On this stunning voyage, sail from one side of Italy to the other, with the remarkable Dalmatian coast in between. Beginning in Rome, you’ll travel to the picturesque Amalfi Coast. Be sure to take an Amalfi selfi. From Amalfi, we travel to another medieval town atop a cliff, Taormina, where Mt. Etna (an active volcano) looms in the distance. Around Italy’s boot you’ll sail next to the Greek island of Corfu – turquoise water, gorgeous sand beaches, enchanting Old Town – home of the remarkable Bay of Paleokastritsa. Then up the Emerald Coast to the marble streets and 16th-century battlements of Dubrovnik.
Finally, sail to Venice, the most magical city on earth. And on this voyage, it becomes even more so. As an Azamara guest, you’ll attend the Festa del Redentore (Feast of the Redeemer), a religious celebration with a cultural side. At sunset, St. Mark’s Basin begins to fill up with boats of all kinds, and barges form a bridge to the island where the Church of Redentore sits. At 11:30, the fireworks begin, lighting up the spires, domes, and bell towers of the city. With the reflections in the water and on the ancient façades, there is really nothing else like it.
When one didn’t exist, David Glancy created a Certified Sommelier Program at the Professional Culinary Institute (now known as ICC), successfully coaching more than 400 students to pass the Court’s Certified Sommelier exam.
Glancy’s program remains the only Certified Sommelier program officially approved by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Soon after in 2011, Glancy founded San Francisco Wine School to create the ideal educational setting from the ground up. Read about his vision.
Glancy is one of only twelve people in the world to hold both the revered Master Sommelier diploma and a Certified Wine Educator credential. A certified French Wine Scholar, Italian Wine Professional, and Certified Specialist of Spirits, Glancy has earned the credential for every program he teaches, and more. He taught wine and business management at Le Cordon Bleu’s California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, and served on the editorial board of Sommelier Journal. He currently sits on the board of directors for the Society of Wine Educators.
ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO WINE SCHOOL
San Francisco Wine School strives to open up the world of wine to serious students and enthusiasts everywhere while helping people of all levels break into the wine industry, advance their career, or simply pursue their passions. Founded by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator David Glancy, San Francisco Wine School is the largest wine school in the U.S., offering the most thoughtful approach to wine study. Their inspired educational programs and workshops are taught in their state of the art wine education & events center and their cutting edge virtual classroom by industry-leading instructors from all major educational disciplines. San Francisco Wine School’s curriculum features the best content in the business: expert course materials, carefully conceived wine flights, and in-depth blind tasting exercises designed to engage students, illuminate course content and enhance learning. Their brand new 4,000 sq ft wine education & events center is conveniently located just 5 minutes from San Francisco International Airport making it the perfect place to enjoy classes, industry seminars and tastings and host a wide variety of private events—from serious educational programs for wine/hospitality industry staff to team-building and other fun, social, private events for wine enthusiasts.