Exclusive and escorted
Slow Food London has received an exceptional offer from the Bergamo Slow Food branch. Our Italian friends who visited us last year are eager to host a return visit to their city between May 25 - 28. Local Slow Food members will accompany us at meals and on visits.
Bergamo is a jewel in the crown of Lombardy, known as Ultero Materno because it’s a mother which gives everything. A walled city of mediaeval atmosphere and cultural attraction, it’s equally renowned for cuisine and wine.
Friday May 25
14.00 Leave Stansted on Ryanair Flight
16.55 Arrive Bergamo and transfer to 4**** Hotel
Evening meal in traditional Trattoria
Saturday March 26
Morning – explore the historic Citta Alta
Afternoon – visit a local wine producer for tutored tasting
Evening meal in rustic osteria
Sunday May 27
Visit to artisan Alpine Cheese-maker for tutored tasting
Afternoon and Evening free
Monday May 28
17.20 Leave Bergamo on Ryanair Flight
18.20 Arrive Stansted
Roman in origin, Bergamo was from 1428 to 1797 part of the Venetian Republic. It has so many of the sublime characteristics of La Serenissima itself. Its architectural riches include Romanesque churches, Baroque Cathedral, imposing citadel, a delightful Piazza Vecchia, charming Palazzi and characterful cobbled streets and alleyways.
Nestling in the lush foothills of the Alps, Bergamo offers exceptional culinary excellence. Among its specialities are Casoncelli alla Bergameasca –pasta meat, salami and pear parcels served in a butter sauce – and Polenta e Osei – a rich marzipan pastry. Cheeses are world-famous and include Taleggio, Formai de Mut and Branzi.
Local Valcalepia wines have become acknowledged in the last decades. They are signature blends using international varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. Most famous, however, is Moscato Passito, a ruby-red dessert wine.
Flights will need to be booked individually with Ryanair. The particular details that have to be entered as Passport identification and baggage preferences are so personal that a block booking is not feasible. At present Ryanair is quoting £96 return with a 15kg baggage limit (as of 25/2).
Costs of Hotel accommodation, the visits and two main meals will be £250 for those choosing to share a double Hotel room and there is a single room supplement of £120.
An advance deposit of £50 per person (£75 if single supplement) must be made by April 16 and full payment must be received by May 14.
For further information contact Bill Green on 0208 806 6517 or firstname.lastname@example.org