* Visit the elegant town of Turin, Italy’s first capital when the Italian Kingdom was founded in 1861
* Walk through the vineyards of the Langhe region which produces some of the best wines in Italy (and the world!)
* Learn to prepare regional dishes and pair them with wines during a cooking class at a winery
* Taste a variety of Nebbiolo wines, from Roero to the world-famous Barolo
* Explore the picturesque villages of the Langhe, Roero, and Susa Valleys
* Experience the thrill of truffle hunting with a local trifolao and his dog
* Enjoy some of Italy’s best chocolate
Some lunches and dinners plus anything not listed in the inclusions and anything other than water at group meals. More details to come soon!
Day 1: Independent arrival in Torino
Make your way independently to the city of Torino (Turin in English), which is about an hour from Milan by train. Torino is a prosperous and elegant city, home to Italy’s “industrial revolution” as well as to its former royal family. Tour the city with a local guide and learn all about the rich history and culture of the region, setting the stage for the rest of our week together. Overnight Torino. Hotel and dinner included.
Days 2-3: The Dramatic Churches and Charming Towns of the Susa Valley
The soaring mountains and verdant valleys of the Val di Susa lie between Torino and the French border and create a marvelous backdrop for our first few days of exploration. You’ll see an impressive Medieval Abbey and walk in the footsteps of pilgrims on the old Via Francigena that used to connect Cantebury with Rome. Stop for tasty treats like locally-crafted chocolate and a sip of “ice wine” before relaxing at your charming small hotel. Overnight Val di Susa.
Day 4-5: Roero & Barbaresco
Head southeast for two nights in the heart of the Barbaresco wine-making region. Beautiful walks during the day help us build an appetite for the amazing cheese and wine we taste at lunches, dinners, visits with local producers, and cooking classes. We also explore the Roero area, famous for its hearty Nebbiolo wines and rich (and hard to find!) truffles. Follow a friendly canine as he hunts for truffles and then relax by the pool at your hotel at the end of a lovely day. Overnight near Barbaresco.
Day 6-7: The Culinary Delights of the Alta Langa
Our gastronomic journey reaches its peak as we explore the area around La Morra and Barolo, one of Italy’s most celebrated wines. There are vineyards as far as the eye can see and we’ll walk amongst them on the way to hilltop towns and wineries. As famous as the region is, you’ll still feel like you’re far from the crowds and you’ll find warm hospitality at our small hotel for these final two nights. Overnight near La Morra.
Day 8: Departures
Transfer to the Torino Porta Susa train station for departures. Breakfast and one group transfer included.