Well-Guarded Secrets of Piemonte

A Food and Wine Tour

Piemonte, in the north-west of Italy is home to many royal palaces, stately homes and fortifications that are a reminder of the many centuries of conflict over this magnificent landscape and its many wonders and hidden gems. 
From the rich wines, the velvety chocolates, the rare white truffles, the traditional cured meats, the unique cheeses, to the hazelnuts, Piemonte is a rich tapestry of exquisite ingredients that have shaped the local culture.

Wine connoisseur and authentic food junkies will love the personally selected hidden gems and secrets that TrEduC will introduce you to.
Our explorations will take us through the Langhe, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for its wines and truffles, with a day in magical Royal Torino, the capital of Piemonte, as well as other important cities around the region.
We will help you to experience some of the unique characteristic offerings that make up this royal region nestled in the foothills of north-western Italy.

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The Itinerary

This tour has been designed for groups of 8 to 12 participants.

Arrivals and Welcome Day

Morning: meet & greet at the Airport

Transfer by luxury coach to our relaxing spa hotel accommodation in the Langhe.

Check-in and settling in at the hotel

Welcoming aperitive

Dinner will be your first opportunity to experience the warm friendly hospitality of the Langhe as well as some of the delicious local foods and wines the region has to offer.

Day 1

La Strada del Barolo – The road of Barolo

Breakfast at the hotel

Depart the hotel with our private coach to discover the Strada del Barolo, visiting some of the most breathtaking places of the wine country.

Our first wine tasting stop will be at Grinzane Cavour, a small village developed around the stunning castle. The castle was home to Count Camillo Benso whose investment in experimentation helped improve the techniques of red wine production in Piemonte. Today the castle hosts the first “Enoteca Regionale del Piemonte”, one of the most comprehensive ethnographic museums of the wine tradition in Piemonte.
The vineyard at the foot of the castle continues the legacy of Count Benso, with its modern research and experimentation centre.

Continuing along the provincial road towards the quaint villages of La Morra and Serralunga d’Alba for a visit admiring the rolling hills from great look-out points, before stopping for lunch in the famous village of Barolo. Barolo is the quintessential beating heart of the wine-growing and production area of Langhe.

After lunch, we will visit the village of Monforte d’Alba, the last bulwark of the Langa of Barolo.
It is a village with a rich history, with its origins tracing back to Roman times. Monforte d’Alba translates as “strong, strategic spot of Alba” (Mons Fortis), and gives a glimpse at its strategic location and the site of countless disputes between the local Signori and the libero comune of Alba.
Today the castle has become the stately home of the Marquis Scarampi del Cairo. It has been rebuilt many times starting from 1706 over the remains of the ancient fortress.
The little piazza at the top of the hill overlooks the charming village and offers a spectacular view of the Alps.

We will then we head back to our hotel where you will have the opportunity to relax and unwind, you can also take the opportunity to indulge in a unique winery spa if you wish.

Dinner at the hotel an opportunity to enjoy some of the wonderful Piemonte cooking.

Day 2

Barbaresco and Nebbiolo

Breakfast at the hotel

Depart the hotel by coach, we will visit Barbaresco Langa, the most eastern part of the Langhe territory, stretching from Alba toward the Asti Moscato hills, through the spectacular terraced hills looking towards Roero.
This specific area is home to the Barbaresco DOCG production zone. Barbaresco is another great noble local wine, the production zone includes the municipalities of Barbaresco, Neive, Treiso and Alba San Rocco Seno d’Elvio.
Through our journey, we will see some magnificent examples of the House of Savoy Royal Castles, that represent the archetypal Piemontese architecture.

Our second wine tasting experience will be at the Enoteca Barbaresco.
The Enoteca has been built into the old village church of Barbaresco and is home to a wide variety of locally produced wines.

We will journey on to Alba San Rocco Seno d’Elvio, a small hamlet where we will break for an independent lunch in the quaint village.
You will have the opportunity to stroll around the centre where you will be able to soak up in the Langhe atmosphere while admiring the view of the magical hills of Langhe.

After lunch we will return to the hotel for some rest and relaxation, you will have the opportunity to make use of the pool, or some of the spa treatments available.

Dinner at the hotel, again giving you an opportunity to experience more of the wonders of local Piemonte cooking. Dinner will be followed by music.

Day 3

Local Hidden Gems

Breakfast at the hotel

Departing by coach from the hotel, we will head over to the city and the local area of Alba. Alba retains much of its uniqueness and charm with its strategic location as the gateway to the highly prized Langhe region it has been the epicenter of much conflict over the years. 

Alba is particularly famed for its hazelnut trees that gave rise to Ferrero’s idea of mixing chocolate with hazelnut oil, Ferrero remains an important fixture in the town and local economy today. However, locally it is also renowned for its white truffles.

Our first activity of the day will be to undertake a truffle hunt with a local guide.
Depending upon the time of year, this may just be a simulated truffle hunt but will still give you a great overview of the truffle hunting process.

We will then move into the centre of Alba where you will be able to take in the uniqueness and charm of this amazing historic town.
There will be plenty of time for you to explore some of the unique and fabulous restaurants that Alba has to offer.

Leaving Alba we will head off towards the city of Bra.
Bra lies among the Roero hills and it is well known for its cultural, historical, and gastronomic specialities.
It is also the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement, a group of activists from the 1980s who saw the rise of globalization and fast food as a threat to local culture and tradition.
The values underpinning Slow Food encompass the ideals of locally grown and produced food, that pays tribute to the cultural heritage of the local area.
Today Slow Food represents a global movement involving thousands of projects and millions of people in over 160 countries.

We will be visiting the roman borgo ‘Pollenzo’part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and also home to the University of Gastronomic Science.
The university has an incredible Wine Bank where will have a wine tasting with ‘Presidi Slow Food’ products.
Inside the complex of the Agenzia, the Wine Bank was founded at the end of the ‘90s in order to create a historical record of the Italian wines by selecting, storing and retaining the best wines of Italy.

We will transfer back to the hotel for dinner.

Day 4

The Secrets of the Piemontese Kitchen

Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: We have arranged a special cooking class at the hotel in the morning with our hotel’s Chef. You will have the opportunity to learn some of the secrets to making a local dish. We will then enjoy the fruits of our labours for lunch.

Alternatively, you can simply relax at our hotel, make use of the spa, pool, or take a walk around the beautiful wineries.

Afternoon: We have arranged a special shopping tour to the Serravalle Outlet, this is home to many fabulous Italian brands, and you will have the afternoon to peruse at your own leisure.

Alternatively, you may wish to take the afternoon to relax or explore the local area surrounding the hotel.

In the evening we will have dinner together at the hotel.

Day 5

Royal Italy

Breakfast at the hotel

Depart the hotel to visit Turin. Turin or Torino as it is known locally is the capital city of the Piemonte region.
Originally founded in Roman times, Torino became the seat of power for the Savoy family who went on to forge the unification of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861.
At this early stage of the unification process, Torino became the capital of Italy.
Although the royal family of Italy were deposed after the second world war when Italy became a republic, their legacy lives on in the many palaces and treasures they left behind.
Today Torino has become a cutting-edge city, known for its refined architecture, automotive industry, and cuisine, as well as the booming contemporary art.
Stately baroque buildings and old cafes line Torino’s boulevards and grand squares such as Piazza Castello and Piazza San Carlo.
Nearby is the soaring spire of the Mole Antonelliana, a 19th-century tower today housing the interactive National Cinema Museum.

After a guided tour of the main sights, you will have an opportunity to try some of the local delicacies with an independent lunch in the historical city centre.

Palazzo Reale in the centre of Torino was the principle Palace of the Savoy Royal FamilyThe afternoon, you can pick from either a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum or the Royal Museums.
The Egyptian Museum boasts the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts outside of Cairo.
However, you may wish to explore parts of the Royal museum that are housed within the Royal Palaces’ complex.
They are filled with amazing treasures that were collected over the centuries by the Savoy Family and later acquired by the Republic of Italy.
The Royal Collection is also home to the Turin Shroud, which is encased in a gold sarcophagus in the Royal Chapel.

Alternatively, you may wish to enjoy over 11 miles of porticoes in the royal city, and the unique shopping experience with the many independent boutiques that you can find nestled around the centre.

We will head back in the direction of the hotel, on-route we will stop, at a specially chosen winery for our fourth wine tasting experience.

Back to the hotel for dinner

Day 6

Treasures of Yesterday and Tomorrow

Breakfast at the hotel

Italy has sometimes been viewed as a museum that offers a real-life glimpse into traditions and cultures that stretch back many centuries. However, Italy is not only defined by its past but also by its present and looks to its future.
The rich diversity of art, food, wines, music and many other cultural expressions continue to bubble away at the surface helping to define new trends and styles.
The Piemontese have always shown an affinity for contemporary cutting-edge design as you will have experienced in Torino and particularly with the Mole Antonelliana. That passion for contemporary art continues to this day.

This morning we will be visiting a private collection of prestigious contemporary modern art that has found its home in the Roero hills of the Langhe.
The tasteful blend of old and new coming together in a most breathtaking setting, with artwork representing recent innovations over the last fifty years set against the backdrop of one of the most beautifully preserved villages of the Langhe with its routes tracing back to the 12th Century.

Lunch

The afternoon will be dedicated to shopping for local specialities or independent time.

Farewell dinner.

Day of Departure

Breakfast at the hotel

Check out and transfer by coach to Turin International Airport. 

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What is included in the Tour?

  • Private luxury coach throughout the tour
  • 7 nights accommodation in a Boutique Inn and Spa with continental breakfast
  • 7 dinners and 4 lunch with menus carefully crafted to allow you to experience the best of local traditional foods and wines.
  • Cooking class with a focus on helping you to learn to prepare a local dish
  • 4 wine tastings of some of the regions finest wines
  • Treduc tour leader all time available

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