Tucked into the northwest corner of Italy, Piemonte is one of the most prosperous and less visited regions in Italy. Castle-topped hill towns will delight you with stunning view of farms, fields and vineyards and the magnificent mountains that surround much of the area (pied=foot and monte=mountain) will beckon to you to gaze at their natural beauty and visit hidden sanctuaries. During our week together we will enjoy walks in the countryside, visit a cheese farm, enjoy some local wineries, exquisite food, visit the largest elliptical cupola in the world at the Sanctuary of Vicoforte and delve into the rich history of the region. The home base for our tour will be the lively and liveable city of Cuneo.
Why Cuneo? This city is lovely, livable, not at all touristy, has great food and one of the largest weekly markets in northern Italy. Cuneo also has about 8 Km of porticoed streets and lively pedestrian zone which makes it a great place to stay rain or shine to experience la dolce vita.
More lunches than dinners…working a marvellous lunch into a fun filled day is an important part of Italian culture, especially while on vacation or on weekends. It also gives your body more time to digest and sleep better which is important too. By including more typical lunches than dinners you can decide whether you simply want a light meal or to wine and dine in the evening. Cuneo has many bars where apericenas (drinks plus light food) are all the rage.
Piemonte – What to Expect
- Engage on a personal level with local winemakers and artisans
- Don’t be afraid to get your shoes dirty in the forests as you follow truffle-hunting dogs for your next meal
- Indulge your sweet tooth with Cuneese al Rhum, and other handcrafted sweets
- Enjoy a lovely, liveable part of Italy from your hotel and one of the largest weekly markets in Italy.
- Savor gourmet cheeses, artisanal beer, grappa and many other regional specialties
- Soak in the atmosphere of a medieval castle while dining in a Michelin starred restaurant
- A small group of not more than 10 people
- 3 dinners and 4 lunches (wine included),
- 7 nights lodging in a clean, comfortable, and centrally located hotel.
- Two wine tastings in local cantinas, tastings of cheese, truffles, chocolate, and locally produced beer and grappa.
- Locally guided tours of the Sanctuary of Vicoforte and the Racconigi Castle and Park.
- Walks in the countryside and mountain (not overly strenuous) Transport and private guide.
Upon arrival at our hotel in Turin we will gather our small group for an introduction of this tour with an Aperitivo and a quick walking tour of our neighborhood.
After breakfast we will start our day with a guided walking tour of this magnificent city stopping to sample the chocolate and coffee the city is famous for, followed by a visit to Turin’s impressive Palazzo Reale. This afternoon you will be free to explore the many shops and museums at your own pace and dinner will be on your own
The Fiat Automobile company was founded in Torino and opened its first manufacturing facility in 1899. This morning will visit the Museo dell’Automobile and explore the evolution of cars in this magnificent city. After visiting the museum we will wander over to the original Eataly where you will be free to explore and find lunch before we make our way to the National Museum of Cinema. On our last evening in Torino we will enjoy a typical Piemontese meal in one of its amazing trattorias.
In the late afternoon we meet in our centrally located hotel for a tour orientation, take a stroll to get the lay of the land and enjoy and apericena in one of the towns many chic locals. Weather permitting, we sit outside.
Market Day in Cuneo (Tuesday). Morning with a local guide to learn more about the town of Cuneo and enjoy the many flavors that the market has to offer followed by lunch together. Finish with a visit to a ciocolateria to learn about the Cuneese al Rhum chocolates that the city is known for and the rest of the day will be yours to explore as you like.
Wonderful walks, food, and wine. After breakfast, board our private bus and head towards the Langhe, home to some of the most influential wineries in Italy. After a morning walk with splendid views, enjoy a multi-course lunch in a medieval castle followed by a visit to a grappa distillery and learn to appreciate the many nuances of this digestive liquor. Arrive back in Cuneo in the evening where you can explore more or relax as you like.
Cheese, beer and Pinocchio. This morning will include a tour of a local caseificio to meet the cows and learn why the cheese in Piemonte is so delicious. After an early afternoon break, visit the mountain town of Vernante for a visual journey of Pinocchio through the towns many murals. After our stroll we make our way to the Troll Brewery learn about beer making and enjoy an Italian BBQ with carne alla brace for dinner.
Truffles, wine, and a tasting lunch. Another great gastronomic experience today as we once again head to the Langhe to the town of Barbaresco for a truffle hunting experience, lunch in a local trattoria, and visit a couple of local wineries to explore the complexities of the Nebbiolo grape.
Outstanding architecture is on our agenda today as we visit the largest elliptical dome in the world at the Sanctuary of Vicoforte. After our morning tour, lunch will be in one of your guides favorite trattorias; the place she goes to celebrate birthdays and baptisms and sometimes just because. After lunch head into the mountains for a walk in the woods and visit a partisan cemetery before heading back to Cuneo for a free evening.