Independent Tour-Land Only
6 Days/ 5 Nights
Daily January 1-December 31
You will taste delicious, authentic dishes of regional cuisine at restaurants recommended by Slow Food in the “Osterie d’Italia” guide. These are small trattorias that still use fresh, local produce and traditional recipes for their dishes
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5 nights first class accommodation all with private facilities
Breakfast each morning
3 dinners-drinks not included
7 guided tastings of Piedmontese Slow Food wines and/or Presidia products
Transportation between cities
English speaking guiding
Sightseeing as per itinerary
1 Cooking lesson dedicated to the Piedmontese agricultural cuisine
Hotel taxes and service charges
Day 1 Milan
Arrive in Milan and make you own way to the hotel. Here you will take part in a welcome dinner at the Osteria Grand Hotel in Milano. During the evening there will be an introduction to the tour, the Slow Food philosophy, the activities carried out by the association and the Terra Madre Foundation.
Day 2 Milan-Piedmont
Leave in the morning for the wonderful Barolo vineyards. The first stop is at the La Morra scenic viewpoint, where you can admire the hills and surrounding vineyards. Visit Elio Altare’s wine cellars and taste their extraordinary wines accompanied by some of the typical local produce of Langa. Depart for Carmagnola and a visit to the Agripiemonte farm where one of the Piedmontese breeds is raised: the Carmagnola Grey Rabbit, Slow Food Presidium. Transfer to the Albergo dell’ Agenzia hotel in Pollenzo.
Day 3 Piedmont
Morning departure for Barbaresco to visit the cellars of the Barbaresco Producers, historically the most important in the territory, which boast several top class historical vineyards and a range of quality wines. Afterwards there is an introduction and tasting of a selection of Barbaresco wines. Leave for Cherasco to visit the old historical center and wander around the little streets which house the traditional workshops producing the delightful “Baci di Cherasco” (dark chocolates with hazelnuts). In the afternoon head to Monforte d’Alba to visit the cellars of Giovanni Manzone where there will be an introduction and tasting of his exclusive wines accompanied by local products. Return to the hotel for overnight.
Day 4 Piedmont
Morning departure for the city of Asti; visit the Torronificio Barbero private nougat collection and plant for a taste of the typical chocolate sweets and nougats. Departure for Mongiardino Ligure and the country farmhouse Caseificio Vallenostra to taste the Montebore cheese (Slow Food Presidium) and join a cooking class dedicated to the Piedmontese agricultural tradition, followed by dinner. Presentation of the initiative: adopt a sheep. Return to the hotel for overnight.
Day 5 Piedmont
A morning in Pollenzo with a stroll through the center, a visit to the Banca del Vino Slow Food (Wine Bank) followed by a guided wine tasting. Afternoon departure for Grinzane Cavour to visit the Piedmont Regional Enoteca, situated inside the Grinzane Cavour Castle. Taste some of the Piedmont DOC and DOCG wines, especially those from Langa and Roero, in addition to some grappa and other local liqueurs. Return to the hotel for farewell dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6 Piedmont-End of Tour
After breakfast self transfer to the rail station or airport. You can extend your stay in Piedmont or continue to the beautiful lake region, Milan, Florence or Venice.
Additional nights available.