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ITALY BAKING RETREAT 2023

May 28–June 5, 2023  

$9,000 single occupancy (1 baker/1 hotel room)
$7,500 each double occupancy (2 bakers in 1 shared hotel room)
$11,000 baking participant plus non-baking guest (1 baker/1 non-baking guest/1 hotel room)

Join us May 28–June 5 to follow in the footsteps of our July/August 2022 Italian issue of Bake from Scratch. This hands-on retreat will give you inside access to Italian kitchens, where you’ll learn from home bakers and immerse yourself in the deep culinary culture of Italy. We’ll start and end this retreat in Milan, with time spent in the Piemonte, along the Italian Riviera, and in beautiful Tuscany. All accommodations will be provided in five-star hotels. Due to the nature of baking in home kitchens, the two baking experiences will take place in small groups of six.

What’s Included
  • All hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • All baking classes
  • Welcome wine reception, some lunches and dinners, wine tasting, hazelnut experience, Liguria focaccia experience, and panforte experience
  • Private coach transfers to each location on itinerary
What’s Not Included
  • Airfare/travel to/from Italy
  • Airport transfers
  • Some meals
What’s Included
  • All hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • All baking classes
  • Welcome wine reception, some lunches and dinners, wine tasting, hazelnut experience, Liguria focaccia experience, and panforte experience
  • Private coach transfers to each location on itinerary
What’s Not Included
  • Airfare/travel to/from Italy
  • Airport transfers
  • Some meals
What’s Included
  • All hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • Private coach transfers to each location on itinerary
  • Welcome wine reception, group dinners, wine tasting, hazelnut experience, Liguria focaccia experience, and panforte experience
What’s Not Included
  • Airfare/travel to/from Italy
  • Airport transfers
  • Some meals

Please note all 24 spots of this baking retreat must be filled by November 15, 2022, for the retreat to take place. Don’t wait! Register today.


Have a question about this baking retreat? Contact us.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT

If you’d like to register, please email events@bakefromscratch.com.

Please include the following information in your email:

Your Registration Type (Single, Double, Baker plus non-baking guest)
Phone Number (so we can contact you to take your deposit)
Your Name and Travel Companion’s Name, if applicable
 
You are required to pay your deposit within 48 hours of receiving a confirmation email.
Reservations will be taken in the order in which we receive emails.


(This represents what one group’s itinerary will look like. You may be in a group that does the same things in a different order.)

Sunday, May 28, 2023

A welcome reception will be held in Milan at Dorchester Collection’s Hotel Principe di Savoia, where the group will stay. 

Monday, May 29, 2023

Travel to the Piemonte for three nights, with accommodations at Castello di Guarene, a Relais & Chateau property. After check-in, you will have the afternoon and evening on your own to get settled and acquainted with the property and surrounding area. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Bakers will depart the hotel for a hands-on culinary experience in Fernanda Giamello’s Alba kitchen, preparing lunch and baking traditional Piemontese items such as baci da dama, grissini, pasta, and so much more. This is a really special experience learning about and celebrating the foods and traditions of the region.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

No visit to this region is complete without seeing and touring the hazelnut farms. You’ll quickly see why this area is home to Ferrero and our beloved Nutella! During this day, you’ll also visit the town of Alba to enjoy shopping, food, wine, and amazing architecture. Conclude the day with a group dinner at Castello di Guarene. 

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Depart Piemonte region to visit the seaside town of Camogli for a taste of focaccia al formaggio, traditional Genoese focaccia, and chat with local food expert Enrica Monzani. Then, proceed to Santa Margherita for one night on the Italian Riviera. We’ll enjoy dinner as a group in picturesque Portofino, where trofie al pesto Genoese is the local specialty. Accommodations will be provided at Grand Hotel Miramare.

Friday, June 2, 2023

After a fabulous night on the coast, we are off to the medieval town of Siena in Tuscany for three nights. Accommodations will be provided at Grand Hotel Continental Siena, the town’s only five-star hotel. After arrival, you are on your own to explore the town and enjoy the sights; then, you’ll meet our editor-in-chief, Brian Hart Hoffman, for aperitivo to get in the spirit of this amazing town.

Saturday, June 3, 2023

Bakers will spend a day in Giulia Scarpaleggia’s home kitchen baking and preparing a Tuscan lunch to be served overlooking the region’s famous hillside. 

Sunday, June 4, 2023

A visit to two favorite places in Siena that we love! First, we will stop in Antica Drogheria Manganelli to learn about their panforte spice blends before proceeding to Panificio il Magnifico bakery to taste their famous Sienese specialties. We will end with a group dinner before our adventure concludes the next day.

Monday, June 5, 2023

Return to Milan for departures. If you’d like to extend your stay in Milan, rooms are available at Hotel Principe di Savoia for a cost of $625 per night. Bakers can also extend their time in Italy by departing directly from their retreat end point in the Piemonte or Siena. 

Italian seaside
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Jul's Tuscan Kitchen
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Flatbreads
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Accommodations

All retreat accommodations will be provided in five-star properties. In Milan, our host hotel is the Dorchester Collection’s Hotel Principe di Savoia. In the Piemonte, accommodations are provided at Castello di Guarene, a Relais & Chateau property. For our night on the Italian Riviera, we will stay oceanside at Grand Hotel Miramare. For our time in the medieval town of Siena, accommodations will be provided at Grand Hotel Continental Siena.

Travel to and from Milan

Guests are responsible for getting themselves to Milan and to Principe di Savoia on Sunday, May 28, when the retreat commences. Guests will be responsible for getting themselves from Milan to their departing airport or next destination on Monday, June 5.

The Bake from Scratch team is at your disposal to help you navigate travel to Milan. Email events@bakefromscratch.com for assistance.

Booking

Half of the retreat cost (50%) is due within 48 hours to secure your reservation. The second half of the retreat cost (50%) is due December 1, 2022. We accept payment by American Express, Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, and Amazon Pay. Trip prices are in US dollars.

Costs

The price of the trip includes all hotel accommodations, all baking classes, some meals, some activities, and a private coach transfer to/from scheduled retreat activities. Single-occupancy, double-occupancy, and baking participant plus non-baking guest rates are available.

Your credit card will be charged by Hoffman Media, the parent company of Bake from Scratch.

Cancellation

Since the trip is nonrefundable, we suggest buying trip insurance. You can check with your credit card company to see if they provide travel insurance.

If you don’t purchase travel insurance, you agree to indemnify us against any charges that might otherwise be covered by your insurance. You further agree that we are not responsible for any costs of cancellation or costs related to COVID-19. Due to COVID-19, there may be limitations relating to activities. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result of changing circumstances. Please know that we are working closely with our partners to plan and execute a safe baking retreat for our guests, but there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 when traveling. By booking this baking retreat, you acknowledge and assume these risks associated with travel. 

If a mandatory quarantine for visitors is in effect for travel to Italy during the retreat, the retreat will be canceled, and your money will be refunded in full. If quarantine is required of you due to not meeting entry standards such as a COVID-19 vaccination, you are responsible for adhering to Italy’s quarantine regulations and will not be offered a refund. You are responsible for following all travel protocols to enter Italy. This may include proof of vaccination, a health visa, and a negative COVID-19 test. (We will help you navigate this process, don’t worry.)

We reserve the right to cancel this retreat if fewer than 24 participants have signed up by November 15, 2022. We will send an email confirmation to all participants when this number has been met. If Bake from Scratch initiates the cancellation, we will refund all payments. Please note that we will be monitoring travel advisories related to the COVID-19 pandemic closely.

Have a question about this baking retreat? Email events@bakefromscratch.com.

Italy
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Breads and pastries
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Italian beach
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Can I extend my stay at the hotels?

If you’d like to inquire about additional nights in Milan, please email events@bakefromscratch.com. The cost is $625 per night. Some guests like to book a room for the night before their arrival so it is ready after all-night flights from the US.

Is breakfast included?

Daily breakfast is included.

Are children able to attend this retreat?

All participants must be 18 years old or older to attend this baking retreat.

What should I plan to wear during baking classes?

Comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. Long hair should be pulled back. Aprons will be provided.

Are the baking classes hands-on?

Yes, all baking classes will be hands-on.

If I book a double-occupancy package, will the hotel room have two beds?

Due to the uniqueness and European charm of the hotels, double-occupancy rooms do not have two beds. Two sets of linens for one bed can be provided upon request. 

Is this retreat better suited for professionals or home bakers?

Our retreats are geared for passionate home bakers, but professionals are always welcome.

What will we be baking?

In Alba, we’ll learn how to prepare Piemontese items such as baci da dama, grissini, and pasta. In Tuscany, we’ll bake cantucci and other local specialties.

Will we have any free time?

You will have some free time in each region to explore the areas on your own. We will equip you with our list of our favorite bakeries, restaurants, and activities.

I want to bring my travel companion, but they don’t want to participate in the baking classes. What can they do?

We offer a baking participant plus non-baking guest package for this very reason! This package allows you to bake and participate in all retreat activities while your travel companion explores the regions we will visit on their own. As a part of this package, hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, welcome wine reception, group dinners, wine tasting, hazelnut experience, Liguria focaccia experience, and transportation to/from the train station for group transfer is included for your non-baking companion.

To reserve your space, email events@bakefromscratch.com. You will be required to pay your deposit within 48 hours. Reservations will be taken in the order in which we receive emails.

Italian bakery
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boats
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Fernanda Giamello
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