The 'Blue Zone' Island in Italy is also a Gastronomic Hot Spot - and now you can bike the island with a Famous Chef
If you are a food lover and enjoy cycling, this new bike tour of Sardinia, Italy, is the trip that you have been looking for in the year 2023.
The Tourissimo tour company will be hosting a special seven-day cycling tour across Sardinia at the end of May 2023, which will be hosted by an award-winning chef and will take place across the island.
Chef and restaurant owner Gabrielle Hamilton, who owns and operates the acclaimed (but currently closed) eaterie Prune in New York's East Village, will share her knowledge of Sardinia's culinary culture as she guides guests through the region.
It is worth noting that there will be rare treats and samples on offer, such as pane carasau, one of the world's oldest breads, which originates from the mountains of the island's interior. This tour, according to Rich Report, will give participants a chance to get a better understanding of the wine tradition of Oliena as well. We will offer guests a chance to get to know the island more in addition to riding bikes (and e-bikes if you wish) and taking tours.
"Many travelers describe Sardinia as being a continent unto itself, with each area and town having diverse landscapes and local traditions," Beppe Salerno, a co-founder of Tourissimo, told Rich Report. "Most of the recipes and dishes are surprisingly different from other areas of Italy, such as filindeu, the 'thread of god,' a special pasta considered the rarest in the world."
Aside from that, Sardinia also claims to be one of the world's 5 "Blue Zones" - a place where people are supposed to live a long life compared to the rest of the world. It was in 2004 that Dan Buettner, who coined the term Blue Zone back then, identified the Italian island as the first Blue Zone in the world.
"We will learn the secrets of longevity on this culinary cycling adventure," explains Heather Dowd, one half of the founding team of Tourrissimo. "In Blue Zones, a large number of inhabitants live to be 100 or older, and their way of life, including the food and wine, is a big part of this longevity."
It includes a wine tasting in Oliena, a hands-on cooking class under Hamilton's guidance in the eastern Sardinian province of Ogliastra, as well as lunch in a shepherd's hut at the foot of the mountains of the province.
In addition to a smorgasbord of culinary stops, those taking part in this adventure tour will be treated to some of the island's most historic landmarks and natural wonders. This will include the water temple at Santa Cristina's archeological site, the painted village of Orgosolo, and the splendid coastline along Selvaggio Blu.
The tour is scheduled to take place between May 26 and June 1, 2023, and the starting price will be $5,995 per person.