Gourmet Food and Wine Tour to Piemonte Italy!
September 30 - October 8, 2012
On October 1st our adventure in Piemonte begins when we meet at the Malpensa Airport in Milan. “Piemonte”, translated as the “land at the foot of the mountains”, is located in the northwest corner of Italy and bordered by France. This region is the most magical in the autumn, when the leaves change color and the morning mist drifts over the valleys and hills. Few regions of Italy evoke such strong feelings of food and vinicultural tradition. Our tour begins with the southern Piemonte region sloping south towards Liguria and the sea. It is notable for its beautiful countryside covered with clay and planted with vines and oak trees affording just spectacular panoramas around every corner. It is home to 45 prestigious D.O.C. wines, producing the noble Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Roero and the little known but dry and smooth white wine, Arneis, as well as celebration favorite Asti Spumanti and Vermouth!
The second half of our tour highlights the beautiful and elegant city of Torino (Turin), the capital of Piemonte and the seat of the Fiat and Ferrari empires. It is truly a remarkable city architecturally and a walker’s city both for culture and shopping. The Po River flows dramatically through Torino and the city boasts covered walkways and connecting arcades that line the miles of streets and plazas throughout the city center. Grand and vast piazzas provide background for stunning baroque edifices especially the Royal Palace of King Vittorio Emanuele II.
Torino, the host of the 2006 World Olympic Games is elegant, clean and may be one of the more under-rated food towns in northern Italy! Not surprisingly, it is also the capital of sweets! Pastries, chocolate, including gianduia, and coffee are particular specialties, and the city is known for its grand, often very ornate, coffee bars and cafés.
Piemontese specialties, considered regional treasures, include its delicious white truffles; an infinite variety of cheeses, such as Bra, Tomme, Pecorino, local Gorgonzola and Castelmagno; salumi; Canaroli and Vialone Nano rice and Gianduia - a superb combination of the finest chocolates and locally grown hazelnuts. You will experience all of this and more while discovering the elegant towns of Piemonte. Lovers of outstanding cuisine and wines, of art & culture, of storybook charming villages & medieval castles, will delight in this amazing journey through one of Italy’s most spectacular regions and one of the country’s best kept secrets! Did you know that even breadsticks (grissini torinese) were invented in this region in the late 17th century?
Don’t miss this premium culinary and wine tour, an exciting of countryside and city vacation combined.
Brief Synopsis of Piemonte Tour
- This exclusive tour is limited to 14 people
- Price includes all transfers to and from Malpensa Airport
- Full time Italian escort
- Four nights in Benevello at the 4* lux Relais Villa d’Amelia, based on deluxe rooms with panoramic views
- Three nights in Torino at the 4*lux Grand Hotel Sitea
- Full buffet breakfast daily in the hotels
- Private deluxe motor coach throughout
- Private guided sightseeing and entrance fees for all of the excursions included
- All meals, wine-tastings and cooking classes as stated in the itinerary
- All service charges and current government taxes
- Land cost is $5650.00 per person double occupancy
- Single supplement in a double room for single use is $800.00
For a full detailed day-by-day itinerary including cooking lessons, meals, descriptions of our two premium hotels and excursions please contact us at 203.762.0768
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Limited to 14 participants