Benvenuti (Italian for welcome!) to the Region of Piedmont, a unique corner of Europe at the crossroads of Italy, Switzerland and France bordered to the west and north by the magnificent Alps. Transform your dreams into reality as we visit one of the world’s most famous settings for wine and the Italian region renowned for white truffles.
The region offers a mix of different cultures and traditions, wonderfully depicted in local cuisine that inspired founder Carlo Petrini to establish the Slow Food movement in 1986. The dramatic cultural landscape of vineyards, hill towns with magnificent churches, Baroque cities and the Alps present countless opportunities for photography, relaxation and restful contemplation, especially after a great meal!
The Roman outpost of Turin (Augusta Taurinorum at that time, now Torino in Italian) founded in the first century BC has seen a dramatic change since the Dukedom of Savoy moved its capital from Chambery in 1563 and started to transform the village into a city. Over time, Turin acquired extensions to its “city print” that included new Baroque buildings, and royal residences across the nearby countryside.
Turin was also the first capital of Italy in 1861 and it was here that some brilliant politicians helped to unify of the country and liberate it from Austrians, French and Spanish dominations with the endorsement of the King of Savoy.
On our two itineraries you will have the opportunity to visit two UNESCO Sites not only in Turin, but also in the nearby areas of Le Langhe and Monferrato, and on our two-night post-tour extension you will explore the romantic Lake Orta in the north of the region.
Agriturismi (usually a family-run “farm stay” combining agriculture and tourism), local cheese, wine makers, truffles (starting in October), and the culture of Slow Food will be highlighted on these unique journeys through Roman towns and tranquil countryside. You can also look forward to one of the largest varieties of Italian recipes given the proximity to France and its strong culinary influence.
On one of our special departures you will learn firsthand about Slow Food attending two days of its biennial Salone del Gusto & Terra Madre in Turin where you have the chance to meet enthusiastic food lovers, artisans and farmers from all over the world.
On our tour in October “Truffles and Wine: Piedmont during the Harvest” you will learn all you want to know about the local noble nectars with visits to wineries and tastings during an exciting moment in the region! You will discover the sought-after underground mushroom attending the world-renown Alba truffle fair and meet a truffle hunter in action with his dogs. Two dinners will include either black and white truffles, featured in different local recipes and paired up with local wines.
We look forward to traveling with you!