Kenny Kim’s Food & Wine Photoventure

April 14-19, 2019: Le Marche - The Undiscovered Treasure of Italy (5 Nights /6 Days)

Close your eyes and picture Italy. What images pop in your mind? Is it sipping on wine as you taking in the breathtaking views of the Tuscan rolling hills? Are you in an old trattoria tasting the delightful local cuisines of Bologna? Perhaps you are mesmerized by the enchanting Umbrian medieval castles? Or maybe you’re just relaxing at a serene beach enjoying a delicious gelato in Amalfi. What ever you can imagine, Le Marche has it all. Often overlooked by its neighbors Tuscany, Umbria and Emiglia-Romagna, this central east coast region encompasses everything one would want from Italy: Picture perfect countryside, majestic mountains to the glorious coastline, iconic landscapes, medieval hilltops towns (Eighteen of which are voted as the most beautiful villages of Italy - that is more than Tuscany!), culture, art, music, history, delicious food and wines without being overcrowded with visitors. It even has quality fashions and famous designer footwear outlets - a bonus for shoe aficionado!


On this next Italy Food & Wine Photoventure, we will dive deep into the culinary and cultural beauty of Le Marche to understand what makes this region such a gem. It is the perfect location for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path authentic Italian experience without missing anything. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to jump in. Le Marche is quietly waiting for you. We will even have a tasting of Abruzzo & Umbria to complete this experience during this incredible 5 night 6 day tour from April 14-19, 2019.


Food & Photoventure tour has evolved over the years (since 2009) and is now designed for anyone that have passion for photography, food, wine & new cultural experiences. Photography is obviously an icing on the cake as you will have Kenny Kim along side you not only to document the experience but to teach you more about photography all while touring the beauty that is Italy. So if you love travel, food, wine and photography, consider joining our small group and get the most out of Italy together.


GENERAL TOUR ITINERARY

Please note that schedule is subject to change based circumstances (weather, schedule, etc). This is just to give you a general idea of what to expect. Like all the previous Photoventures, our days are well-organized and filled with fun and pleasant surprises as well as some leisure time to relax & enjoy Italy on your own.



DAY 1 - SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019

  1. -Our group will meet in the morning at 9:30am either at Rome airport (FCO) Terminal 3 (T3) or near the center of Rome (depending on when everyone arrives). Please do not book your flight before consulting with me first. My recommendation is to arrive the day or two before - you can spend the afternoon / evening in Rome getting acclimated to the time zone change. I will instruct you more on our meeting point once everyone has books their flights.

  2. -After our pick-up, we will transfer to Le Marche, driving  through the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park situated along the borders of Le Marche region.

  3. -We will stop at Civitella del Tronto - a remarkable cliff-top town home to the largest fortress in Italy (the second largest in Europe) and have a guided tour followed by lunch.

  4. -Arrive at our hotel to check into our accommodations and have a relaxing evening around town before our welcome dinner.

  5. -Meals included: Lunch & Dinner  |  Overnight in Le Marche


DAY 2 - MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2019

  1. -Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel.

  2. -After we will drive along the coast and visit the iconic charming towns such as Grottammare, Cupra, etc. Le Marche has the most number of beautiful villages than any other regions in Italy

  3. -After lunch we will head to a famous winery where we will tour the property and taste their wine (considered to be one of the great wines of Italy)

  4. -Some free time before dinner

  5. -Dinner together but not included on the tour

  6. -Meals included: Breakfast /  Lunch / Wine tasting |  Overnight in Le Marche


DAY 3 - TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2019

  1. -Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel.

  2. -Wsdsde will visit the magnificent city of Ascoli Piceno and Offida.

  3. -We will have a guided tour of Ascoli Piceno, one of the most important cities in Le Marche and enjoy all the beauty those two cities have to offer.

  4. -Some free time before dinner

  5. -Dinner together but not included on the tour

  6. -Meals included: Breakfast + Lunch  |  Overnight in Le Marche


DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2019

  1. -Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel.

  2. -We will visit a small village called Campofilone, famous for their special egg pasta. We will have a tour of the factory followed by lunch tasting of the famous pasta.

  3. -In the afternoon, we will stop in Fermo and have some free time to shop at the outlet mall. This area is famous for shoes - from brand names to artisanal ones.

  4. -Dinner together but not included on the tour

  5. -Meals included: Breakfast + Lunch tasting & tour  |  Overnight in Le Marche


DAY 5 - THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2019

  1. -Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel + Checkout. We will head towards our final hotel in Spello in the Umbria region

  2. -We will first make a quick stop at Recanati - another beautiful village and home to famous Italian poet Leopardi

  3. -We willl drive through Monte Conero National Park area to visit a famous winery there to tour and taste their wines followed by lunch at the winery

  4. -We will arrive in Spello late afternoon. We will check into our hotel then have free time to explore the charming town of Spello

  5. -We will have our wine pairing dinner together at a famous enoteca in Spello

  6. -Meals included: Breakfast + Wine tasting lunch & dinner  |  Overnight in Umbria


DAY 6 - FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019

  1. -Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel + Checkout and make our journey down towards Rome.

  2. -On the way, we will visit a small town close to Orvieto to meet a renowned local chef who will welcome you into her beautiful countryside villa for our own private cooking class. Just imagine learning how to make your own Italian pasta with a beautiful backdrops of Italian countryside. Learn the secrets to making the perfect handmade pasta and/or other types of dishes followed by a true authentic Italian meal.

  3. -After we’ve had our fill (paired with regional sides and plenty of wine), we will stop at one more charming village be we make our journey back to Rome where we will bid farewell.

  4. -Meals included: Breakfast + Cooking Class / Lunch  |  End of Tour


WHEN IN ROME...

  1. -We will arrive in Rome late afternoon (around 6pm) on Day 6 and will be dropped off at the Termini Train Station where we will say our farewell to each other and our tour guide/driver.

  2. -Termini Station is a perfect location - for those that wish to continue their journey elsewhere in Italy, the train system is well organized and will take you to where ever you would like to go.

  3. -Most of the flights back to the US leave in the morning so spend your final night (or more) in Rome - a perfect city to walk off all the delicious food that we consumed during that week.

  4. -You can take the Leonardo Express shuttle train back to the airport from the Roma Termini train station. It runs every 15 minutes and can get you there in 30 minutes. (14 Euro per person).

  5. -If you need recommendations on what to do or where to stay in Rome, we can help you make some suggestions.



TOUR COST

$3695 per person based on double occupancy. If you prefer a single / private room please add additional $500 to the cost. If you are traveling alone and want to share a double room to pay the double occupancy rate, we will try to accommodate attendees that are also requesting the same.

$2000 non-refundable reservation is due upon registration. Remaining balance is due on or before March 14, 2019.


5 attendees/travelers must sign up for the tour to be confirmed. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed that we have met our minimum requirement (or purchase refundable airfares). If the trip is cancelled due to our minimum not being met, we will refund your deposit.


WHAT’S INCLUDED

  1. -5 nights of accommodations at beautiful Italian style hotel in Le Marche (4 nights) & Umbria (1 night)

- Italian-style breakfast every morning + 5 lunches and 2 dinners

  1. -All the tour excursions / day trips / classes mentioned in the daily itinerary above: Wine Tastings, Guided Tours, Food Pairing, Cooking Class, etc.

  2. -Ground transportation for 6 days by a professional driver / local guide (starting from the Rome on first day to drop off at Roma Termini Train Station on our last day)

  3. -Photo instructions (if desired) will be introduced throughout the trip at various locations as needed.

  4. -Unforgettable experiences.


WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

- Airfare

  1. -Travel / personal insurance

  2. -Meals not mentioned above

  3. -Personal expenditures (souvenirs, shopping, etc.)

  4. -Other transportation transfers or excursions, and experiences not specified in the tour itinerary

  5. -Gratuity for our tour guide/driver (This is at your discretion (not required) and will be collected at the end of the tour - Suggestion: 5 to 10 Euro per day)


QUESTIONS:

For questions about the tour, please send an email to: contact@kennykim.com. All attendees must sign a travel waiver form which will be mailed upon registration.


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“Last April, Jon and I were able to join Kenny Kim on his food and photo venture tour of the Umbria region in Italy. Kenny was also our wedding photographer and his gift with storytelling in photos translated into a personal story of Italy. Every place we visited was unique and authentic, nothing was ever "touristy", the people we met were generous and cared so much about the food they produced and cooked. I still think about all the carbonara, tiramisu, and gelato I ate, but most importantly, the friends I made.” - Sarah Y.