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Famed for Barolo and Barbaresco wines, the chocolate and hazelnut concoction gianduja and the star of the culinary world: the rare white truffle, vermouth, cinematography, all were born in the Piedmont. A select group of gourmet explorers will be escorted on a tour of Italy’s sophisticated and picturesque Piedmont region. That is not all, one of the highlights of this tour includes truffle lesson with one of the judges from the Alba International Truffle Fair.
You will be staying at two different accommodations throughout the tour. The first four nights, you will be staying at Hotel Santo Stefano, in the heart of Turin’s fashionable Quadrilatero Romano district where chic, minimalist design meets rustic elegance in this comfortable and stylish hotel. The next three nights, you will be staying at Palazzo Finati, a tastefully restored early 19th-century city dwelling with only nine rooms. You will love all the local products featured in the breakfast, served under a suggestive vault.
The tour begins in Turin, where you can check into the hotel during the day to rest up for the excitement ahead or get a head start on sightseeing. In the early evening, you will meet on the hotel terrace with Adagio Travel for an aperitivo overlooking the Roman Porte Palatine and the Medieval Duomo where the Holy Shroud is housed.
You’ll then head out for dinner at a restaurant beloved by locals, whose tradition goes back nearly 500 years. Local sommelier Alessandro enhances your appreciation of the vino this evening followed by a welcome drink and dinner. Today's meal plan includes dinner and welcome drink.
Cinematography was born in Turin and they have the museum to prove it! Buckle up, you will be wowed this morning when you head to the Museo del Cinema housed in the Mole Antonelliana building. This bizarre yet magnificent edifice was meant to be a synagogue when initially constructed in 1863. The Cinema Museum boasts brilliant interactive exhibitions including films, original scripts, props, costumes, movie cameras, etc making it one of the most important in the world. The bright and amusing local guide will navigate you through the highlights of this experience.
Afterward, you’ll head over to the Galleria San Federico where a myriad of dazzling local products will be served for lunch at Fior Food. You’ll hop in a van this afternoon and “head to the hills”, the so-called “Collina”, along the Po River, where you can take wonderful pictures of the Alps surrounding Turin.
A stop at the quaint Borgo Medievale "medieval town" in Valentino Park is a must see! It was built in 1884, with everything you would expect to find in a 15th-century Piedmontese village. You will head back to town in the late afternoon and have a free night to explore one of the many fabulous restaurants. Turin is famous for its many restaurants, cafes, and bars. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and lunch.
You will have breakfast before spending the morning visiting Turin’s historical center with a local guide. You start right in the hotel, in the oldest area of Turin where there are still traces of medieval and even Roman times. You continue on to Piazza Castello, the heart of the city, admiring its many palaces and churches before venturing into elegant Palazzo Madama. The principal architect for the Savoy court, who essentially owned Turin for centuries was Filippo Juvarra, a Sicilian whose talent blossomed here and who later moved to Spain. You will see many of his works during your stay here.
On to the Royal Palace which is also a UNESCO site, the astonishing Church of San Lorenzo, a masterpiece of Italian Baroque and the main central squares. All together unveiling the life and genius of the city that hosted Italy’s royal family and also became the first capital of Italy.
Food lovers will enjoy the fact that the Torinese were the first to develop a means of solidifying chocolate, which they combined with drinking coffee: a match made in heaven. You’ll visit historical cafes and an artisan chocolatier with the opportunity to taste some of their specialties awarded the gold medal in 2015! You will have free time for lunch and shopping in the city center this afternoon.
Early evening finds you learning about one of the secret treasures of Piedmont - Vermouth. This exclusive experience will introduce us to the world of mixology; you’ll be assisted in selecting your personal flavor profiles to mix your own bottle of Vermouth. End an amazing day in one of the leading restaurants where you’ll enjoy a gourmet dinner: Restaurant Circolo dei Lettori. And as a treat, Sommelier Alessandro will again be your wine guide! Today, the meal plan includes breakfast and dinner.
After breakfast, your van will whisk you to a crazy idea, a test racetrack on the rooftop of a former Fiat factory! Inspired by Ford’s assembly line plant in Detroit when originally built in 1920, “Lingotto” has been converted by architect Renzo Piano into a multifunctional building. Among other things, you’ll find the Museo dell’Automobile, same architect as the Cinema Museum and the small private art collection of the Agnelli family. You then continue on to the Basilica di Superga, a city symbol, to enjoy a stunning view of Turin. The magnificent baroque church is another Juvarra masterpiece.
The afternoon is free for you go go for some shopping and final sightseeing. Susan and Claudia will be heading over to the impressive Egyptian Museum before dinner and you’re welcome to join them. Second, only to the museum in Cairo for its wealth of Egyptian artifacts, the museum is fun to visit in the evening, when the shadows and mummies seem to come to life. Free night for dinner in the city center. Today, only breakfast is included.
On the outskirts of the city, the Savoy family had a number of hunting palaces, one of the biggest and most extraordinary of which is La Venaria. It expresses beautiful extravagance with its endless rooms and vast gardens and will keep you absorbed for the morning.
At midday, you’ll lunch at Il Convito della Venaria, just next door to the palace. After lunch, you will make your way towards the Langhe, the hilly area that is synonymous with superb wine and food. The Langhe is a particular haven for wine lovers and produces varieties including Barolo, Barbaresco, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Asti, Arneis, and Cortese. You’ll sample many of these wines during your time here, starting today with a visit to one of the region’s oldest producers of the king of wines, Barolo.
Late afternoon finds you in the small town of Alba. Many of the towers that once crowded its medieval skyline have long since gone, but the layout and some of the Roman ruins remain. It is easy to wander and appreciate this city: famous for its wine, hazelnuts and white truffles. In fact, Alba is the center of action for the famous truffle festival, which is just getting started as you arrive. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and wine tasting!
In the forested hills of the Alta Langa, you will search for the white and black truffles with an expert forager and his canine companion, who will teach you how to hunt for these indulgent delicacies. Enjoy a truffle based snack lunch, with local salami, cheese and more. You will then move to Neive, one of the “Borghi più belli d’Italia” (most beautiful villages of Italy), where you will have the chance to visit two really amazing places.
First, the Cantina del Glicine where the winery dates back to 1582 and produces a fantastic Barbaresco; followed by the Distilleria Romano Levi, which raises grappa production almost to the level of alchemy, in a way found only here. You'll then return to Alba, where you’ll dine together in a wonderfully unconventional restaurant. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, snacks, wine tasting, and dinner. What luck!
After breakfast, you will hone your expertise at "Truffles 101", a tasting experience led by one of the judges of the International Truffle Fair. Afternoon finds you at Wi-Mu, a wine museum that’s like nothing you can imagine. Descend five floors of the Castello di Barolo, on a sensory journey that spans wine-making from its beginnings through present-day debates about “old” versus “new” -world methods. You return to Alba, with free time to pack your bags. Lastly, you will have a farewell dinner tonight in the Michelin-starred restaurant Locanda del Pilone. Today's meal plan includes breakfasts and farewell dinner.
This is the last day of your holiday in Italy. Today's meal plan includes breakfast. There will be a transfer after breakfast to Milan–Malpensa Airport (MXP), train station, or hotel. Flights home must be booked no earlier than 12:00 p.m. Those who remain in Milan can enjoy a half-day private highlights tour, complements of Adagio Travel.
Kindly note that some areas mentioned in the program may have uneven footing. Clients must be able to walk at least two miles without assistance or opt-out of the walking activities.
Experience the ever elegant Turin, pristine mountains, authentic food and a fascinating insight into a period of Italian history ruled by the latter-day equivalent of oligarchs and magnates, this Piedmont tour offers it all.
It is a fantastic introduction to an area that is less visited, and definitely off the well-trodden path of the ‘Grand Tour’ that most people follow when they first visit Italy. The tour will also appeal to those who are interested in exploring a sophisticated wine and food culture that goes well beyond the "red sauces" that most people identify with Italian cuisine.
Turin, Torino, one of the most sophisticated and vibrant cities of Italy. Settled by Rome, it is laid out in a typical Roman grid, so you will have no navigational challenges. Beginning in the 11th century and until they led the unification of Italy in 1861, Turin was part of the Savoy dynasty, which originated in France and modern day Switzerland.
The French aesthetic has a significant influence here. The sense of order and symmetry they share with the Romans has given Turin a particular elegance and formality, and it is further embellished by lavish Italian Baroque ornamentation. Most of the Savoy palaces and government buildings are still there to see. Aside from that, industrial giants, notably the Agnelli family of Fiat fame, have made modern contributions as well.
This culinary experience will start at one of the most sophisticated and vibrant cities of Italy. You’ll explore the Langhe, an area with its own agricultural traditions that date back centuries and home to many renowned wines.
You’ll be trying many regional dishes and will even go in search of the elusive white truffle. Wines at meals have been hand-picked by a Piedmontese sommelier, which is nice to know when touring one of Italy’s most storied wine regions. Piedmont is home to more prestigious DOCG wines, the best Italian wines, than any other region in Italy.
All breakfasts beginning on day 2, two lunches and one light lunch, and four dinners are included. Beverages, including excellent local wines, included with most meals. Adagio Travel will try to accommodate any special dietary requests or restrictions you may have, and ask that you discuss it with them when signing up for a trip.
Please book your flight to arrive at Turin Airport (TRN).