Italy: Piedmont Region - 7 day(s), Europe, Italy
In Piedmont, rolling countryside, sun-swept vineyards, and breezy orchards contrast beautifully with the snowcapped majesty of the Alps. A walk through this spectacular region presents medieval castles and fortified villages along with gourmet restaurants and artisanal cheese-makers—no wonder the Slow Food movement started here! Take your time savoring Piedmontese delicacies in a hands-on cooking class at a traditional farmhouse in Roero or sipping world-renowned vintages at the famed Marchesi di Barolo winery. Explore the 12th-century chapel of Santo Stefano in Perno, and then marvel at the colors in the surrounding hillsides, home to more than 43 different orchid varieties. Throughout this unforgettable experience, you’ll stay in unique lodgings, including a 17th-century farmhouse, an elegantly restored villa, and a former royal estate. From a truffle hunt on the outskirts of Alba to a cheese-making demonstration in Borgomale, the good life is always only a few steps away in this less-traveled Italian destination.
- 2 expert, local guides (for groups of 8 or more)
- All meals except for one dinner; local wine included with dinners
- All accommodations while on tour
- Entrance fees and special events as noted on the itinerary
- Stay at estate of King Carlo Alberto of Savoy, which includes the University of Gastronomic Sciences, the Wine Bank, and Ristorante Guido, all of which have been conceived and developed by the Slow Food organization
- Join an expert local truffle hunter who shares his secrets of hunting for the delectable mushroom
- Learn about the evolution of beekeeping in the Rocche’s unique ecosystem, comprised of more than 950 plant species.
- Visit a small family-run agricultural mill, the Mulino Sobrino. You are taken through the mill and introduced to traditional milling methods and antique machinery, including a stone to grind vintage varieties of locally grown wheat and grains into organic flour and cereals. The tour concludes with a light lunch featuring the mill’s own flours, either at the mill itself or at nearby Il Laghetto, a small osteria
- A festive farewell dinner to toast the week’s adventures in the hotel’s “Limonaia”—an attached greenhouse conservatory
- Follow ancient trails through nature parks with snowcapped peaks as a backdrop between hilltop wine towns and along the medieval “Salt Route” connecting Italy and France