(VIP EDITION) A new chef for “La Scala”

Silvia, playing as the Maître of Restaurant alla Scala, will guide you to become a real Milanese chef. Get in touch with the real
Milan Gourmet soul, go shopping into one authentic Milan open market and soon learn the Italian culinary tradition with a great
chef of Milan at hand.

Escaping the pirates at Portofino (Trekking and Cooking in the Wild of the Genoa Area)

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.

(VIP EDITION) Escaping the pirates at Portofino

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.

The knights who freed Val d’Orcia from Ghino di Tacco robberies (Cycling in Tuscany)

His Lordship of the village, Michele, comes with you to discover Valdorcia, riding on your “cycled horse“ and in the end you will feast, making toasts together with the other knights taking part in the venture, all united at house of Michele.

“Trotula De Ruggiero”, first Lady of Medicine in XIth century (Storyliving in Naples Area)

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

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.

Rome, INVISIBLE CITY (Your Master in Archeology in the Capital of the Ancient World”

Francesca will help you immerse yourself in the most hidden reality of the artistic and architectural culture of Rome, teaching and giving you tha unique chance to experiment the scientific method of data collection, used by the archaeologists, in particular the so called “conceptual restaurers”. Like a detective, you are to rediscover what has already become invisible, reconstructing the history, the very reason to have great time-defining stratification, accumulated for millenia. An experience indeed unique and unrepeatable that you can live only in Rome.

(VIP EDITION) Rome, INVISIBLE CITY

Francesca will help you immerse yourself in the most hidden reality of the artistic and architectural culture of Rome, teaching and giving you tha unique chance to experiment the scientific method of data collection, used by the archaeologists, in particular the so called “conceptual restaurers”. Like a detective, you are to rediscover what has already become invisible, reconstructing the history, the very reason to have great time-defining stratification, accumulated for millenia. An experience indeed unique and unrepeatable that you can live only in Rome. At the end, you will have the possibility to give voice to your discoveries in a very special way, a flashmob “a sorpresa” into which you can be a protagonist only by participating in this marvelous Storia Artès.

The other face of the Madonna dell’Idris (Art, Craft, Food and Wine Tasting in Matera)

Rosanna will enter the shoes of countess Beatrice and will be accompanied by the daughter Caterina, interpreted by a licenced
tour guide. They will help you live an unforgettable and exclusive experience across the extraordinary Sassi di Matera, Stones of
Matera, exploring the peculiar churches of San Giovanni in Monterrone and Madonna dell’ Idris, where their stories are intimately intertwined with those of the town itself. You will discover the secrets of tuff working from an authentic tuff expert. You will visit an authentic house in local tuff, and finally, you are to celebrate the success of the challenge with a happy hour of local products.

(VIP EDITION) The other face of the Madonna dell’Idris

Rosanna will enter the shoes of countess Beatrice and will be accompanied by the daughter Caterina, interpreted by a licenced tour guide. They will help you live an unforgettable and exclusive experience across the extraordinary Sassi di Matera, Stones of Matera, exploring the peculiar churches of San Giovanni in Monterrone and Madonna dell’ Idris, where their stories are intimately intertwined with those of the town itself. You will discover the secrets of tuff working under the guidance of an authentic tuff expert who will teach you how to make a unique object in tuff. You will visit an authentic house in local tuff, and finally, you are to celebrate the success of the challenge by enjoying a typical lunch of local products.

1818, Lord Byron arrives at Ca’ Zen (All servants at work near Venice)

Luigi will welcome you with his typical enthusiasm, in the shoes of the head butler of Ca’ Zen. He will help you find out about the typical court activities of the nobility that lived in this splendid Venetian Villa. The Villa has been preserved as it was in the beginning of the ‘800, 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 prepare them for the walks of nobles. At the end of the day, you are to 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.

(VIP EDITION) Lord Byron arrives at Ca’ Zen

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)

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.

From the Middle Ages the true Story of the legendary “Pastissada” in Verona

Maya in reality is a joyful and lively tour guide who deeply loves the story of Verona. That is why we are to have a lot of fun, putting together sacred and profane, going to search the traces of a really glorious historical past, almost a treasure hunt, which will help us discover the marvels of “gothic” Verona along her main streets until we reconstruct the ancient events that led to the defining of the recipe of this extraordinary dish, “Pastissada”, which you can taste with joy at the end of our hunt, with a glass of the finest wines of the area of Verona, in one of the most traditional restaurants in the city.

29 December 1514 The last day of Count Giancarlo Tramontano in Matera

Rosanna, in the shoes of the legendary Brunetta, will help you relive this dramatic moment, which really happened in the Medieval lands of Matera. You will find out the reasons for which the Castle of Tramontano had remained incomplete, will relive the feelings which moved the population to hunt the tyrant who had tired the people of Matera and feelings which bothered the people with the Count’s manias of power and conquest; you will enjoy a guided visit along the streets of the Duomo of Matera.

The tunic of Faroaldo II (Medieval history and local traditions in Umbria)

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.

(VIP EDITION) Da Romano’s Curse: save Cunizza from her Fate!

Angelo, in the shoes of Alberico’s masnadiere, accompanies you to San Zenone Hill to relive the story of the medieval family Da Romano, which is to be told by Cunizza, younger sister of the tyrrant Ezzelino. You will take part in a Medieval laboratory of Fencing, participate in a medieval battle between rivalry fractions of Da Romano’s family, followed by a trial, where, together with the other knights, you will make part of the defense in front of the Judge. You will write a precious scroll and put your signature and seal on it in wax and to accomplish it will participate in an exclusive laboratory of medieval writing. At last, you are to be nominated a knight or dame followed by a refreshment and photo distribution.

(VIP EDITION) The tunic of Faroaldo II

Veronica, in the shoes of a PhD Doctoral student in Medieval Art, will introduce you to the origins of the Abbey of Saint Peter, Abbey of San Pietro in Valle, a very famous Longobardic 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 Hemp Museum, Museo della Canapa, 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, incredibly but true, even dinner will be characterised by the use of typical meals on the base of…..hemp.

(VIP EDITION) 29 December 1514 The last day of Count Giancarlo Tramontano in Matera

Rosanna, in the shoes of the legendary Brunetta, will help you relive this dramatic moment, which really happened in the Medieval lands of Matera. You will find out the reasons for which the Castle of Tramontano had remained incomplete, will relive the feelings which moved the population to hunt the tyrant who had tired the people of Matera and feelings which bothered the people with the Count’s manias of power and conquest; you will enjoy a guided visit along the streets of the Duomo of Matera and assist a craftsmen demonstration of the characteristic local working of papier-mache.

(VIP EDITION) From the Middle Ages the true Story of the legendary “Pastissada”

Maya in reality is a joyful and lively tour guide who deeply loves the story of Verona. That is why we are to have a lot of fun, putting together sacred and profane, going to search the traces of a really glorious historical past, almost a treasure hunt, which will help us discover the marvels of “gothic” Verona along her main streets until we reconstruct the ancient events that led to the defining of the recipe of this extraordinary dish, “Pastissada”, which you can taste with joy at the end of our hunt, with a glass of the finest wines of the area of Verona, in one of the most traditional restaurants in the city.

(VIP EDITION)The Gorgonzola and the Marquise: cheese of the poor at a nobles’banquet

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? Finally, an expert Chef teaches you to cook special food with gorgonzola cheese. A complete menu, from starters to dessert.

The Mistery of Castel dell’Ovo (Discover the truth about mythos and legends in Naples)

Anna, in the role of Maria Sofia, accompanies you through this adventure and mystery. Your tresure hunt will start from a research on ancient books, to recall the legends and mysteries of princesses and holy women who lived in the old castle through the centuries. And right there, inside the castle, you will go at nightfall, to bring light to its hidden secrets, gathering all the messages left by the “misterious presence” who haunts that place.

(VIP EDITION) The knights who freed Val d’Orcia from Ghino di Tacco robberies

Lord of the village, Michele, comes with you to discover Valdorcia, riding on your “wheeled horses “ and also, thanks to a local culinary expert, helps you learn how to cook a typical ancient recipe of his enchanting lands . And as a great final, all the group makes a feast together, raising merry wine glasses, as special guests in Michele‘s home to celebrate the victory of the valorous knights.

(VIP EDITION) Save the yeast of Queen Margherita!

Sondra, playing Giuditta, will guide you on a bicycle tour through Monza’s delightful Royal Park. You will travel peacefully and slowly through organic hay meadows, farms and the former hunting lodges of the King to the river and an ancient mill. You will experience all the sensual pleasures of the traditional baker’s art, feeling your hands knead the dough, smelling the aromas of baking bread, and, of course, tasting your own freshly baked bread as we enjoy a royal experience with a lunchtime picnic in the mill courtyard.

(VIP EDITION) From the skycrapers of the “Rising City” to the fusion in a milanese historical foundry

Marilena, in the role of Giovanna, will make you discover Porta Nuova district and then will take you to another era, between foundries and workshops of goldsmiths in the Isola district, where you will learn to make your own jewel with the assistance of a Lombard master jeweller.