Piemonte – Food and Wine Tour
Piemonte – Food and Wine Tour
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Duration: 6 Days/5 Nights
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL
Arrival in Turin and transfer to the reserved downtown hotel where you will enjoy a welcome cocktail.
In the afternoon meet your English speaking guide in the hotel lobby for a private walking tour at the discovery of Italy’s first capital with its elegant squares, porticoes, churches and palaces. You will learn more about this city that with more than two thousand years of history is always looking to the future. You will visit the Cathedral dedicated to St John the Baptist and the site of the Chapel of the Holy Shroud.
|You will then continue onto the Church of San Lorenzo, a masterpiece of ingenious construction designed by the architect Guarino Guarini, Piazza Castello with the magnificent Palazzo Reale, the seat of the Savoy royal family from 1660 until the unification of Italy in 1861, housing splendid furnishings, tapestries and ornaments, the Armeria Reale and Palazzo Madama.|
After your visit you will enjoy a coffee break in Piazza San Carlo, Turin’s most beautiful square with the equestrian statue of Duke Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy at the center, surrounded by historic 19th century cafes.
Return to the hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 2 – TURIN
After breakfast, meet your guide and reach the National Cinema Museum, the tallest Museum in the world, located inside the Mole Antonelliana, the symbol of the city of Turin.
|The exhibition covers 3.200 square meters, 5 floors and a spectacular elevator offering a view of the Temple Hall and a breath-taking city panorama. You will then have free time to take a stroll in the historic center and do some shopping.
You will then have free time to do shopping in Via Roma and Via Garibaldi.
In the afternoon you will have the chance to taste the so-called Merenda Reale at the historic Cafe’ Al Bicerin.
Enjoy a sweet break with the irresistible sweets and chocolates of the noble art of patisserie of Piemonte and discover the habits of the 18th century court in Torino.
Light lunch at a typical restaurant of the historic center.
You will then experience the Quadrilatero Romano area, the very center of the city consisting in small streets and squares of ancient charm.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay in Turin.
|After breakfast transfer to the Langhe Roero area. You will stop in Bra, the town where the Slow Food Movement was born and home of the biennial International event dedicated to cheese and dairy products. Here you will visit a local cheese-producing farm and enjoy a guided tasting of their various kinds of cheese.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon transfer to the Roman village of Pollenzo, UNESCO World Heritage and site of the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Slow Food and of the Wine Bank, a bank collecting the best Piedmontese wines, a Fort Knox of the wine world for the best vintages of local and foreign wines. Transfer to the nice village of La Morra from the top of which you will enjoy stunning views over the rolling hills of the Langhe.
Check-in at the accommodation immersed in the vineyards. Relax before dinner. Dinner at the accommodation.
DAY 4 – BAROLO AND BARBARESCO
|After breakfast enjoy a panoramic tour of the Langa of Barolo till the village of Barolo, where the king of wines was born. Here you will enjoy a guided visit of WIMU, the Wine Museum hosted in the ancient Falletti Castle. A journey through the culture and the traditions of wine, designed by the Swiss architect Francois Confino. You will then visit the Corkscrew Museum featuring a collection of 500 antique corkscrews. The visit of this unique museum will end with a special tasting: the bottle will be opened using an antique and precious corkscrew from the museum’s collection and the tasting will be paired with local products. Light lunch in a traditional Osteria in Barolo.
In the afternoon you will move to Barbaresco for a truffle hunting experience. A hunter accompanied by his dog will lead the group into the woods to seek out the precious underground tuber, guided only by the dog’s sense of smell and the intuition resulting from years of experience.
The hunt will be preceded by a meeting with an expert, who will provide all the information essential to understanding how, where and why truffles grow. Return to the accommodation for a short relax.
Dinner at a wonderful local restaurant.
DAY 5 – ALBA AND CANELLI
After breakfast move to Alba, the capital of the Langhe, for a brief guided tour of the medieval town famous for the International White Truffle Fair which occurs each year in October. You will then have time at leisure for some shopping along the Via Maestra. Enjoy a typical lunch at a local trattoria.
In the afternoon transfer to Canelli, the homeland of Asti Spumante and Moscato d’Asti.
Here you will visit one of the historic wineries with their beautiful cellars called “Underground Cathedrals” stretching under the town. These historic wine cellars are a candidate for the UNESCO World Heritage Status site status. Special wine tasting accompanied by local products.
Return to the accommodation.
Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 6 – DEPARTURE
Check-out and departure.
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