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.

The Great Photographic Contest in the WWF Oasis of Alviano (Wild Nature in Umbria)

Elena will introduce you to the astonishingly beautiful WWF Oasis of Alviano to participate in a photographic contest, created purposefully for you and that will last all day long, letting you do a hunt (a photographic one) of some of the rarest animals and plants living in the Oasis. The biology experts that the Park will provide for you, will introduce you to the peculiar natural chracteristics of the place, while Elena will have the pleasure to guide you into the basics of nature photography in ambush. You could participate in the competition alone or in a group. The classic final, in categories, will consider the points gathered during the execution of the assigned mission, apart from, obviously, the effective quality of the photos to be taken.

(VIP EDITION) The Great Photographic Contest in the WWF Oasis of Alviano

Elena will introduce you to the astonishingly beautiful WWF Oasis of Alviano to participate in a photographic contest, created purposefully for you and that will last all day long, letting you do a hunt (a photographic one) of some of the rarest animals and plants living in the Oasis. The biology experts that the Park will provide for you, will introduce you to the peculiar natural chracteristics of the place, while Elena will have the pleasure to guide you into the basics of nature photography in ambush. You could participate in the competition alone or in a group. The classic final, in categories, will consider the points gathered during the execution of the assigned mission, apart from, obviously, the effective quality of the photos to be taken.

“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.

The wedding between Hazelnut and Chocolate

Mariagrazia will be her own self as she is, one of the best hazelnut experts of Giffoni. Thanks to her, you will immerse in a fantasy story that goes around the IGP Hazelnut of Giffoni, specialty of the place, and you will be involved in a feast, created exclusively around you. During a walk along hazelnut orchards, you will get to know the properties of the IGP product, get acquainted with the typical local cuisine, preparing a full hazelnut-based menu, in particular the “fusilli” (a pasta type) hand made by means of umbrella stretchers; you will participate in the wedding celebration, the dinner, and the dances when you will learn the most beautiful traditional dances of Salerno. A unique event, unrepeatable and exclusive, where the protagonist is you.

(VIP EDITION) The wedding between Hazelnut and Chocolate

Mariagrazia will be her own self as she is, one of the best hazelnut experts of Giffoni. Thanks to her, you will immerse in a fantasy story that goes around the IGP Hazelnut of Giffoni, and you will be involved in a feast created exclusively around you. During a walk along hazelnut orchards, you will get to know the properties of product, get acquainted with the typical cuisine, you will be preparing a full hazelnut-based menu, in particular the “fusilli”, a unique pasta type, hand made by means of umbrella stretchers. To celebrate the wedding there will be dinner and dances among the most beautiful and traditional of Salerno. A unique event, unrepeatable and exclusive, where the protagonist is you.

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 amazing feast of Roverello’s 1000 years birthday

Rosario, as a knowledgeable expert of the Madonie park, leads you to live a unique and unrepeatable day in Sicily. With him you can go deep into the pristine nature of these places where there are wonderful old trees towering, some of them reaching 1000 years of age. After the full immersion in the nature of Madonie , the Bergi village, near Castelbuono (Palermo), is waiting for you to let you empathize with local agricultural traditions. Here you can experience how to look after a vegetable garden and enjoy a cooking lesson where you learn to prepare typical recipes to share during the feast, with the accompaniment of live traditional music and dances.

(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.

In search of the Old Testament of Count Rudolf to save the Terre di Brianza

Ester, in the shoes of a Gaetano Besana’s friend, will take you to live an intriguing treasure hunt in a pristine corner and fascinating landscape at the Oasis Galbusera Bianca, the first WWF private oasis in Italy, a village and a farm, a modern model of multi functionality farm. You will get to know about the forms of vegetation and principles of cultivation of a vegetable garden by participating in biodynamic farming practices; Ester will share with you her passion for sweets which you can prepare with her, making a very special cake as a snack with the products of the earth.

(VIP EDITION) Milano “slow”

Join with Silvia a really an unusual morning in Milan, made of special rhytms, breaths, slow moments, discoveries, wandering moments; in addition to Yoga experiences from the Himalayan Tradition, you will have the opportunity to listen to precious historical news about the “fluvial” history of Milan and about a Bioarchitectural center operating in the city

(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.