In 2023, join Wanda as she travels to her family's region - Istria, Croatia
This northern tip of Croatia borders Slovenia, Italy and the Adriatic sea. It is considered the culinary gem of Croatia. In land, the Istrian medieval hilltop towns and surrounding forests and fields have a similar topography and agriculture to Tuscany. It has been often referred to as “Tuscany North”.
2023 Bucket List Experience Tours of Istria
We are offering 2 opportunities to see Istria in all its splendour.
1) SPRING Ladies Food, Wine, Culture and Fun Tour - Departing Mid-May for 10 day - 9 night escape.
2) FALL Gourmet, Culture and Adventure tour for All. Departing Mid-September for 8 day- 7 night escape.
Join me and enjoy the edible treasures and beauty on display in both of these unique and beautiful seasons. Experience an exclusive and authentic tour of Istria, Croatia's culinary, historic, scenic, and multicultural treasures. I have curated an formidable itinerary that should delight all your senses. During your escape to Istria, you will taste the decadent and delicious, explore the magical, historic and beautiful….plus enjoy a healthy dose of fun adventure and activities to keep our food and drink experiences guilt-free! Can't wait to spoil you! xo Wanda - Founder of Root44
Along the beautiful clear blue waters of the Adriatic, the Istrian seaside towns of Rovinj, Bale, and Pula have breathtaking scenic views, historic treasures, relaxed culture and a vibrant sea life. Combining this fact along with a deep history to Northern Italian roots, Istria is home to incredible culinary dishes and drinks which rival Italian food and wine from the land and the sea. Once such culinary dish is the region’s local pasta, “Fuzi”. This penne-like pasta is often served with a slathering of fresh shaved white or black truffles (which of course, you will definitely experience)!
Meet the infamous “Truffle Whisperer” – Anita Zigante (on the left). I have had the privilege to hunt with her many times and on this occasion with my eldest daughter who recovered her first top-grade autumn black truffle. Time to celebrate!
My aunt is well-known in the Truffle Community as the leading expert in training pups to seek and find truffles – which also makes her one of the finest truffle hunters in the world. During our visit to Istria, you will have a private small group truffle hunt with Anita and her top truffle hunting dogs. You will finish your hunt with an unforgettable truffle tasting experience where I will personally see to it that you are given generous amounts of truffle shavings on one of my favourite dishes - truffles scrambled eggs. This will be an unforgettable
highlight of your trip.
EXCLUSIVE TRUFFLE HUNT
A successful find by the amazing truffle dog, Mojica & my daughter, Sienna
A peak into your Magical Escape to Istria Trip
Stay in boutique hotels in picturesque medieval towns and stunning seaside shores. Sip and savour the finest of Istrian gastronomy with visits and tastings at acclaimed local artisans of wine, cheese, olive oil and of course, truffles. Tour historic & cultural art and landmarks. Shop, spa, dine, and discover the Istrian ways of life with relaxing day trips to beautiful coastal places and quaint hilltop towns. Swim, hike, bike, kayak to explore local terrain. Eat, drink and be merry as we will enjoy several remarkable meals from the sea to the fields and forests of inland Istria.