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.


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, cooking instructor and food blogger, and Vernon, mountain guide, MS in European Literature and avid history enthusiast.


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.


The ItaliaOutdoors Difference

Truly Personalized Service and a Custom Plan for Every Trip

Kathy and Vernon


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


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


Custom Plan


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




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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Raboso is an ancient wine, grown in the Piave River valley of the Veneto region before the time of the Roman Empire. Pliny the Elder writes in his Naturalis Historia, of the grape Picina omnium nigerrima, a black wine and the ancestor not only of Raboso, but of Terrano, Refosco and Friularo. Antonio Carpene, one of the founders of the School of Enology in Conegliano, claimed that the red Raboso nero was perhaps the most important variety of eastern Veneto, especially as it was so widespread at that time. Even after the Second World War, Raboso was still the dominant wine in this region, accounting for approximately 80% of the production.

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Cecchettto Winery

Giorgio Cecchetto is a winemaker passionate about the Raboso grape. His family winery, Cecchetto, is located in Tezze di Piave, in the heart of the Piave DOC area in the Treviso region of the Veneto. His family had a long tradition of growing the Raboso grape in this region. This region is quite flat, lying along the Piave river valley. It has flooded numerous times throughout history, and the alluvial soil is quite fertile. It can also be quite damp and foggy, making it a challenging environment for many winemakers. The Raboso grape in particular is highly resistant to fungal disease and rot, and so is well-suited for this climate. Giorgio is highly committed to making the most from his beloved Raboso, and during a recent visit to their winery, I observed firsthand some of his experiments. Immediately behind the winery are fields of Raboso grapes in which the rows of grape vines are interspersed with other plantings; vegetables, and in particular mulberry trees, replicating how they were planted traditionally. Inside, Raboso wines were aging in local woods such as chestnut, rather than in the French and Slovian oak that is all the rage today. Cristina Garetto, who gave me a quick tour, showed me an old book in which aging in indigenous woods was specifically mentioned. Giorgio has also co-authored a book, with several other experts: Il Raboso del Piave – Fascinosa realtà delle terre del Piave (The charming reality of the Piave land) which is also translated into English.  According to Cecchetto, “it is an essential element of our heritage as much as our land, its good and bad seasons and  the 500-year-old history of our people who have kept and renewed the tradition of Raboso, always looking at the future with hope and confidence”

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Vineyards in Piave zone

I tasted the 2007 Cecchetto Raboso del Piave during my visit in September, 2011. This wine is made from 100% Raboso Piave grapes, which are harvested when slightly overripe. The grapes are macerated in oak barrels for 12-15 days, then the wine is matured in large oak barrels for 18 months, and partly in barriques for 12 months. A final  6 months of aging occurs in the bottle.

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Aging barrels at Cecchetto


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Cecchetto Raboso

This wine is a ruby red, with a full aroma of dark berries, cherries, and vanilla, along with leather and tobacco. Quite dry on the palate, with good structure and nice acidity and medium tannins.

Cristina gave me a bottle of their Passito di Raboso, a sweet dessert wine made from Raboso grapes for me to try later. I shared it recently in a cooking class, and it was appreciated by all. This Raboso is a Passito wine, a wine made from grapes that have been dried to concentrate their juices. The best bunches are carefully picked and stored in crates and on trelliswork until April, so that dehydration goes on for over six months. Then maceration takes place in stainless steel containers for 20 days, followed by fermentation in barriques. To produce this wine, Cecchetto has blended together four vintages in a decreasing order of percentage: 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005.

This Cecchetto Passito di Raboso is deep ruby red in color. It exhibits a cherry aroma, rich in dried fruits. It has a very full flavor, lots of powerful tannins, and a persistent finish.