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Join our Fall tour of Piedmont and enjoy a gourmet odyssey through the northern Italian region best known for premium wine and truffles. Our Fall Piedmont itinerary is a fun and immersive trip of discovery exploring the region’s iconic tastes and hidden secrets.
Starting in the capital Turin, we continue to the Barolo region to drink the wine and explore Piemonte cuisine. We visit wineries, picturesque towns and markets and enjoy Piemonte’s best gastronomic experiences. Of course, not to be missed is the famous Alba White Truffle Festival, one of the most important food festivals in the world.
The grape harvest is also underway and it’s an important time for the Barolo and Barbaresco wine makers of the region. So why not join us as we taste and sip our way through beautiful Piedmont, enjoying the romantic sights along the way.
Celebrated Piemontese food and wine • Beautiful Royal Turin • Local market and cheese tasting • White truffle fair, truffle hunt and pasta making • Barolo wine tasting • Italy’s most beautiful towns
One memorable experience for me was the cooking class, there was the family pig running in, we were making all sorts of local pastas and just had a wonderful Italian country lunch unlike anything you’d ever get in a restaurant
Magical! Beautiful! I’m a bit of a dreamer and I just got lost there last night. Lost in this beauty.. Magnificent! I just loved it – view video
We have been to Italy several times, but never like this. It has been a wonderful experience – view video
Aside from every little surprise around every corner, I’ll remember Cosimo and the genuine excitement and pride that come out of him and his storytelling – view video
We have strived to make our Piedmont tour as all inclusive as possible with no hidden surprises. Included in your tour are:
Welcome to regal, beautiful Turin! Did you know it was the first capital of Italy and home to the Royal family of Savoy? Arrive ‘con calma’ (the Italian way of doing things calmly, you’re on vacation after all!) and check in at your hotel in the heart of the city in the early afternoon.
Once you are settled in, meet with the rest of your group and your host Olivia to indulge in a favourite Italian past-time – aperitivo! Do as the Torinese do and get to know the group over a glass of homemade vermouth with a tramezzino (delicious local sandwich) at one of the city’s historic and beautifully ornate cafés. We’ll then continue onto a traditional Piemontese dinner at a favourite local restaurant.
Visiting the Porta Palazzo produce market is our first activity for today. The market is one of the largest open air markets in Europe and it’s where you’ll find the very best local delicacies. We’ll stop for a special tasting of traditional Piemontese cheeses at the historic cheesemonger shop in the oldest part of town.
Then you are free to explore the city for a few hours on your own. Consider visiting one of Turin’s excellent museums (the Cinema Museum or Egyptian Museum), the Royal Palace, climb the landmark Mole, or enjoy lunch at one of the city’s many excellent restaurants.
In the afternoon, we meet again for a guided walking tour through Turin and wander through the city center past the Royal Palace, stopping to explore the gardens
After seeing the Duomo, and traversing through the oldest part of the town, it’s time to visit a renowned chocolate shop and stop for a bicerin (Piemontese hot chocolate and coffee drink) and hear more stories and the history of this refined city.
Have some time to freshen up and relax after our walk back at the hotel. Dinner tonight is at a Michelin guide restaurant renowned for its slightly modern take on the classics and phenomenal wine list.
Today we leave Turin and head to Piedmont’s UNESCO heritage listed wine region, Le Langhe, best known for the Barolo and Barbaresco varieties.
Our day starts with a drive through endless vineyards lining the hills towards the picturesque town of La Morra. We stop for a unique truffle hunting experience along the way. Deep in the forest we join our private expert local trifolau (truffle hunter) with their trained dogs and go in search of delicious and exclusive white truffles. Notice the intense relationship between the truffle hunter and their dogs – it’s a very special bond.
After spending some time outdoors and hopefully finding a truffle or two, you’ll enjoy your first Barolo wine tasting close by. It’s the perfect way to reflect on the morning’s excitement before we head off to one of the region’s beautiful villages for a delicious lunch of local delicacies. After some free time in the village, enjoy some time to relax in the afternoon at our charming country house hotel.
Then it’s off to our hotel to relax before our evening activity – cooking up a storm Piemonte style. Don an apron and roll up your sleeves as we step into a local Piemontese kitchen and learn the secrets of the cuisine, which, of course, includes traditional pasta making – tajarin or agnolotti del plin.
We reap the rewards of our cooking lesson with a delicious dinner and glasses of local wine. All enjoyed against the backdrop of the majestic green rolling hills in the Langhe of course!
Tasting Barolo and understanding its traditions is one of the quintessential experiences of your time in Piedmont. A strong, dry red wine, Barolo is known as the King of Wines and indeed was made for royalty as you’ll discover later today.
After a leisurely breakfast and a surprise stop along the way, we arrive in the town that gave the wine its name. Here we have some free time to explore the towns and its castle and enjoy lunch before visiting a boutique Barolo producer in the nearby countryside for a guided tasting of this iconic drop.
This evening, we’re headed to the official capital of Langhe – Alba and the famous International White Truffle Festival. In Alba we meet our private tour guide for a guided walking tour through this truffle scented town and its bustling festival.
After learning more about the history of Alba and its truffle connections, you have the chance to leisurely peruse the stalls, taste some wine, and buy some truffles or truffle infused products to take home before we enjoy a final dinner together at a favorite restaurant in town.
We give you a day to remember forever during our final hours in the elegant, food paradise region of Piedmont. This morning, we set off to explore the Castle Grinzane Cavour. This fairytale castle, nestled amongst the vines, was constructed during the 11th century. Don’t forget your camera. The views of the surrounding countryside are jaw-dropping.
Our final stop before heading back to Turin is in one of the borghi più belli d’Italia (the most beautiful villages in Italy) – and let us tell you, it really is gorgeous. After a walk through town we reach our destination for a delicious farewell lunch.
We try some of the classic dishes of the region you’ve yet to discover, as well as other favorites you tasted during the week.
Satisfied after a long, relaxing final lunch we head back on our private bus towards Turin where we say our farewells and you continue on your Italian journey, dreaming of Piedmont.
We’ve hand selected two beautiful properties that showcase the romance and beauty of this special region. Our tour is full of exciting experiences so we’ve made sure you have time rest and recuperate in comfortable surroundings in the heart of Turin and Le Langhe in beautiful Piemonte.
Relax and enjoy our elegant 4 star hotel in the heart of Turin close to all the major sites. In the Le Langhe region we stay in a gorgeous country house hotel surrounded by vines.
The tour begins in central Turin at 3pm. Our activities conclude back in central Turin at Porta Nuova train station at approximately 4pm on our final day. Inquire if you would like to add additional nights to your stay.
Olivia is an Australian woman living in Piedmont, with a passion for the land of la dolce vita, cooking and wine. Her super powers include finding the most charming villages and delectable cheeses.
Tucked up in Italy’s north west corner, Piedmont shares a border with France and Switzerland. The former home of Italy’s Royal Savoy family is mountainous and covered in vines that produce some of the country’s most celebrated wines. Read our articles and listen to our podcast to discover more about beautiful Piedmont.