The Barge Lady Presents… Cook & Cruise through Italy!

Culinary & Wine Adventure Highlights

The Barge Lady and The International Kitchen are pleased to announce a new travel experience appealing to gastronomes who appreciate the pleasures of food, wine, and culture.

“COOK AND CRUISE” highlights the top options in Italy for hands-on cooking lessons coupled with the pleasures of barge cruising for the complete Italian holiday. The Barge Lady’s newest vessel, La Bella Vita, is a First Class boat offering up to 20 lucky guests a mesmerizing week of art and beauty through Venice along the River Po, and when combined with a cooking vacation to the Chianti wine estate of the famed Antinori wine producers through the International Kitchen, becomes the Italian trip of a lifetime! Dates for the 2015 season are still available for this exciting tour featuring the best of the Italian landscape, waterways, and cuisine.

Who is The International Kitchen? 

The popularity of culinary travel has spawned many imitators, but it was Karen Herbst who pioneered the concept of “cooking vacations” back in 1994. Today, the exclusive culinary travel company offers more than 100 cooking vacations and 50 options for one-day cooking classes throughout Italy, France, Spain, and beyond. All of their trips promise a top quality, authentic experience with the locals, and each and every trip is vetted by their staff. But with so many options, which trip should you choose? The staff at The International Kitchen will always gladly help you pick out the perfect trip, but here’s one we’re dreaming about today.

Antinori’s Noble Tuscany  

The Antinori family has been producing wines in Tuscany for more than 700 years.  Their “Chianti-style” Tignanello was once marketed as a lowly “vino da tavola,” or table wine, but today it’s considered one of the original, and best, Super Tuscans. See this stunning winery for yourself, and so much more.

Culinary & Wine Adventure Highlights

* Stay in the lovely Fonte de’ Medici resort in the heart of the Chianti Classico region just a short drive from Florence and Siena

* Discover the basic tenets of Tuscan cuisine, and learn dishes from a Michelin-rated restaurant, with the chefs of Fonte de’ Medici Cooking School

* Tour Antinori’s new wine cellars, which were designed in harmony with the natural landscape to make them appear ‘invisible’

* Experience other wine estate tours and tastings, including a stop in the historical Antinori wine cellars in Badia a Passignano (The Abbey of Passignano)

* Enjoy full-day excursions to some of the most important towns in all of Tuscany, including Siena and San Gimignano

Complete Your Dream Vacation with a Cruise on La Bella Vita!

A barge cruise on La Bella Vita offers the ultimate experience in Italian immersion and indulgence.

*Float in and out of Venice, crisscrossed by canals, with the Venetian lifestyle in small fishing ports and colorful villages on full display.

*Cruise through the Po River Valley, where barge guests will enjoy a personal introduction to family owned wineries and villas, as well as Renaissance palaces and churches.

*Gastronomes and oenophiles are especially welcome, as gourmet meals and hand selected pours are enjoyed daily.

For those intrigued by the truly different experience of seeing Italy from the water, we invite you to the beautiful life…exclusively aboard La Bella Vita.


Contact our Montecito office today for pricing and additional information at 805-969-7746.