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.

Basilicata + Puglia

SEPTEMBER 15 - 24, 2017

8 nights


PUGLIA

Nights 1 - 4

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

 

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Two nights at the exclusive Convento di Santa Maria di Constanopoli at the very tip of the stiletto heel of Italy's boot
  • Two nights in Lecce at the luxury La Fiermontina hotel
  • Lavish breakfasts, pasta-making classes and wine and cheese tastings from plant and tree-lined medieval courtyards
  • 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, roaming the cobbled streets of these fanciful white-walled cities

BASILICATA

Nights 5 - 8

Basilicata’s capital city, Matera, our home for these few days, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And it’s not hard to see why. This very typical Basilicatan territory known as the Lucano, is an ancient district of southern Italy whose heritage dates to the fifth century BC. The town and the area are full of cave dwellings (many restored to modern standards). There is charm and mystery around every corner.

 

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Accommodations at the luxury Palazzo Gattini high atop Matera in the main piazza
  • Tastings at two family masserie--wine, fresh sheep's milk ricotta, and so much more
  • Visit the local churches (there are 60) including the oldest known fresco in Italy
  • Day trips to Alberobello, home of the beehive-like Trulli, Locorotondo and Ostuni
  • A totally do-able (yes, we mean you) hike of the Dolomiti Lucane--the mountains that surround Matera lined with sassi
  • 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

 


    • 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 or boring

    What's not included:


    Please contact us for pricing. 

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

    PRICING:

    Dates:  September 15 - 24, 2017


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    Sicily + Piedmont

    SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 8, 2017

    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 the luxury Hotel Villa Igeia on the Gulf of Palermo
    • A visit to the storied mountaintop village of Erice by fenicular
    • 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 grand home
    • A sumptuous dinner and a tour of the Duchess' palazzo
    • A guided walking tour of Palermo, including some of the world's finest food markets
    • A visit to Baglio Donna Franca, a working vineyard and agriturismo for dinner and wine tasting

    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 prized destination for its world-class wines, cheeses, chocolates, cuisine and, of course, truffles.

    HIGHLIGHTs

    • Enjoy 2 nights in Turin, the sophisticated cultural capital of Italy at the centrally located boutique Grand Hotel Sitea
    • Dinner at del Cambio, established 1711, and considered one of the most elegant dining experiences in all of Italy
    • Dinner at Circolo dei Lettori, a private Literary Club cum fabulous restaurant
    • Accommodations for 2 nights at Castello Guarene (a former feudal lord's estate) turned 5-Star Relais et Chateaux resort and spa
    • A private cooking lesson with the Castello's chef
    • A truffle hunt with Jolie, the truffle hunting mutt, with lunch following
    • Local wine and food tastings and meetings with the producers
    • We'll tour Machese di Barolo's fabled 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:


    Please contact us below for pricing.

    Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy.

    This trip is limited to 10 people.

    PRICING:

    Dates:  September 29 - October 8, 2017 


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    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. 

    pricing:

    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.

     

    pricing:

    Dates:  September 21 - October 1, 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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