Silversea Cruises has created a "Slow Food Adventure in Tuscany" land option debuting on three Mediterranean voyages in 2012.
In collaboration with Slow Food Italy, the ultra-luxury cruise company designed an exclusive three-night program that will highlight the culinary and cultural traditions of Tuscany and introduce participants to local wine producers and products.
The program will be conducted with one or more members of Silversea's own culinary team on hand to provide participants with guidance and exclusive access to local producers committed to responsible and sustainable food production, as recommended by Slow Food.
From Rome, travelers will enjoy a drive into the heart of the Brunello region of Tuscany, leading to the vineyard estate of Castello Banfi. The program includes three nights at Il Borgo, Castello Banfi's hotel nestled amid the vineyards and olive groves of Montalcino. Highlights include a cooking class, where participants will learn to prepare typical Tuscan specialties with the help of Silversea's own culinary team and the estate's professional staff; a tour of the Castello Banfi winery; and a full-day tour of Slow Food-recommended vineyards, olive groves, farms or other traditional food-producing operations in and around Bolgheri, escorted by Silversea's culinary team, giving participants insider access to producers whose operations normally are not open to the public.
This three-night sojourn, priced from $3,599 per guest based on double occupancy, is offered as a pre-cruise option on Silver Wind's April 30 voyage, Rome to Venice, and Silver Spirit's Oct. 22 sailing from Rome to Barcelona. It's also available as a post-cruise option on Silver Wind's April 17 voyage, Barcelona to Rome. In addition to accommodations at Il Borgo for three nights, the price includes all transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing and some meals.