Kenny Kim’s Food & Wine Photoventure

April 29-May 4, 2020: Taste of Veneto & Emilia Romagna - The Culinary Paradise

UPDATE: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis and travel ban, this tour has been postponed. We will update you with a new date as soon as the situation clears. Please stay safe everyone.


"Problem with the world is that it's not Italy." Phil Rosenthal


I could not agree more. Every time I visit this enchanting land, the anticipating of discovering new things excites me more. As I am returning back home, I am already longing for my next visit back. I am addicted to their way of life. Their food & wine. The passion and preparation that goes into everything that they do. They boast to make the best products in the world and they really do. There’s nothing quite like it. On this next PhotoVenture, we will get a glimpse of this truth. We will explore two neighboring regions: Veneto and Emilia-Romagna. The preparation for this trip has been in the making for the past four years and we have designed it so that you will enjoy all the delightful treasure these two regions have to offer in an authentic way that a typical travel tours will not. We will dive deep and attempt understand what makes these two regions such a gem. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to jump in with me for this unforgettable experience during this 5 night 6 day PhotoVenture Italy Tour.


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.


Here is a quote by famous chef Julia Child (she was talking about her favorite travel companion, her husband Paul) that perfectly describes what PhotoVenture is all about :


"When one follows the artist's eye, one sees unexpected treasures

in so many seemingly ordinary scenes. I have always been going with

Paul [Insert Kenny] because I saw more than I had on my own.

He was interested in every aspect [of Italy], and taught me to

appreciate things that I would have  otherwise just skimmed over or missed .”



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 PhotoVenture Tours, 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 - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29

  1. -Pick up at Venice airport (VCE) in the morning. Please arrange your flights to arrive by 11am. Specific meeting point at the airport will be announced later on.

- Depart for Verona - on the way, stop for lunch.

  1. -Arrive at Verona and check-in at the hotel in Verona.

  2. -Walking tour of Verona with a professional guide. Stop for aperitivo (early evening snacks).

  3. -Dinner with group in a typical restaurant 

  4. -Meals included: Lunch & Dinner  |  Overnight in Verona


DAY 2 - THURSDAY, APRIL 30

- Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel.

  1. -After breakfast, discover the famous lake Garda (Largest lake in Italy)

  2. -Head towards Fumane, a wonderful town in Valpolicella region known for their famous wine Amarone.

  3. -Stop for quick light lunch.

  4. -Afternoon move to a nearby winery for a fantastic wine tasting and tour of the villa.

  5. -Finish the evening with dinner at a fantastic trattoria in Fumane.

  6. -Meals included: Breakfast / Wine tasting / Dinner |  Overnight in Verona


DAY 3 - FRIDAY, MAY 1
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel + Checkout.
  1. -Head towards Emilia Romagna region.

  2. -Stop at Valeggio sul Mincio to tour this charming medieval village. We will then heading to Mantua, an Italian treasure, built in the Middle Ages, with evidences of Romanesque, Baroque style through Gothic and Renaissance. We will taste their famous tortelli di zucca alla Mantovana!

  3. -After lunch, walking tour of town.

  4. -Depart for hotel in late afternoon.

  5. -Check in to the agriturismo in the countryside of Modena

  6. -Tour the famous balsamic vinegar factory tour before dinner at the agriturismo

  7. -Meals included: Breakfast + Dinner  |  Overnight in Emilia Romagna


DAY 4 - SATURDAY, MAY 2

  1. -Enjoy your breakfast at the agriturismo.

  2. -Full day of discovering the world famous delicacies of the area: Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano, all paired with local favorite wine Lambrusco!

  3. -Explore the local town of Vignola

  4. -Dinner at a local trattoria

  5. -Meals included: Breakfast + Tour & Tastings + Lunch + Dinner  |  Overnight in Emilia Romagna


DAY 5 - SUNDAY, MAY 3

  1. -Enjoy your breakfast at the agriturismo.

  2. -MUSA museum of Salame

  3. -Modena is the ideal city: its admirable architectural treasures are a Unesco World Heritage Site, its hospitality focuses on cuisine and cultural life, all with a fascinating and characteristic blend of innovation and tradition. 

  4. -Explore the town of Modena

  5. -In the evening we will have a cooking class together followed by dinner

  6. -Included breakfast / cooking class and dinner

  7. -Meals included: Breakfast + Wine tasting Lunch + Cooking Class & Dinner  |  Overnight in Emilia Romagna


DAY 6 - MONDAY, MAY 4

  1. -Enjoy your last breakfast at the agriturismo

  2. -Checkout and make our journey towards Bologna, our final stop.

  3. -Food tour of Bologna discovering its history through the classical dishes of Emilia Romagna

  4. -Drop off everyone at the Bologna Centrale Train Station around 4 pm

  5. -Included breakfast/ tour and tasting 

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


ADDITIONAL INFO...

  1. -We will arrive at Bologna Centrale train station late afternoon (around 4pm) on Day 6 and will be dropped off where we will say our farewell to each other and our tour guide/driver.

  2. -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. You are more than welcome to spend additional nights in Bologna or elsewhere.

  3. -If you need recommendations on what to do or where to stay after the tour, we can help you make some suggestions to help you return home or get to your next destination efficiently.



TOUR COST

$3895 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 28, 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 a modern hotel in Verona (2 nights) & Italian villa style agriturismo (farmhouse) in the countryside of Modena (3 nights)

- Italian-style breakfast every morning + 4 lunches and 4 dinners

  1. -All the tour excursions / day trips / classes mentioned in the daily itinerary above: various tastings, guided tours, food pairing, cooking class, etc.

  2. -Ground transportation for 6 days by a professional driver / local guide (starting from the Venice airport on first day and to the drop off location at Bologna Centrale Train Station on our last day)

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

  4. -Plus much more!


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.