Piedmont: Castles & Wines
1 night at Stresa, 4 nights at La Morra, 1 night at Turin
Embark on an enchanting journey through the Piedmont region, a realm of captivating landscapes, regal castles, and exquisite wines. Starting from the mesmerizing shores of Lake Maggiore, delve into the rich tapestry of Italy’s illustrious past, manifested through its historic sites and grand palaces. Explore the vine-laden hills of Barolo, the sanctuary of Italy’s most celebrated wines, and indulge in the gastronomic splendors of the region, culminating in the vibrant metropolis of Turin. Every day unravels a new chapter of Piedmont’s grandeur, promising an experience that resonates long after the journey concludes. Join us in celebrating Piedmont: Castles & Wines.
Day 1 Arrival
Arrive in Milan and transfer to Stresa, on Lake Maggiore.
On the borders of Piedmont, Lombardy, and Switzerland, Lake Maggiore, also known as Verbano, is the second-largest Italian lake.
Day 2 Lake Maggiore
Meet your guide and visit the fashionable Stresa and the amazing Islands on Lake Maggiore on a day trip from Milan. Lake Maggiore is surrounded by the majestic Alps and home to some of Italy’s most impressive gardens. You will take a two-hour panoramic boat cruise on the lake, visiting the Borromean Islands- Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Bella. On board you will enjoy the view of exquisite lakeside villas and lush gardens surrounded by crystal blue waters set amidst the beauty of snow-capped alps. First, we pass the exotic Isola Madre, home to a 20 acre park that is considered one of the most impressive in Italy before heading back in time to the simple life of Isola dei Pescatori where you will have free time to explore, shop or enjoy a light lunch. The next stop will be the luxurious Isola Bella with the elaborate gardens of the Borromean Palace surrounded by boutiques and cafés housed in grand historic buildings.
Late afternoon, move to Barolo, where you will spend the next few days.
Tonight you can enjoy dinner at the hotel or take a short ride back into town for a wonderful meal. Overnight in Barolo.
Day 3 Barolo day
After breakfast, you’ll meet our driver and start visiting some of the best Barolo wineries in the region. Barolo is made exclusively from Nebbiolo grapes, producing tannic and slightly acidic wines that can be enjoyed upon release or aged. Barolo is produced between two valleys, the Serralunga and the Central. The Serralunga soil is high in sand and limestone and has more intense wines that demand longer aging, while the Central Valley soil contains more clay, producing a softer wine that can be drunk sooner. After today, you’ll gain new insights into this king of Italian wines. You will enjoy a guided visit and tasting at “Vietti Winery”, followed by a lunch “Locanda dei Cannubi”.
After lunch, we’ll drive to the “Vajra” Winery for a guided visit to the cellars. The winery was founded in 1972 by Aldo and Milena Vajra. They started producing wine from vines planted by Aldo’s grandfather in 1947. The wines of Vajra are said to be one of Barolo’s best-kept secrets. Some vineyards are buried at the highest point in the Barolo and produce grapes that ripen later than many of the vineyards surrounding them. They are now on their fourth generation, managing the estate. Overnight in Barolo.
Day 4 Castles & Winemakers
Begin your day with a delightful breakfast before departing from the hotel. Your dedicated driver awaits to take you on a journey through some of Langhe’s premier Barbaresco vineyards. Your morning exploration will lead you to the majestic Grinzane Cavour Castle, the scenic landscapes of La Morra, and the charming village of Vergne.
Following the morning expedition, indulge in a brief ride to the quaint town of Barbaresco. Here, nestled beneath the town’s ancient medieval tower, you’ll discover the “Antica Torre” trattoria. Treat your taste buds to genuine local cuisine, from handcrafted pasta to ravioli delicately seasoned with sage and butter. And of course, expect a generous helping of truffle-infused dishes. (Meal expenses not covered)
As the afternoon sun graces the horizon, make your way to “Cantina Cigliuti”. This boutique winery, surrounded by the lush landscapes of Barbaresco, stands as a testament to the Cigliuti family’s 4-generation legacy. While they once sold grapes and wine unbottled, 1964 marked a pivotal moment. Renato Cigliuti took a bold step, bottling and launching a limited 300 bottles of Barbaresco – and the legacy of excellence continues to this day. Overnight in Barolo.
Day 5 Alba & Cooking Class
Following a delightful breakfast, set out for Neive, a picturesque village waiting to unveil its charms.
Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by your gracious host. Together, stroll through the vibrant fresh market, immersing yourself in the many authentic products on display. From there, journey to a captivating residence where a private cooking class beckons. Under expert guidance, master the iconic recipes the Langhe region proudly boasts.
After savoring the fruits of your culinary endeavors over lunch, continue your journey to Alba. Renowned as the ‘White Truffle Capital’, Alba is a historic town with a rich tapestry of cobbled streets, medieval towers, and vibrant squares. Here, the history and allure of this gastronomic haven will unfold before you on an enlightening walking tour. Overnight in Barolo.
Day 6 Turin
Join your driver for a transfer to the grand city of Turin. Embark on a walking tour through the historic heart of this illustrious city, weaving a tale of its past through iconic landmarks. Traverse the footprints of renowned architects who crafted tributes to the esteemed Savoy dynasty. Relive moments from centuries gone by at city center sites, once the rendezvous spots for luminaries and elegant dames.
Unearth the hidden gems and lesser-known treasures of Turin that stand as testaments to its moniker, the “Old Royal City.” At the city’s core lies the Royal Palace, the majestic residence of the Savoy Dukes. As you wander its opulent rooms, marvel at lavish artifacts – from glittering rock crystal chandeliers and exotic Chinese lacquers to exquisite French and Flemish tapestries adorned with gilded stuccos and frescoes. Your journey through the palace also unveils Europe’s grandest armory, a showcase of gleaming breastplates, royal swords, and the personal revolvers of emperors.
Round off your exploration with a decadent chocolate tasting at La Farmacia del Cambio, a historic café, capturing the essence of Turin’s rich cocoa heritage.
As the day wanes, return to your hotel for a peaceful evening and restful night in Turin. Overnight in Turin.
Day 7 Departure
Transfer to Turin Airport.