Valchiavenna: scents and flavours in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci

Valchiavenna: scents and flavours in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci

Valchiavenna: scents and flavours in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci

* EXPERIENCE THE "SOREL" IN A TYPICAL CROTTO IN VALCHIAVENNA


  • * TASTE GENUINE FOOD AND WINE IN A TYPICAL ENVIRONMENT WITH A GLANCE INTO THE FUTURE

  • * ADMIRE THE BEAUTY OF THE ALPS WHICH INTENSELY MOVED LEONARDO DA VINCI IN HIS TRAVELLING AROUND THE REGION

  • * EXPERIENCE A TYPICAL COOKING CLASS

240,00 €

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  • You will reach Chiavenna from Milan railway station by train in about 2 hours and on arrival a private car will take you to Acquafraggia waterfalls where you will visit some vineyards. Leonardo Da Vinci was intensely moved by the magnificence of Acquafraggia waterfalls and mentioned them in the Codice Atlantico where he described their beauty.

    “Su per detto fiume” (Mera river) “si truova chadute di acqua di 400 braccia le quale fanno belvedere…”.

    Back in town, you will taste a typical lunch in a Crotto where you will also experience the “sorel”. Crotto is a natural cave formed by ancient rocks from landslides where temperature is kept constant at 4 to 8 degrees by the "sorel", an air flowing between rocks and creating a perfect environment to age wine (as there is no temperature variation) as well as cured meats or cold cuts and cheese from alpine pastures and dairies. The local Crotto were mentioned by Leonardo da Vinci in its Codes and drafts as good quality and cheap “Osteria”.  Today, some Crotto have been restored to be fine restaurants serving local food while most of them are still private and thus close to the public.

    Finally, the car will take you to an innovative wine farm on top of the mountain where you will enjoy a stunning view on the valley. Here, you will taste their typical food and wines and, if you are cuisine lovers, you will experience a short cooking class.

    Extraordinary wines have been produced for centuries in this area. Leonardo da Vinci will exalt the "Powerful wines and more" of the valley. In this mountainous area, vineyards have been obtained thanks to the effort and the constant engagement of generations of farmers by terracing the land, which represents one of the most important features of the strict link between territory and viticulture.

    After visiting a small and scenic village, the car will take you back to the railway station in time to take the train back to Milan. But, you can decide to extend yor stay and live a wonderful experience in a B&B on top of the mountain with a stunning view of the valley .. in the brigthness of the full moon, maybe (quotation on request).

    On 1st September and on 6th to 8th September 2019 the Sagra dei Crotti (Crotti festival) will be held in Chiavenna. The Sagra dei Crotti was born in 1956 with the aim of giving value to crotti thus enjoying the authentic atmosphere and poetry. During the festival also private crotti will be open to the public.

  • Inclusions:
  • - Train from Milan to Chiavenna and back
  • - English-speaking local assistant
  • - Typical lunch with drinks (water and wine)
  • - Wine and typical food tasting
  • - Visit to vineyards
  • - Transport to wine farm and back and around the facilities to be visited
  • Price is per person based on 4 people travelling

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