Liguria and Piedmont gourmet tour
between nature, history, culture, wine, food, white truffle
and craft of excellence - 4 days
The taggiasca olive and olive oil from Liguria, flowers and Italian songs in Sanremo and Imperia
After a continental breakfast excursion to San Remo, the pearl of the Riviera and the famous seaside resort, also known for the production of flowers, the Casino and the Festival of Italian Song. Visit to Bussana, a famous centre destroyed by an earthquake in 1887 and rediscovered by a group of artists, both Italian and foreign, from the '60s. The visitors can wander through narrow streets and houses that have been carefully restored. Return to Imperia for light lunch in the city with a glimpse of the famous pizzas: the Pizzalandrea and variant Sardenaira. In the afternoon visit to the Museum of the Fratelli Carli olive oil. The museum leads the visitor through 6.000 years of history, that began when the olive tree was first cultivated and considered a sacred tree. The museum shows also historical artifacts, traditions, techniques and instructions about oil tasting and its use at cooking. After a tasting of olive oil and olive patè, the tour continues in Piedmont, Monferrato and Asti "Langa". Accommodation for guests and free time. At 19.30 lesson of wine - cocktail, during which visitors can learn the recipes and techniques of 3 cocktails created with Monferrato wines.
Welcome dinner in a farmhouse with typical Piedmontese recipes. Overnight .
Transfer to Barolo, on the lush vine-clad hills of the Langhe and Roero, the visit includes castles and churches, and the land of Marchesi di Barolo, their underground cellars and unique collection of Italian wine. After a light dinner transfer to La Morra, passing along a panoramic street with view over vineyards surrounding the village. The tour continues with a truffle hunt in the woods with a real truffle hunter and his dog. Final tasting of some truffle specialties. Return to the hotel, relax and dinner, playing a typical game, during which guests will be involved in a lesson of wine tasting, learning also the rules of matching Italian food and wine. Delivery of diplomas for the group activities experienced (truffle hunt, cooking classes and wine tasting). Overnight.
Spumante and grappa
After breakfast transfer to Canelli, a UNESCO world heritage site for its beautiful vine-clad hills and underground cathedrals of wine. Visit to an important wine cellar, where visitors can learn the secrets of aging of dry and sparkling wine. Transfer to Valenza to meet a master goldsmith in his workshop and learn the techniques of exclusive jewelery design. Light lunch in a farmhouse and transfer to Serravalle McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Novi Ligure (more than 180 stores of the most famous Italian and international brands), shopping with the Albatravel Shopping day Discount card. Free time at the hotel, before a enjoying a real insight into Italian cousine with a lesson starting from the Roman through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the present day. Overnight.
Reggia di Venaria and the real Turin
After breakfast, visit to the recently restored magnificent Royal Palace of Venaria, its lush Italian gardens and its stables. Transfer to Turin for light lunch in a local restaurant with a menu that focuses on local products and wine.
City tour in the afternoon, stop at the Cathedral and its sacred " Shroud ", the cloth that wrapped the body of Christ; visit to the "Mole", from which it is possible to explore the Roman plant of the city and visit to the National Museum of Cinema. Transfer to the airport.
The plain of the Po and the rice fields of Vercelli
After breakfast and check out, transfer to Vercelli, stopping by the Rice Mill, where the visitors can learn the techniques of Italian rice cultivation. Lunch with a typical menu in a restaurant owned by the Vercelli rice mill. Stop at a small firm producing accordions or at company "Sambonet", that produces kitchenware and homeware.
Transfer to the airport.