A Dining Escape in the Country

Make like the Milanese this season and take to the road to experience what some of the finest culinary tours in the region of Lombardy and beyond have in store for you.

by Ashleigh Searle


Baita Belvedere, Lake Como
Begin your day of 0-kilometre cuisine at the little lakeside village of Borgo, before beginning a 90-minute hike through a wooded, sun dappled trail. At the end, the best comfort-food awaits you, with northern Italian delicacies such as polenta, stewed boar and roasted rabbit, all served up with a stunning view of glimmering Lake Como in front.

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Winetasting at Ca' del Bosco
Once inside the giant bronze gates of the Ca’ del Bosco Winery, you begin to get a feel for the spirit of the land, a place dedicated to enjoying the finer things in-life. During the tour, guests will learn about the ancient techniques the winemakers use to get the memorable taste, such as the “dégorgement à la volée”, performed by the wine cellar manager: a visually dramatic technique used to remove all impurities from the wine.

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Elegant Picnic in the Allegrini Vineyards
During this tour of the Allegrini family’s vineyard, you will have the rare opportunity to glimpse inside the historical Villa delle Torre, a 16th-century palace, and see the drying lofts, before sitting down to a picnic in the vineyards accompanied, of course, by Allegrini wines and Valpolicella views.

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Cooking Class in Como
Just an hour out of Milan, accomplished chef and impeccable hostess Signora Lodovica invites her guests to take a gastronomic journey through Como’s culinary history. In her tavern kitchen you will learn how to make a number of dishes, including gnocchi and fresh-off-the-hook fish straight from the lake.

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Vegan Wine Experience, Montalto Pavese
As veganism continues its momentous rise around the world, be swept up in the organic, ethical trend and try some of Italy’s most delectable wines on this tour between the Po river plains and the Ligurian Apennines.

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Hosteria 700, Cremona
Escape Milan’s heat in stunning Cremona. This 19th century palace offers the perfect place to drink in the history of Italy and savour some of the country’s most incredible delicacies.

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Ristorante Colonne, Varese
Looking out over the majestic Lago di Varese and hiking route of Sacro Monte, Colonne provides diners with a multi-sensory culinary experience, including sommelier picked wines from the region.

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For more on where to dine in and around Milan, visit our Destinations page