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Bike, Hike, Walk, Ski

You pick your activities; we’ll create your perfect tour. Kathy and Vernon work directly with you to create a trip to match your desires for accommodations, daily mileage, terrain, and activities such as wine tastings, cooking classes, shopping, and city tours.

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Food and Wine

Any tour of Italy is incomplete without indulging in the amazing food and wine. But to truly appreciate It, and what makes Italy so unique, requires a understanding of the regional history, culture and geography. All become part of your adventure with Kathy, chef, food blogger, and Certified Italian Wine Professional, and Vernon, mountain guide, MS in European Literature and avid history enthusiast.

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Your Unique Adventure

Not all private trips are custom. Most tour companies don't have the flexibility to deviate from their set itineraries, so there are always compromises. With Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine, your adventure will be as unique as you are, and your itinerary will be personally designed by Kathy and Vernon to meet the fitness goals and varied interests of your group.

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The ItaliaOutdoors Difference


Truly Personalized Service and a Custom Plan for Every Trip

Kathy and Vernon

NO MIDDLEMEN

You communicate directly with Vernon and Kathy. We know your dreams for an Italy adventure, we’ll have it ready for you when you arrive.

No Group Too Small

SMALL FOOTPRINT

Our small footprint allows us to travel like locals and enjoy spontaneous adventures as we explore the path less traveled.

 

Custom Plan

UNIQUE ITINERARY

Each tour itinerary is unique and serves as a framework for an exceptional journey, where a thoughtful plan adjusts to your pace.

 

Authenticity

KNOWLEDGE

We focus on just a few select tours to provide an exceptional level of regional knowledge and an unforgettable authentic experience.

Customize Your Adventure - Bike - Walk - Hike - Ski
With Italys "Best Local Guide 2013"

Read about our tours in Adventure Cyclist August 2015

Our passion is creating intimate, personalized cycling, skiing, walking and hiking adventures that explore an authentic Italy
- its outdoor beauty, its hidden back roads, its small family producers, its traditional wines, at your preferred pace.
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Marostica, in the Province of Vicenza, is the center of cherry production in the Veneto, where orchards cover the Chiampo Valley up into the Colli Berici. Springtime in this region brings with the warmer weather the gorgeous spectacle of the cherry blossoms adorning the orchards throughout the area.

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Marostica, Italy


The cherry boasts ancient roots, being first noted in the Orient as early as 3000 years BC. The Romans introduced the cherry into Italy from Turkey, and continued to improve the quality of the fruit, both in size and flavor.

The introduction of cherries into Marostica itself is a very well-known story. In 1454, the governor, Taddeo Parisio, had a daughter Lionora who had two suitors vying for her hand in marriage. Rather that subject everyone to the usual duel, Parisio promised his daughter to the one suitor who could best the other in a living chess game. This chess game was played in the city center, with live persons standing in for the chess pieces. The winner wed the beautiful Lionora, and the loser was awarded the hand of her less attractive younger sister. The first cherry trees were planted that year in Marostica in commemoration of this event. To this day, this chess game is reenacted every other year in September.

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Cherries canned in wine


Today, there are many varieties of cherries that have flourished in this region, with colors ranging from deep red to yellow, taste ranging from sour to sweet, and available from the end of May to late June. Local varieties include the Sandra of Marostica, named after the Roman farmer that first produced this particular graft, the Roana (an early to mid-season producer), the Durona of Chiampo, the Milanese (a late producer), the Morettina, the Red Durone, and the Biggareau.

The Marostica cherries have been awarded their own IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) status, which specifies, among other things, the size, color, varieties and growing locale of those cherries that have earned this quality designation. The area of production are potassium-rich hillside areas and plains stretching from Breganze up through Marostica and Bassano. Over 15 varieties are cultivated in the region by over one hundred producers.