will explain to you everything related to the nocciola in an authentic and professional way. You will find a delicious and tasty product, able to give you “happiness”, it’s scientifically tested as nocciola releases endorphin, the enzyme of happiness!

Escaping the pirates at Portofino (Trekking and Cooking in the Wild of the Genoa Area)
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With the help of Silvia we would dive into the XIIIth century events, the time when Corsican pirates used to ravage the richest part of Liguria, forcing the fishermen to move house to the hills of the present day Portofino Park. We will understand the consequences of such escape on the lifestyle of the fishermen who, obliged to hide from the plunderers, had to become farmers and mountaineers. We will walk over the paths of the Park, learning to recognise and cook with the forest herbs in order to prepare Genovese pesto according to the traditional recipe handed down to the innkeeper’s wife of the Antica Locanda of Mulino del Gassetta. Special surprises will not be missing when later we go down to the exclusive beaches along the course leading to Portofino, where, in the shoes of the survived fugitives, we will gather to celebrate the “Grazia Ricevuta” (Received Grace), at the ancient Church of Saint George.

“Trotula De Ruggiero”, first Lady of Medicine in XIth century (Storyliving in Naples Area)
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Clelia, “entered” in the role of Trotula, the most famous Lady Doctor in the almost thousand-year history of the University of Salerno, will help you comprehend the Medieval past of this splendid city, taking you to discover the most representative places of the city and the life of Doctress Trotula, describing in a popular way the salient aspects of the Medical School of Salerno in the period of its greatest splendour during the XI and XIIth century (female doctors, diagnosing the ill, use of plants for healing purposes, theory of the 4 moods of Hippocrates, an ancient Greek doctor). You will put on the shoes of a student in the Medical School of Salerno coming from Northern Europe, will explore the Botanical garden, known as the Giardino della Minerva (Garden of Minerva), and will be charged to look for botanical species with anti-poisonous qualities. You will learn to recognise certain plants and while enjoying the breathtaking landscape, will taste tisane of beneficial effects in the suggestive tisanehouse of the Botanical garden, in an bond of knowledge which links the Medical School of Salerno with the natural world of herbs.

(VIP EDITION) “Trotula De Ruggiero”, first Lady of Medicine in XIth century Salerno
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Clelia meets you in the role of Trotula, the most famous Lady Doctor in the almost thousand-year history of the University of Salerno. She will help you comprehend the Medieval past of this splendid city, taking you to discover the most representative places of Trotula, describing in a popular way the salient aspects of the Medical School of Salerno at time of its greatest splendour during the XI and XIIth century. You will put on the shoes of a student in the Medical School of Salerno coming from abroad, will explore the Botanical garden, known as the Garden of Minerva, and will be charged to look for botanical species with anti-poisonous qualities. You will learn to recognise certain plants and while enjoying the breathtaking landscape, will taste tisane of beneficial effects in the suggestive tisane house of the Botanical garden, place of knowledge which links the Medical School of Salerno with the natural world of herbs.

(VIP EDITION) “The Yellow” of “Vietri sul Mare”
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Gaetana, will greet you at the gates of the Amalfi coast, and will help you immerse as a protagonist in the indescribable beauty of this place, able to enclose in just a glimpse the blue of the sea, the green of the cliffs, the yellow of the lemons. You will encounter the people who for ever hand down the traditions of the Yellow: the yellow of the lemons, delicious and juicy, which you will use to make the famous “Limoncello”, a yellow liqueur that Gaetana will teach you to make according to the ancient farmers’ recipe. The yellow of the ceramics you are to model and paint in the workshop of a master-craftsman where you will learn to give value to the brilliant landscape colors. In the end of this memorable Artès story, the title of Ambassador will really be a “sealed bond” of your transformation of “local among locals”.

(VIP EDITION) Lord Byron arrives at Ca’ Zen
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Luigi will welcome you as the head butler of Ca’ Zen. He will help you find out about the court activities of the nobility that lived in this splendid Venetian Villa. The Villa has been preserved as it was at the time of the famous “love flings” of Lord Byron with the young Guiccioli countess. You will relive the traditions of this house, putting the shoes of a servant of Ca’ Zen. You will take part in a hunt (a photographic one) of the typical fauna of this wild territory which is situated at the Delta of the River Po and has still remained pristine. You will learn the secrets of grooming horses, and will make a traditional ceramic “ocarina” (a type of whistle in clay) to be given to Lord Byron as a welcoming present. At the end of the day, celebrate the success of the venture with a typical Venetian aperitif and, if your contribution is as impeccable as we expect, you will be rewarded with a Certificate of recognition by the very Countess.

The Gorgonzola and the Marquise: cheese of the poor at a nobles’banquet (Milano Area)
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Cristina, playing as Ginevra, jumps with you into the past. You visit Gorgonzola as it was about 200 years ago, sharing Serbelloni family tales and gossip. Here you discover the secret origins of the Gorgonzola cheese and how luckily it has reached its actual yummy smelly fame and…. guess what? You will have the possibility to do a special tasting of this squisite cheese, accompanied by local wines that for sure will no dissapoint you.

The tunic of Faroaldo II (Medieval history and local traditions in Umbria)
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Veronica, in the shoes of a PhD Doctoral student in Medieval Art, will introduce you to the origins of the Abbey of Saint Peter, a very famous Lombard abbey in Umbria, which conserves the breathtakingly beautiful Bear Plate, Lastra di Orso, and the most important pre-Giotto frescoes cycle in Umbria. You will enhance your knowledge on Valnerina’s traditions and, in particular, of Sant’ Anatolia di Narco, picturesque Umbrian village, famous for the “Canapine” (hemp fields). In this very village exists the particular and curious Museo della Canapa (Hemp Museum), which testifies how hemp processing, in use from early Middle ages onwards, was a full ‘right’ of this territory. You could listen to the story of Faroaldo II, narrated by local people, understanding and vividly experimenting how hemp was processed, learning how to weave on an ancient loom of those times and, in the end , will round up the venture with tasting typical local products.

The treasure of the Ammicc Palace (Treasure Hunt, Show Cooking and Tasting of tipicities)
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Imma and Giusy, in the shoes of the daughters of Lord Lambicco, will guide you in a hunt to discover the lost recipe. Immersed in the heart of Metapontino, you will enjoy a visit to the historic city centre and the historic palaces of ancient Camarda, passing in front of Palazzo Margherita (property of Francis Ford Coppola). ou will make a tour of this South Italy “California” and, thanks to the hints, reconstruct the recipe and find about the ingredients needed to make the original “scorzetta” a delicious local sweet. You will have the occasion to see at work Masterchef Spinelli who will show you the real recipe for “scorzetta” of Bernalda. The story will end with a toast accompanied by a “sweet epilogue”.

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