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European Culinary Vacations

If you are still looking, Jessica Bell is organizing a trip to Spain in 2014. http://www.mywineschool.com/travel/sp.... She's knowledgeable, lots experience in Spain (read the bios for Jessica and her sister Karen).
If you already found your trip, post a review?

Oct 17, 2013
EAOrelup in General Topics

Emilia-Romagna Antica Corte Pallavicina

Thanks. To be clear, my husband asked him about gratuities and he did his best to deflect the question (no doubt understanding that talking about it would be rude or worse). He was delightful and knowledgeable.

Oct 01, 2013
EAOrelup in Italy

Emilia-Romagna Antica Corte Pallavicina

The servers from our two dinners, the staff who carried our luggage upstairs, the young man who gave us a tour of the farms (and shared that they share their tips but graciously made it clear that it was totally up to us). Boar the Labrador retriever already got belly rubs, so not him.

Oct 01, 2013
EAOrelup in Italy

Emilia-Romagna Antica Corte Pallavicina

We are at ACP now - outstanding but I could use some guidance on tipping. Everyone has been wonderful from beginning to farm tour to dinner to (presumably) tomorrow's departure and we of course will leave a gratuity. I have no idea how to gauge how much. I should have thought of it before, but didn't. Help?

Oct 01, 2013
EAOrelup in Italy

Lunch on the road from Rome to Parma

It's September and we are just about 2 weeks away from our drive from FCO to ACP. Lunch suggestions appreciated. (It's hard to speculate where we will be around lunch time, but our flight is scheduled to arrive at 8 am and I am hoping to be on the road by 10 am.)
Thanks for any advice.

Sep 13, 2013
EAOrelup in Italy

Emilia-Romagna (Modena and Zibello)

Thanks for the detailed trip report and the contact info. We will be in Modena in five weeks (not that I'm counting the days) and I think we'd be happy following in your footsteps. Does Franceschetta 58 take advance reservations?
Liz

Aug 27, 2013
EAOrelup in Italy

Lunch on the road from Rome to Parma

Thanks and advice appreciated. We have a direct flight into Rome from the US and we are better at spending the time on the road in the car than in airports making connections and waiting for luggage (it's a case of "Traveller, know thyself").

Mar 25, 2013
EAOrelup in Italy

Lunch on the road from Rome to Parma

Shorter and easier with a good place to eat would be great. I know it is a long drive, but we've done worse and survived - and it was the only option to get two nights at Antica Corte. I will study the maps and check back in the fall.

Mar 24, 2013
EAOrelup in Italy

Lunch on the road from Rome to Parma

Another poster's question inspires this one. We will be driving from the airport in Rome (FCO) to Parma (to Antica Corte Pallavicina to be precise) this September. We will be jet lagged (an 8 am arrival in Rome) but motivated. Where should we stop for lunch? We don't want to go into any large cities or stray too far from the A1 but it would be nice to have a recommended stop If you say Auto Grille and keep moving to ACPallavivina, I am okay with that too.

Mar 23, 2013
EAOrelup in Italy

Two days in Emilia-Romagna

Thanks. Years ago (before the internet became such a planning resource), we passed through the region, with one night in Reggio Emilia and I have wanted to return ever since. I have a particular weakness for food markets, which may sway me toward Modena, but I'm going to keep reading and thinking.
I was not familiar with passagiata, but a quick Google tells me that I may just be a passagiata type of person!

Mar 18, 2013
EAOrelup in Italy

Two days in Emilia-Romagna

Good points. We are spending our first two days at ACPallavicini for a bit of country life, and the following week we have rented a villa in the countryside near Orvieto. The three days between would be divoted to food shopping (I do love a good market street), food touring, walking, wine bars, and driving a Ferrari (treat for my husband). I thought that it would be fun to be in a town for walking distance to dinner or other evening attractions for those few days, although we definitely would expect to travel outside the town during the day. Is Modena not friendly to pedestrians? I had not considered Mantova, but I will. However, I had been thinking that we would stick close to the ER region before we head south. Is there another pedestrian-friendly ER town with a good hotel and less congestion than Modena?

Mar 18, 2013
EAOrelup in Italy

Two days in Emilia-Romagna

Thanks for starting this thread. My husband and I are planning to be in Emilia-Romagna that same week, starting with two nights at Antica Corte Pallavicina Relais, then three nights at a home base to be determined thinking of city center Modena). The planning is the best part!

Mar 17, 2013
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