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Nadine’s Top Hotel Picks

She’s Not A Hotel Critic But she’s dreamed of being one. I have a confession to make. It has been somewhat of a secret dream of mine to be a...Read More »


Destinations > Italy, Recipes

Recipe: Insalata Di Farro (Cold Farro Salad)

Umbria’s Great Grain A versatile and easy addition to summer meals. Walk through a farmers market in Italy and you’ll experience the country’s deeply rooted passion for fresh food. Noses...Read More »

Giovanni Valetti and crew

About ExperiencePlus!, Destinations > Italy

The Surprising Life of Tour Leader Gabriele Monaco

Gabriele Monaco – Film Maker, Tour Leader, History Buff Q & A with Gabriele about his film Valetti – The Forgotten Hero When Gabriele Monaco isn’t leading ExperiencePlus! bicycle tours...Read More »



15-Minute Pasta Recipe: Strozzapreti

Strozzapreti “STRANGLE THE PRIEST” A PASTA STEEPED IN TRADITION Preparing and having lunch together is a long-held tradition for staff at the Farm, our headquarters in Italy. This simple, delicious...Read More »

Cycling The Italian Lakes District


Manzo All’Olio Di Rovato or Rovato Beef

Manzo All’Olio Di Rovato Or “Beef In Oil” A tip of the “Priest’s Hat”  from the Franciacorta Region of Northern Italy An Italian alternative to a classic Sunday beef roast, try...Read More »

Christo The Floating Piers

Destinations > Italy

Walk On The Water – Christo’s “Floating Piers”

 “Walk On The Water” Of Lake Iseo This Summer Visit Christo’s “Floating Piers” In The Italian Lakes District This summer, from June 18 to July 3, 2016, internationally-renowned environmental artist Christo will...Read More »

Cappelletti - from Romagna


Cappelletti in Brodo

Thanks to my parents’ crazy idea that maybe – just maybe – people would want to travel the world by bike, I grew up spending May through September in Italy from when...Read More »

My Italian Secret


My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes

“My Italian Secret:  the Forgotten Heroes,” written, produced and directed by Oren Jacoby, 2014.  Now available on Netflix.com. It seems that we will never know the full story of the...Read More »

ExperiencePlus! cyclist in the Dolomites


South Tyrolean Apple Soup

Don’t you love South Tyrol and its unique mix of Italian and Austrian culture, languages, tradition and cuisine? On top of its cultural fascination, to me South Tyrol is the...Read More »



Melon with Black Pepper and Mint

Melone Ghiacciato con Menta  or Melon with Black Pepper and Mint This refreshing dish comes to us from Bea Tassinari, our Country Coordinator in Italy, who also helps coordinate lunches...Read More »

Expo 2015 Milan


Milan’s Expo 2015

What is Expo 2015? Milan is the 2015 host for this food-focused, world-wide exhibition that for epicureans is the equivalent of the Olympic Games, World Cup Soccer, or the Eurovision...Read More »


Travel Planning > Movie and Reading List, Reviews

The Emperor and The Saint….

The Emperor and The Saint Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, Francis of Assisi, and Journeys to Medieval Placesm by Richard F. Cassady As the Foreword states, this book is the biography...Read More »

Riserva dello Zingaro Sicily


A Sicilian Feast

I just came back from an hiking trip on the eastern side of Sicily that included Catania, Siracusa, Val di Noto, Ragusa, to name just a few of the gorgeous...Read More »

Creamy Chickpea Soup


Zuppa di Ceci (Creamy Chickpea Soup)

This tasty recipe is a typical “peasant” soup from the Umbria region of Italy. The perfect companion on a chilly night. Serves 6 Ingredients: 1 pound dried chickpeas 1 carrot,...Read More »

Touring Club Italiano maps

Reviews, Travel Planning

Touring Club Italiano (TCI)

Paola and I just returned from two weeks in Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, where we explored small towns, villages and the regional capital of Bari relying mostly on guidebooks...Read More »

Photo by ExperiencePlus! traveler Alan Razak


Straccetti with Arugula and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

This recipe comes to us from the Scuola di Cucina Bologna which we visit on our Whole Journey’s Culinary Delights bicycling tours in Italy. Ingredients: 1 pound of veal thinly...Read More »



No Knead Flatbread/Pizza Dough

About 2 years ago I decided I wanted try my hand at making some quick pizza or flatbread style dough. As I was looking for recipes I ran across a...Read More »

2014 ExperiencePlus! SATT Winner and her class

News, About ExperiencePlus! > Rider Spotlight

2014 Send A Teacher Traveling Award Winner

ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours is very pleased to introduce you to the 2014 Send A Teacher Traveling Award Winner –  Jacqueline Malanga! What were your first thoughts when you received Maria...Read More »

Stradivarius violin on display in Cremona

Destinations > Italy

Cremona Stradivari’s Hidden Gem

Bea Tassinari and Silvia Leoni work at our headquarters in Italy and have generously sent in this report on their recent visit to Cremona, Italy. Enjoy! For those of you...Read More »

Cauliflower Calabria


Cauliflower Calabria

Cauliflower: a white, seemingly boring vegetable that unfortunately suffers from neglect in the grocery store and sometimes in the fridge has just received a facelift. And, no, it’s not cheddar...Read More »

La Rotonda di San Lorenzo

Destinations > Italy

The Secrets of Mantua by Enrico Dal Monte

There are many splendid and evocative places in Italy as authors from all over the world have described throughout the centuries.  There is one pearl in the middle of northern...Read More »

Rostinniana photo by Raul Bernardo


Rosticciana with Fruit Sauce

Rosticciana has become a favorite for our travelers on the Bike Across Italy: Venice to Pisa trips. In fact the serving plate always ends up empty which is rare given...Read More »

Certified experts in gelato!

Travel Planning > Food and Meals, Destinations > Italy

Culinary Delights Tour Hits the Gelato Lab

The 8 and 11 day ExperiencePlus! Whole Journey’s Culinary Delights tours feature a visit to the lab at the Carpigiani Gelato Museum and University, a fabulous opportunity to study an...Read More »

Panna Cotta


Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta Travelers on the recent Bicycling Sardinia – Alghero to Cagliari trip devoured a wonderful Panna Cotta which inspired Italian tour leader Lisa Merighi to share her grandmother’s recipe...Read More »