Change your location. Change your life.

 

SICILY + PIEDMONT 

Book-ending the best of harvest time in Italy. Olives become olive oil, grapes become wine, and truffles become dinner. And lunch. All explored from a historic but working baglio, and a feudal lord's castello.

 

piedmont + Lake como 

Turin's chocolate and coffee make it a food lover's paradise, and Slow Food's Salone del Gusto is the Garden of Eden. Then on to Lake Como, where pastel villas contrast jewel-toned water and mountain slopes.

Madrid + Basque country

Madrid. Elegant, exciting and completely on its own timetable. Re-set your watch to experience world-class culinary, art and life-loving ways. Then, the mystery and delights of Basque Country await.

 

BASILICATA + PUGLIA

Linda loved Basilicata before she even saw it--her grandfather was born there. She yearns to share the warmth and simplicity of Southern Italy, where food and history are the backbone of everyday life. 

         

 

 

HAVANA, CUBA

With our partner, LatinArtSpace, we'll explore all the best that Cuba has to offer: art, music, architecture, emerging privately-owned dining options (paladares). Did I mention rum tastings and cigars?

 

COMING IN 2018   Moscow + St. Petersburg

On the horizon: A tour of Provence with a celebrated chef, the splendors of Moscow and St. Petersburg, the wonder of the Croatian coast and islands, and an insider's trip to Venice. Stay tuned.

Havana Culture + Gastronomy

MARCH, 2017 - TWO TRIP DATES

Saturday, March 17 - Saturday, March 24 or

Saturday,  March 24 - Saturday, March 31

7 nights


Havana

Nights 1 - 7

An exclusive tour of Havana curated in partnership with Cuba expert, Latin Art Space exclusively for MorsoSoggiorno guests. Experience Cuban art, architecture, music, gastronomy, and the warmth of the Cuban people. The tour will be led by Astrid Martinez-Jones, Cuban culture specialist and independent curator of Latin Art Space and Linda Plazonja, chef, restaurant consultant, and food sherpa of MorsoSoggiorno.

 

Highlights

  • Meet and engage with artists in their studios and visit collaborative art projects and venues
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of famed Old Havana with an architect form the City Historians Office
  • Visit an organic urban farm and explore farmers markets
  • Learn about the history of Cuban agriculture, criolla food, and Cuban cooking traditions
  • Meet local craft food producers and sample their delicacies
  • Replenish your humidor with world-renowned Cuban cigars while sipping Cuban rum and learning about Cuba's tobacco tradition
  • Meet cutting edge thinkers and scholars (i.e. urban planner, economist specializing in Cuba-USA relations, sociologist, specialist on Cuban religions, poets, writers, filmmakers, and more)
  • Experience Cuban jazz and popular music, and explore the trendy Havana art scene
  • Enjoy delicious meals at paladares, privately-owned restaurants in beautiful, renovated homes; meet restaurateurs and discuss the challenges of being a cuentapropista in Cuba

  • 7 nights at a five-star hotel in Havana
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • All scheduled activities and venues on the program; speakers and conferences
  • Personal introductions to artists, cuentapropistas (entrepreneurs), and cultural figures
  • Transportation in a deluxe air-conditioned vehicle during tour activities
  • Local guides
  • All tips while dining with the group
  • Concierge support for planning evening activities and restaurant reservations
  • Facilitation of art purchases, including payment, export permits, and shipping
  • Cuba orientation session, travel packet including a suggested reading list, Van Dam Havana map
  • Compliance with US Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations for travel to Cuba

what's included:


  • Air tavel to Havana
  • Cuban visa
  • Personal items
  • Evening meals not noted in the program
  • Evening transport
  • Telephone, internet service
  • Tips to hotel staff
  • Additional beverages not included in the meal plans

what's not included:


$5,500

Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy. Each trip is limited to 8 - 10 people. Some accommodations offer king beds only. 

Note: Prices are subject to change and dependent on availability. This is a representative program; activities, venues, and speakers are subject to change.

Photos courtesy of Marisol Marquez. 

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Dates: March, 2017


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Piedmont + Lake Como

OCTOBER 7 - 15, 2017

8 nights


Le Langhe + Roero In Piedmont

Nights 1 -4

Piedmont is fast becoming our favorite destination in Italy, and that's saying something. Why, you ask? Welcoming people, extraordinary wines, vistas of vineyards sweeping up hillsides, amazing foods rich with the area's heritage dairy products and so much more. Oh, and did I mention the white truffles?

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Accommodations at Castello Guarene (a former feudal lord's estate) turned 5-Star resort and spa, welcome reception on their vast terrazzo
  • A private cooking lesson with chef Davide Odore
  • Hunt truffles with Jolie, the ace truffle hunting mutt, followed by a pasta lunch prepared with the spoils of our labor
  • Taste local wines and food products, meet with the producers
  • We'll tour Marchese di Barolo's private cellars and enjoy a private truffle dinner and wine tasting
  • Walks through the hilltop towns of La Morra, Barolo, stumbling across markets, antiques and crafts

HIGHlights:

  • Accommodations at our own private lakeside villa, with a motor launch at our disposal
  • A ferry ride, stroll and dinner in Varenna, arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world
  • A day in Bellagio, filled with pastel villas and cobblestone streets
  • Campari Spritzes at sunset overlooking the lake
  • A tour of the lake in a vintage Chris Craft speedboat
  • In Varenna, a cooking lesson and lunch with the chef/owners of a family restaurant

lake como

Nights 5 - 7 


  • Details to come

ONE Final NighT In Milan

Night 8


  • Guided personally by Linda and Jonathan
  • All hotel accommodations as per the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, dinners, and some lunches as noted in the itinerary
  • All wine at dinners
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Sightseeing as described in itinerary including entrance fees and services of professional local guides
  • Lifelong memories, endless photo ops

what's included:


  • International air travel
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Personal items and alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities to your guides, drivers, porters and hotel service
  • Anything ordinary, boring or run of the mill

what's not included:


$6,495

Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy. This trip is limited to 10 people.

 

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Dates:  September 21 - October 1, 2016


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Basilicata + Puglia

October 21 - 29, 2017

8 nights


Basilicata

Nights 1 - 4

Who goes to Basilicata? The answer is absolutely no one. The Lucani, the regional name for people from Basilicata, are not self-promoters. The good news is that we'll take care of the promotion for them, because we'll sing the praises of our visit far and wide. The bad news? Basilicata is more for the intrepid than the sophistication-seeking traveler. Daunting? Not at all. It's a matter of traveling taste. Ours resides firmly on the side of getting there before everyone else does.

 

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Accommodations include the Sextanio, a luxe albergo difuso tucked into a hillside in Matera, a UNESCO world heritage site
  • Tastings at two family masserie--wine, fresh sheep's milk ricotta, and so much more
  • All-day cooking class, market tour and dinner
  • Visit the local churches, including the oldest known fresco in Italy
  • Day-trips to Alberobello, home of the beehive-like Trulli, and Martina Franca.
  • A totally do-able (yes, we mean you) hike of the Dolomiti Lucane--the mountains that surround Matera
  • Swim in the turquoise waters beneath the arch of Italy's boot, even in October.
  • Sip a cocktail at Francis Ford Coppola's family hotel (Francis é vero Lucano)
  • Food, local wines, local cheeses to your heart's satisfaction

Puglia

Nights 5 - 8

Ditto Puglia, although the mysteries and charms of Puglia are becoming well known quickly. Puglia's theme: color. In some villages everything is white. The white bee-hive shaped trulli. Ancient white limestone pavement. White sand beaches. And the white city, Ostuni. Add color in the form of vibrant black and green olive groves, jewel-toned red and green grape vineyards and a cerulean blue sea, and there is something for every palate--or pallette. 

 

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Home base will be the exclusive Convento di Santa Maria di Constanopoli at the very tip of the stiletto heel of Italy's boot
  • Our private chef will offer breakfast, pasta-making classes and wine and cheese tastings from plant and tree-lined the medieval courtyard
  • We'll explore the coast that launched the Crusades by private boat, stopping for a picnic lunch, a dip in clear azure waters and a poke around the caves and grottos that line Puglia's East coast
  • The beauty of Lecce and Ostuni will captivate us on day trips, roaming the cobbled streets of these fanciful white-walled cities

  • International air travel
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Personal items and alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise noted)
  • Gratuities to your guides, drivers, porters and hotel service
  • Anything boring, ordinary or forgettable

what's included:


  • International air travel
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Personal items and alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities to your guides, drivers, porters and hotel service 
  • Anything ordinary or boring

What's not included:


$5,995

Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy. This trip is limited to 10 people.

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Dates:  October 8 - 16, 2016


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Madrid + Basque Country

June 17 - 25, 2017

8 nights.


Madrid

Nights 1 - 4

As a child in the 60's, Jonathan recalls standing on the balcony of his family's apartment, watching then dictator Francisco Franco's military parades along Madrid's Gran Via. Five decades later, the city continues to enthrall 24 hours a day, with a non-stop pace that rivals that of go-go Barcelona.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Treasure hunting in the chic El Rastro neighborhood
  • We'll visit the Torrijos Market and learn to make an authentic paella
  • Chocolate and churros at legendary San Gines (ahem, possibly more than once)
  • An afternoon, or two, at the Prado and Thyssen museums, followed by craft beer or cava
  • Roasted sucking pig at one of the oldest restaurants in Madrid
  • A tapas cooking lesson, sangria and flamenco dancing. 
  • A stroll through bustling Mercado San Miguel, one of the best public markets in the world

Basque Country

Nights 5 - 8

Regardless of where you've been and what you've seen, the independent spirit of Spanish and French Basque Country will satisfy the wanderlust of even the most experienced traveler. Boasting a language, culture and cuisine all its own, Basque territorial fervor rewards visitors at every turn. In fact, the cuisine is some of the most influential and celebrated in the world.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
  • We'll stroll the old port, where gentlemen with wool felt berets playing dominoes
  • We'll visit the añanas salt flats
  • In San Sebastián: Michelin 3-star dining harborside
  • Tour family-owned Rioja olive oil + wine production
  • We'll learn to make pinxtos with Bilbao flare in a master class
  • A visit to Vitoria Gasteiz, the best preserved medieval town in all of Europe
  • We'll sample rioja wines, famous pinxtos, and pop into centuries-old sweet shops
  • A day trip to French Basque Country, including Biarritz, with harbor-side dining at Le Corsair, and St. Jean de Luz.

  • Guided personally by Linda + Jonathan
  • All hotel accommodations as per the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, dinners, and some lunches as noted in itinerary
  • All (fabulous) wine at dinners
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Sightseeing as described in the itinerary, including entrance fees and services of professional local guides
  • Lifelong memories, endless photo ops

What's Included:

 


  • International air travel
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Personal items and alcoholic beverages (except where noted)
  • Gratuities to your guides, drivers, porters and hotel service
  • Anything boring, ordinary or run of the mill

what's not included:


$5,495

Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy. This trip is limited to 10 people.

pricing:

 


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Sicily + Piedmont

Interested in Experiencing the best of Italy? Book-end it with our custom Itinerary that includes Palermo and the West Coast of Sicily, and Barolo, Turin and the best of Piedmont.

 

8 nights


Western Sicily

Nights 1 - 4

Western Sicily, and its capital, Palermo, are the living expression of over 3,000 years of occupying invaders. The remnant passive chaos of multiple cultures is evident on every street corner: in the art and architecture, in the food, and in the living ruins that surround us.

 

Highlights

  • Accommodations at a working baglio (walled country estate) in Trapani, featuring award-winning wines
  • A private cooking lesson with the baglio's local chefs
  • A visit to the storied mountaintop village of Erice
  • A morning at the Trapani Salt Flats, in production for over 2,000 years
  • An all-day cooking extravaganza with a Duchess at her waterfront home
  • A sumptuous dinner and a tour of the Duchess' palazzo
  • A guided tour of Palermo, including some of the world's finest food markets

Le Langhe + Roero

Nights 5 - 8

 

We'll bookend Italy with a journey north to Piedmont. Nestled in the foothills of the Alps, Piedmont is the seat of the Italian unification movement, a former coveted prize for Austro-Hungarian and French forces, and now a prize destination for its world-class wines, cheeses, chocolates and, of course, truffles.

HIGHLIGHTs

  • Enjoy a night in Turin, the sophisticated cultural capital of Italy
  • Dinner at Circolo dei Lettori, a private Literary Club cum fabulous restaurant
  • Accommodations at Castello Guarene (a former feudal lord's estate) turned 5-Star resort and spa
  • A private cooking lesson with the Castello's chef, Davide Odore
  • Hunt truffles with Jolie, the truffle hunting mutt
  • Taste local wines and food products, meet with the producers
  • We'll tour Machese di Barolo's private cellars and enjoy a private truffle dinner and wine tasting

What's Included:

  • Guided personally by Linda and Jonathan
  • All hotel accommodations as per the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary -- all breakfasts, dinners, and some lunches
  • All wines with meals
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Air travel between Palermo and Turin
  • Sightseeing as described in itinerary including entrance fees and services of professional local guides
  • Welcome aperitivi in Turin
  • All white truffle supplements
  • Lifelong memories, endless photo ops

  • International air travel
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Personal items and alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise noted)
  • Gratuities to your guides, drivers, porters and hotel service
  • Anything boring, ordinary or forgettable

WHAT's not included:


$7,495

Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy.

PRICING:

Dates:  October 3 - 11, 2015


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